Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Hilton Head Island in Beaufort County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

History Of The Dolphin Head Area

(Hilton Head Island)

 
 
History Of The Dolphin Head Area Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 7, 2009
1. History Of The Dolphin Head Area Marker
1893 - An enormous hurricane hit Beaufort County, killing at least 2,000 people in the county and flooding parts of the island with its 12-foot surge. Many of Hilton Head Island's structures were destroyed in this storm.
Inscription. (Left column)
¤ 15,000 to 4,000 Years Ago: The
   rising sea level flooded the deep basin
   now known as Port Royal Sound.
¤ 1531: Spanish explorers Francisco
   Gordillo and Pedro de Quexos sailed
   into Port Royal Sound. Historians
   believe they landed on Parris Island.
¤ 1562: French Huguenots led by
   Jean Rebaut established a temporary
   settlement in the vicinity. They named
   the sound Port Royale.
¤ 1566: The Spanish return to Parris
   Island. They build three forts before
   abandoning the outpost in 1587.
¤ 1663: English captain William Hilton
   explored the coast of the Carolinas.
   He described this island as suitable
   for colonization and agriculture. After
   1776, maps named the island Hilton
    Head Island.

(Right column)
¤ 1790: Planter William Elliot grew
   the first successful crop Sea
   cotton
near Dolphin Head.
   The remains of his family's Myrtle
   Bank Plantation
house are visible
   200 feet offshore at low tide
    (look  northeast).
¤ 1861: Union warships bombarded
   Confederate forts on Hilton Head
   Island and St. Phillips Island. More
   than
Panoramic sketch Port Royal Sound Northwest to East image. Click for full size.
History Of The Dolphin Head Area Marker, `
2. Panoramic sketch Port Royal Sound Northwest to East
13,000 federal troops invaded
   Hilton Head in the Civil War Battle
   of Port Royal.
¤ 1972:Development of Hilton Head
   Plantation began. The Dolphin Head
   Recreation Area was established.
   Pine Island was set aside in
   protective covenants, which forever
   prohibit its development.

(Bottom)
Panoramic sketch Port Royal Sound Northwest to East
3 miles wide from Dolphin Head to Parris Island
35 feet deep in channel

 
Erected 2001 by HHP and Gardeners Club.
 
Location. 32° 13.196′ N, 80° 40.168′ W. Marker is in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, in Beaufort County. Marker can be reached from South Port Royal Drive, on the left. Click for map. Located near the beach house, Port Royal Plantation (a gated Community, restricted access). Marker is in this post office area: Hilton Head Island SC 29928, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Sherman (approx. 0.6 miles away); "Robbers Row" (approx. one mile away); Fort Walker (approx. one mile away); Hilton Head (approx. 1.2 miles away); Two Gallant Gentlemen from South Carolina
3 miles wide from Dolphin Head to Parris Island, seen in far distance image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 7, 2009
3. 3 miles wide from Dolphin Head to Parris Island, seen in far distance
(approx. 1.2 miles away); Battle of Port Royal (approx. 1.2 miles away); Steam Gun (approx. 1.2 miles away); St. James Baptist Church (approx. 1.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hilton Head Island.
 
Also see . . .  Town of Hilton Head Island History and timeline. Capt. William Hilton sailed from Barbados, on the Adventure, to explore lands granted by King Charles II to the eight Lords Proprietors. Hilton Head Island takes its name from a headland near the entrance to Port Royal Sound. (Submitted on February 20, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Notable Places
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 406 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
Paid Advertisement