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Gullah Tours

The South Carolina Lowcountry

Come explore and experience the unique rich Gullah Culture of the South Carolina Sea Islands and Low Country. We welcome you to enjoy our area’s charm, natural beauty and southern hospitality at its best! Historic tours, Gullalicious soul food, Unique shopping experiences, Beaches, Art & Crafts, Gullah musicals, Storytelling, Great accommodations and more!

Come jin we fo’ a Gullah good time at your, “Home away from home!”   

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South Carolina Sea Islands & Lowcountry Festivals

Native Islander Gullah Celebration (all month): Hilton Head Island, SC

Rice Festival (last weekend): Walterboro Colleton County SC

Gullah Festival & Artist Showcase (Memorial Day weekend)
Parade, National Cemetery & Decoration Day Pool Block Party: Beaufort, SC

Daufuskie Day (4th Saturday): Daufuskie Island Beaufort County, SC
Sweetgrass Festival (1st Saturday): Mt. Pleasant/ Charleston, SC
Carifest: Charleston, SC

Beaufort Water Festival (Mid July): Downtown Beaufort, SC

Lands End Woodlands Festival (Labor Day Weekend): St. Helena Island, SC  

Moja (all month): Charleston, SC

Penn Heritage Days (2nd week-end): St. Helena Island, SC

Gullah Christmas celebration on the Sea Islands of Beaufort, SC (1st Friday)
Aunt Pearlie Sue and Gullah Kinfolk Christmas Wish Musical
Taste of Gullah Soul Food Buffet
Night on the Town - Historic Beaufort 
Penn Center Christmas Pageant: St. Helena Island, SC

Gullah Packages

A. Gullah Cooking Show - Gullah Cookin’ Made Easy w/ Aunt Pearlie Sue
Come stir-up some lowcountry soul foods with Gullah chef, Aunt Pearlie Sue cooking demonstrations before a live studio audience. Enjoy live music, storytelling, special Gullah guests, Gullah history and meal. Filmed at the SCETV WJWJ Beaufort studio overlooking the charming Beaufort Bay.

B. Fishing & Hunting - Fishin’ & Huntin’ wit Rev
Hunting for South Carolina wildlife and fishing for fresh seafood…brim, catfish and big mouth bass on a private 1500 acre plantation owned by Pastor and Co-pastor Alfred and Cicely Givens the descendants of former enslaved Africans who worked the very same land. Pastor Givens, a master storyteller, shares the history and his stories about growing up Gullah in the Green Pond community of Colleton County South Carolina

C. Nature Tours - Kayaking Tru ’ Gullah Watahs
Calling all nature lovers…kayak through the ACE Basin and see nature at its best…visit Nemours plantation a wildlife sanctuary, Harriet Tubman Memorial Bridge, Sheldon Church ruins, McCleod Farm, Old Shanklin Normal Training School site.

D. Lands End Woodlands Beach - Gullah Caribbean Beach Party
Enjoy a pristine unspoiled sea island jewel…this private beach sits on 328 acres with 100 of it oceanfront. This property was purchased in 1920 by Gullah family members for future generations to enjoy and cherish. Guests enjoy old-fashion games Croquet, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Checkers, Chess, Cards…summertime crab boils...wintertime oyster roast…fish-fry…live stage show, Gullah Caribbean dinner and dancing the night away to the beats of R & B and the Caribbean. Great for reunions, corporate and birthday parties.

E. Gullah Studies Institute - An academic program to broaden your understanding of the Gullah Culture. Designed for college and teacher re-certification credits or any person interested in learning about this unique part of the making of America. This program is sponsored by historic Penn Center’s history and culture department in collaboration with South Carolina State University. Stay and enjoy the peaceful picturesque Penn campus, one of America’s 1st schools for freedman established during the Civil War

F. Gullah Artist Studio Showcase - High Tea Wit’ Da’ Artis’
This is for all the art enthusiast. Are you looking for some one-of-a-kind art masterpieces, well look no further. Get a chance to meet, greet and eat with the artist as you peruse around their studios. Sit and chat while sippin’ on coffees, teas and homemade southern sweet treats…Gullah artist, Diane Britton-Dunham, Hank Herring, Marie Lewis Priscilla Williams, Richard White, Saint, James Denmark, Mr. Legree, Jery Taylor, Victoria Smalls, Queen Rivers, Natalie Daise, Claudette Humphrey,and Donean Daise just to name a few.

Day Tours ‘round TownAunt Pearlie Sue Christmas

Museum & Sites - Penn Center, Chapel of Ease, Brick Church, Sam Doyle House, Fripp Plantation, Coffin Pt. Praise House, Lands End Beach, Fort Fremont, Hunting Island Lighthouse
Shopping & Art - Red Piano gallery, Whatsinstore, Octopuses, Lowcountry Store, Barefoot Farm, Jery Taylor (basket weaver)
Eating- Gullah Grub, Island Grill, Shrimp Shack,
Frogmore Frolic, Steamers, Barbara Jean’s,
Accommodations- Island condos & houses, Penn Center

Port Royal
Museums & Sites-Parris Island Marine Depot, Smith and Joyner plantation/ US Naval Hospital, Former Mather School site/ Technical College of the Lowcountry, Union Church museum, Estuarium, Sands
Shopping & Art
Eating- 11th Street Dockside, Carolina Wings

Museums & Sites-Grand Army Hall, National Cemetery, Tabernacle Baptist, Robert Smalls House, First African Baptist Church ,Verdier House, Waterfront park, Tidalholm, Arsenal, USCB
Shopping & Art- Lybensons, The Green Herring Gallery, Charles Street Gallery, Indigo, Art Galleries, Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce Art Gallery, Chocolate Tree
Eating- Sgt. White’s, Gilligan’s, Golden Corral, Fryed Green Tomatoes, Outback
Accommodations- Bed & Breakfast, Hotel rooms & suites
*Caterers: Janie Smith, Julia Wearrin, Jenkins & Jenkins, Romeater’s
Moments by Joseph, Aunt Pearlie Sue & Singleton’s

Other Tours & Services
Walterboro, Charleston, Hilton Head
*Catering, Entertainment, Golf, Tennis, Films, Boat Excursions 
In-home Cooking & Gullah Arts Demonstration Parties