It wasn’t until June of 2012 that Tony Chase and Kristi Nelson discovered Daufuskie Island. In their search for a beach house, Daufuskie became their focus, and upon visiting the island, they instantly fell in love with the beauty, the people and how natural the island is. A week here and there during 2012 became a four month long stay in early 2013, which evolved into a desire to be on the island full time. Tony’s pharmacy background led him to begin thoughts of what could be, upon retirement. The notion of a rum distillery made sense as rum is notoriously an island drink. “Rum made the most sense, as most rum is distilled on an island and Daufuskie has a history of having produced rum”, says Chase.
Some of our Front Porch readers are old enough to remember Charles Cauthen and are aware of his visionary and historical relationship with Daufuskie Island. Those less familiar have missed knowing an extraordinary person and might appreciate this brief historical tribute to him noting his long and important relationship to Daufuskie Island.
Our SC State Forestry Commission Grant
The Daufuskie Island Fire District recently requested and was awarded a 50/50 matching grant from the South Carolina State Forestry Commission to purchase brush firefighting items. The items requested of the Commission would replace those we owned that were worn out and unusable. The total cost of the items was $4,000 with the Fire District paying just $2,000 representing the applicant’s share of the matching grant. We plan to use these brush firefighting items island-wide but especially in the Wildland Urban Interface Communities that we protect.
In the fall of 2012, several vacant lots in the Historic District were identified as needing to be cleaned up due to dumping that has taken place over the years. These sites were “trashed” with items ranging from an oil tanker to lumber, paint cans, insulation, kitchen cabinets, piles of aluminum cans, and everything in between. The property owners were contacted in order to obtain their permission for the Conservancy to clean up these properties.
This past Valentine’s Day Daufuskie Island Elementary students were asked to give their definition of love…
Calibogue Cruises Ferry Schedule & Services
Round trip ferry ticket, lunch or dinner at the Old Daufuskie Crab Company, and either a golf cart rental (map included) or a guided historical tour: $59 per person. Please call for reservations, 843-342-8687.
AARP-Foundation Volunteer Tax Assistance program will again provide trained and certified volunteers to help local residents prepare and e-file their state and federal tax returns for the 2012 fiscal year. There is no cost for this service. It is intended for low to moderate tax payers of any age, but with preference given to those 60 years of age or older.
This spring will bring the restoration of the tabby slave cabin ruins at Haig Point. The ruins are rare remaining examples of Lowcountry tabby construction and have become quite fragile. Working with Colin Brooker, noted architectural preservationist, skilled restoration craftsman Rick Wightman has been at work since the beginning of February stabilizing and restoring the tabby.
Something to Crow About
Duck eggs! Our Indian Runner baby ducks have grown up and are laying eggs! The first eggs were discovered in January. Duck eggs are wonderful for baking. They make fantastic soufflés, excellent cakes and marvelous meringue! The Welcome Center is finished and greeters are available daily from 11 am until 3 pm. Free hot coffee and tea. Please drop by.