The Daufuskie Island Historical Foundation is delighted to announce that funds have been raised to restore midwife Sarah Grant’s carriage (right) and build a new enclosure to protect it from the elements.
The carriage will leave the island in June and be transported to the Leola Coach Company in Leola, Pennsylvania, where it will be restored by local craftsmen. The carriage was used by Sarah Grant on her trips to deliver the babies of island women — 130 births between 1932 and 1969. While the one-seat carriage is being restored, a “pole barn” will be constructed to house it once it returns to the island this fall. DIHF is grateful to all who made the preservation of this important bit of island history possible.
SAVE THE DATE!! DIHF and Haig Point are joining forces for a repeat of last year’s successful Daufuskie History Days Event. The expanded celebration of Daufuskie’s history will take place September 25-26. There will be dinner under a tent at the tabby ruins Friday night followed by a sleep-over in the ruins hosted again by Joe McGill, founder of the Slave Dwelling Project. In addition to Saturday including tours of Haig Point historic sites, this year sites in the island’s Historic District will be highlighted as well. The Saturday event will welcome guests from “across the water,” as well as island residents and visitors. Details will be forthcoming in the next print edition of the Front Porch.