The Museum now has a Timeline installation above the windows the length of the building tracing the island’s history from 7,000 B.C to the 21st Century. The Timeline was made possible by contributions to DIHF in memory of board member and former treasurer Betsy Slay. Betsy would have loved it and we think you will too. It is a meaningful addition to our mission of telling the island’s story. It is a “must see”. Thank you to all who made this important display possible.
National Trust for Historic Preservation:
Did you encounter a long golf cart parade snaking around the island on November 14th? Working with the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation (restorers of the Frances Jones Home), the Foundation provided golf cart transportation for forty attendees of the NTHP’s annual conference who “crossed the water” from Savannah and spent the day exploring historic Daufuskie. The outing was a magical, if chilly, day topped off with lyrical storytelling by Savannah’s Patt Gunn and a genuine (and delicious) Lowcounty meal. Thanks go to our wonderful volunteers who braved the cold and more than dusty roads to make for a meaningful day for our guests.
When you drop by to see the Timeline, check out the new sign in front of the museum complex. It is a work of art by Geoff Brunning.
Sea Island Cotton:
Behind the new sign (at the corner of the building) is a large garden pot containing a Sea Island cotton plant. Its cotton bolls have recently opened for all to see. It was the long fibered Sea Island cotton that made Low Country plantation owners so very wealthy. Cotton was grown on Daufuskie until the boll weevil infestation of 1917.
The Museum’s shop is newly stocked with many of the wonderful gift items you have come to know, as well as many new offerings. The Museum Complex is open Tuesday – Saturday, 12:30 to 3:30PM. So, come by to see our new exhibits and do some shopping!
Mark your calendars for the DIHF Annual Meeting, Tuesday, March 10. Details will follow as the date nears.