Peek Inside the Town’s Records for American Archives Month
by Lindsey Rambow, Records Administrator for the Town of Hilton Head Island

October is American Archives Month! Even a Town as young as ours has history worth sharing, and much of that history can be found in the Town’s Archives.

The Town of Hilton Head Island turned 35 this year. Although we’re still quite young compared to old beauties like Savannah, Charleston, and the City of Beaufort, we do have some history under our belt. For the Town, this history began with the efforts to incorporate beginning in the 1970s. Officially, our recordkeeping began in 1983 when the first Town Clerk was appointed. The Town’s records include building permits, financial records, reports, meeting minutes, and documents that deal with important issues the community has faced. Many of our records have been digitized and can be found on our website.

Of course, while the Town is young, the actual history of Hilton Head Island extends back many hundreds (even thousands) of years. There are excellent resources out there for exploring the Island’s Native American, military, Gullah, and pre-bridge history. Find a complete list of the Island’s many museums and historical organizations on the CultureHHI website.

Sneak a peek into the Town Archives in the images below.

Looking for something in the Town Archives? Drop a line to Lindsey Rambow, Records Administrator for the Town of Hilton Head Island. You can reach her at Be sure give credit to Town of Hilton Head Island if you wish to reprint any image in this post.