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The Heritage Library, History & Ancestry Research Center

The Heritage Library is a non-profit library offering research assistance on ancestry in addition to classes and tours focused on Hilton Head Island’s history from prehistory to the modern era. The Heritage Library owns two historic sites, Ft. Mitchel in Hilton Head Plantation and the Historic Zion Cemetery & Baynard Mausoleum on the corner of William Hilton Parkway & Mathews Drive


upcoming events:

Ft Mitchel in Hilton Head Plantation, a site on the National Register of Historic Places

July 22 @ 10:00 am thru July 22 @ 11:00 am
Mondays Ft Mitchel Ft Mitchel in Hilton Head Plantation, a site on the National Register of Historic Places Registration required, visit heritagelib.org/Tours   Immerse yourself in the fascinating Civil War history of Hilton Head Island with a visit to Fort Mitchel. The site contains the remains of a coastal defense battery erected in 1862 to protect the Port Royal Sound by way of Skull Creek from incursions by Confederate gunboats based in the Savannah River. Costumed characters and an expert tour guide will demonstrate the vital historic importance of this place and the role the fort and its namesake, General Mitchel, played in shaping Hilton Head history, including historic Mitchelville. Every Monday at 10:00 am.   $15/ADULT • $10/CHILD Registration required, visit heritagelib.org/Tours. This tour is located at Ft. Mitchel in Hilton Head Plantation, 65 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head Island
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Bike Tours In A Historic District

July 24 @ 10:00 am thru July 24 @ 11:00 am
Bike Tours In A Historic District Registration required, visit heritagelib.org/Tours   Starting at 10:00 am every Wednesday, you can enjoy a three-mile casual, safe and fun bike tour through some of the Island’s most captivating historic sites. See the fishing co-op where Islanders once farmed, feasted and fended off the chemical company BASF, the hallowed ground of a Gullah cemetery, an Indian Shell Enclosure, the tabby ruins located on a former plantation and visit with volunteers from the Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island to learn more about the “little blue house” history and restoration efforts. Bring bug spray, sunscreen, and water.   $15/ADULT • $10/CHILD (ages 10+) with your own bike $25/ADULT • $20/CHILD if bikes are provided Registration required, visit heritagelib.org/Tours. This tour leaves from The Rowing and Sailing Center, 137 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head Island
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Hilton Head Haunted History Tales (Summer and Fall, 2019)

July 24 @ 08:30 pm thru July 24 @ 09:30 pm
Weds Haunted History Tales Hilton Head Haunted History Tales 8:30pm Registration required, visit heritagelib.org/Tours   Graveside storytelling adventure. After dark, in the eerie setting of the Island’s oldest burial ground, come and hear spine-tingling tales of Hilton Head’s shadowy past. Wednesdays 8:30 pm, or check heritagelib.org/Tours for additional days and times. For more information call 843-949-0144.   $25/ADULT • $20/CHILD (ages 8-16) Registration required, visit heritagelib.org/Tours This tour is located at the Zion Cemetery, 574 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island
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Costumed Tours at Zion Cemetery & Baynard Mausoleum, a site on the National Register of Historic Places

July 25 @ 10:00 am thru July 25 @ 11:00 am
Costumed Tours at Zion Cemetery & Baynard Mausoleum, a site on the National Register of Historic Places Registration required, visit heritagelib.org/Tours   The Island’s history comes to life every Thursday at 10:00 am at Zion Cemetery & Baynard Mausoleum with this trip back in time, featuring costumed tour guides sharing fascinating stories of Hilton Head Island’s past. Visit the gravesites of four Revolutionary War heroes and find out about the bloody skirmish that was fought just steps away. Explore the island’s oldest structure and learn about the planters who built it. You’ll learn their stories and more as you tour one of the island’s most intriguing and publically accessible sites.   $15/ADULT • $10/CHILD Registration required, visit heritagelib.org/Tours. This tour is located at the Zion Cemetery, 574 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island Chapel of Ease tours
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Ft Mitchel in Hilton Head Plantation, a site on the National Register of Historic Places

July 29 @ 10:00 am thru July 29 @ 11:00 am
Mondays Ft Mitchel Ft Mitchel in Hilton Head Plantation, a site on the National Register of Historic Places Registration required, visit heritagelib.org/Tours   Immerse yourself in the fascinating Civil War history of Hilton Head Island with a visit to Fort Mitchel. The site contains the remains of a coastal defense battery erected in 1862 to protect the Port Royal Sound by way of Skull Creek from incursions by Confederate gunboats based in the Savannah River. Costumed characters and an expert tour guide will demonstrate the vital historic importance of this place and the role the fort and its namesake, General Mitchel, played in shaping Hilton Head history, including historic Mitchelville. Every Monday at 10:00 am.   $15/ADULT • $10/CHILD Registration required, visit heritagelib.org/Tours. This tour is located at Ft. Mitchel in Hilton Head Plantation, 65 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head Island
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Bike Tours In A Historic District

July 31 @ 10:00 am thru July 31 @ 11:00 am
Bike Tours In A Historic District Registration required, visit heritagelib.org/Tours   Starting at 10:00 am every Wednesday, you can enjoy a three-mile casual, safe and fun bike tour through some of the Island’s most captivating historic sites. See the fishing co-op where Islanders once farmed, feasted and fended off the chemical company BASF, the hallowed ground of a Gullah cemetery, an Indian Shell Enclosure, the tabby ruins located on a former plantation and visit with volunteers from the Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island to learn more about the “little blue house” history and restoration efforts. Bring bug spray, sunscreen, and water.   $15/ADULT • $10/CHILD (ages 10+) with your own bike $25/ADULT • $20/CHILD if bikes are provided Registration required, visit heritagelib.org/Tours. This tour leaves from The Rowing and Sailing Center, 137 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head Island
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Hilton Head Haunted History Tales (Summer and Fall, 2019)

July 31 @ 08:30 pm thru July 31 @ 09:30 pm
Weds Haunted History Tales Hilton Head Haunted History Tales 8:30pm Registration required, visit heritagelib.org/Tours   Graveside storytelling adventure. After dark, in the eerie setting of the Island’s oldest burial ground, come and hear spine-tingling tales of Hilton Head’s shadowy past. Wednesdays 8:30 pm, or check heritagelib.org/Tours for additional days and times. For more information call 843-949-0144.   $25/ADULT • $20/CHILD (ages 8-16) Registration required, visit heritagelib.org/Tours This tour is located at the Zion Cemetery, 574 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island
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Costumed Tours at Zion Cemetery & Baynard Mausoleum, a site on the National Register of Historic Places

August 01 @ 10:00 am thru August 01 @ 11:00 am
Costumed Tours at Zion Cemetery & Baynard Mausoleum, a site on the National Register of Historic Places Registration required, visit heritagelib.org/Tours   The Island’s history comes to life every Thursday at 10:00 am at Zion Cemetery & Baynard Mausoleum with this trip back in time, featuring costumed tour guides sharing fascinating stories of Hilton Head Island’s past. Visit the gravesites of four Revolutionary War heroes and find out about the bloody skirmish that was fought just steps away. Explore the island’s oldest structure and learn about the planters who built it. You’ll learn their stories and more as you tour one of the island’s most intriguing and publically accessible sites.   $15/ADULT • $10/CHILD Registration required, visit heritagelib.org/Tours. This tour is located at the Zion Cemetery, 574 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island Chapel of Ease tours
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Ft Mitchel in Hilton Head Plantation, a site on the National Register of Historic Places

August 05 @ 10:00 am thru August 05 @ 11:00 am
Mondays Ft Mitchel Ft Mitchel in Hilton Head Plantation, a site on the National Register of Historic Places Registration required, visit heritagelib.org/Tours   Immerse yourself in the fascinating Civil War history of Hilton Head Island with a visit to Fort Mitchel. The site contains the remains of a coastal defense battery erected in 1862 to protect the Port Royal Sound by way of Skull Creek from incursions by Confederate gunboats based in the Savannah River. Costumed characters and an expert tour guide will demonstrate the vital historic importance of this place and the role the fort and its namesake, General Mitchel, played in shaping Hilton Head history, including historic Mitchelville. Every Monday at 10:00 am.   $15/ADULT • $10/CHILD Registration required, visit heritagelib.org/Tours. This tour is located at Ft. Mitchel in Hilton Head Plantation, 65 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head Island
Find Out More

Bike Tours In A Historic District

August 07 @ 10:00 am thru August 07 @ 11:00 am
Bike Tours In A Historic District Registration required, visit heritagelib.org/Tours   Starting at 10:00 am every Wednesday, you can enjoy a three-mile casual, safe and fun bike tour through some of the Island’s most captivating historic sites. See the fishing co-op where Islanders once farmed, feasted and fended off the chemical company BASF, the hallowed ground of a Gullah cemetery, an Indian Shell Enclosure, the tabby ruins located on a former plantation and visit with volunteers from the Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island to learn more about the “little blue house” history and restoration efforts. Bring bug spray, sunscreen, and water.   $15/ADULT • $10/CHILD (ages 10+) with your own bike $25/ADULT • $20/CHILD if bikes are provided Registration required, visit heritagelib.org/Tours. This tour leaves from The Rowing and Sailing Center, 137 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head Island
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