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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:

Hilton Head Haunted History Tales

April 19 @ 08:00 pm thru April 19 @ 09:00 pm

2019 Haunted History Tours

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 8:00 pm (through September) Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery, 574 William Hilton Parkway

Told in Hilton Head's oldest and most haunted burial place, our stories have a macabre twist and are sure to raise the hair on your neck. More history than horror, our tales involve real events that have occurred in Hilton Head's 500-year history and real people who once lived here and are still reported to roam the Island from time to time.

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Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery is located at the corner of William Hilton Parkway (Rt. 278) and Mathews Drive. Enter from Mathews Drive at the merge lane to 278.

Admission is $25 per adult and $20 per child ages 8 - 16. Ticket is required for entry.

Click here to register online or call the Heritage Library at 843-686-6560.

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Hilton Head Haunted History Tales

April 22 @ 08:00 pm thru April 22 @ 09:00 pm

2019 Haunted History Tours

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 8:00 pm (through September) Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery, 574 William Hilton Parkway

Told in Hilton Head's oldest and most haunted burial place, our stories have a macabre twist and are sure to raise the hair on your neck. More history than horror, our tales involve real events that have occurred in Hilton Head's 500-year history and real people who once lived here and are still reported to roam the Island from time to time.

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Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery is located at the corner of William Hilton Parkway (Rt. 278) and Mathews Drive. Enter from Mathews Drive at the merge lane to 278.

Admission is $25 per adult and $20 per child ages 8 - 16. Ticket is required for entry.

Click here to register online or call the Heritage Library at 843-686-6560.

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Historic Bike Tour

April 24 @ 10:00 am thru April 24 @ 11:30 am
Learn about Hilton Head Island's history of Native Americans, Civil War, Reconstruction, Fishing and Farming and the Gullah Culture. Meet at the Hilton Head Island Community Park, 137 Squire Pope Road (Sailing and Rowing Center). Bring your own bike. Helmets required. Admission is $15 per adult, $10 per child (ages 10 and up only) with your own bikes, or $25 per adult and $20 per child if we provide the bikes. Registration required, visit heritagelib.org/tours to register.
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Hilton Head Haunted History Tales

April 24 @ 08:00 pm thru April 24 @ 09:00 pm

2019 Haunted History Tours

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 8:00 pm (through September) Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery, 574 William Hilton Parkway

Told in Hilton Head's oldest and most haunted burial place, our stories have a macabre twist and are sure to raise the hair on your neck. More history than horror, our tales involve real events that have occurred in Hilton Head's 500-year history and real people who once lived here and are still reported to roam the Island from time to time.

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Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery is located at the corner of William Hilton Parkway (Rt. 278) and Mathews Drive. Enter from Mathews Drive at the merge lane to 278.

Admission is $25 per adult and $20 per child ages 8 - 16. Ticket is required for entry.

Click here to register online or call the Heritage Library at 843-686-6560.

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Tour Historic Fort Mitchel

April 25 @ 10:00 am thru April 25 @ 11:00 am
Tour this historic Civil War earthwork battery with an experienced guide. Fort Mitchell is located inside Hilton Head Plantation at 65 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29926. When entering the plantation, please ask the guard for a pass to Fort Mitchel. The guard will ask for a valid ID. Admission is $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 7-12. Ticket is required for entry. Tours are held every Thursday at 10AM. Registration required, visit heritagelib.org/tours to register.
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Zion Living History Tours

April 26 @ 10:00 am thru April 26 @ 11:00 am
Hear an on-site presentation about the oldest existing building on the island and the planter's antebellum church and cemetery. Meet one of the "residents" of the cemetery who will tell you about their life on Hilton Head Island. Tours held Fridays at 10am. Located at the corner of Mathews Drive and William Hilton Parkway.  Access from Mathews Drive. Entry tickets are required. Admission is $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 7-12. Ticket is required for entry. Registration required, visit heritagelib.org/tours to register.
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Hilton Head Haunted History Tales

April 26 @ 08:00 pm thru April 26 @ 09:00 pm

2019 Haunted History Tours

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 8:00 pm (through September) Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery, 574 William Hilton Parkway

Told in Hilton Head's oldest and most haunted burial place, our stories have a macabre twist and are sure to raise the hair on your neck. More history than horror, our tales involve real events that have occurred in Hilton Head's 500-year history and real people who once lived here and are still reported to roam the Island from time to time.

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Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery is located at the corner of William Hilton Parkway (Rt. 278) and Mathews Drive. Enter from Mathews Drive at the merge lane to 278.

Admission is $25 per adult and $20 per child ages 8 - 16. Ticket is required for entry.

Click here to register online or call the Heritage Library at 843-686-6560.

Find Out More

Hilton Head Haunted History Tales

April 29 @ 08:00 pm thru April 29 @ 09:00 pm

2019 Haunted History Tours

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 8:00 pm (through September) Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery, 574 William Hilton Parkway

Told in Hilton Head's oldest and most haunted burial place, our stories have a macabre twist and are sure to raise the hair on your neck. More history than horror, our tales involve real events that have occurred in Hilton Head's 500-year history and real people who once lived here and are still reported to roam the Island from time to time.

H4T - Background with Title Lettering Only (1).JPG

Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery is located at the corner of William Hilton Parkway (Rt. 278) and Mathews Drive. Enter from Mathews Drive at the merge lane to 278.

Admission is $25 per adult and $20 per child ages 8 - 16. Ticket is required for entry.

Click here to register online or call the Heritage Library at 843-686-6560.

Find Out More

Historic Bike Tour

May 01 @ 10:00 am thru May 01 @ 11:30 am
Learn about Hilton Head Island's history of Native Americans, Civil War, Reconstruction, Fishing and Farming and the Gullah Culture. Meet at the Hilton Head Island Community Park, 137 Squire Pope Road (Sailing and Rowing Center). Bring your own bike. Helmets required. Admission is $15 per adult, $10 per child (ages 10 and up only) with your own bikes, or $25 per adult and $20 per child if we provide the bikes. Registration required, visit heritagelib.org/tours to register.
Find Out More

Hilton Head Haunted History Tales

May 01 @ 08:00 pm thru May 01 @ 09:00 pm

2019 Haunted History Tours

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 8:00 pm (through September) Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery, 574 William Hilton Parkway

Told in Hilton Head's oldest and most haunted burial place, our stories have a macabre twist and are sure to raise the hair on your neck. More history than horror, our tales involve real events that have occurred in Hilton Head's 500-year history and real people who once lived here and are still reported to roam the Island from time to time.

H4T - Background with Title Lettering Only (1).JPG

Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery is located at the corner of William Hilton Parkway (Rt. 278) and Mathews Drive. Enter from Mathews Drive at the merge lane to 278.

Admission is $25 per adult and $20 per child ages 8 - 16. Ticket is required for entry.

Click here to register online or call the Heritage Library at 843-686-6560.

Find Out More