Interested in getting a first-hand and intimate look at the Gullah culture? How about visiting an island where many of their descendants live?

Sandy Island is located between the Waccamaw and Great Pee Dee Rivers near Georgetown. Until 1996, it was the largest privately-owned freshwater island on the East Coast, about 15 times the size of New York's Central Park.

Located on this unique island is a rich collection of wildlife habitats including tidal freshwater forested wetlands, emergent marsh along blackwater and alluvial rivers and a coastal maritime sandhill community.
The animal population is comprised of eagles, osprey, bears, deer and turkeys.

Not only does this island inhabit lush surroundings, there are about 120 residents of Sandy Island. As we mentioned, many of these residents are descendants of the Gullah slaves who worked the island's rice plantations before the Civil War.

This historic island is gaining the attention of the National Register as more than 50 sites on the island that have been considered for addition to the National Register of Historical Places. Some of these sites date back 10,000 years.

To say there is a wealth of history on this island is an understatement. Do yourself a favor and check it out for yourself.