As you’re getting ready for your vacation, how about packing away some
interesting trivia facts about Hilton Head? You don’t want to sound too much like a tourist, and
you might even be able to teach the locals a thing or two. For instance, did you know…

No Flashy Signs

Hilton Head has always trended toward the natural, with their appearance reflecting much of
their environment. As a result, the only signs you will see there are neutral-colored signs made
of wood or other natural materials, and not neon.


The first-ever U.S. town governed by and comprised of freed slaves can be found in Hilton Head.
Even though Mitchelville was not a successful longstanding establishment, it represents a huge
piece of post-Civil War history.

Useless Lighthouse

The Harbour Town Lighthouse is probably the number one attraction on the island, but that is
all it’s ever been. The privately-owned red-and-white striped lighthouse serves as a museum
and gift shop and was never actually used for guiding ships at sea.

No Bridges

The first bridge between the mainland and the island opened in 1956. Before that, the only way
to get to Hilton Head was by boat or ferry.

A Few Rounds of Golf

On the 40 golf courses found on the island, over one million rounds of golf are played.
Interested in a challenge? Twenty-four of those courses are championship level.

If you are looking for a few more interesting stories about the island, come on down and ask
some of the locals. You might hear some good stories at the Harbour Town Lighthouse. And
now you can even pass on a few of your own while you’re here.