Fripp Island; A Cultured Island Steeped in History
Fripp Island, one of the most characteristic spots in South Carolina’s Sea Islands, is steeped in a rich history spanning the ages. Among the most remote and seaward of the Sea Islands, this tiny island community of only 3,000 acres off the coast of South Carolina is a year round destination for vacationers and locals alike.
Though Native Americans inhabited the Island for thousands of years prior, Fripp Island was first discovered by Europeans in the early 17th century. Fripp Island was named for the British Captain Johannes Fripp, charged with protecting Carolina from Spanish attacks throughout the mid-17th century. Pirates of the era are also suspected to have buried treasure off its shores, which is rumored undiscovered to this day. For about 200 years, the island mostly remained nothing more than a quiet private hunting range.
It wasn’t until World War II, Fripp Island real estate was seen as extremely valuable for defending American shores from Germany U-boats. The island hosted and housed mounted beach patrol from 1942 to the end of the war in 1945. For the hunters which frequented the island before the Coast Guard occupation, the remaining barracks following the war were welcome additions. They served as perfect hunting huts, serving as both shelter and camouflage.
It wasn’t until 1961 builders began developing Fripp Island real estate and in 1963 a bridge to the mainland was completed. This made the island much more accessible and ‘user-friendly.’ Today there are less than 1,500 privately owned homes and villas on the island. But there are more consistently under construction over the past decade and Fripp Island real estate is booming.
The rich history of Fripp Island has only contributed to the historic charm visitors enjoy. Enjoying everything from bird watching to beach going and sailing, Fripp Island is a vacationer’s dream. The mild winters, colorful falls and amazing summers beckon travelers from around the world to this historic and charming island any time of year.