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A small jewel of sure beauty alone the Carolina coast, Fripp Island SC I the island claims only 2 mi.² above sea level. For much of his history, it has stood in the shadows of its larger neighbor’s, St. Helena and Hilton Head Island’s. The Island remote location has discouraged commercialization and favored a family-oriented resort. The many children who have traveled to Fripp on vacations have prevented it from becoming solely a retirement community. Lush tropical vegetation powdery white sand of the ever-changing dunes, and expansive beach and the abundance of wildlife have for many years drawn people to this exceptional place. Fripp Island has been shaped by the ebb and the flow of tides, the fortunes and difficulties of developers and fluctuations in the residential community. With a 3 ½ mile beach and narrow landmass interspersed with marsh, the island claims only 2 square miles above sea level.

In a part of South Carolina low country where hundreds of islands form a jigsaw puzzle, divided by rivers, marshes and tidal creeks, Fripp  is one of the barrier islands that serves as a buffer between the ocean and those islands closer to the mainland. Unlike islands that have the same bed rock as the mainland, barrier islands are formed from sand dunes and expand towards the ocean. The buildup of river segments flowing to the sea creatures small masses that become barrier islands. These islands like geographical stability and are active formations, experiencing constant sand and migrations as we end and tides transform their short.

Live on St. Helena changed dramatically on November 7, 1861, call by African Americans living in the area at that time the day on the gun -shoot at Bay Point. On that day, during the battle of Port Royal, which took place near the southwest end of St. Helena, the Union Navy captured the Confederate ports that protected the entrance to the port of Beaufort. Confusion reigned in Beaufort and all St. Helena, as plantation owners hastily made moves to evacuate. Capt. John Fripp, the brother of good Billy, who was the not only one of the richest landowners, but also a union sympathizer, gathered his slave for some parting advice. According to the noted historian Willie Lee Rose, he told them to forget about growing cotton and to grow crops that they could eat, or otherwise they may starve. Over 100 years later, the resort development on Fripp would name the ocean condominiums, Capt. John Fripp villas, a name that undoubtedly associated with the legend of the 18th century privateer two year and not the 19th century planner. Life on St. Helena

Although the slaves on St. Helena Island were not officially freed until January 1, 1863, when Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, the Battle of Port Royal, in effect, liberated them. Within a few years many of them became owners of small plots of land. During the Union occupation of Beaufort in 1863, the US tax commission, sold abandoned lands and houses in much of the Beaufort area for failure of the owners to pay property taxes. The federal government bought some of the land and divided into small farms for the former slaves. Life on St. Helena