about us

About Us

In 1986, a small group of Edisto Island residents gathered to found the Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society (EIHPS). The mission of the Society is to preserve and exhibit the history of Edisto, and to educate the public in these endeavors. To fulfill this mission, the Society operates the Edisto Island Museum and works in concert with other organizations and homeowners to preserve Edisto’s unique culture and natural and built environment.

Edisto Island Museum

The Nature Room

From the beginning, creating a museum was the main goal of EIHPS; our first artifact was acquired in January of 1987. In 1988, the anonymous donation of a house on Chisolm Plantation Road gave EIHPS a home, and we have been in the same location ever since. On September 28, 1991, the Edisto Island Museum officially opened.

Over the years, EIHPS continued to expand the Museum and our collections as well as working to preserve the island’s history outside of the Museum.

We created a Cemetery Fund to help repair and restore some of Edisto’s numerous historic cemeteries and graves, bringing in outside professionals when necessary. We have volunteer work days to clean up historic properties, including the Hutchinson House, which is the oldest Freedman’s house on the island, and the African-American Murray Cemetery. We were instrumental in getting the historic structures at Botany Bay Plantation protected in anticipation of the opening of that property to the public as a wildlife management area. We are working to move one of the island’s few remaining slave cabins to the Museum site so that it can be used as a teaching tool for our visitors. We have worked with a team of students from the local school on an archeology project associated with the slave cabin.

While we take great pride in our Museum, we also will continue to advocate for historic preservation across Edisto Island. Edisto has a rich and varied history, and we are committed to preserving and exhibiting that history whenever and wherever possible. We would love to have you join our organization to be a part of this rewarding and important work.

Bidding for History…An Evening at Seabrook Plantation – Donations

Many thanks to the following for financial contributions donated to help defray the costs of the event: Prudential Kapp/Lyons Realty Bi-Lo Barr, Unger and McIntosh Edistonian Gift Shop and Gallery Anderson Insurance Associates Edisto Real Estate Company Bank of Walterboro Andy Cook, CPA Atwood Agency, Inc. Jack and Cathy McWhorter Griffin, Beach & Company, CPA Edisto Sales & Rentals Realty Jim Kempson Enterprise Bank of South Carolina DeeDee and Paul Simmons This list will be added to regularly: 1) Original painting by Mary Bentz Gilkerson 2) 1-year membership to Wyndham amenities (tennis, pool, etc.) 3) Kids' turtle walk and supper - Libba Johnson 4) Guided Botany Bay tour for four people - Bess Kellett 5) All-day fishing trip for two people in the Edisto creeks - Tom Daley 6) Week's stay in cottage overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on Nantucket Island - Mary and Rignal Baldwin (one bedroom/bath) 7) 2-week use of boat slip at the Edisto Marina - Mr. and Mrs. Robert Woods and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hood 8) Gift certificate to Whaley's Restaurant - Van Maxwell 9) Hand-painted silk scarf - Duke Hagerty 10) Aerial trip from Edisto to Charleston for 3 people - Bob Cauthen 11) Three passes for Doubletree Hotels and Resorts Worldwide - Rett Stegall 12) Use of The Barn at Sunny Side Plantation for an evening event for 100 people - Carroll Belser and Sid Gauthreaux 13) 1-week rentals for 4 bikes - Edisto Essentials 14) 1-year family pass for the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry - Denis Chirles 15) 4 golf passes with cart at The Links at Stono Ferry - Erica Dickinson 16) Bird watch and gourmet lunch for 12 people - Gretchen Smith, Sid Gauthreaux and Carroll Belser 17) Gift certificate to The Square Onion - Mary Zapatka 18) Gift bag of gourmet foods from Trader Joe's - Chris Spina 19) $200 shopping spree at Beba Luxe - Anita Lucas 20) Jeweled bracelet from Gudmundson & Buyck Jewelers 21) Gift basket from Whole Foods 22) All-day creek fishing trip - John Snow 23) 1-week stay in a 2 bedroom private home inn Asheville, NC, within walking distance to the Blue Ridge Parkway - Catherine and Johnny Douglas 24) Gift certificate to Hyams Nursery 25) Luxury 4-night get-away to Santa Fe for 4 people 25) 3-night trip to the Napa Valley for 2 people 26) A summer evening creekside cocktails and dinner for 8 people, prepared by Bobo Lee with provisions from King's Market and Flowers Seafood 27) 3 pairs of Eyebobs from Kennedy & Perkins Opticians 28) Original water color painting by Bonnie Doty 29) Pearl cuff bracelet by Shirley Mason (Tranquil Landing Studio) 30) Hand-made large pottery pitcher adorned with sea turtles by Turtle Tracks Pottery 31) 3 heirloom camellias - Susan Walker 32) Set of 4 wine glasses - Cathy McWhorter 33) 3 x 5' seagrass rug - GDC Home 34) Assorted azalea and camellias - Fairview Nursery 35) Set of 3 Lee Brothers cookbooks, signed by the authors - Matt and Ted Lee 36) Wooden swing - Cathy and Coker Price 37) Dinner for 2 at the Waterfront Restaurant 38) 2 gift certificates at the Sea Cow Eatery 39) Hand-made pottery dog doorstop - Nancy Fishback 40) Gift certificate at McConkey's Jungle Shack 41) 4 Edisto flags - Shelby Morris 42 Double kayak rental - Island Bikes & Outfitters 43) Gift certificate - Pressley's at the Marina 44) Photograph by Susan Roberts 45) Family Amenities Pass for one year at Wyndham 46) Carew Rice print 47) Photograph by Nature Focus Photography 48) Gift certificate at the Old Firehouse Restaurant 49) Original framed oil painting by Susan Gaillard 50) Gold, diamond and peridot earrings from Croghan's Jewel Box 51) Hand-crafted replica of the Point of Pines Slave Cabin by Tom Boozer 52) Seagrass rug from GDC 53) Wooden turtle table from Hamilton Furniture 54) Wine/food pairing at private home - David Blauch, Patrick Meyer and Jim and Robin Tennyson 55) Handcrafted pinestraw basket by Pat Holtzinger 56) Power washing of one home by Thomas Cribb (Edisto Power Washing) 57) Golfing trip to Monterey for 2, including airfare 58) Creekside cocktails and dinner for 8 59) Original oil painting by Charlotte Hutson-Wrenn 60) Hand-made wooden oyster table by Pinkney Mikell 61) Set of pewter earrings, pendant and cuff bracelet by Sweet Charleston Designs 62) Discover Chicago Dining trip, including airfare 63) Sunday lunch on the grounds at Seabrook Plantation for 12 people, by Hunter and Kitty McEaddy, Gretchen Smith and Cathy McWhorter 64) Civil War era bonnet by Showbelles Couture 65) Sweetgrass basket by Annette King 66) 1/2 day relic hunt with Addam Coe 67) Hand-made porch table by Billy Edwards 68) Assorted azaleas and camellias by Fairview Nursery 69) Wine tasting for 20 at Total Wine 70) Wooden turtle table by Hamilton's Fine Furniture 71) Matching sterling silver Southern Gates pendant and earrings by The Cargo Hold 72) $300 gift certificate for Rue de Jean Restaurant 73) 1-week stay in a 2 BR/2B condo at Wyndham Ocean Ridge Resort (Edisto Island) 74) 22" Weber charcoal grill - Catherine Arnot 75) Labradorite and pearl necklace by Marc and Kris Dubick 76) Set of Oriental dishes, service for 12 with serving pieces - Catherine Arnot 77) Gift basket of Maverick Culinary Treats by Maverick Southern Kitchens 78) Gift certificate to the Old Post Office Restaurant 79) 25 bales of pine straw by Del's Landscaping 80) Starfish pottery serving platter by Palmetto Gallery and Gifts 81) Pest treatment supplies by Apex of Edisto 82) Matching set of earrings and pendant made of abalone with pearl and crystal accents by Isabella Jewelry Design 83) 1-year membership in the SC Historical Society and 3 history books donated by Bill Davies and Jim Arnett 84) Gift certificate for the Plantation Golf Course at Edisto 85) Gift certificate for Deloris' Dog House (grooming) 86) Lady's orange envelope clutch purse by East Main Boutique 87) Hand-turned wooden bowl by the SC Artisans Center 88) Metal bird print by Colleton County Museum & Farmers Market 89) Enamel and sterling silver earrings by Griffin Jewelers 90) 3 limited edition Christmas ornaments by Old Bank Christmas and Gift Shop 91) Matted print by Fran Geisler 92 2 nights at Harbour View Inn (Charleston) for 2 people by Batson and D.D. Hewitt 93) Bottle of 2004 Meeker Merlot wine by Johanna Allston and Ted Swinnerton These items have been selected to be in the live auction portion of the evening: 1) An original oil painting by Charlotte Hutson-Wrenn 2) A Creekside Summer Evening with cocktails and dinner for 8 3) 24-carat gold earrings with peridot and diamonds 4) A replica of a Point of Pines Plantation slave cabin, made by master craftsman, Tom Boozer, using wood from the original cabin that dates back to the 1840s 5) Club Car golf cart 6) 2 Civil War shells 7) Hand-crafted wooden oyster table 8) Use of the historic barn at Sunny Side Plantation for an event for 100 people 9) hand-painted silk scarf by Duke Hagerty 10) A collection of Johnny Walker's heirloom camellias

Visit the Gift Shop

Before you leave, spend some time in our gift shop. We have a special section of books, games and toys for children as well as adults. We also feature a wide selection of one-of-a-kind, hand-made crafts from local artisans, including jewelry, pottery, wood carvings and paintings. And, because we're a non-profit organization, there's no sales tax so you save money while supporting a worthy cause. We hope to see you soon!

Contact Us

Address: 8123 Chisolm Plantation Road
Edisto Island, SC 29438

Phone: 843.869.1954
Fax: 843.869.2754
email: shop@edistomuseum.org