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Hilton Head’s Stonehenge

Hilton Head’s Stonehenge

Historic-Sites_SB.jpgAncient man left his mark, clues to his cultures and societies, in different forms all over the world.  We find, and study, the clues left by our ancestors; from the cave paintings in France, to the statues of Easter Island, the Pyramids of the Mayans and the Egyptians, and Stonehenge; trying to unlock their secrets and solve their mysteries.  Hilton Head Island is also home to one of the mysteries left by a prehistoric civilization: Circular mounds of shells and bone, some as large as 240 feet in diameter and nine feet high!  Perhaps these shell rings are not the architectural achievements of the great pyramids, but they are just as mysterious and just as old; most scholars believe the “newest” these “Shell Rings” to date back to around 1450 B.C.!

Constructed of every type of sea shell and animal bone imaginable, and native to the area, no one really knows exactly why they were built.  The most plausible theory is that the ancients, for lack of a better idea, simply piled their garbage around their homes and camps; thus creating a circular trash heap, around a common area; thus recycling their refuse into a fence and boundary marker that could have also served as protection from wild animals, strong winds and other tribes.  Today the remains of only twenty shell rings still exist; protected by law and listed on  the National Register of Historic Places; there is evidence to support the theory that some may be as old as 10,000 years.

There were originally believed to have been four of these mysterious rings on Hilton Head; however two of them were destroyed years ago, when material was harvested from them to make “tabby”.  Perhaps some of the remnants of these two rings are still visible in the Stoney-Baynard ruins in Sea Pines Plantation; this is actually plausible, as one of the two remaining shell rings is located near the east entrance to the Sea Pines Forest Preserve.   The Sea Pines ring, believed to date approximately 4,000 years, is about one hundred-fifty feet in diameter.  The other remaining Hilton Head ring can be viewed at the “Green Shell Enclosure”, on the north end of the island, off Squire Pope Road.

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LOVE this place!! Highly recommend! My husband & I have spent the last four nights at this property.... we'll be leaving tomorrow and have already started planning our return trip! I can't say enough good things about this place... LOVED IT. For those who haven't been to Hilton Head before - it's absolutely amazing. This was our second trip - HH will be our only "beach vacation" destination from here on out! The beaches are beautiful (beach near Night Heron is very quiet!), the island has a great natural /outdoorsy feel, and there are amazing restaurants all over the island. (Highly recommend Truffles!!) Savannah is nearby for a daytrip on a cloudy/rainy day, and today we went kayaking on Broad Creek and had several dolphins come right up to our kayaks! The Night Heron community is great. I love the quaint feeling - reminds me of Girl Scout camp as a kid! The villas are tucked into the woods and feel isolated, even though there's plenty to do nearby. It's a shady 5 min walk to the beach, and an easy bike ride to Harbour Town shops/restaurants (sorry - didn't time it). Noise from traffic or other residents was never an issue -we fell asleep to the sound of frogs and awoke to the sound of birds singing. This villa backs up to a wooded area of trees, palmetto, and Spanish moss - fabulous view! The property itself is great - nicely renovated with fresh paint colors, great kitchen & bathroom, nice furniture throughout, etc. Big flat screen TV's in living room and bedroom are a perk. WiFi was reliable, which was good because we're computer junkies! The living room has lots of space - we brought our dog, so it was nice to have a large space to set up his XL dog crate in the living room. Washer & dryer in the bathroom were convenient - they're small, but wash/dry quickly. The bathroom cabinet has a shelf labelled "dog drying towels," which was a nice touch! (There is also a dog bed & several dog toys included.) Two boogie boards & a skim board on the screened porch - we didn't use them, but would be great for a family with kids. Cleaning supplies are included for any quick cleanups (we love the Shark sweeper - need one for our own house!). Honestly, I can't think of anything that this house was lacking or any drawbacks that I noted. Booking was easy through BeachBum property management, and Margot & Jim (property managers) stopped by today while they were in the neighborhood. Overall, we had a great trip and wish we didn't have to leave tomorrow!! We'll be back!
Cathy B - Hickory, NC

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4 Roma Ct
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
843-247-4814
jb@beachbum-rentals.com

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