Mitchelville Freedom Park on Hilton Head Island SC
This historic location on Hilton Head Island is a great location for an elopement!
November 7, 1861, Union forces attacked two Confederate forts and the Sea Islands of South Carolina near Port Royal. “The Battle of Port Royal” later drove the Confederate forces to retreat to the mainland. One island, Hilton Head Island, immediately became the headquarters for the Union Army. It also would become the setting for the first self-governed town of freed Africans in the country. After the Battle of Port Royal, men, women, and children fled the plantations and sought freedom with the Union army.
Due to overcrowding in the barracks in the Union camp, General Ormsby Mitchel dedicated a large parcel of the land, near the old Drayton Plantation, to the newly freed Blacks that they would be able to cultivate and govern. Individuals and families were given a quarter acre lot and material to build a home. The freedmen elected their own officials, created their own system of law, built three churches, four stores and established the first compulsory school system in the state of South Carolina. Education was required for every child from age 6 to 15 and when the school district was created in 1866, there were 238 students in the town. At its height, Mitchelville boasted over 3,000 residents, but after the Union army left the area in 1868, the population began to decrease. Many residents began farming and engaging in local commerce to sustain themselves and the town would maintain until the end of the century. Eventually, the residents took apart their homes and moved inland.
The park has some examples of the type of construction that was in the location in the past.
There is even an open church setting!
The path will take you to a Toni Morrison bench over looking the marsh.
Just to the right is a boardwalk with a covered gazebo at the end.
There is also a boat that is a wonderful photo opportunity!
The main path will take you to a pavilion and further to the beach. The path is about half a mile long.
This is the most "private" public beach in the area!
This location is perfect for a sunrise elopement!
The Simple Elopement Package is a perfect fit for this location! Scroll down for more photos of elopements at this location!
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