Stoney-Baynard Ruins – Hilton Head

Hilton Head has a very long history, though many don’t visit Hilton Head for the history. However, on our last visit we were over on Sea Pines Plantation and decided to stop by some interesting ruins that are there – The Stoney-Baynard Ruins. It was a free experience that the kids thoroughly enjoyed and we learned a little about the history of the area.

To reach the ruins, you will need to either be staying on Sea Pines Plantation or you can pay a day pass rate. It is inexpensive and after your visit to the ruins, there are many shopping areas and restaurants you can visit! The map you receive when you enter Sea Pines will provide you with directions to the ruins. They are set off one of the residential roads in the middle of beautiful homes.

The Stoney-Baynard ruins are listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. They are well preserved for how small of a site it is and it gives you a great taste of Antebellum time on Hilton Head Island. In the late 1700’s, early 1800’s, the plantation home was the biggest in the area and grand. What remains today is part of the original foundation of the main house and the foundations of many of the other buildings on the plantation, including a kitchen area.

The most unique aspect of these ruins is an opportunity to see true Tabby construction. Tabby construction was used to create the foundations and hardscape areas of the plantation. Tabby is a mixture of oyster shells, sand, and water. When it is dried, it is incredibly strong.

We took about 30 minutes and explored the Stoney-Baynard ruins. It was a great experience for the kids and for us, it was so quiet with the trees providing a nice canopy along with the spanish moss. You could almost imagine what it would have been like to have lived on this site all those years ago. Next time you are on Sea Pines Plantation, plan to make a quick stop by the Stoney-Baynard ruins. It is definitely worth it!

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