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…to the Dataw Historic Foundation website. We invite you to explore the rich history of Dataw Island through stories, photos, videos, and consultant studies, as well as to obtain information about our foundation.



Our website features include a detailed chronology of Dataw Island’s history from the era of Native Americans up to the present, as well as plantation layout and tabby construction information. We have provided a timeline with photos and captions depicting the highlights of the Island's history. Take a video tour of our many historical sites and enjoy interesting facts in our "Did You Know" series. 


Of special historical interest is that the Sams Family Plantation complex is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Also you may press our COLLECTIONS link to explore hundreds of artifacts, documents, and photographs pertaining to our Island.


Whether you just want to learn more about the history of your community or you would like to become a member of our active, educational and collegial foundation, you will find the information you seek. If not, please use the CONTACT US option to reach us with your questions.


We hope you enjoy the site and the exploration of Dataw's fascinating history!


  • Dataw Historic Foundation, Post Office Box 819, Beaufort, South Carolina 29920