Explore Daufuskie Island
Daufuskie is home to approximately 300 full-time residents. Among them you will find award- winning and talented artists, entrepreneurs, woodworkers, winemakers, chefs, historians, farmers, sculptors, potters, community organizers, musicians, and more. It’s an island where people wave to you on the road, and stop to help you if you’re lost. The best way to explore the island is to get out and meet the residents at some of the local businesses we have described here. But beware…you may end up like many of the islanders and decide you’ll never leave! Have fun and be sure to tell them Melrose sent you!
Daufuskie Community Farm
Since 2010, Daufuskie Community Farm and Artisan Village has devoted its energy to passionately advocating sustainable living on Daufuskie Island. The farm originally intended to provide a hands-on way of producing food for the community. Ever since its initial conception, Daufuskie Community Farm has been making a huge difference in the community and contributed to the planning, construction and economic growth of the community. Everything from animals, gardens, orchards and a new Artisan Village provides a unique and authentic experience when visiting the island.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT Daufuskie community farm VISIT http://www.daufuskieartisanvillageandfarm.com.
Daufuskie Rum Company
The Daufuskie Island Rum Company, located on 12 acres off Haig Point Road, opened in December 2014. This micro-distillery is one of only two American rum distilleries located on an island. Each bottle of Daufuskie Island Rum is distilled, bottled, labeled, and packed by hand on Daufuskie. The facility is open to the public from Wednesday to Saturday from 10 to 4.
to schedule a tasting and tour of the brand new facility visit HTTP://WWW.DAUFUSKIERUM.COM.
Daufuskie Wine and Woodworks
Daufuskie Wine & Woodworks is located on the north end of the island next to Freeport Marina. Daufuskie Wine and Woodworks is owned and operated by Mike and Joanne Loftus who spent 30 years in the northeast and are now full time on Daufuskie.
The couple operates their businesses out of their beautifully designed post and beam barn, which can also be rented for private events and gatherings. The woodworking shop is concentrated on building wooden kayaks, surfboards, canoes, and paddleboards in the world. The quaint wine shop operates out of an attached building where they curate many wines and craft beers. With organic, sustainable, and low production wines from vineyards throughout the world, you will love every second of your time at Daufuskie Wine and Woodworks.
Freeport Marina is home to the Old Daufuskie Crab Company restaurant and Calibogue Cruises tour company. A General Store is also located on the property where you can find everything from cold drinks and snacks to t-shirts, gifts, plus a great collection of books about Daufuskie and the Lowcountry.
For more information call (843) 342-8687 or visit http://www.daufuskiefreeport.com.
The Iron Fish Gallery
The Iron Fish Gallery is a gift shop and art gallery exclusively representing the work of renowned coastal sculptor and Daufuskie Island resident, Chase Allen. Chase has become known for his vintage finished fish art sculptures, and also his original mermaid, stingray, blue crab, and Maine lobster art sculptures. His work has been featured on television as well as in national magazines. Stop by the gallery located on Benjie’s Point Road and check out the impressive collection of coastal décor. If Chase is there, it’s highly likely he’ll give you a personalized tour of his gallery and workshop.
TO purchase your own art work and to learn more about Iron fish visit www.ironfishart.com.
Marshside Mama's, located at the County Dock on Haig Point Rd, is a combination restaurant and bar with live music. A sign on the wall describes owner Beth Shipman's attitude:"No Whining, Just Dance." Famous for their seafood gumbo, shrimp and grits, and fresh local fish, you can dine inside where the restaurant is cooled by ceiling and box fans, or you can sit outside under the trees with a beautiful view of the New River.
For reservations call (843) 785-4755 or visit http://marshsidemamas.com.
Silver Dew Pottery
Silver Dew Pottery, owned by husband and wife Lancy and Emily Burn, has been in business on Daufuskie over 15 years. The Burn family roots run deep on the island, and Lancy’s father, Papy, was the Bloody Point lighthouse keeper. Papy spent his time wandering the shores, forests, and dirt roads of Daufuskie, collecting ancient pottery shards and other Native American island artifacts. These were the inspiration for Lancy to make pottery. To this day, Lancy shares his father’s impressive collection of shards and artifacts, along with fascinating stories about Daufuskie Island’s history, with visitors at the Silver Dew Pottery. Beautifully simple and wholly functional, each piece of pottery is signed and many pieces have become treasured collector’s items.