Saint Phillips is one of a group of barrier islands that sit at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean between Hilton Head Island and Edisto Island, protecting mainland South Carolina from the sea.
In 2017 the State of South Carolina purchased Saint Phillips Island from Ted Turner, who self describes as “founder of media empire, philanthropist, and environmentalist pioneer in sustainable resources.”
He owned the nearly 5000 acre (20 square KM) property for several decades, creating nature trails and building this modest home for seaside get-aways. The state parks department is exploring how to include this treasure as part of Hunting Island State Park (not to be confused with Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet).
Accessible only by boat, I was fortunate to be on one of the first public trips to the island. There was a lot to see and no where near enough time!
Our tour included a walk through the house. The screened front porch facing the ocean was fantastic!
When the house was first built there was an expansive sand beach leading down to the ocean. Barrier islands change continuously from the effects of storms and daily wave action and that beach is now gone. At some point this rip-rap was installed to help keep the water at bay.
September 13, 2019
4 thoughts on “Saint Phillips Island, 1”
How lucky that you got to see this first hand, Ellen. I’m glad it’s in the hands of the state parks now. Hope it’s taken care of.
I was impressed with SC’s commitment to preserving this property and providing some access, Jane. The importance of these islands to the mainland and greater ecology cannot be overstated.
Awesome adventure! Looks like you and I have been island hopping, Ellen! 🙂
It was, Donna—these islands are amazing systems.