Looking for a way to explore the Gullah Foodways while learning more about the culture on Hilton Head Island? You need to add the 9th Annual Ole Fashioned Oyster Roast at the Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island to your travel plans this March and Beyond. The Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the Gullah culture and history that has been an integral part of the Lowcountry for generations and their Gullah Oyster Roast is a must- attend event to experience the food and culture of the Gullah Community.
The oyster roast is held on the museum grounds and is a celebration of the Gullah culture’s traditional way of cooking oysters. Visitors can expect to enjoy delicious roasted oysters, classic Gullah sides, as well as live music and dancing. The event is a fantastic opportunity to experience the Gullah culture’s warmth and hospitality while enjoying some of the freshest seafood in the area.
While at the museum, visitors can also take a tour of the facility and learn about the Gullah culture’s unique history and traditions. The Gullah people are descendants of enslaved West Africans who were brought to the Lowcountry to work on rice plantations. They developed a distinct culture and language that evolved over generations and is still celebrated today.
If you are looking for a unique and authentic experience in Hilton Head Island, the 9th Annual Ole Fashioned Oyster Roast at the Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island is a must-visit. The celebration of the Gullah culture’s history and traditions is a great way to learn about the Lowcountry’s past while enjoying some delicious food and entertainment.
Be sure to add these upcoming events at the Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island to your travel plans for the year. They are a great way to explore Gullah Culture and support a great cause while traveling:
July 6th, 2024
Gullah Heritage Festival: Perfect experience to host your family reunion around or to start a family tradition.
October 19, 2024
Gullah Food Festival: If you are a foodie, add this event to your list. From Shrimp and Grits to Crab Stews, the Gullah Food Festival is one you won’t want to miss and a great event to experience as a group.
About the Museum’s Founder:
Louise Miller Cohen is a native of Hilton Head Island and therefore has experienced the Gullah culture first hand. Her latest role in preserving this unique culture, which she has been doing for the past ten years, is that of Gullah storyteller.
Community elders have passed the torch on to her and she has adopted the mission of preserving the Gullah/Geechee heritage and culture. Ms. Cohen accomplishes this by telling tales, singing gospel songs, proudly speaking and teaching the Gullah language, sharing knowledge of plants used for medicine, preparing Gullah cuisine, performing the “Ring Shout” and making homemade wine from mulberries and other seasonal fruits. She believes that as these rituals are performed in the presence of children and their parents, the rituals will be passed down from generation to generation and the Gullah/Geechee culture will be preserved forever.
Her most current vision is to restore the houses that she grew up in, which will become part of the Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island. This museum will give children of all ages, locals, and tourists the experience of what life was like on Hilton Head Island before the bridge to the mainland was built in 1956.
Since 2003, she has been the founder and director of the nonprofit Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island. Years ago, Ms. Cohen said that she kept reading that the Gullah language and lifestyle were becoming “extinct”. Her entry into Gullah storytelling and historical preservation started with her involvement in Hilton Head Island’s Annual Gullah Celebration.
Ms. Cohen stepped out of what she calls her “shell of shame” and began to share her Gullah culture with others. Since that time, she has organized committees and appeared at the Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration (sponsored annually on the island by the Native Island Business and Community Affairs Association), the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, numerous church and school programs, local and regional festivals, college campuses and conferences in the Southeast. In 2007, she received the Jean Laney Harris Folk Advocacy Award.