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A Year With Sallie: Looking Ahead

With 2017 in the books, we’re looking at all good things for 2018. So what’s new?

First, we have added an additional day to Sallie’s tours. Tour Daufuskie will run the Sallie Ann Robinson Native Gullah Tours on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. 

We’ve also made a slight adjustment on times. In order to accommodate all water transportation to and from Daufuskie, we now offer her tours at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. 

Wanting to grab lunch before or after your tour? With two restaurants on the island, Tour Daufuskie can provide a 2 hour cart rental pre or post tour for $45.00. That will give you time to grab a bite to eat and do a little exploring on your own. 

With the Sallie Ann Tour, we can also take care of transportation to and from the island. We will handle all of the details and reservations for you! 

Tour Daufuskie and Sallie Ann have big plans for 2018. Give us a call at (843)842-9449 to book the only Gullah Tour on Daufuskie Island.

There’s only one Sallie Ann Robinson, and we have a feeling she will be in high demand this year! 

A Year With Sallie: Big Changes

IMG-0067Sallie made some big changes in 2017. Although Sallie grew up on Daufuskie Island, she had not made it her full time home is recent years. Fortunately, that changed in 2017.

Sallie spent most of her time between Daufuskie and the Savannah and Hilton Head areas. With family, friends, and numerous commitments all over the Low Country, Sallie stayed relatively busy going from one place to another. In September of 2017, Sallie moved back to Daufuskie full time. She is currently working to get her family’s property back to its true beauty. We are so grateful to have Sallie living here full time! 

Screen Shot 2018-02-14 at 11.46.40 AMIn addition to being a full time resident on Daufuskie, Sallie also joined the Daufuskie Island Town Council. As a Council Woman, Sallie is a voice and advocate for Daufuskie Island with Beaufort County, State and Federal officials and administrative agencies. Fittingly, Sally is also the Chair of Cultural and Historical Preservation Committee for Daufuskie Island Council.  Her advocacy for the island is indispensable. 


Join Sallie for a tour not just to hear about her recent endeavors and pursuits, but to experience her vibrant spirit and the Gullah culture on Daufuskie Island. 


A Year With Sallie: Best of 2017

22426589_857093377785923_7342165182138508940_oAlthough we kicked off Sallie’s tours at the end of 2016, chilly weather kept things quiet until the beginning of spring. Warmer days with bright sunshine brought our first tours of the year. At the beginning of March, Sallie and her tour groups took advantage of Daufuskie’s beautiful early spring. 

This ushered in to one of Sallie’s busiest months of the year, May. May, along with October, proved to be the two most popular months for Sallie’s tours. In both months, tours were booked solid Tuesdays and Saturdays. From couples enjoying a day on the island to corporate groups taking a well needed reprieve, the gorgeous weather in May and October made for perfect tours. 22291350_1126490654152166_8246878185553409075_o

Throughout the year, Sallie had the opportunity to host a number of different groups. Family reunions, company retreats and social organizations all came to spend a day with Sallie. Of the many wonderful tours, one of our favorites was the Beaufort Theatre Company. As a part of the Pat Conroy Literary Festival the theatre company put on Conrack, the performed adaptation of Pat Conroy’s The Water is Wide. Sallie Ann gave an island tour to the performers, allowing for an authentic understanding of the days Pat was on the island teaching at Maryfields School. 

Asking Sallie if she had a favorite memory? She laughed and replied, “Just one? I can’t pick out just one!”



A Year With Sallie: The Word Has Gotten Out

Screen Shot 2018-01-28 at 1.38.03 PMHaving been in the public eye for years, Sallie is no stranger to the press. However, 2017 featured a number of articles and videos on the author, chef and expert of Gullah culture. With too many to count, Tour Daufuskie has picked a few of our favorites from this past year. 


SC ETV: Gullah Chef Sallie Ann Robinson – Featuring Sallie and her incredible cuisine. 


USA Today: Get off the beaten path and head to the South’s Low Country -Brian Barth visited the Bluffton, SC area early in the year. May River Excursions brought him over to enjoy a day on Daufuskie Island. One of the Daufuskie gems Barth features in his article is Sallie Ann.Sallie Ann's_cardfront

And Hilton Head Monthly, a couple times. Popular Chef and Author Sallie Ann Robinson and Daufuskie Deviled Crab 

The word is beginning to spread. Sallie’s infectious laugh, remarkable story-telling skills, and upbeat personality makes for a memorable time. How could one not write about her?


Interested in her tours? 

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Gullah Tours of Daufuskie Island from Hilton Head, Bluffton, and Savannah

To see what remains of the Gullah culture on Daufuskie Island, join Sallie Ann Robinson for her Native Gullah Tour!

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 Daufuskie Island is known for its rich Gullah history.  When Union troops occupied Daufuskie Island at the end of the Civil War, the plantation owners were driven off the island, freeing the slaves.  These folks, now referred to as “Gullah”, stayed on the island and continued to farm, fish, and harvest oysters.  In 1959 the Savannah River became severely polluted due to a paper mill company in Savannah.  This event wiped out the oyster population.  The Gullah people lost their livelihood and most were forced to leave the island, resulting in signs of abandonment throughout the island.

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Abandoned Oyster Shack

From the period of 1959-1980, the Gullah population on the island fell from 2,000 to just 50.  Community gathering places like the First Union African Baptist Church closed down due to lack of people on the island.  Fortunately, many of these historic buildings have been restored by the Daufuskie Island Historical Foundation.



Sallie Ann Robinson: Native Gullah Tours

Sallie is a 6th generation native of Daufuskie Island.  As an authority of Gullah culture, she has appeared in programs such as QVC, the Food Network, and the Travel Channel’s “Bizzare Foods”.  She is also a frequent favorite in magazine such as National Geographic, The South, Southern Living, and Hilton Head Monthly.  As a child, bridge-less Daufuskie Island was Sallie’s playground and her life was filled with tales from elders. The famous author Pat Conroy taught Sallie Ann along with many Gullah children at the Maryfield School, and their time together is remembered in Conroy’s bestselling book The Water is Wide(fun fact – Sallie Ann was “Ethel” in the novel and Daufuskie is known as “Yamacraw Island”).  Nowadays, Robinson is a recognized TV personality, celebrity chef, and spokesperson for preserving the legacy of Gullah culture. She is an author to two Gullah cookbooks; “Gullah Home Cooking the Daufuskie Way” and “Cooking the Gullah Way, Morning, Noon, and Night”.


Pat Conroy, author of “The Water is Wide, with Sallie Ann


A seasoned Gullah chef, Sallie Ann has written two Gullah cookbooks

The Sallie Ann Native Gullah Tour is currently offered Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10am and 2pm.  The cost is $55 for just the on-island tour, and from $89 with round-trip boat service.  For reservations call Tour Daufuskie at 843-842-9449 — please book your tour at least 48 hours in advance to ensure availability.

Tour Daufuskie premiers Native Gullah Tour with Sallie Ann Robinson



Sallie Ann Robinson, Native Gullah Tours

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Sallie Ann Robinson, a sixth generation native of Daufuskie Island, is joining forces with Tour Daufuskie to debut the Sallie Ann Native Gullah Tour. This is the FIRST TIME EVER weekly-offered Gullah tour led by a native professional guide on Daufuskie.

Robinson is known as an authority of Gullah culture and cuisine, having been a featured favorite in programs such as QVC, The Food Network, and The Travel Channel. As a child, she was a student of the famous author Pat Conroy and is remembered in his critically-acclaimed novel “The Water is Wide”. Sallie Ann’s historical and cultural knowledge of Daufuskie Island is unparalleled, and her tour will unearth Gullah stories and give insight to growing up on this bridgeless island.


Sallie Ann with Pat Conroy, author of Daufuskie-inspired novel “The Water is Wide”


Robinson is the author of two Gullah cookbooks, “Gullah home cooking the Daufuskie Way” and “Cooking the Gullah Way, Morning, Noon, and Night”


The Sallie Ann Native Gullah Tour is offered four times a week; Tuesdays and Saturdays at 9am and 2pm. The debut tour is Saturday Nov 5 at 2pm. Tour duration is 2.5 hours and the cost is $55 per person. These intimate tours have limited spaces available and reservations are required. To book a tour call Tour Daufuskie or email at