The Island was first inhabited by the indigenous Seewee Indians and later the English. Legend has it that the only other occupants of the island were pirates who buried their treasures for safekeeping in the deserted dunes and woods. During the Revolutionary War a British Army contingent of 2,500 men attempted to raid a Colonial encampment on adjacent Sullivan's Island. Many men drowned and the attack failed when the force attempted to cross the treacherous waters of the Breach Inlet between the two islands. The area was of significance again during the Civil War, as a point of departure for the CSS Hunley, the first submarine to sink an enemy vessel.
Today the island welcomes visitors to its six miles of white sandy beaches and to Wild Dunes Resort, a 1,600-acre oceanfront paradise offering world-class golf, top-ranked tennis and recreation programs, three restaurants and over two miles of pristine beach. Stay in your choice of the AAA Four Diamond Boardwalk Inn, a villa or luxury home.