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St Phillips Island – Beaufort County, South Carolina

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St Phillips Island is one of many barrier islands off the coast of Beaufort County. Like many of South Carolina‘s sea islands, it is suffering from devastating erosion. The island is near popular St Helena Island, which known for its historic connection to Gullah culture. The Penn Center, a National Historical Landmark on St Helena, is located on the site of one of the nation’s first schools for freed slaves.

Randy LaGrone of Beaufort, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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21 Comments about St Phillips Island

Greg bradleyNo Gravatar says:
February 15th, 2018 at 9:35 pm

Is there any history regarding Saint Phillips Island in Beaufort County to be found? Was it ever used in the Civil War? I see it was sold to SC recently, thanks.

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
February 8th, 2018 at 11:59 pm

It was slated to be, we have not heard yet if the deal has finalized.

Kevin WilliamsonNo Gravatar says:
February 8th, 2018 at 5:20 pm

Has St Phillips been sold to the State of South Carolina?

Sandra LitchfieldNo Gravatar says:
May 6th, 2015 at 11:50 pm

I am interested in Bay Point Island. Was this Bay Point Island (Ft. Beauregard) during the Civil War? I have an ancestor who was the lighthouse keeper from 1863-1865. His name was E.M Converse and his wife was Margaret. Is it possible to visit? Do you know of any information that would help?
Thank You,
Sandra Litchfield

curtis McDanielNo Gravatar says:
January 8th, 2013 at 4:13 pm

That would be correect.

Tony StuartNo Gravatar says:
November 23rd, 2012 at 11:29 pm

My understanding of Submerged lands jursidiction in
South Carolina is that all tidelands below the mean high water mark are owned by the state in public trust. This includes King’s Grants. So unless I am missing something, it is perfectly legal to land a boat on the beach below the high water mark on St. Phillips Island. Am I mistaken?

Curtis McDanielNo Gravatar says:
September 26th, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Just pulling your leg.

Ray TudorNo Gravatar says:
September 14th, 2012 at 10:17 am

Glad you injoyed your stay on whatever Island you were on but I assure you it was not St. Phillips ! Cheers

Curtis McDanielNo Gravatar says:
September 13th, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Sorry I did not get your response in time We spent the first week of September on the southeastern shore. It was just fantastic. Thanks so much for your kind southern hospitality. Tell Brother Ted, we took only what we needed and needed only what we took. We will let you know next time we can stop in for a week or so.

Ray TudorNo Gravatar says:
August 29th, 2012 at 11:43 am

The Island is private and off limits .

Curtis McDanielNo Gravatar says:
August 28th, 2012 at 8:10 am

I would like to visit by sailboat and spend the a weekend there with my wife and daughter. Any problem with this. or do you know if it is off limits? Thank you in advance for your reply.

TomNo Gravatar says:
February 15th, 2012 at 3:37 am


The archives is set up in such a way that I am unable to locate the land grant for St. Phillips, island. Perhaps you could ask the current land owners for help identifying, and/or, locating the correct archival document. Perhaps they have a photo copy with that information on it. The archives is asking for a specific date or the specific name of the grantee; information I cannot yet provide.

Thanks again. I hope I’m not being to much of a bother.


TomNo Gravatar says:
February 7th, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Thanks Ray. I’ve ask the archives for assistance.

RayNo Gravatar says:
February 7th, 2012 at 9:21 am

The grant is located in the State Archives in Columbia. Hope this helps!

TomNo Gravatar says:
February 5th, 2012 at 3:13 am

Ray Tudor

My mothers family came from Scotland. The family owned a British land grant which included St. Phillips island. The family name has been bastardized over the past 300 years and now has at least 3 spelling variations; Eddings being one spelling. I’m wondering if it might be possible to view the original British land deeds? How could something like this be arranged? Please answer using this email address:

Thank you.


Ray TudorNo Gravatar says:
January 31st, 2011 at 9:56 am

The family that owns the Island comes down for the beauty of the Island and the private nature of the Island. I suggest you consider Hilton Head.

LisaNo Gravatar says:
January 25th, 2011 at 12:29 pm

If you had the opportunity to visit and stay on the island what is there to do during the day. Are there places you would recommend going to see off the island?

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
December 2nd, 2010 at 9:56 am

Thank you so much for clarifying for all us Ray! – SCIWAY

Ray TudorNo Gravatar says:
November 30th, 2010 at 12:56 pm

I am the manager of St. Phillips Island and have been for the past 30+ years . The Island is privately owned by RE Turner III and has not changed hands in any way. The property that was donated was a parcel on the mainland .The Island holds a Kings Grant and is private . Hopes this clears things up . Ray

Larry GordonNo Gravatar says:
August 27th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Tonite (8/27/10) my wife and I met the man who manages St.Phillips Island. He and his wife live near us in Beaufort, SC. He said that Ted Turner owns the island.

Carol Weaver HicksNo Gravatar says:
August 9th, 2010 at 9:15 am

Does Ted Turner own St. Phillips Island??

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