Coastal Discovery Museum

Location: Hilton Head, South Carolina

Webpage: Museum

General Description: The Honey Horn property is the last significant parcel of open space on Hilton Head Island with the oldest remaining buildings.  It has had a rich history dating back over 300 years.  The Coastal Discovery Museum was established in 1985 to teach the public about natural history and cultural heritage of the low country in South Carolina.  The property consists of the Honey Horn house along with barns and carriage house.  A self-guided tour of the property includes boardwalks out into the salt marsh, a butterfly enclosure, an extensive herb garden, many large live oaks and the largest red cedar in the state, an impressive camellia garden, wreckage from an Apollo rocket that washed up on the island, and many free standing sculptures scattered around on the property.



1) The boardwalks extend quite a distance out into the salt marsh with covered pavilions and viewing platforms.  It was a good way to get pictures of the birds feeding and flying over the marsh.


2) While many of the statues on the property were free standing fantastic shapes, there were a few that were interesting.  For instance, a statue of a bird reading a magazine on a park bench or the alligator made out of pottery shards.


3) The wreckage from the Apollo spacecraft is believed to have drifted on the ocean for hundreds of miles before washing up on the beach of Hilton Head Island.


4) The size of the live oaks and red cedar on the property were among the largest I have ever seen, especially the state champion red cedar.  The expanse of branches and Spanish moss was truly impressive.


5) Honey Horn is the home of two of the rare Marsh Tacky breed of horse.  This is an historic breed that were bred specifically to work in the marshes.  The horse is short and stout with large hooves that can support the horse on the marshy ground.  While not a pretty horse, it is obviously bred for field work and well suited for the soft marshes.


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