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Kiawah Island History

Kiawah Indians lived along the South Carolina coast 4,000 years ago, however, in the late 1600's, the British 'claimed' their discovered lands along the eastern coast in North America as property of the British Empire. Tribes near Kiawah either sold or surrendered their lands, and by 1699, the Kiawah sold what is now known as Kiawah Island to the British in exchange for cloth, beads and tools.



Ownership was granted to Captain George Raynor by the British government in 1700, who sold half of his share to Captain William Davis. Raynor's daughter took possession of Raynor's half when he died. These two families continued to live on the island until 1737 when both sold their stakes in the island to John Stanyarne. Kiawah became a cattle ranch with two plantations and 300 slaves under Stanyarne's ownership. Stanyarne's family and successors remained on the island through 1900 until one of Stanyarne's descendants, Adele Vanderhorst, purchased all the divided shares of the island from each of the inhabitants, merging Kiawah under one owner.

In 1950 C.C. Royal purchased the island from the Vandorhorst family for $125,000, to use the island for logging and timber. The Royal family soon realized by 1954 that there was more potential for the island as a summer resort instead of logging and built a searies of resort homes. They sold the Island to Kuwait Investment Company in 1974 for $18.2 million, where a large number of vacation homes were built and sold, the island's first hotel, the Kikawah Island Inn, was opened, and the Marsh Point (Cougar Point_ Golf Course was opened.

Six world-class golf courses were installed on the island in the 1980's and 1990's. Kuwait Investment sold its properties to invester William H. Goodwin during this time. The Sanctuary Hotel opened in 2004. In 2007, Kiawah becomes one of the world's topmost golf locations when the Ocean Golf Course was chosen to host the PGA Championships.



   
 

















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Things to Do & See in Kiawah cont.

Recreation
  -  Bike, Canoe, Kayak
  -  Boating, Marinas
  -  Camping
  -  Fishing
  -  Golf
  -  Tennis
  -  Water Sports

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