Fripp Island is the most seaward of all the beautiful South Carolina Sea Islands and is located eighteen miles east of the inland town of Beaufort, South Carolina. Fripp Island holds a fascinating history and bears an exciting future to match. Learn all about Fripp’s humble beginnings and how the area has changed over the decades morphing into a seaside vacation getaway that keeps visitors coming back year after year!
In the Beginning
In days of yore, this majestic 3000-acre island was a popular oasis for world explorers and a quiet retreat for treasure hunting pirates who sailed the seas preying on ships of all nations. Because of its reputation for being a pirate’s hideaway, stories about buried treasure on the island still persist today!
Fripp Island’s history can be traced back to the 17th Century when the island was deeded to Captain Johannes Fripp, a swashbuckling privateer who, like other letter-of-marquee men and pirates at that time, sailed the Seven Seas in search of gold and treasures. Captain Fripp was a big powerful man whose reputation as a skillful sea warrior marked him as a fearful foe.
With the French and Spanish unable to penetrate the English stronghold in Beaufort, the English had time to reinforce their coastal defenses which eventually led to the successful British colonization of this southeastern territory. As a reward for his successful defense of Beaufort on behalf of England, King Charles officially deeded this island to Captain Johannes Fripp. The island became known as Fripp’s Island. Captain Fripp settled here, married a lady named Martha Scott and had a family. His family, over time, became one of the wealthy Southern plantation families prior to the Civil War.
Geography & Development
Amazingly, Fripp Island was a much larger island than it is today. However, in 1854, the ocean broke through two places on the island to form three separate islands: Fripp, Pritchard’s and Capers. Today, a growing number of travelers, like the 17th Century seafarers, are attracted to this palmetto-studded island because of its mild climate. This “private world of beauty”, resplendent with tropical foliage, a gently sloping beach that is swept by refreshing trade winds, the magnificence of the sunrise over the Atlantic, and the soothing sound of the surf, have never lost and will never lose its appeal.
Fripp Island in Modern Times
Fripp Island in the Spotlight
Hollywood has found Fripp Island fascinating as well. In fact, it was at the Ocean Creek venue and the surrounding tidal marsh that was used as a film set for both Forrest Gump and Disney’s The Jungle Book! Additionally, Jacques Cousteau has said that Ocean Creek is framed by some of the world’s most fertile and pristine salt marshes.
Fripp Island Resort, just like its history, is popular for those who seek to avoid the commonplace. Some of our guests desire to stay in intimate villas, while others rent large luxurious homes. At Fripp Island Resort we are committed to one simple goal: something for everyone at one of the very finest of all South Carolina Resorts.
So whether your preference is enjoying an action-packed week of family activities, or if you look forward to lounging on the beach with a good book, search Fripp Island Resort for your perfect Fripp Island rental property.