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About Ribaut Island

Property Owners Association

A community of 63 single-family home-sites located on 52 magnificent acres within Hilton Head Plantation.   Lot sizes range from .4 acres to 1.9 acres.  Half of the homes on Ribaut Island are waterfront settings, or access, with panoramic views of the Intra-coastal Waterway and Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge, or Pine Island.  Another 24 home sites front the golden tidal marsh, and some of the homesites include private docks.  Ribaut Island's dense woodland of native palms,  gnarled oaks and tall pine trees provide the backdrop for a style of living that only a few can share and a view that only a few can enjoy.

Named historically for Captain Jean Ribaut, a sixteenth century French Huguenot explorer who explored the island en-route to establishing Fort Charlesfort on Port Royal Island in 1562. Ribaut Island is linked to the northern end of Hilton Head Plantation by its bridge which spans 400 feet of saltwater tidal marsh. Along with its extraordinary setting, Ribaut Island features special amenities in the tradition of Hilton Head's style of living.

Community Amenities: The private island community of Ribaut Island includes a private recreation center with a pavilion and a swimming pool, a tennis court, and a parking area. There is a community dock for access to the Intracoastal Waterway, and daytime docking. In addition, Ribaut Island residents also enjoy the recreational and entertainment privileges of Hilton Head Plantation. Historical Information on the Island 2000 B.C. Indians of the Late Archaic Period of prehistory (oyster shell and earthenware pottery fragments identified) 500 A.D. Indians of the Woodland Period of prehistory (stains, pottery fragments and flint flakes identified) 1100-1300 Indians of the Mississippian Period of prehistory (oyster shell, deer bones and pottery fragments identified) 1800's Seabrook Plantation Era was a time when sea island cotton was grown. A tabby (a concrete-like mortar made of lime, sand and crushed oyster shells) block formation is now at the base of the Ribaut Dr./Charlesfort Place sign. This is a ruin of workers' home found on Ribaut Island during development. 1861-1865 during the Civil War This was a probable lookout post for Union and/or Confederate troops.


Acquisition by The Shorewood Corporation, an Indianapolis-based development firm. The flags of six sovereign nations have flown at Ribaut Island. History and intrigue abound with tales of forts and fights commonplace in the more than 400 years of its recorded history. Prior to that time, Indians roamed the island and its environs, following the seasons and the bountiful harvests of Port Royal Sound and the islands which surround it. Just offshore, the Port Royal Sound provides the deepest natural harbor of the Southern Atlantic Coast.

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We envision a community of neighbors working together in private, voluntary association to achieve a higher quality of life and increasing property values. We envision a neighborhood that is considered by residents and non-residents alike to be a desirable place in which to live and enjoy the benefits of family, friends and community.


Our mission is to enhance the quality of life in our neighborhood through management of common areas, enforcement of rules and covenants, support of initiatives that strengthen bonds among residents, and investment in capital improvements that benefit the greater good.


In fulfilling our mission and achieving our vision we value honesty, fairness, firmness, equity, common sense, participation, respect, cooperation, and neighborliness in all our actions.

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