Daufuskie Island History

Centuries of history on the island tell countless stories of its rich historical and cultural significance. The Daufuskie Island Historical Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, was founded in 2001 to preserve the island’s past through the restoration of historic buildings, archives and island sites. Our customized trail rides can take you on a tour of these historical sites while guides share with you the stories behind them.

Marsh Tackies

South Carolina State Heritage Horse

Horses have varied and unique history here on Daufuskie Island. Dating back to the 1500’s, small Spanish-bred horses were brought to the island by explorers and several bands of these horses survived in the semi-tropical island climate which are today known as Marsh Tackies. These bands of ponies were later captured and domesticated by Native Americans, European settlers, and African slaves.

Due to their tough constitution that adapted to island forage and gentle nature, the Marsh Tacky became the common horse in the Lowcountry area. With their numbers dwindling, several organizations have worked to bring this breed back to their native roots.

Daufuskie Trail Rides is proud to have our very own Marsh Tacky, Rio, a 13-year-old gelding who will often accompany us on trail rides. Please visit Carolina Marsh Tacky Association to learn more about this breed.

Meet Rio, Haig Point’s 13-year old Marsh Tacky horse

Meet Rio, Haig Point’s 13-year old Marsh Tacky horse


Following the residential development of Daufuksie Island in the 1970’s and 1980’s, horses were brought to the island for recreational and instructional use. Haig Point, a long-standing residential, private community on Daufuskie, encompasses a beautiful 12 stall boarding facility and instruction program for riders of all ages. To learn more about Haig Point, please visit haigpoint.com.