Hilton Head Island Hall of Fame Accepting Nominations
as of May 1 through May 31st 2015
The Hilton Head Island Hall of Fame permanently enshrines the visionary people of the past and present who have had a lasting and extraordinary impact on our community. The process to select the 2015 incoming class begins May 1, 2014.
Who can nominate? Anyone can submit a nomination for the Hall of Fame! The Nomination Form is available on the Hilton Head Island Hall of Fame website: www.hiltonheadislandhalloffame.com or on the Hilton Head Rotary website: www.hiltonheadrotary.org. All nominations must be submitted by May 31, 2014. It is an opportunity for your voice to be heard regarding those who had a lasting impact to our community.
Once all the nominations are received, an anonymous group of longtime community members will make the final selection. The honorees will be celebrated with a Hall of Fame luncheon to be held on Novemebr 11.
Please visit the Hilton Head Island Hall of Fame located at the Coastal Discovery Museum where the Hall of Fame wall and plaques are located. Previous honorees are Charles Fraser, Charles Simmons, Sr., Charlotte Heinrichs, Fred Hack, Sr., Thomas Barnwell and Will “Billie” Hack. Please visit and learn more about the wonderful history of our island and those who made it possible.
The Rotary Club of Hilton Head launched the inaugural Hilton Head Island Hall of Fame program in the fall of 2012.
Mark Your Calendar!
October 16, 2014 at the Sonesta Resort, HHI
Hall of Fame Gala & Concert with the Newest Inductees to the Hall of Fame!
The Hilton Head Island Hall of Fame
Launched by the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island in 2012 as a gift to the community, the Hall of Fame honors the visionary people who have had a lasting and extraordinary impact on our community. Selection of the honorees is made each year by an anonymous group of longtime community residents from nominations submitted by the community at large. Each Hall of Fame honoree is enshrined with a brass plaque on a tabby pedestal in the Hall of Fame exhibit overlooking Jarvis Creek at Honey Horn Plantation.
Early History of Hilton Head Island
History of Hilton Head Island
in the 20th Century
Inhabited by Native American tribes for thousands of years, Hilton Head was first explored by the Spanish in the early-1500s. In 1663, English Captain William Hilton arrived from Barbados and named the island after himself. "Hilton's Head," as it was originally called, became a cotton plantation, later serving as a major base in the Civil War. Post-war, a number of freed slaves moved to the island seeking housing and work. In the early-1930s, a Wall Street tycoon purchased more than 60 percent of the island to use as a private game reserve.
In 1956, Charles Fraser developed the Sea Pines Resort, and Hilton Head's transformation into a vacation destination was begun.
Hilton Head Island Hall of Fame
Hilton Head Island has introduced a Hall of Fame to permanently enshrine the visionary people of the past and present who have had a lasting and extraordinary impact on our community. The first inductees were announced November 1, 2012.
Location for the Hall of Fame
The Coastal Discovery Museum has designated a Wall of Fame within the Museum. Each honoree will have a large bas relief with an engraved plaque detailing their achievements. Future plans include a dedicated tabby wall built along one of the Honey Horn pathways.
Who does the selecting? A dedicated group of longtime community members were chosen to select honorees. They will review annually nominations during the month of October, in preparation for the announcement on November 1st.