haig point historic mansion and Lighthouse
Join Us on a Discovery Experience!
Two of our favorite island retreats are our mansion and lighthouse. These venues, although not entirely native to the island, represent bits and pieces of the area’s history. Guests are able to stay at one or the other during a Discovery Experience as well as members on the national/international and non-resident membership levels. We highly recommend touring these two as they are ingrained in the culture of Haig Point itself.
The Strachan mansion
The Strachan Mansion at Haig Point was built in 1910 on St. Simons Island as a summer retreat. In 1986, the new developers of the community moved the mansion to Haig Point with two barges over three days in some times treacherous waters. The historic building was restored to its magnificence as you see today.
Featuring four luxurious suites, each with a tie to Haig Point's history and beautifully themed with antique furnishings, the Mansion presents comfortably elegant accommodations for guests of residents and members. Guests can unwind from their busy day with a refreshing beverage at the bar, playing billiards with friends or simply relaxing in one of the cozy gathering places.
The General Store is located in the Mansion, stocked with necessities to tide you over between trips to the mainland. In the mornings, the Mansion offers complimentary coffee, muffins and daily newspapers. The Member hub also houses our on-site post office, and it’s a Wi-Fi hot spot for those wanting a peaceful place to catch up on work while watching dolphins frolic in the surf.
The 1873 Lighthouse
In 1872, construction commenced on the Lighthouse that would guide captains navigating the shifting shoals of Calibogue Sound. The Lighthouse’s 40-foot tower served mariners traveling around the northern tip of Daufuskie between 1873 to the 1930s. After many years passed with no attention to the structure, the Lighthouse was restored in the 1980s after development began at Haig Point.
As the legend goes, a young maiden named Maggie lived in the Lighthouse with her family in the late 19th century. Her father, Patrick Comer, was the first lighthouse keeper, along with his wife, Bridget. The family moved to Daufuskie in 1873 and tended to the structure for the first 18 years. Maggie fell in love with a naval engineer who was tasked with refitting the Lighthouse's lantern room. Notes from his diary revealed that the pair had quickly fallen in love, but something happened unexpectedly and the couple split. He left and never returned to Daufuskie Island, leaving her with a broken heart. Haig Point residents and visitors have claimed they felt the friendly presence of Maggie.
While it serves as a guesthouse with two bedrooms, kitchen, dining room and porch overlooking Calibogue Sound, the Lighthouse is also a sought-after venue for weddings, special events and private parties. Be sure to tour the historic lighthouse on your visit to Haig Point!