Haig Point is a member-owned private residential community located on Daufuskie Island
in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Because no
bridge connects Daufuskie with the mainland,
Haig Point operates a private ferry company that
transports residents and their guests to a community marina from adjacent Hilton Head Island.
Among Haig Point’s featured amenities are its
two Rees Jones-designed golf courses—a
unique 20-hole championship layout that’s ranked
among the nation’s best private courses and a
separate nine-hole course of equally high quality.
Residents also enjoy the use of the community’s
state-of-the-art equestrian facility, the beach
club with pool and waterfront dining, and the
The relaxed Haig Point lifestyle also includes both
fresh- and saltwater fishing, as well as sailing and
kayaking in the surrounding waters. Daufuskie Island’s rich historical and environmental heritage is
on display along the many local walking trails and
bike paths. Haig Point residents are among the
most active volunteers at the Daufuskie Island
Community Farm and Artisan Village, while the
nightlife and attractions of world-famous Hilton
Head Island are just a short ferry ride away.
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HAIG POINT ON DAUFUSKIE ISLAND
for a company that helped to establish sustainable farms, Pat
and her volunteers started clearing the land. Except for the
treated lumber necessary for structural support, all of the initial wood used for the farm’s buildings, fencing, animal pens
and raised gardens were from the site’s felled trees. ;e group
had a portable sawmill that Pat’s grandson knew how to use.
“He taught Aaron Crosby how to run the sawmill,” Beichler
said, “and he [Aaron] has built all of the buildings since then...
He’s really been my right-hand man.”
Aaron Crosby grew up in New Hampshire and worked in
the resort management and real estate industries. He was serving as a development consultant when he moved to Daufuskie
Island in 2005. Crosby’s current “day job,” as he describes it, is
project manager for a 1,000-acre mixed-use development on
the island’s Webb and Oak Ridge tracts that’s now in the planning stage.
But Crosby, somewhat to his surprise, found another calling
at the First Union African Baptist Church, which had been established in 1881 and is still the island’s only house of worship.
“We started going to church here,” Crosby said, re;ecting
on the period shortly a;er he moved to Daufuskie with his
wife and their two daughters. “As I got more actively involved,
the pastor asked me to become a deacon and teach the Sunday morning Bible school and I did that for a number of years.
And then I started preaching about four times a year and, when
the associate pastor retired, that became two Sundays a month.
;en, about a year and a half ago, the pastor said ‘I’m going to
retire when I turn 80’ and the search committee then called me
to be the new pastor.
“We consider ourselves to be a non-denominational com-
munity church,” Crosby said. With so many part-time island
residents, attendance varies: “We might have 10 on a cold-
weather Sunday and 75 on a nice summer weekend.”
But the quantity of church membership is clearly less impor-
tant to this pastor than the quality of its mission. “I say this al-
most every Sunday: My objective here is to remove the barriers
that cause people to think that church is something that takes
place within four walls for an hour on Sunday. It’s about creat-
ing a sense of togetherness and building a community with one
And although Crosby’s role at the Daufuskie Island Com-
munity Farm has evolved over the years from sawmill volunteer
to chairman of the non-pro;t’s board, he’s quick to give credit
where he believes it’s due: “Pat Beichler has built this fantas-