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Baynard Ruins

There are many area attractions, shops, restaurants, and activities to keep everyone busy throughout a stay on Hilton Head. The area is also full of history that you’ll want to explore. Originally build in 1793, the Baynard Ruins is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Learn about its role in the Civil War, and other unique historical aspects of the home. Visit daily 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. in Sea Pines on Plantation Drive between Baynard Cove Road and Marsh Drive.

Brief History

The 1,885-square-foot antebellum plantation home in Sea Pines was originally built by Captain Jack Stoney as part of Braddock’s Point Plantation. Made of a mixture of oyster shells, lime, and sand, the beautiful structure overlooked Calibogue Sound. The home changed hands to the Baynard family in 1837, a successful cotton planter. Union forces raided the home and housed soldiers during the Civil War, after which the home was burned to the ground and the ruins left standing to this day.


Wander the tabby ruins of the main home and slave quarters. Only the foundation of the main home, a corner wall, and the foundations of several outbuildings remain. Read up on the history of the structures, including the families that inhabited them, and the workings of the plantation.


As many sites with such checkered pasts as Baynard Ruins do, there have been numerous claims of ghost sightings and other paranormal activity. Visitors claim to have seen the ghost of former owner William Baynard – and even his funeral procession. Others report sightings of Mr. Baynard at the Baynard Mausoleum in Zion Cemetery, where he was laid to rest.

Step Into History at Baynard Ruins

You came to Hilton Head to explore and experience a new place on a fun, relaxing getaway, and maybe learn a little more about the area’s history. Start your historic journey by booking a vacation home with Coastal Vacation Rentals. We have units as small as one bedroom for a small family or sweetheart getaway that includes time at Baynard ruins, all the way up to seven bedrooms for a large family or group reunion! You’ll have access to private outdoor spaces like a pool, balcony, or deck. Relax indoors in stylish bedrooms. Make a meal in the fully equipped kitchen, then spread out in an open living area. For a luxury stay like no other, choose a premium unit to include perks like wood floors, flat screen TVs, an elevator and more to make your stay one you’ll never forget.

Call us today to start planning a fun-filled visit to Hilton Head Island and the Baynard Ruins!