DATAW-No-Ordinary-PlaceThe Dataw Historic Foundation is thrilled to announce the release of its new book, Dataw, No Ordinary Place, a 112-page limited edition detailing the rich history of Dataw with over 200 images published locally by Lydia Inglett Publishing.

From archaeological findings to Dataw’s ruins and its breathtaking natural vistas, the book covers the depth of history that makes Dataw the special place that it is today. As Marks/Wilson Conditions Survey stated, “Dataw Island represents one of the most intact examples of an early nineteenth century plantation community with all of its facilities.”


            With a foreword written by esteemed historian, Dr. Lawrence Rowland, Professor Emeritus at USCB, and the information presented based upon available historical, architectural and archaeological sources and material, the book chronicles Dataw from ten thousand years ago, inhabited by Native Americans, to the arrival of the Pirates, Europeans, plantation owners and Africans, to the current day and the nurturing of the island as a place for people to enjoy and call home. 

            The Dataw Historic Foundation’s mission is to foster the rich Sea Island plantation history of Dataw Island; to be the custodian of Dataw’s entire history. Historical archaeologist Nick Honerkamp states, “We have only one past, and if it’s destroyed, it’s gone forever. Preservation is the one thing we can do to ensure future generations will have a past to appreciate.” 

            The book, a collaboration between The Dataw Historic Foundation and Lydia Inglett Publishing, preserves Dataw’s rich history and will generate additional funding for the preservation and restoration of Dataw with proceeds from the sale of the book benefitting The Dataw Historic Foundation. 

            Dataw, No Ordinary Place is available for collecting and gift-giving until 1200 units sell out. The 9 x 12” full-color book with 112 pages, French dust jacket and over 200 photographs retails for $39.95. The book is available now for purchase from The Dataw Historic Foundation ( and also online at