Renovations begin on coast's 1930s Gullah house

HILTON HEAD,SC - HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (AP) - Volunteers on a South Carolina resort island will begin work to renovate a house built long before the first bridge connected Hilton Head Island to the mainland.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports work to restore the tiny wood frame house built in the 1930s should begin Monday.

The home's owner, Louise Cohen, plans to make the house into the first building of the Hilton Head Gullah Museum to honor the culture of the descendants of slaves who settled on the once isolated sea islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia.

The house will be renovated with similar materials used when it was built 80 years ago with one exception - a window so visitors can look inside and get a glimpse at how people used to live.

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