Oyster Union Society
From the turn of the 20th century the primary economy of the island was the harvesting and shucking of oysters. Eventually, pollution in the Savannah River ruined the oyster beds in the 1950’s. The oyster workers established the Oyster Union Society, a benevolent and burial society that held meetings and social events in this 1893 building. Local moonshine or homemade wine enhanced these events. An initiation ceremony was necessary for membership in the Society. The Society dissolved after the oyster beds ceased operations.