Old Daufuskie Crab Company
Enjoy a cool beverage and the freshest seafood in the Lowcountry at the Old Daufuskie Crab Company. This unique Island treat features a variety of delicious entrees set with the backdrop of Daufuskie’s magnificent Island sunset. Dine on the freshest shrimp, fish, deviled crab, and all the ‘fixin’s . The Crab Co. also has the best steaks in the Lowcountry. You can even shuck your own oysters right off the roasting pit. We also put a great spin on chicken quesadillas and burgers. This is “down home good eatin”.
The Story of Scrap Iron
In the early 1900's more than 2000 black African Americans lived on Daufuskie Island.
They made their living from the oyster beds that surrounded Daufuskie. Oysters
were harvested, canned, and shipped all over the world. Progress came to Savannah,
Georgia and factories were built along the Savannah River. The Savannah River was
polluted and the pollution flowed into the oyster beds around Daufuskie. The Federal
government condemned the harvesting of oysters on the Island and 2000 people were
out of work in one day. The exodus began and the population dropped to around 100
people when I came to Daufuskie in the '70's.
The people that stayed had to make a living another way and they all knew how to
make a great corn liquor and the ladies made wines. The men would load the corn
liquor in small oyster boats and row or sail it to Savannah. Sometimes it would take
a day to get there. In early days they would get 5 dollars for 50 gallons, but it gave
them money to pay taxes on their land.
When moving their cargo to Savannah they would frequently be stopped by the revenue officers and ask what they were carrying. They learned to cover the vat of corn liquor with pieces of scrap iron and would tell the revenue officers that they were taking the scrap iron to Savannah to sell to feed the family. They told this story so much that scrap iron became the name for liquor on this beautiful island. In-honor of this we offer a drink at The Old Daufuskie Crab Company, called Scrap Iron in honor of these ingenious bootleggers. Give it a try. I hope you enjoy it!
- Wick Skurry