DeBordieu Colony is one of the oldest beachside communities on the East Coast. It’s a unique blend of wildlife, beach, and beautiful family homes. According to local legend, the name “DeBordieu” was given to this area by the Marquis de Lafayette. After navigating secretly for 54 days in order to avoid being captured by the British fleet, Lafayette landed his ship Victory on June 13, 1777, and exclaimed, “This land is so beautiful, it must be the borderland of God! (D’aborde Dieu).” Our southern pronunciation “Debidue” comes from the local Gullah dialect.
Some 400 years have not diminished the beauty that LaFayette found so captivating. With only 1,220 homesites on 2,700 acres, and hundreds of acres established as a wildlife preserve, DeBordieu Colony will delight residents and guests for generations to come.