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 The Summerville area has for centuries enjoyed the reputation as a relaxing retreat, where nature’s beauty and bounty flourish with enough abundance to refresh the body and mind. As early as the 1690’s, English settlers were drawn to an area of fertile, wooded ridges overlooking the meandering cypress wetlands of the Ashley River basin, and today Old Dorchester State Park displays the remains of the old town with an historic brick bell tower and fortifications made from oyster shells. After the Revolutionary War, new settlers were drawn to higher coastal elevations to escape summer heat, and in 1847, the town of Summerville was incorporated.

   Summerville’s pleasant surroundings were enhanced by the healthful effect of dry air infused with turpentine from surrounding pines, which was acclaimed during the late 1800’s by physicians from around the world as a potential cure for lung and throat disorders. New inns and spas added to Summerville’s ambience as a resort destination by the turn of the 20th century, drawing attention to another alluring local attraction – the flowering bloom.

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   Summerville’s rich, loamy soil proved ideal for blossoms throughout much of the year that include bright dogwoods, colorful camellias and Summerville SC homes for salefragrant magnolias. But the signature flower would become the azalea indica, a hybrid plant introduced to America by local plantation owner George Grimke Drayton in 1840. The hearty evergreen displays a stunning abundance of whites, pinks and reds throughout the gardens, parks and green spaces of Summerville from early March to late May, and earned the town its famous nickname “Flowertown in the Pines”. Each April since 1972, Summerville has hosted a Flowertown Festival, which today is one of the most highly anticipated family-oriented events along the coast, with more than 100,000 people flocking to this celebration of folk arts, crafts, music and nature.

   Still a small town of fewer than 5,000 people in the 1970’s, Summerville’s ambient aura has been appealing as a bedroom community for the growing Charleston area in recent years, as fashionable new neighborhoods and distinguished schools have found a niche along the winding forested roads. The surrounding network of parks, homes, and amenities extends along the Ashley River to the Dorchester County line bordering North Charleston, and with its proximity to US Interstate 26 and the scenic US Highway 61 corridor, offers a wide choice of well-situated properties for potential homeowners. Recreational opportunities are abundant along the nearby Ashley and Edisto rivers and huge freshwater Lake Moultrie. Golfers will enjoy the proliferation of new, outstanding courses at Crowfield Plantation, Legend Oaks, the Pine Forest Country Club, Coosaw Creek Country Club and Wescott Plantation. Area schools include such acclaimed private academies as Pinewood Preparatory School and Northwoods Preparatory School, and the public facilities of the award-winning Dorchester County School District. Downtown Summerville has developed a chic new restaurant and arts district, with bistros, grills and pubs, as well as the work of coastal artists, and of course historic Charleston’s legendary downtown area is only 25 minutes away. Just outside Summerville on Parsons Road, the exquisite Woodlands Resort rekindles the glory days of town spas and inns, featuring the remarkable AAA five-diamond restaurant, The Dining Room at Woodlands.


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