Charleston is one of South Carolina’s main urban hubs. It is also a historical mecca, showcasing the homes of the antebellum South. One of the most historical neighborhoods is Historical Summerville. This district was originally an escape for plantation owners during the heat of the Carolina summer, especially the mosquito filled marshes. Overtime the commerce built up to accommodate the wishes of this upper crust, creating a beautiful downtown along with various Victorian homes and spacious parks. As a result, it became one of the first resorts in the U.S.
Charleston has over 700 buildings on the National Register of Historical Places
It is often referred to as the “Flowertown in the Pines”. Residents and visitors alike flock to this area for both the festivals and its unique Southern charm. One such festival began in 1972, known as the Flowertown Festival. With an annual attendance of over 200,000 visitors, this fundraising festival contributes funds to the Summerville Family YMCA and heralds the beginning of spring. It is a festival open to the public that draws artists to display and sell their work. Food and games are also available to attendees.
Sculpture of the South is another chance for artists to showcase their work. This event is held in Azalea Park. While 35 sculptors are able to showcase their work, the funds from the sales goes to benefit the Summerville Permanent Public Sculpture Program. Support for the arts is evident throughout the various events held in this district.
Yet this is not only an artistic hub, but a showcase of Victorian homes and the famous squares or green areas typically found in Southern cities. Pedestrians can enjoy delightful walks through the various parks and gardens, representing the beautiful plants and flowers native to the Carolinas. For those who enjoy a ride through time, there are public trolleys available to transport visitors around the historical district. There are also various parking options and the DASH or downtown area shuttle service.
Marinas and other outdoor activities are also available in this appealing district. Other events focus on a variety of Charleston specialties, including restaurants and local attractions. One such attraction is the Double Key Treasure Hunt. Visitors and residents can find the treasure while exploring the historical sites of Charleston, particularly in the Summerville area.
This neighborhood appeals to a diverse population reflecting its Southern location and beautiful scenery. Shop in the City Market and enjoy a variety of shops and food options. Being so close to the sea means a variety of fresh seafood and a multitude of local recipes. Enjoy oysters in a variety of ways, from steamed to fried. For those who prefer more traditional Southern cuisine, Historical Summerville also offers down home staples, such as fried chicken or biscuits and gravy.
For those who enjoy the more historical aspects of the South, this district of Charleston allows visitors and residents alike to go back in time, while appreciating the comforts of the modern age.