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Charleston and it's barrier islands are steeped in history and beauty – a living museum that grows and changes with the times. From our pristine beaches, to our historical sites, to our world class golf courses, you will never grow tired of getting out and exploring Charleston and its surrounding barrier island communities. Our islands go back to the time of native Indians who inhabited the islands for fishing, hunting and limited crops. Sullivan's Island is a small 3 mile long island shaped more like a bow or crescent moon. Later, Charleston grew as a major port and Sullivan's Island became a small island get-away with access by ferry and ox driven wagons.
Sullivan's IslandAnd of course, the war between the states, slavery, and states rights all made Charleston a leader in the resistance. Sullivan's Island was the epicenter of the Civil War with shots going back and forth to the island fortress Fort Sumter. The first military sub to ever sink a ship was launched from Breach Inlet (a waterway between Sullivan's island and isle of Palms), while successful in sinking the Housatonic, it sank killing its 8 crewmen.
Fort Moultrie on Sullivan's Island was built to protect American shipping from the CSS, Confederate State Ship, which ended up gong back and forth. The islands of my home town are truly a history buff''s dream. Added to this, Edgar Allen Poe was stationed at the fort, and hence, many of his books have references to the island. "The Goldbug Tree", is one of the most widely read short stories of Poe's and people are still trying to find the tree. Many streets are named after either Poe, officers of the fort, or those close to the island. A famous Seminole Indian, Chief Osceola, was captured and held at the fort for a period and he died there. During his captivity, he was considered an important person who had special rights and privileges. Homes were later constructed by the military on the island which withstood years of storms and the elements of mother nature. Many of the lots and buildings on the island were leased from the government which later were eventually purchased.
Isle of PalmsThe Isle of Palms, which is about 7 miles long, is a much newer island. The bulk of the development occured after the 1900's, and it was more amusement oriented than military oriented. A large hotel with a tall ferris wheel and boardwalk were the attractions for those from downtown Charleston to come to and spend the day. Racing cars on the beach was just one of the many sporting events to watch. The indigenous people were the Seewee Indians and the island was called Hunting Island. Later the island was named Long Island, not for it's later owner, J.C. Long, but because it was a long island. J.S. Lawrence, one of the earliest owners, renamed the island the Isle of Palms for his amusement park about 1899. Later, James Sottile brought in more recreational elements around 1912 to create the island as a place for those to come and enjoy.
The major reason for the original Cooper River Bridge to be built was to bring those out to enjoy the Isle of Palms. In 1946, J.C. Long bought the remaining undeveloped land for about $150,000. J.C. Long married Alberta Sottile, thereby creating one of the most powerful families in South Carolina. J.C. Long developed affordable low cost homes for the veterans coming home from WWII. It was during this time that Jimmy Carroll's father and mother discovered the Isle of Palms, and moved here with a grand total of 300 year-round residents. As the island grew, so did other amenities,including motor courts. One long motor court was across from the Isle of Palms shopping center, two long buildings running from the road to the beach with a pool in between. Down where the latest post office is, there were about 35 duplexes for larger families to rent. Tourism has always been a major source of income for the island. At the far end of the island, there was a camp ground on the ocean around 57th Ave called the Sand Dollar. J.C. Long even had an airport along the back of the island, a grass runway from about 30th Ave to the end of Intracoastal Court.