Just up the road from the hustle and bustle of Charleston, sits the quaint town of Summerville. Its name evokes its colorful history, as it was first inhabited in the late 1700s by Charlestonians and Lowcountry residents as a respite from the summer heat, mosquitos and disease. From May to September, city and plantation families headed for higher elevation to live temporarily in the tiny forest colony soon dubbed Summerville.
Known widely today as, “The Flowertown in the Pines,” Summerville is famed for not only its Pine lined ridges but beautiful azaleas that burst into color each spring. Azalea Park is a 12-acre oasis in the heart of town with peaceful ponds, paths, fountains and an amazing collection of permanent sculptures.
In the late 1800s, the International Congress of Physicians declared Summerville as one of the two best places in the world for the treatment and recovery of lung disorders. Such belief was founded in the purported healing aspects of that tree’s turpentine scent. This led to the building of inns and hotels to handle the mass of visitors, who first came for their health and then discovered the beauty and ambience of the town and many built winter homes and permanent residences.
With over 700 homes and buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, Summerville is well-known for its historic character. From the modern business district to the historic downtown, there is plenty of unique shopping & dining. Quaint bed & breakfasts and charming inns set Summerville apart as a perfect destination.
Summerville will take you back to simpler times, when life was easy and will leave you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and at peace with life.
Photo by David Corvino