Living in Summerville
The town of Summerville is situated 23 miles from downtown Charleston and has become a haven for families and people looking for the small town feel yet close proximity to the city of Charleston.
Known for its beautiful flowers and established neighborhoods, Summerville is a popular choice for many people relocating to the area.
Summerville offers beautiful new home construction homes
as well as stately, older, historic Summerville homes.
Some Summerville homes for sale date back to the Civil War era and are rich with history and character. For those looking for new homes they can choose from Summerville golf communities
or a wide variety of Summerville new home construction developments.
History of Summerville, SC
The town's name reflects its history. Situated on a pine-forested ridge, it was first inhabited in the late 1700's as Charlestonians and other inhabitants of the SC Lowcountry sought an escape from the summer heat, mosquitoes, and disease. The railroad in Charleston ran through Summerville to the upper part of Dorchester County, increasing traffic throughout the county.
The town of Summerville, as well as Charleston was severely impacted by the Civil War. Wreaking havoc on the town, the Civil War saw the collapse of the plantation system, which led to the collapse of Summerville and Charleston's economy and lifestyle as well. Only after Reconstruction did the towns begin to recover.
A tremendous boon occurred for Dorchester County in 1899. A group of medical specialists met in Paris for a world congress on the topic of Tuberculosis. The "Tuberculosis Congress" named Summerville as one of the two best areas in the world to cure lung and throat disorders. Situated on a dry, sandy ridge, amidst pine trees which charged the air with derivatives of turpentine, Summerville was ideal for these patients. The findings were publicized, and people flocked to Dorchester County and Summerville in the winter time.
The mild climate and great hunting caused Summerville to be extremely desirable to Northerners. This led to the building of inns and hotels to handle the mass of visitors, who first came for their health and then discovering the comeliness of the town, built winter homes and often became permanent residents.