Summerville History

January 22, 2022

The Saul Alexander Legacy

The Saul Alexander Park on S Laurel Street just got a huge makeover. So who is Saul Alexander you may ask?  Summerville was blessed to have such a man contribute so much to our town years ago. Mr. Alexander wasn’t born here but was a Jewish immigrant from Ukraine, Russia.  […]
June 2, 2021

The White Meeting House – The First Place of Worship in Summerville

The first settlers of the area were a group of Congregationalists from Dorchester, Massachusetts.  They sailed on the schooner Friendship with their minister, Reverend Joseph Lord, down the Ashley River.  They arrived to the area in 1696 and named their new settlement after their home township, Dorchester. Old White Meeting […]
April 27, 2021
Charleston Earthquake 1886

Charleston Earthquake of 1886

Epicenter is in Summerville It is called the Charleston Earthquake of 1886, but did you know the epicenter was in Summerville? The reason it is called the Charleston Earthquake is because of all the damage that occurred in downtown Charleston. Summerville in 1886 was considered rural with far fewer buildings […]
January 21, 2021
Pine Forest Inn

The Pine Forest Inn History

The Pine Forest Inn The Pine Forest Inn is a lost treasure in Summerville.  It sat on sixty acres and welcomed its first guests in 1891.  The internationally renowned hotel had four floors, elevators, and 150 sleeping apartments.  They hosted several famous guests, including U.S. Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William […]
August 7, 2020
George H Seago Jr Library

George H Seago Jr and His Love for Summerville

The Dorchester County Library on Old Trolley Road first opened its doors in the 1970s.  George H Seago Jr is the man largely responsible for the inception to opening day for Summerville’s first local public library.  Access to books for the public prior to that was only through small, private […]
April 2, 2020
Walking Tour

Summerville Historic Homes and Flowers Walking Tour – the details!

Here is some great information on some of the historic homes in Summerville, courtesy of the Summerville Visitors Center.  The Summerville Historic Homes and Flowers Walking Tour is also a great way to spend the afternoon.  Check out the map or download the brochure.  You can park at Azalea Park […]
March 27, 2020
Coastal Produce Summerville

Coastal Produce – Since 1991!

Who What and Where Coastal Produce is a long-time icon in Summerville and a great place to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables.  It’s located on the corner of West 4th North St and North Cedar St and has been since they opened in 1991.  The father/son team of CB and […]
March 5, 2020
Berlin G Myers

Berlin G Myers – A Summerville Icon

Every one in Summerville knows the Berlin G Myers Parkway, but do you know about Mr Berlin G Myers?  He is an excellent example of someone from “The Greatest Generation”.  The common characteristics of Greatest Generation members are that they lived through and experienced the hardships of the Great Depression […]
February 13, 2020
Public Works Art Center Soft Opening

Public Works Art Center in Summerville

Public Works Art Center Building A welcome addition to downtown Summerville is the Public Works Art Center.  It is in the old Post Office at 135 West Richardson St.  Originally built in the 1930s, the building served as the town post office until the 1980’s.  The Summerville Commissioners of Public […]