Summerville History

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 are some great information on some of the historic homes in Summerville.  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 near the tennis courts and start […]
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 […]
January 24, 2020
Guerins Pharmacy

Guerin’s Pharmacy – a Piece of Summerville’s History

Guest Blog Post by Patricia Sturbaum Guerin’s Pharmacy on Hutchinson Square is an excellent example of warm, southern hospitality.  Guerin’s is the oldest operating pharmacy in South Carolina.  It was established in 1871 and since 1876 there has only been two families who owned the business, the Guerin’s and the […]
September 25, 2019

The Sweet Tea Trail – what is it?

Summerville and Sweet Tea Many of you know that Summerville is the “Birthplace of Sweet Tea.”   This is based on a list of items purchased in 1890 for a reunion of old soldiers near Summerville which included 600 pounds of sugar, and 880 gallons of iced tea.   Although our history […]