On the western side of the Charleston harbor sits beautiful James Island. This large sea island is surrounded by several natural waterways including the Wappoo River to the north, the Stono River to the west, and Charleston harbor on the east side. Nicknamed “Jim Isle”, this area was home to seventeen plantations as well as a hub for fishermen and shrimpers in the 1800’s. On the morning of April 12, 1861 Confederate soldiers stationed at Fort Johnson on James Island fired on Union controlled Fort Sumter in the Charleston harbor sparking the beginning of the American Civil War.
James Island has a rich, yet diverse history. Some of the history is echoed today through the ancient Live Oaks to the old powder magazine that sits where Fort Johnson used to stand. Today, James Island is quickly expanding and has become a premiere location for a variety of buying possibilities. James Island offers an array of choices from old, plantation-style homes to creek side cottages, to newly constructed condominiums.
Residents and newcomers alike enjoy a plethora of activities both during the summer and winter months on James Island. It is minutes from beautiful Folly Beach and just a short drive from downtown Charleston. However, many don’t feel the need to leave the island as there is so much to do. The multitude of creeks, waterways, beaches, and marinas provide a waters-sports haven. Surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, and fishing are some of the most common hobbies for the water lovers while others can enjoy a leisurely stroll through the 643 acre James Island County Park which is also home to Charleston’s Festival of Lights during Christmas.