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A beautiful island with a past steeped in history, Sullivan’s Island is an eclectic mix of the old fashioned beach homes, modern beach homes, and luxurious estates. The historic and beautiful Ben Sawyer drawbridge takes you over to Sullivan's Island from Mount Pleasant. Don't let its close 7 mile proximity to the big city of Charleston fool you, this island paradise is no commercial mecca.  The commercial district consists of one block of buildings. Sullivan's Island beckons to the residential minded buyer. Its richness of Colonial and Civil War history make it a history buff's dream vacation or residential location.

Sullivan’s Island bears the name of Captain Florence O’Sullivan, captain of one of the first ships bringing English and Irish settlers to establish Charleston in 1670. Later O'Sullivan became the island’s lighthouse keeper. Sullivan's Island was the accepting port for over 40% of the slaves traded to British North American Colonies, making it the largest slave port in North America. The Civil War had its fair share of history here, including the wrecks of the blockade runners Flora, Beatrice, Stono, Flamingo, Prince Albert, Celt, and Raccoon.

On June 28, 1776, The Battle of Sullivan's Island saw British forces defeated with their cannon having no effect whatsoever on the sand-filled palmetto log walls of the colonial fort there. During the battle, a dark blue flag with a crescent moon bearing the word "liberty" flew over the fort and rallied the troops. That flag went on to become symbolic of liberty to the new nation as a whole, and the addition of a white palmetto tree to its design formed the first flag of South Carolina.

Fort Moultrie's most famous alumni was Edgar Allen Poe, who was stationed there from 1827 to 1828.  Poe used the island as a setting in "The Gold-Bug" and "The Balloon-Hoax". Other literary connections to Sullivan's Island include the novel "Sullivan's Island" by Dorothea Benton Frank, and two novels by Pat Conroy; "Beach Music" and "The Boo".

Real estate on the island is large and exclusive with prices ranging from $500,000 to $4 million. If a beautiful island estate is in your sights, then set THEM on Sullivan's Island!  For more information see Sullivan's Island Homes on the Charleston Expert Advisors' website.



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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hi Jan, Sullivan's Island sounds like a great place to live with a variety type of houses.

Aug 20, 2014 09:28 AM #1
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

Jan - My sister has lived in Charleston for many years and has many fond memories of her time on Sullivan's Island.  Me, I've only seen the photos.  I didn't know about the Poe link.

Aug 20, 2014 09:43 AM #2
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I'm so glad to see this information about Charleston.  As it turns out, I'm flying into Charlotte on the 16th of September, and hope to take in Asheville, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.  I'm interested in Charleston because I want to be there on International Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19th).  I understand that Charleston was ground zero for a lot of pirate activity a couple hundred years ago!

Aug 20, 2014 11:16 AM #3
Jan Chilton
Myrtle Beach, SC
Real Estate Marketing

Hi, Rebecca, Norma, and Myrl!

If you've ever read any of Pat Conroy's books or seen Prince of Tides, you'll appreciate this place. But even more impressive is Dewees Island.  The only way to get to it is by ferry - no cars allowed. It is so gorgeous. We're doing blogs on all the islands, but I don't have any photos to go with Dewees yet.

Myrl, Asheville is about as far across the state (in the next state, actually) as it can be from Charleston. I hope you are flying from Charlotte to there first.  :-) Be sure and go to the Biltmore House if you go there.  I'm originally from North Carolina and I miss being able to go to the Parkway and the mountains. It's just too far away now for a pleasant drive. You probably should go to Cherokee while you're up there too.

Blackbeard and other famous pirates were all over the coast in North and South Carolina. If I hear of any of the best "pirate" places to go, I'll let you know. Hurricane season is in full beat in September though.  Be prepared.

Thanks for commenting, all of you!


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