SC City: Goose Creek, South Carolina

Egret in a marsh in Goose Creek, SCGoose Creek, South Carolina, located northwest of Charleston along the Cooper River and sandwiched between the towns of Hanahan and Moncks Corner, ranks among South Carolina’s larger cities, with a population of more than 30,000.

Although no definitive archives exist to explain the origin of the city’s name, historians suspect the winding, meandering curves of a nearby tributary of the Cooper, with its gooseneck bend, as the source for this unique and colorful moniker.

The first recorded inhabitants of the Goose Creek area were native Americans of the Etiwan and Sewee tribes, who at first welcomed the early settlers, teaching them how to survive the harsh conditions of the frontier. These English settlers arrived in the late 1600s from the island of Barbados, where they had accrued vast wealth by selling their plantations. The transplanted Barbadians followed the Cooper River in search of land worthy of financial investment and settled near current-day Goose Creek.

“With antebellum plantations and several wildlife refuges, including Goose Creek State Park along the Pamlico River Goose Creek takes great pride in its individuality…”


They established numerous plantations, including Medway, Yeamans Hall, Windsor Hill, The Elms, Otranto, Martindales, The Oaks, Crowfield, Liberty Hall, Howe Hall and Brick Hope. Their main cash crops were rice and indigo.

The Civil War brought great change to the area’s economy, which had for so long been based on slavery. By the late 1800s, most of the plantations were gone, and the Goose Creek area became a collection of small communities such as Grove Hall, Casey, Bowens Corner, Mount Holly, Back River, Howe Hall and Liberty Hall. In fact, Goose Creek isn’t even mentioned on the 1895 Rand McNally map of Berkeley County.

Officially incorporated in 1961, the town has witnessed rapid growth, prompting an avalanche of new recreational services and activities, including sailing, boating, swimming, fishing, golf, tennis, hunting, war re-enactments and camping.

Only 10 miles from Summerville and 13 miles from downtown Charleston, Goose Creek residents are uniquely positioned to take advantage of the very best both cities offer.

With antebellum plantations and several wildlife refuges, including Goose Creek State Park along the Pamlico River Goose Creek takes great pride in its individuality, its independent character and its deeply-rooted Southern charm.

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SC City: Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, SC, tour on horse-drawn carriageCharleston is rated the fifth most popular vacation destination in the United States, and it surely must rank in the top five among places to spend the rest of your life. If it doesn’t yet, it eventually will.

Visit the city once and you’ll discover that it pulls at your heartstrings like no other place in the country.

Is it the delightful year-round climate? The almost-European feel of its downtown city streets? The overwhelming amount of history lurking behind every corner and down every alley? Charleston is truly one of the most cosmopolitan places around, offering sophisticated dining rivaling that of much larger cities and shopping experiences for even the most jaded consumers.

To say that Charleston is steeped in history is much like saying the sun is yellow. Other places have long histories as well, but none is a living museum that grows and changes with the times. Suffice it to say, if you’re a history buff, you will never grow tired of Charleston and the surrounding countryside.

“In spite of all that Charleston offers, it maintains a small-town charm you’ll cherish for years to come.”


While the city itself has no beaches, it is surrounded by water on three sides–if you’re lost, just continue on and you’ll surely run into a familiar river and get your bearings. The most picturesque spot in Charleston might be The Battery, with its panoramic views of the Ashley and the Cooper, the two rivers that form the peninsula, and the Atlantic Ocean. If you love the sights and sounds of gentle waves lapping against the shore, you can reach some of the best beaches along the Atlantic coast in a matter of minutes. If you revere golf, there is no shortage of challenging courses to conquer. If you enjoy walking, Charleston is full of interesting little parks and side streets filled with art galleries and boutiques.

In spite of all that Charleston offers, it maintains a small-town charm you’ll cherish for years to come. You’ll love morning strolls around Colonial Lake and sunset cocktails at restaurants overlooking the water. You’ll come to appreciate the intricate artwork in the wrought-iron gates and the lovely Charleston single style of architecture, designed to catch the breeze on sultry afternoons.

Most of all, you’ll cherish the many new friends and acquaintances you’ll make when you choose Charleston.

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