North Charleston, South Carolina

The City of North Charleston was originally comprised primarily of plantations. These plantations were subdivided into smaller lots as the population grew. In 1870, phosphate fertilizer plants were established on the Ashley River and extensive strip mining occurred.

The North Charleston Area was a planned industrial community, with its growth firmly planted in industry, military, and the business communities. The E.P. Burton Lumber Company was one of the first businesses operated in North Charleston, in 1901. The United States Navy Yard was established in 1890 and the General Asbestos and Rubber Company facilities were built establishing the nation's largest asbestos mill.

A select group of influential Charleston businessmen formed a development company, bought the Burton tract, and began to lay out an industrial city in 1912.  North Charleston’s Park Circle was born with areas reserved for industrial, commercial, and residential usage. Park Circle was planned as one of only two garden city models in the nation.  Most of the original planning concept remains intact today. Streets in North Charleston bear the names of these pioneer developers: Durant, Mixon, Buist, O'Hear and Hyde. Because of World War II, continued economic development and growth occurred as industry and the military bases grew and expanded into unincorporated areas.

The citizens in the North Charleston area wanted have personal input over future development. Many citizens of North Charleston were displeased with the way parts of the North Area were being developed. On April 27, 1971, North Charleston was incorporated as a separate city from the peninsula of downtown Charleston proper.

On June 12, 1972, after a series of legal battles and confrontations with the officials of Charleston, the South Carolina Supreme Court upheld the voters’ referendum results and the City of North Charleston became a legal city.

Today, North Charleston's sprawling neighborhoods offer a wide range of businesses and amenities including nearby schools, sporting facilities, golf, fishing, tennis, playgrounds, as well as local shopping, dining, and recreational areas. As part of the area's boom, many developers have integrated fitness centers and jogging trails into the communities. City planned parks and community centers also add to the beauty and integrity to these carefully planned neighborhoods.

North Charleston is an excellent choice for living in South Carolina. North Charleston offers more than 4000 affordable to luxury homes, with a wide selection of excellent restaurants, accommodations, entertainment, shopping malls and specialty shops.

In 2000, North Charleston’s first public golf course was opened: The Golf Club at Wescott Plantation, an excellent 27-hole course has the finest amenities, including a 12,900 square foot Clubhouse, with a pro shop, fine dining restaurant, and meeting areas.

Recreational opportunities abound in North Charleston including an excellent variety of activities for everyone. Parks are conveniently located and North Charleston offers some of the country's finest golf courses. Fishing, Hunting, historical tours and excursions, With easy access to the beaches, inlets, harbor, barrier islands, watersports, parks, forests, tourist attractions, golf, tennis, sporting events and special attractions, North Charleston offers a wide variety of special, recreational and leisure activities for the entire family.

In 2001, The Charleston Area Convention Center Complex was completed, supporting a total of 202,000 square feet of exhibit, meeting, and ballroom facilities for the Lowcountry area.  Next door is The North Charleston Performing Arts Center, a 2,300-seat facility offering smaller venue special events, concerts, Broadway plays and other excellent family entertainment. The North Charleston Coliseum also hosts a variety of special events, including sporting events, concerts, circuses, showcase extravaganzas, consumer shows, arts & crafts, and ice-capades and hockey sporting attractions.

The City of North Charleston events include The Autumn Family Fest, The North Charleston Christmas Lighting Festival and Parade, the North Charleston Annual Arts Festival, and the North Charleston-Hanahan Farmers Market. Visit Historical plantations, exquisite southern gardens, beautiful park facilities, museums, theatre, art galleries and theatres.

North Charleston became known as South Carolina's most notable "Boom Town." Incorporated in June 1972, North Charleston had a population of 21,000 and an area of seven square miles. The city has since tripled its population to approximately 80,000 and encompasses over 60 square miles. Continued economic growth has made North Charleston, South Carolina’s third largest municipality.

Today, North Charleston is a vibrant city that attracts more than 2 million visitors annually. This thriving region boasts a 13,500-seat coliseum (home to East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) minor league hockey team the SC Stingrays), a convention center, a performing arts center and an adjacent hotel complex. The city has excellent shopping facilities, malls, restaurants and beautifully planned neighborhoods.

The new North Charleston brings an atmosphere of prosperity, excitement, and continued growth to the hub of the Lowcountry.

The new North Charleston Waterfront Park is a much anticipated addition to North Charleston area. At the site of the former Charleston Naval base is a project to revitalize the waterfront with a planned water park and tourist amenities. This will be a showcase for North Charleston and offer all an excellent attraction to visit and enjoy for the entire family.

North Charleston offers many dining choices, excellent accommodations, great shopping and much, much more. Come and see what North Charleston has to offer you. Visit, vacation or move on in. Come enjoy the southern hospitality which North Charleston is famous for. Come see, stay and play today in beautiful North Charleston, South Carolina.
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