Originally Hunting Island, Long Island and now Isle of Palms, it was first inhabited by the indigenous Seewee Indians. Legend has it that the only other occupants of the island were the pirates who buried their treasures for safekeeping in the deserted dunes and woods.
The area was of significance again during the Civil War, as a point of departure for the CSS Hunley (from Breach Inlet), the first submarine to sink an enemy vessel. The island remained without permanent inhabitants until the late 19th century when the island became recognized by locals of the area as a refuge from the summer heat and temperatures of downtown Charleston. The Isle of Palms slowly developed into a booming residential beach community of greater Charleston with its desirability as a summertime getaway destination.
Isle of Palms lies along a narrow strip of land separated from the mainland by the Intracoastal Waterway. It is an affluent community of both vacation home owners and year-round residents, with large beachfront homes, resorts, and local restaurants. Beach volleyball is popular in the summer, and the “Windjammer” club hosts several tournaments throughout the year.
Isle of Palms is probably the most “touristy” of our local beaches. The ease of access via the Isle of Palms Connector Parkway and the close proximity to Mount Pleasant make it a very desirable place to live and relax!