The Isle of Palms: it’s the island we know and love, and maybe call home for a week or more each year.  But how much do we know about its history?

Isle of Palms Magazine, a local news source for the island, tackled this very subject.  It published a list of “firsts” on the IOP.

Here are a few highlights of IOP firsts…


  • Sewee Indians – First Inhabitants;
  • Hunting Island – First Name of Island;
  • Thomas Holton of Barbados in 1696 – First Title Owner of Island;
  • Summer Residence of the Nicholas Sottile family in 1898 – First Home Built on Island;
  • Coined by Dr. Joseph S. Lawrence in 1898 to attract tourists – First Called “Isle of Palms;”
  • In 1898, the Charleston and Seashore Railroad Company chartered a ferry boat in Charleston, which connected to a trolley in Mt. Pleasant that crossed the Intracoastal Waterway, continued through Sullivan’s Island and onto the IOP –  First Official Transportation to the IOP;
  • Inside Hudson’s Pavilion on August 5, 1913 –  First Post Office;
  • Fourth of July Weekend, 1965 –  First Bikini on IOP;
  • Automobiles banned from beach –  First Act/Law Passed by the City of IOP;
  • Wooden Bridge built to replace trolley trestle in 1926 –  First Automobile Bridge Over Breach Inlet;
  • 1974 –  First Talk of an IOP Connector;
  • Isle of Palms Connector, which opened October 2, 1993 –  First Direct Link to IOP.


Pretty interesting stuff.  You can read the whole list on IOP Magazine’s website.


Some Isle of Palms links


Speaking of the island, there are a few links that are handy to have.

Here is the official website for the City of Isle of Palms, where you can find all sorts of useful information about the island.  It’s updated regularly.

The IOP police department is active on social media.  Check out their Facebook page here.

Thankfully, the traffic camera at the main intersection in town, coming off the Connector, is back online.  Here’s how you check the IOP Connector traffic cam:

Option 1:

  • Download the app, called SCDOT 511.
  • Go to Cameras;
  • Select Charleston Beaches;
  • Then select 100: Hwy517/703 (IOP Connector).

Option 2:

  • Go to the website,
  • On the blue banner near the top, click on Cameras.
  • Click on Charleston Beaches. The IOP Connector cam automatically opens.

You can also check current weather (and ocean) conditions with Exclusive Properties’ own live beach cam.

So check out these IOP resources.  And when you are planning your next trip here, be sure to contact us at EP for the very best in Isle of Palms vacation rentals.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger