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Johns Island, South Carolina

Charleston County in South Carolina has a very unique history. Charleston is the home to many national monuments that describe the history of the area, the battles fought nearby, and the way of life in the south over the years. One of the best places to visit for our history buffs is Johns Island. Johns Island is a must see for any visitors that want to get out and explore South Carolina.

About the Island

Johns Island, South Carolina was originally inhabited by nomadic tribes of Native Americans such as the Kiawah, who survived by hunting the native wildlife of the island. When Europeans arrived in the area, they initially lived in harmony with the native people, but relationships soured quickly. This led to a native rebellion against the settlers.

The island was also a major host to the British fleet during the Revolutionary War. Johns Island served as a point of launch for the British attack on Charleston.

Finally, history buffs will know that Johns Island was also the location of the Battle of Bloody Bridge. Also known as Burden’s Causeway, the battle was off River Road just north of the Charleston Executive Airport. Around 2,000 South Carolina Soldiers held off Union troops of more than 8,000 over the course of three days.

Things to Do on Johns Island, SC

Johns Island is home to many different attractions and event locations. Angel Oak is a live Southern Oak tree that is located on Johns Island. This tree is estimated to be anywhere from 400 to 1500 years old. The tree is 65 feet tall and is considered by locals to be the oldest tree east of the Mississippi River.

There is also the Mullet Hall Equestrian Center. This equestrian center has more than 738 acres of land with 20 miles of trails and is home to equestrian competitions, festivals, and events.

Finally, there is the Battle of Charleston Reenactment that has been held every year since 2004. The event includes battle reenactments, food, music, and culture of the 19th century. One of the battles reenacted during the event includes the Johns Island 1864 “Battle of Bloody Bridge.” As of 2013, this event is now a “timeline” reenactment of all American Wars. This reenactment is considered to be one of the largest reenactments in the Charleston area.

If you are in the Charleston area for vacation, make sure you check out all the things to do in Johns Island, SC, and check out some of the other attractions in the area below!

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