Summerville was the place Charlestonians went to get away from the malaria carrying mosquitoes, yellow fever, and the oppressive heat of early Charleston. It gained a reputation of being a health resort during the mid 1800's because of that. Interestingly, there were no Civil War battles fought in Summerville.
In recent years there has been an explosion in growth and population. Just talk to a local and they will reminisce on the good old days. For those who want a true taste of the South today and where history has been preserved, Summerville is the place where it all comes together.
There are some places you will not want to miss when considering a visit to "The Birthplace of Sweet Tea", Summerville. For a start, schedule a stop at the Summerville Visitor Center, everything about what to see and do is there. Refresh yourself with a glass of sweet tea. Next, visit the Summerville Dorchester Museum, home of everything you would want to know about its history--schedule an informative and entertaining tour on the Lowcountry Loop Trolley.
Want to enjoy the intimacy of a bed and breakfast, consider the historic Linwood Bed and Breakfast. If you like plays and the theater; the James F. Dean Theatre--home of the Flowertown Players will delight you. Visit the locally owned shops on Hutchinson Square, Short Central and surrounding areas. You will be treated royally with some good ole' southern hospitality. Relax a bit at Azalea Park and enjoy the serene surroundings.
Just a short drive from Summerville are the ever popular historic plantations along Route 61, Magnolia Gardens and Plantation, Middleton Place, and Drayton Hall. And of course, Historic Charleston is close by and tons to do. Beaches, restaurants, historic tours, carriage rides, its all there for your pleasure. See you there.