The Birthplace of Sweet Tea is just as sweet as it sounds. What started as Pineland Village around 1785 as a refuge for plantation owners, Summerville soon became a railroad stop for the first passenger railroad in the United States and also was known as one of the best areas in the world for the cure of lung and throat disorders, thanks to their abundance of pine trees. Today, Summerville has a mix of outdoor experiences with a splash of their intriguing history.
Get into Summerville's Outdoors
Walk the quaint downtown district or take a trolley tour to learn how Summerville became the Birthplace of Sweet Tea, roam the gardens and sculpture at Azalea Park, walk the historic grounds and dig into the archaelogy at the pre-Revolutionary settlement of Colonial Dorchester, learn about life on a plantation at Middleton Place, kayak down the Ashley River or drive the Ashley River Road National Scenic Byway. You can also go into the surrounding Villages of Dorchester to explore the Edisto River at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary at Francis Beidler Forest, kayak down the Edisto River Canoe & Kayak Trail and spend the night above it all in one of the treehouses at Carolina Heritage Outfitters!
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