James Island

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James Island
is one of South Carolina's most urban Sea Islands and is one of the six distinct areas of the city proper of Charleston, South Carolina. The island is separated from peninsular downtown Charleston by the Ashley River, from the mainland by Wappoo Creek and the Wappoo Cut, from Johns Island by the Stono River. It lies inshore of Morris Island and Folly Beach. Atlantic Ocean defines the east.

Fort Sumter is located on an island just off the eastern tip of James Island and was the site of the first battle of the Civil War. Bombardment of Fort Sumter was started from Fort Johnson which was located on the eastern portion of James Island.

James Island land was largely agricultural with several plantations making up much of the island. Growth accelerated after WWII and James Island became a suburban community to Charleston.

As of the 2000 census, the United States Census Bureau reported that 33,781 people lived on the island. Approximately one-half of the island lies within the city limits of Charleston, and the remainder of the island is either unincorporated or lies within the new Town of James Island.

As defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of James Island is included within the Charleston-North Charleston Urbanized Area and the larger Charleston-North Charleston Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The public schools on James Island are part of the Charleston County School District and include Harborview, Stiles Point, James Island and Murray-LaSaine Elementary Schools; James Island and Fort Johnson Middle Schools, and James Island Charter High School.

James Island is in Charleston County, in the Charleston metro area. James Island is on Charleston Harbor. James Island County Park is just minuets from any home on James Island. In just minutes your private retreat can be found within the 643-acre James Island County Park’s beautiful campground and 10 vacation cottages.

One of James Island's oldest neighborhoods, Riverland Terrace, was developed in the 1940s. The Terrace is located just 10 minutes west of downtown Charleston, South Carolina along Wappoo Creek and the inland waterway. The neighborhood boasts a public boat landing , Charleston Municipal Golf Course, a playground, five restaurants and numerous antique shops. Leading into the neighborhood is the historic Avenue of Oaks, consisting of 73 live oak trees believed to be over 100 years old. They once led to Wappoo Hall Plantation on the Stono River. A Civil War fortification known as Fort Pemberton, built in 1862, remains today.


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