Just a short hours drive south of historic Charleston, lays the picturesque sea island community of Edisto Island, South Carolina. Nestled in rural Colleton County, this idyllic community boasts a rich and colorful history dating back more than 500 years.
Originally inhabited by the Edisto Indians in the 1500s, the island was later explored and settled by Spaniards in the 1600s followed by the English during the reign of King Charles II.
In the 18th century this coastal barrier island was nearly devastated by pirates, drought, boll weevils, the plague, fires and hurricanes, all of which took a terrible toll on the Native Indians and the European settlers.
Prosperity returned in the 1800s as a result of the demand for rice, indigo and Sea Island cotton, however, the Civil War destroyed many of the plantations and historic homes. Some plantations remain and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Today, the island boats approximately 3400 residents who rely primarily on the tourist industry. There are excellent outdoor recreational opportunities, local seafood restaurants, a marina, a golf course and rental beach houses.
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