James Island

James Island

James Island is one of the larger sea islands surrounded by Wappoo Creek and Charleston Harbor to the north, Morris Island and Folly Beach to the east and the Stono River and Johns Island to the west. The island became a part of the Civil War in 1861 when Confederate troops located at Fort Johnson (found on the island's north shore) fired on Union soldiers at Fort Sumter (also located on the island's north shore). Fighting for the remainder of the war occurred on James and Morris Islands while the Union army continued to invade Charleston from Folly Beach to the south. After World War II, the predominantly rural area began to experience rapid growth and became a bedroom community to Charleston.


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 newly incorporated Town of James Island.


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Creeks and sounds are found throughout the island which is widely known for its fishing, shrimping and farming. It is also home to McLeod Plantation.

There is no shortage of things to do on James Island. James Island County Park hosts the Lowcountry Cajun Festival featuring creole and cajun food and music and the East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival in April. In June, the Gullah people host the Island Heritage Festival which honors the rich traditions and history of the Gullah Culture. In addition, from November until early January thousands of residents and visitors convene at James Island County Park for the annual Holiday Festival of Lights where millions of sparkling lights are used to create unique holiday displays.

Home choices on James Island range from townhouses and condos to single family homes in charming neighborhoods or on water and tidal creeks.


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James Island Restaurants


  • Andolini's Pizza
  • Athenian Village Restaurants
  • Black Bean Co.
  • Brick House Kitchen
  • Bowens Island Restaurant
  • Charleston Crab House
  • Cibo's Bistro & Pizzeria
  • Heart Woodfire Kitchen
  • J Paul'z Tapas and Sushi
  • Jack's Cosmic Dogs
  • Kickin' Chicken
  • La Tabella Italian Grill
  • Mondo's Italian Restaurant
  • Mustard Seed
  • Smoky Oak
  • The Lot
  • Workmen's Cafe
  • Zia Taqueria
Charleston Trident listings last updated Nov 18, 2018 6:31:pm.