West Ashley

The part of the city on the West bank of the Ashley River is commonly called “West Ashley,” which is the City’s largest bedroom community and retail district and is home to the historic Ashley River plantation district. The West bank of the Ashley River is also the original birthplace of Charleston, as celebrated at the Charlestowne Landing State Park. A drive up Ashley River Road (Hwy. 61) is an absolute must see, as the narrow oak canopied highway is the same path that George Washington and other heroes of American history used to ride into town. The Road is also the only access to the Drayton Hall Plantation, Magnolia Plantation and Audubon Gardens, as well as Middleton Place (just over the border with Summerville) and it is known by locals as the “back road” to Summerville. West Ashley is home to West Ashley High School and several notable private schools including the prestigious Porter Gaud School. The expanded portion of Charleston found “West of the Ashley” also includes the state’s largest island, Johns Island (a third of which is within Charleston’s city limits), and a large portion of James Island. West of the Ashley is also your path to Folly Beach, Kiawah and Seabrook Islands, and further on to Beaufort and Savannah, GA. If your interested in getting a feel for the lay of the land, “Maps” in the menu bar will help you better understand Charleston and its intricate puzzle of islands and rivers.

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Sullivan’s Island

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West Ashley

The part of the city on the West bank of the Ashley River is commonly called “West Ashley,” which is the City’s largest bedroom community and retail district and is home to the historic Ashley River plantation district. The West bank of the Ashley River is also the original birthplace of Charleston, as celebrated at… Read More

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