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A Local Guide To John's Island

Welcome to Johns Island Online! Johns Island is a sea island of coastal South Carolina. The island is rural, beautiful and beset with natural wonders. Johns Island is also the gateway to the pristine barrier islands of Kiawah and Seabrook, which host world-class resorts, golf courses, white sand beaches and Carolina-style southern hospitality galore. Now, ya'll stop back by often to discover the best of Johns Island with us. We're growing!

Johns Island - Sea Island Community

John's Island is one of many Sea Islands that lie along the Eastern coastline of the United States. These sea islands dot the eastern coast from north of the Carolinas to upper Florida. John's Island is the fourth largest sea island, and has a heritage tied closely to the land. It's also the gateway to the more famous, Kiawah and Seabrook Islands, and the Bohicket village area. From white, sandy beaches to saltwater marshes, fish-filled rivers, fields of potatoes, tomatoes and cutting flowers, and a cultural background that includes the Gullah peoples, Revolutionary and Civil War history, John's Island is a place that will ultimately bring you back to the land.

Johns Island - Lifestyle

The semi-tropical southern climate just slows things down, ya'll! Long, lazy growing seasons in the Carolinas are extended beyond farming times north of the Mason-Dixon line. This contributes to a culture on John's Island forced to a slower pace in comparion to the gentle rush just across the river in the big city of Charleston. It's a fact that farm work quits in the Carolina's late afternoon heat. Big sips of sweet tea go great with an afternoon hiatus and are tradition in the Lowcountry. Come visit us. Once you've crossed the bridge, the patience of planters will wash over you as you explore a relaxed southern sea island community.

Johns Island - Culture

The Gullah people still existent on the islands today are typically descendants of West African slaves long ago imported to work in the rice and cotton fields of the south. Once the rice and cotton disappeared from the old plantations of southern coasts, whites left many of the sea islands and coastal areas for milder climates inland. The Gullahs spent generations living on the islands in isolation as society flocked to new suburbs and neighborhoods. Much of the reason the 300 year old coastal Gullah culture remains at all, lay in their separation.



Explore John's Island

Scenic Road Johns Island SC

No trip to Charleston or Kiawah Island is complete without driving on over to the unique seaside community of Johns Island. Fresh produce abound, here you can enjoy roadside markets and cafes. Or you stock up on fresh fruits for your barrier island vacation. Don't miss special cultural events held under the Angel Oak tree, or the savory flavors of home-cooked southern fried chicken and fresh seafood in one of many local restaraunts. From roadside stands to luxury shopping destinations, Johns Island is a cultural melting pot. There's a little something here in this special place for everyone.

The Johns Island Development Dilemma

For many years Johns Island remained largely undeveloped, thereby preserving its culture, heritage & farming roots as if locked in time. However, as more and more people discover the beauty and natural history of this sea island community - they are drawn to it. Between mammoth oaks dangling spanish moss, roadways and neighborhoods are cut. Progress or preservation? That is the question

But as coastal areas continue to undergo development, and populations flock back to the islands they once deserted, the Gullah traditions are every day more threatened by modernization. Although more recently Gullah culture has been recognized for its historical importance, and is receiving more attention from government entities.


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