Incorporated only as recently as 1976, North Charleston now ranks among South Carolina’s largest cities, and is a vibrant, exciting area featuring state-of-the-art magnet schools, cultural arts centers, business development, museums and planned neighborhoods.
The North Charleston area began its growth in the early 1900’s with the establishment of the Charleston Naval Base. Shipbuilding and refitting stimulated business and led to establishment of neighborhoods along the Ashley and Cooper rivers and what became the heart of the future city along East Montague Avenue and Park Circle. The Naval Base was one of America’s busiest and most productive, but military realignment closed the facility in 1996 and North Charleston was expected to decline. Instead, the city has teamed with business and real estate partners to convert former infrastructure to attract new enterprise, develop award-winning neighborhoods., and revitalize the city as one of the most desirable addresses in the South Carolina coast.
The former Naval Base is now a vibrant mixed-use area of riverfront nature parks, homesites, and tourism and business development center. Among the businesses attracted has been the film industry, and the popular series “Army Wives” uses the old base for location filming. A major tourism attraction on the old base is the CSS Hunley Museum, where the first successful submarine in American history is featured in an amazing display of this Civil War relic that was reclaimed completely intact from the sea in 2000. Giant riverfront oak trees that once shadowed naval officers’ quarters now grace new homes in the delightful Oak Terrace Preserve, a family- oriented sustainable community that helped North Charleston garner a National League of Cities award for excellence.
North Charleston boasts Charleston County’s flagship Academic Magnet School, whose new campus near the Danny Jones Sports Complex offers students the very best in scholastic and athletic opportunity. Sharing the campus is Charleston County School of the Arts, which features majors in creative writing, dance, instrumental band, piano, string orchestra, theater arts, visual arts, and vocal music. Both schools were recognized by the US News and World Report as 2012 Gold Medal schools.
North Charleston is located within 30 minutes of several barrier island beaches, and is home to the Charleston International Airport. The city’s bustling commerce was boosted with the relocation of the Boeing Corporation’s Dreamliner plant in 2012, and the revitalization of the Olde
North Charleston Business District along East Montague, featuring boutiques, and restaurants.
There’s lots to do in North Charleston. The beautiful Performing Arts Center is home to internationally-acclaimed performances of concerts, theater, comedy, and Broadway shows. The 10,000-seat North Charleston Coliseum hosts a professional hockey team, as well as regular circus and rodeo performances. And among the family-oriented attractions is the popular new North Charleston & American Lafrance Museum and Educational center, filled with historic fire trucks, equipment and interactive displays.
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