Johns Island is a serene escape from bustling Charleston just 15 minutes away. The island is the largest in the state of South Carolina with a third falling within Charleston city limits. Bordered by the Stono and Kiawah rivers and surrounded by Folly, Edisto, Seabrook and James islands, there is no doubt that Johns Island is not only convenient but picturesque too.
The island has a rich history. Its first colonial settlers were from Saint John parish in Barbados, giving the island its name. The land was mostly used for indigo plantations which subsequently fueled the beginning of the Stono Rebellion in 1739. Remnants of Johns Island’s vibrant past are still present on the island, including Johns Island Presbyterian built in 1719 and the Angel Oak, a live Southern oak tree that is estimated to be between 400-1500 years old.
Aside from its abundance of oak trees and local wildlife, Johns Island is also home to a growing community with a strong bond. They give importance to supporting by patronizing local farmers markets, restaurants, artists and craft beer. Johns Island residents also value the preservation and appreciation of their natural surroundings. They enjoy outdoor activities such as wakeboarding, waterskiing, fishing, cycling, and nature walks. It’s a truly warm-hearted community with a love for the laid-back lifestyle.