Summerville: A Part of South Carolina History

Summerville is a town in Dorchester County. It is a part of the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville Metropolitan area. Starting in 1973, the town has hosted the annual Flowertown Festival, which is the largest arts and crafts fesitival in South Carolina. It is held the first weekend of April in the Summerville Azalea Park. However, if you feel like escaping the serenity of small town life, Charleston is a mere 35 minutes away. Charleston, the oldest city in South Carolina, offers a plethora of historically significant attractions: Fort Sumter, the site where the first shots were fired in the Civil War; the Calhoun Mansion, a 24,000 square foot 1876 Victorian home, named for a grandson of John C. Calhoun, the vice president under John Quincy Adams; and the Charleston Museum, which was America's first museum founded in 1773 that strives to preserve the cultural and natural history of Charleston.