The Charming Communities of the Lowcountry, Part 3: Hardeeville, South Carolina
Hilton Head Lakes is located amid several charming communities in the Lowcountry. So far we have featured Bluffton, South Carolina and Beaufort, South Carolina. This week our focus is on Hardeeville, South Carolina. Founded in 1911, the City of Hardeeville is a charming, friendly town with deep roots in the timber industry and located on the Lowcountry coastal plain and bordered by the beautiful Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
The first European settlement was Purrysburg founded in 1732 by Swiss Huguenots but the settlement failed to thrive thanks in part to the competition from nearby Savannah Georgia. In the 19th century Hardee’s Station, a general store and train depot, was established along the Charleston and Savannah railway. In 1860 the Historic Methodist Church was dedicated for worship but was almost immediately pressed into service as a hospital for Civil War wounded. In 1911, the community’s name was changed to Hardeeville and the city was founded.
Today Hardeeville is one of the fastest growing small cities in the region. From 2010 to 2014 Hardeeville worked its charm on no small number of people, increasing the city’s population by more than fifty percent. City officials have in part credited area development, including Hilton Head Lakes with contributing to that growth.
In addition to the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, area residents and visitors to the region enjoy some of the best fishing in the South accessible via Milestone Landing, the site originally settled by Native Americans. Those interested in blackwater swamps and unique ecosystems can explore the Tillman Sand Ridge Heritage Preserve, you might even see a rare gopher tortoise. If parks are more to your liking a disc golf is your game Sergeant Jasper Park with its 132 acres of trails, picnic areas, kayaking, canoeing and fishing lakes is the perfect place to be.
As with other Lowcountry communities, Hardeeville offers festivals and fun all year long. Whether it is the Catfish Festival that appeals to you, the Latin food festival, or the Lowcountry Pickleball Classic you can be sure to have fun in Hardeeville.
Come see for yourself and be prepared to fall under Hardeeville’s spell, schedule a Discovery Visit or Golf Getaway today. Give us a call: 866-396-3230 or click here to schedule online.
Hilton Head Lakes is a debt free community in South Carolina, and one of the best places to retire. It’s the perfect balance between gated community and world class resort. With the addition of Realstar Builders, we’re creating homes that are built to last. Schedule a Discovery Visit or Golf Getaway today and experience Hilton Head Lakes for yourself.
City of Hardeeville https://www.cityofhardeeville.com/