Folly Beach...The Edge of America!
FOLLY BEACH….THE EDGE OF AMERICA!
Eleven miles south of downtown Charleston is an Island consisting of a six mile stretch of beach and 18.9 total square miles of land and water. It’s history goes back to 1696 with colorful stories of bootleggers, pirates and shipwrecks.
The Bohickets, a native American tribe lived here until interest in the Island from the Europeans in Charleston forced them out. The Island also was attractive to pirates which legend says buried their treasures there! Due to little authoritative supervision, pirates also found the Island a great place to hide out and it also unexpectedly received grateful survivors from shipwrecks which occurred regularly along it’s shores.
This Island received its name, Folly, an old English name meaning dense foliage because it was so densely packed with trees.
The wreck of the ship Amelia in 1832 brought 120 survivors to Folly. Unfortunately, officials blocked access and stopped supplies because some of the survivors had cholera. These doomed had landed on Coffin Land, where the infectious never made it out. Charleston went to great lengths to keep contagious diseases from its shores.
Today Folly Beach is a thriving independent, artistic and eclectic community attracting visitors from around the world.
If you Follow Folly Rd it will turn into Center Street which is speckled with restaurants, bars, surf shops and offices. Arriving at this quaint beach community you will realize you have reached the "Edge of America!"
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