A Post & Courier article (Tuesday, 12/1) outlines how planned development on the Cainhoy Peninsula may put 8000 years of significant local history under pavement and lawns.
““If not properly done, the development on the Cainhoy Peninsula could go down as the great rape of one of the Lowcountry’s last remaining pristine and historic landscapes,” said local historian Suzanna Smith Miles, who has written extensively about the history of the Lowcountry and the East Cooper region.”
MORE FROM THE POST & COURIER:
Two hundred years before the birth of Christ, Native American settlements, some with as many as a hundred inhabitants, dotted the Cainhoy Peninsula. Archeologists have discovered Native American pottery dating back more than a thousand years and called the pottery the “Wando Series.”
When Charles Town residents finally ventured east of the Cooper River, one of the first areas to be settled was on the Cainhoy Peninsula. The first land grants on the peninsula were awarded in the 1680s, just a decade after the founding of Charles Town. The tiny village of Cainhoy, which was located in a bend on the Wando River, was established around 1735 and served as a port that connected the inland farms on the Cainhoy Peninsula with the vast plantations in Charleston.
Historians believe that Cainhoy was the site of America’s first creamware pottery factory and the colony’s earliest brickyards.”
The article is behind the paper’s paywall, accessible to subscribers only. But there’s quite a bit of Cainhoy information elsewhere on our DIHS blog. Here are links to individual items.
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