Posted By Bill Payer on Feb 23, 2022 | 0 comments

In the current Daniel Island News, DIHS co-founder Beth Bush revisits why Philip Simmons is such an iconic figure on the Island and beyond.

“Imagine a Daniel Island much different from the place we see today — where families are up with the sun to start collecting the day’s harvest, where homemade cast nets bring home meals from the surrounding rivers and creeks, where life is about making the most of what you have.   

That is the world Philip Simmons grew up in more than a century ago on Daniel Island. He was born in 1912 and lived with his grandparents, William and Sarah Simmons, in a small clapboard house on the northern side of the island. The young Simmons would spend only his first eight years of life living full time on the island before moving to downtown Charleston, where he would later forge a successful career as an award-winning master blacksmith. But his legacy here and on the Cainhoy peninsula remains as sturdy as his ironwork.”

To read the rest of the article CLICK HERE The article also incudes an interesting photo gallery.

This wrought iron gate was designed by the late blacksmith Philip Simmons, and is located at Simmons Park at River Landing Drive and Seven Farms Drive on Daniel Island.

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