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“Eighteenth century Moncks Corner was a crossroads settlement of stores and taverns at the intersection of the Cherokee Path (the Indian traders’ path) and the road from Charleston to Santee, and in close proximity to Stony landing, the principal transfer point for travelers on the Cooper River. Simon Theus, a Swiss immigrant, is thought to have opened the first store about 1739. There was a horse racing track in 1749. a powder magazine was established at Moncks Corner in 1760 and the village was occupied as a store depot by the British during the Revolutionary War.” These connections placed Moncks Corner in the crosshairs of battles throughout the Revolutionary War. Local patriots led by Francis Marion- The Swamp Fox of the Revolution, would fight British forces throughout the war ultimately leading to a Patriot victory at Yorktown. After the Revolution, Moncks Corner continued to thrive as a place of commerce. “The opening of the Santee Canal in 1800 made Stony Landing obsolete and resulted in the decline of Moncks Corner. After a station was built in 1856 for the Northeastern Railroad, about a mile away, that became the center of development. The Ebaugh mill machinery manufactury was relocated from the old village site in 1859, and a sawmill was established in 1856. The town was incorporated in 1885 and became the county seat in 1895. Growth was relatively slow until the development of the Santee Cooper project in 1939-1940.”
Stockton, Robert P. and preservation Consultants, Inc. “Historic Resources of Berkeley County.” Berkeley County Historical Society and South Carolina Department of Archives and History. 1990. p 28.
Hence, Santee Cooper built an energy empire that has powered South Carolina from the Great Depression to this day. The result is stunning Lake Moultrie that abuts Moncks Corner offering recreational amenities unmatched in other communities in the state. We continue to enhance our natural resources, encouraging tourism throughout Moncks Corner. Today, we are a place where our relationship to the outdoors is unrivaled. Hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking, and horseback riding abound in the forests, lakes, and streams that surround It is this stunning setting – this true Lowcountry feel – that defines us.
We remain a tight knit community. We rally around our High School, we celebrate the seasons and holidays with parades and celebrations. We champion recreation in the heart of downtown that brings people together. As we look to the future, we strive to maintain the feel that makes us unique. We are the embodiment of the Lowcountry way of life – relaxed, comfortable, and connected to our stunning setting. We maintain our hometown feel – friendly, welcoming, and warm. We encourage you to discover our history, explore our outdoors, and experience a downtown reinventing itself. We invite you to reconnect with what it means to be a true community.
We are Moncks Corner, South Carolina – The Lowcountry’s Hometown