Free Carolina Homes and Interiors magazine offer
Saturday, June 15, 2024 | 2:17 PM
Currently: , ° F | More Weather

Search SC Information
Include Your Site in this Search!

Home Buyer's guide for Charleston area buyers

Home Seller's guide for Charleston area sellers
Real Estate and information on Mount Pleasant's Darrell Creek


Get Charleston's New Home Kit FREE today from


Folly Beach, SC

Published January 2008

Folly Beach was not always the laid-back beach town it is today.

In the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, carnival rides and big band leaders such as Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey attracted crowds to the island now known as “The Edge of America” from up and down the East Coast. By day, visitors would lie in the sun and play in the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean. By night they would dance to some of the biggest names in music at the Atlantic Pavilion.

Folly Beach also played a role in producing a great American folk opera. George Gershwin holed up in a bungalow at 708 West Arctic while composing “Porgy and Bess,” which was first performed in 1935. He also reportedly judged a local beauty contest while he was in town.

Today, life on the island revolves more around the ocean than the arts. The Folly Beach Pier, built in 1995, draws anglers from around the world, and the Washout, on the northeastern end of the six-mile-long island, is the premier surfing site in the Southeast. The island also features a full service marina and boat landing.

“ Just eight miles south of downtown Charleston...Folly Beach is ideal for those who enjoy the sun and surf in a laid-back environment that isn’t far from the dining options and entertainment... ”

Despite stories to the contrary, the island was not named in honor of a monumental mistake. During the Civil War, Union troops advancing on Charleston gave the island its name because they spent weeks clearing the dense folly brush that engulfed the island and provided cover for Confederate spotters. The name Folly certainly was an improvement.

Prior to the War Between the States, it was known as Coffin Island.

Just eight miles south of downtown Charleston, about a 15-minute drive, Folly Beach is ideal for those who enjoy the sun and surf in a laid-back environment that isn’t far from the dining options and entertainment offered in the more “civilized” world.

return to home page back to the top of the page Share/Save/Bookmark

United States Patent and Trademark Office: Reg. No. 3,088,974 - May 2, 2006
© 2024, All Rights Reserved. designed and maintained by Media Services, Internet Marketing.