Unlike a few of the Lowcountry’s larger and more prominent cities, Lincolnville is not as much of a household name. Yet this cozy community has its own interesting background and is well worth a visit. Initiated in 1867 by a group of seven African-American gentlemen who were looking for a more independent existence, Lincolnville was originally nothing more than a stop for water, wood and coal on the South Carolina Special Railroad. The seven men soon discovered the land was for sale during their own railroad journey, and they purchased all 620 acres, eventually paying their debt and chartering the town as Lincolnville, in honor of that famous U.S. president who had recently emancipated the slaves. Like many settlers of small, southern communities, these men shared an unwavering faith in God — in fact, a few had attended Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. They established their own church soon enough, signing the deed for Ebenezer AME Church in 1880. Fast-forward more than a century, and you’ll see that Lincolnville preserves its character to this day. Primarily in Charleston County with a small portion in Dorchester, Lincolnville is small and neighborly, not to mention conveniently located within the Charleston, North Charleston and Summerville Metropolitan Area. Events abound for Lincolnville residents; everything from modern musical acts at the North Charleston Coliseum to the fun of the annual Flowertown Festival in the heart of Summerville is right around the corner. And, families who live in Lincolnville enjoy sending their children to great schools, thanks to its proximity to the Dorchester Two School District. But what sets this tiny community of just over 1200 people apart is the abundance of peace and quiet, away from the urban hustle of Charleston and Summerville. Lincolnville is a place where that iconic southern flavor that we all seek is well preserved, from sweeping oak trees arching over the roads to historic AME churches. Take the time to visit Lincolnville on your next road trip through the Tri-county. You’ll find an unexpected glimpse of unfettered beauty — the same beauty that drew seven men to its environs all those years ago. Read More
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