Take Maybank Highway (also known as Highway 700) all the way past James Island and Johns Island and you’ll find a cozy community located on Wadmalaw Island known as Rockville, South Carolina. Although Rockville is tiny, it is, in fact, an incorporated town of Charleston County, and a beautiful, storied place to visit or live. Furthermore, Rockville is only a short drive from other points of interest in the Lowcountry such as the city of Charleston, the beaches of Kiawah or Seabrook and a bevy of other intriguing spots. The rest of Wadmalaw Island, which is unincorporated, offers plenty of outdoor activity as well as breathing room for those craving a quintessentially Lowcountry life with a rural twist.
History nuts will want to visit Rockville just to check out all the cool stuff from the past. For starters, there’s two ancient shell rings, — they’re prehistoric! — known as Horse Island and Hanckel Mound. Even the downtown district of Rockville is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and well worth a stroll through the sun-dappled streets. Historic Homes in Rockville are Lowcountry chic, with plenty of porch space and elevated foundations. And the John Seabrook Plantation Bridge, an arch bridge made of brick, shells and rammed earth back in 1782, is another popular relic of the old South.
Yet the real claim to fame for Rockville is an annual sailboat regatta sponsored by the Sea Island Yacht Club, aptly known amongst the locals as the Rockville Regatta. Held each August since before the turn of the 20th century, the tradition of the race is based on stories that Native Americans likely raced their canoes in the segment of Bohicket Creek that touches Rockville, thanks to an unusually strong current. Read More