By Susan Middaugh
Roy Williams, a long time Sullivan’s Island Resident, historian, and author of the book, Images of America: Sullivan’s Island, served as docent for two 90-minute trolley bus tours of Sullivan’s Island on October 24. As the Trolley drove slowly past historic homes and landmark buildings, Roy delighted his audience with intimate and accurate stories from Sullivan’s Island’s rich history. Tour participants, whether visitors to the Island or life-long residents, all remarked on the wealth of information they had not heard before. The following are a few tour tidbits.
Did you know that Italian Prisoners of War from World War II were housed in tents in the Fort Marshall area of the Island, between Station 28 and Breach Inlet? That the house at 2714 I’on Ave. (c. 1908) earned it’s name “The Ark” when it served as a safe haven for the extended Anderson family during the hurricane of 1911? That “Squeeze Inn” at 2920 Brooks (c.1910) likely began as a “Keeping House” – a small, two-room house that was built to retain the license to a residential lot? That Mayor Joe Riley’s grandfather, Ned Schacte, was saved from drowning as a boy by James Coste, a Surfman (Coastguard’s man) of the Life Saving Station at Station 18 ½ ?
The Sullivan’s Island History Tour was inaugurated in the Fall of 2008 and was so well received it was repeated this year. This year’s tours, on October 24, were filled to capacity. This event is sponsored by The Sullivan’s Islanders Group, whose focus is to preserve and promote the unique culture of our island and to protect our open green spaces. Further information about the organization can be obtained by visiting www.sullivansislanders.net or by contacting Karen Coste at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.