Summerton’s history began
around 1830 to 1840 as an escape from the mosquitos along the Santee
River. Plantation owners made their move inward to what was then
called the “Summerton” and thought of as a health resort and safe
retreat from the “malaria” of the swamp.
Summerton is ideally located
in the heart of Santee Cooper Country, eight miles from the shores
of beautiful Lake Marion and conveniently located one hour from
Columbia, Charleston, and Florence. Chartered by SC Legislative
Delegation on Christmas Eve, 1889, Summerton has developed into
a pastoral residential community. Deep spiritual commitments reflect
in the churches in our small town. A strong reliance on farming,
small business and the rustic beauty of the SC Low Country has
allowed Summerton to retain the feel of a well knit small town
while getting in on the growth pattern of the lake area.
of Summerton—the ones who were born here and the ones who’ve moved
in, know they have a good thing going. Enjoying life is a universal
goal, and they know its simply easier to do in Summerton. Thus
Summerton----where living is easier.
Summertonians feel a great
pride in their small town and would love to have more neighbors
with whom to share it.