Located in Berkeley County, Moncks Corner's history goes back well over 300 years and is rich and diverse. While the community was named for Thomas Monck, a plantation owner, the town grew with the construction of the Santee Canal in 1800. Old Santee Canal Park offers its visitors a glimpse at the events that shaped the lives and communities of Monks Corner.
During colonial time, the area was a major settlement area of French Protestant Huguenots. Historical Sites available to residents include the Little David Torpedo Boat, used in the Civil War harbor attack, the restored Nesbitt House and the Berkeley Museum displaying 13,000 years of history about the first Americans, colonial life, the Civil War, early medicine, rural electrification, early education and the Francis Marion National Forest.
Explore early settlements at Charlestowne Landing and Fort Dorchester State Parks. From Fort Moultrie, scene of the first decisive American victory of the Revolution, to Fort Sumter, where the first cannon ball exploded starting the Civil War, to the CS Hunley, the world's first combat submarine, Charleston is unmatched in history. The cobble stone alleys, the horse drawn carriages and the church bells tolling on the hour transport you to a different time as you stroll the streets lined with antebellum homes.
If a trail outing sounds fun to the adventurous family, head to Francis Marion National Forest. The forest offers over 250,000 acres of diverse plant and animal species and with great opportunities for hunting, bird watching, camping, biking, or exploring. Cypress Gardens, known as the Gem of Berkeley County, offers visitors the rare experience of being one with nature as they explore the swamp on flat bottom boats, or by walking on a variety of nature trails.
View wildlife such as fish spawning at the St. Stephen Fish Lift, take in a self-guided tour of the Watchable Wildlife Area at the Marrington Plantation, or stop at one of the 15 places in Berkeley County to view deer, wading birds, turtles and alligators. You can also hike, bike, or ride horseback down the Palmetto Trail or take the family on a leisurely boat trip down the Cooper River – all the way to the Charleston Harbor!
Whether you enjoy water sports, playing a round of world-class golf at Patriots Point or the Kiawah Ocean Course, sailing under a colorful spinnaker during Race Week, watching a professional tennis match at the Family Circle Cup, enjoying a carriage ride through the French Quarter during the Martine Festival, taking a leisurely walk on the beach at sunset, or maybe listening to the Charleston Symphony on the steps of the Customs House, dancing under the moon light on the Folly Island Pier, the outdoor activities are endless and the weather is great. Enjoy easy access to miles of pristine beach along the barrier islands. Watch bald eagles fly over Bulls Bay or dolphins play in front of Morris Island Light. Visit one of our many parks in Charleston's 4,586 acre county park system - truly among the nation's very best.
Yes, Charleston is a community that has something to offer for everyone. Through out the world, the Charleston area is recognized for rich culture, beautiful architecture, passionate history and unmatched Southern hospitality. Whether you appreciate the amazing performing arts of the Spoleto Festival, look forward to competing against 50,000 of your best friends during the Cooper River Bridge run or appreciate a fine day of sports fishing, Charleston offers countless events to its populace. Residents can enjoy picnics while waiting for the start of the outdoor performance by the Charleston Symphony at Middleton Plantation, take quiet strolls on the beach during an evening sunset or simply enjoy the pleasures of a delicious glass of Charleston iced tea, while sitting on the front porch appreciating a cool evening breeze off of the harbor.
The arts fan is rarely disappointed here either. Each spring, it all begins anew with the opening ceremonies of the renowned Spoleto Festival USA on the steps of the Customs House. For a mesmerizing 10 days the city comes alive with the sights and sounds of internationally famous performing artists during what many consider to be the premier performing arts festival in the world. Festivals and celebrations continue through out the year as Charleston is a natural choice for enthusiasts of nature, history, arts, and culture. If sports are your interest, Charleston is represented by great professional soccer, AA baseball, ECHL hockey, and even semi-pro basketball teams. Plus, Citadel football and Charleston Southern University football, The College of Charleston basketball and baseball are always big draws, too.
Whether it's the diverse cultural and recreational opportunities, the friendly people or the mild year-round climate, Moncks Corner and the surrounding communities afford a quality of life second to none. The southern hospitality atmosphere comes from a community that is proud of its historic preservation, pristine wildlife retreats and countless recreational opportunities that are making Moncks Corner an increasingly desirable place to live, work and raise a family.