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Town of Sullivan's Island


The Town of Sullivan’s Island, a barrier island north of Charleston Harbor, is comprised of approximately 2,000 residents in half as many households.  These are primarily full or part time citizens that enjoy the relaxed lifestyle of the Island.  There are very few short-term rentals and no hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, or other transient lodging.
The Town, incorporated in 1817 as Moultrieville, did not allow lean-tos or shacks then as now.  At that time lots were required to have a minimum of ½ acre and the same is true today.  Sullivan’s Island is unique in that the beachfront lands which have accreted over the years, are owned by the Town and held in a perpetual easement by the Lowcountry Open Land Trust protecting the natural environment along the Atlantic Ocean.
This Island has a long military history of protecting the harbor from invaders and there are many wonderful histories which capture those stories.  Remnants of the military are abundant in now privately held military housing; even former fortifications are now single family residences.  Many of these historic homes have withstood the test of time and ravaging weather.


Commemorating the "Battle of Sullivan's Island" (June 28, 1776)


Sullivan's Island Celebrates Its Bicentennial: 

December 17, 1817 - Present


Enjoy the Oral History of Moultrieville now knows as the Town of Sullivan's Island

To view an oral history of Moultrieville to the Town of Sullivan's Island by Roy Williams



Historic Preservation Resources

Sullivan's Island Historic Preservation District Map (Fall 2013)
Click Here - pdf version of HP District Map above 

Questions regarding historic properties, preservation and map (above)? 
 Contact Zoning Administrator Henderson at (843) 883-5731 or jhenderson@sullivansisland-sc.com 


Sullivan's Island Initiatives


Sullivan's Island Historical Summary

Resources Map

Designation Study List (Sept. 2003)


In September 2007 Schneider Historic Preservation, LLC conducted a re-survey of Island homes over 60 years of age at the direction of Town Council.


Schneider Historic Preservation Survey Results


Survey Supplement #1 - Study of 60-Year Old Resources (Sept. 2007)

Survey Supplement #2 - Altered Historic Resources Evaluation (Sept. 2007)

Final Survey Appendix D (Sept. 2007) - Pictorial inventory of surveyed resources





SC State Historic Preservation Resources

There is a plethora of information available with the SC State Historic Preservation Office regarding historic preservation.  Some of the  popular topics include:


National Historic Registry
Preservation Grants & Tax Incentives
Certified Local Government (CLG) Program


Do you think your home may be historic? 

Ask Town Hall for a Historic Determination before making any alterations to your property.


Historic Determination Form

This form should be directed to Joe Henderson,  Zoning Administrator, at Town Hall.
Questions?  Call Joe at (843) 883-5731

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