In 1670, the English ship Carolina brought colonists to the west bank of the Ashley River. These settlers and their descendants built a flourishing plantation life in what became St. Andrew's Parish. The Civil War devastated the plantation society, and the glory years of St. Andrew's Parish waned until 1889, when construction of a new toll bridge improved access to West Ashley. A suburban boom that began in the 1920s expanded and revitalized the community. Many of the original families who built homes, churches, schools, and businesses still live in the community today--a testament to the continued vitality and livability of St. Andrew's Parish, West Ashley.
About the Author
Author Donna F. Jacobs moved to Charleston in 1974 to attend the College of Charleston. When she and her husband decided to buy a home, they settled in the Byrnes Downs neighborhood of West Ashley. Donna has been active in the Byrnes Downs Neighborhood Association since its inception, and through her involvement in the association, she was introduced to the scrapbook produced by the original garden club. The scrapbook provided the inspiration for her first Arcadia book, Images of America: Byrnes Downs. Images of America: West Ashley was a natural progression, as she has found that the area's modern history is rich with stories.
Table of Contents
1 Postwar Recovery 9
2 St. Andrew's Parish's Turning Point 19
3 St. Andrew's Parish's Suburban Life 35
4 Going to School 83
5 Gathering Places 101
6 Sapere Aude?Dare to Be Wise 119