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Ashley River – Charleston, South Carolina

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The Ashley River winds through South Carolina’s Lowcountry and eventually joins the Cooper River to form the Charleston Harbor. The blackwater river, or freshwater river stained with tannins, begins in Berkeley County, flows to Summerville alongside Colonial Dorchester, and continues around 17 miles to the harbor before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean.

Oak on the Ashley River

Larry Gleason of Aiken © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The Ashley River was the first designated South Carolina Scenic River in the Lowcountry. It was named for Anthony Ashley Cooper, who was Earl of Shaftesbury in the 1600s and one of South Carolina‘s eight Lords Proprietors. He was also an important philosopher of his time, who along with John Locke wrote the Fundamental Constitutions of Carolina in 1669. At the time the document was “the unalterable form and rule of Government forever” in Carolina. “Carolina” originally also included the land between present-day Virginia and Florida.

Magnolia on the Ashley

Barry Peters of Greer, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The tidal river was ideal for growing rice, which depended on the regular submersion of crops. Subsequently, English planters established rice plantations along the Ashley River from Summerville To Charleston, and several remain as museums. Middleton Place, Magnolia Plantation, and Drayton Hall are all open to the public and afford unadulterated views of the Ashley River. Remnants of rice fields are also visible along this Lowcountry river.

Ashley River Charleston

Cynthia Jarrell of Hanahan, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Reflections on Shem Creek Park

Contributor Cynthia Jarrell says of her photo: “I just happened to be driving along Lockwood Drive in downtown Charleston and saw this explosion of color. I pulled over and set up as quickly as I could on the sidewalk that follows along the river’s edge. As I continued to shoot I noticed the tour ship the Schooner Pride entering the scene, and I just couldn’t resist capturing its sails filled with the colors of sunset.”

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Ashley River – Add Info and More Photos

The purpose of the South Carolina Picture Project is to celebrate the beauty of the Palmetto State and create a permanent digital repository for our cultural landmarks and natural landscapes. We invite you to add additional pictures (paintings, photos, etc) of Ashley River, and we also invite you to add info, history, stories, and travel tips. Together, we hope to build one of the best and most loved SC resources in the world!

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3 Comments about Ashley River

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
November 11th, 2016 at 3:06 pm

Hi, Ellen. The photographers own the photos, so you will need their permission. If the photographs you are interested in do not have a link on the photographer’s name, let us know which photos you would like to use and we can hopefully get contact information to you. Great project!

Ellen FippsNo Gravatar says:
November 11th, 2016 at 12:19 pm

The James Island Elementary School’s K-4 class is doing an A -Z Charleston views and would like permission to use some of your photographs for their scrapbooks.

BasilNo Gravatar says:
June 28th, 2011 at 4:13 am

Nice I want to see more!

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