James Island, South Carolina

South Carolina Charleston County James Island

About James Island

James Island is a large triangular sea island framed by Wappoo Creek and Charleston Harbor on the north, Morris Island and Folly Beach on the east, and the Stono River and Johns Island on the west. Affectionately nicknamed "Jim Isle," it is laced with creeks and sounds ... and well known for its farming, fishing and shrimping, ancient live oaks, and more recently, its Holiday Festival of Lights.

The Civil War began on James Island on the morning of April 12, 1861, when Confederate forces at Fort Johnson fired on Union-occupied Fort Sumter. Both forts were located on the island's northern shore.

Most of the fighting in the Charleston area during the rest of the Civil War also occurred on
James Island and Morris Island, as Union troops tried to invade Charleston from the south, from their base on Folly Beach. All of these efforts, including notable assaults on Fort Lamar and Battery Wagner, were defeated.

Charleston is the largest city near James Island. Here is a map of the Charleston area.

Things to Do in James Island

James Island Accommodations

James Island Arts, Entertainment, Dining

James Island Attractions

James Island Events

James Island Recreation, Sports, Clubs

James Island Maps, Transportation

James Island Maps

James Island Transportation

The Charleston area has one commercial airport. It is located 16 miles from James Island:
CARTA provides public bus and trolley service in Charleston County. Most routes are located in downtown Charleston, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, and West Ashley:

James Island Jobs, Careers

  • Jobs in Charleston
    Our exclusive Charleston area job board organizes jobs by type of employer, company name, and area including James Island.

  • SC Works Trident Centers
    These branches of the Trident Workforce Investment Board provide job seekers in James Island and in the Charleston area with employment support from job searching and application assistance to on-the-job training and education.

James Island Businesses

For a full guide to businesses located in and around James Island, please see our South Carolina Business Directory.

Businesses in James Island

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Other James Island Businesses

James Island Economic Development

  • Charleston County Economic Development Department
    A division of Charleston County's government, the Charleston County Economic Development Department works to recruit new businesses and grow existing industries within Charleston County.

  • Charleston Regional Development Alliance
    The CRDA seeks to be a catalyst for economic growth in the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester region. It also publishes an annual economic scorecard which compares Charleston to similar US metro areas.

James Island News & Media

The greater Charleston area has one daily paper, the Post & Courier. Other James Island area newspapers and magazines can be found here: James Island lies within the Charleston service area, and its television and radio stations are located there:

James Island Government

The Town of James Island is located in Charleston County.

James Island Schools, Colleges, Libraries

James Island Churches, Nonprofits

There are several hospitals and health centers located in the Charleston area, all of which can be found here: If you are looking for a place to worship in James Island, this guide will help you: James Island and Charleston provide a host of charities and community service organizations for local residents. These guides will help you locate helpful senior citizen resources in James Island and all of Charleston County.

James Island History, Genealogy

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