Riverland Terrace, developed starting in the 1920s, is James Island, South Carolina's oldest neighborhood. The Terrace is located just 10 minutes west of downtown Charleston, South Carolina along Wappoo Creek and the inland waterway. The neighborhood boasts a public boat landing, Charleston Municipal Golf Course, a playground, five restaurants and numerous antique shops.
Leading into the neighborhood is the historic Avenue of Oaks, consisting of 73 live oak trees believed to be over 100 years old. They once led to Wappoo Hall Plantation, owned by Lt. Col. George Lucas of the English Army and managed by his daughter Eliza Lucas Pinckney. She developed the indigo industry of the colony as a successful cash crop before the American Revolution. The plantation fronted on the Stono River. Fort Pemberton, a Civil War fortification built in 1862, remains today.
The Terrace consists of approximately 800 homes. Sizes and prices vary greatly. Starter homes of 900 square feet (84 m2) begin at $200,000 up to 2 plus million for deep water lot homes and everything in between. Riverland Terrace has an active neighborhood association that meets 3-4 times each year. The community actively works to preserve the historical integrity of the community, thus contributing to the hometown feel.
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