town of Sullivan's Island was incorporated in 1817 under the name of Moultrieville. Due to its strategic location as a barrier island, military forces have used it for hundreds of years to protect Charleston Harbor. There's no doubt, this place has seen its share of military action over the years.
Today, this small town of about 2,000 residents is a haven for those seeking a picturesque southern beach retreat. This is a wonderful place to truly relax- and that's what people do here. But, if you plan on staying the night, you had better make your plans well in advance. Short-term lodging is next to zero.
Sullivan's Island demonstrates a commitment to preservation that is commendable. The Town holds an easement of the beachfront lands, which helps protect the delicate environment found along the Atlantic Ocean. Large lots, and very little commercial "development" give Sullivan's Island a charm that's hard to find these days. The Sullivan's Island Lighthouse (built in 1962) adds extra appeal.
The Island's extensive military use has left some magnificent remains. Some former fortifications are now even used as residences. For those who want to learn more about the Island's military history (or just enjoy outstanding views) a visit to Fort Moultrie and Fort Sumter National Monument are musts.
Those who enjoy literature will find it interesting that Edgar Allen Poe spent time here as a young recruit. He was so impressed, that he wrote about the Island years later in his 1843 story, The Gold Bug.
Sullivan's Island can be reached by way of State Highway 703, from MT Pleasant.