Home Sweet Home - Summerville, SC

Whether you grew up in the Low Country, or recently moved to the area or are just passing through, you’ll find the town of Summerville charming. Home Sweet Home looks back into the history of people and places that laid the foundation for this great Southern town. You’ll find out about the oldest Pharmacy in South Carolina and the history of various homes and churches. Summerville has a rich history that explains why so many people are proud to call it home, even today. This book is a must read for anyone with an interest in the history of quaint, southern towns, such as Summerville.

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Welcome to: MYSCHISTORY.COM

My South Carolina history was very interesting to study… all the books, newspaper articles, conversations, people, promotional materials, family and friends and websites.

As you read myschistory, you will notice all the articles are connected to either Summerville or Colonial Dorchester.  When we moved to South Carolina several years ago  we made Summerville our home. I appreciate the people who live here. It is our home with a great history!

Now, let me be the first to acknowledge that everything you find on this site may not be 100% accurate. A date maybe wrong or a word misspelled, or maybe an incident never happened. I have tried to always be factual, but …If I have made a mistake, please let me know. You may email or call me. I hope you enjoy each and every article .

Now, you’ve got a lot of reading, so you better get started!


Founding of South Carolina

The state of South Carolina is rich in history and very exciting! It is interesting to find out how South Carolina was formed and grew. When our founders came over from England, they left about 12 different species of trees. Here they found there were “over 100...

Kornahrens Hardware Store

America is the melting pot of the world.  People have come from England, France, Russia, Germany and Spain, just to name a few countries.  They bring with them their talents, skills and trades.  They know how to do every thing. The Kornahrens family of Summerville,...

Charleston/Hamburg Railroad

The 1820’s had been hard years for Charleston.  Since the founding of Augusta Georgia in 1736, there was competition on who would ship products.  Now if things came to Charleston, we were right on the Atlantic Ocean and shipping was no big deal.  But for those who...

Dorchester State Park

Colonial Dorchester is located on Dorchester Road in Summerville, South Carolina, just past Bacons Bridge Road and before you get to Old Trolley Road. John Smith was the first man to own this land.  He came to Carolina from England with his wife Mary in 1675.  He was...

Newington Plantation

Sometime, when you have a few minutes, you need to take this trip.  From Summerville, go down Bacon’s Bridge Road.  On your right, you’ll see a street named Lee Street.  If you’re coming from Dorchester Road, Lee Street will be on your left.  Turn on this...

Guerin’s Pharmacy

140 S. Main St. Medicine has been a part of Summerville’s history.  During the Civil War, in the 1860s, Dr. Schwettmann moved to Summerville and started a drugstore.    It was located on Main Street, in the basement of a private home.  Dr. Schwettmann kept the...

Daniel and Thankful Axtell

If I were to mention the year 1690, and the name Daniel Axtell, would you know who I am talking about?  You would probably say yes.  Daniel Axtell owned Newington Plantation here in Summerville.  But that’s not the right answer.  You see Daniel Axtell came from...

Saul Alexander

1884-1952 The history of Summerville contains interesting facts as well as interesting people. If you’ve been downtown, you’ve probably seen the name Saul Alexander, set in tile in front of one of the stores. If you look up, you’ll see the name Saul...

Elizabeth Arden

She was born, Florence Nightingale Graham, on December 31, 1876.  She was born in Woodbridge, a suburb of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Her parents were immigrants in Canada.  Her father was Scottish and her mother was English.  Her father was a grocer to Ontario when...

Daniel and Rebecca Axtell

Sometime, when you have a few minutes, you need to take this trip.  From Summerville, go down Bacon’s Bridge Road.  On your right, you’ll see a street named Lee Street.  If you’re coming from Dorchester Road, Lee Street will be on your left.  Turn on this...

History of South Carolina

The state of South Carolina is rich in history and very exciting! It is interesting to find out how South Carolina was formed and grew. When our founders came over from England, they left about 12 different species of trees. Here they found there were “over 100...