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North Charleston runs deep in history, originally the home to Native Americans along the Ashley River. Later in the 1700's, over 60 plantations were established between the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. Eliza Lucas Pinkney was an important name in the botanical and horticultural arena and was responsible for the production of silk and indigo. Phillipe Noisette also played an intrical part with the development of the internationally famous Noisette rose. And, Andre Michaux, nicknamed the father of American Horticulture, established a botanical garden (near what is now Aviation Ave.) and introduced new plants to the area such as camellias and mimosas.
During the 1800's, farming, lumbering and mining for phosphate were vital to the area and because of those industries, railroad tracks were laid from Charleston to the North Area, near what is now Rivers Avenue. In 1898, two plantations along the Cooper River were purchased to create Chicora Park, designed by the Olmstead Brothers, as a day destination for wealthy Charlestonians.
In 1902, Chicora Park was purchased by the Navy and the Charleston Naval Yard was established. The Shipyard, used for shipbuilding and repair prior to World War I, boasted the largest pier and dry dock on the East Coast . During WWII, the shipyard and Naval Base continued to expand and remained active until it was closed in January 1996, ending an almost 100 year history as the largest employer of civilian workers in South Carolina.
Today, North Charleston is home to The North Charleston Performing Arts Center and the Charleston Area Convention Centerm which opened in 1999, as well as many business and stores. North Charleston continues to lead South Carolina in retail sales, exceeding $6 billion dollars each year.
North Charleston’s Riverfront Park was officially opened to the public in 2005, establishing a beautiful access to the views along the Cooper River with a large outdoor performance venue and picnic areas. Later a fishing pier, boardwalk, and Naval Base Memorial site were added.
And, of course, we cannot forget Boeing who brought the 787 Dreamliner Aircraft assembly and delivery prep center to the property adjoining the Charleston International Airport, providing thousands of new jobs and continues to expand its operations, bringing even more jobs.
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