Seabrook Island, South Carolina

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Seabrook Island is a town in Charleston County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 1,250 at the 2000 census.

As defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and used by the U.S. Census Bureau for statistical purposes only, Seabrook Island is included within the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metropolitan area.

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Geography

Seabrook Island is located at 32°34′56″N 80°9′48″W / 32.58222°N 80.16333°W / 32.58222; -80.16333 (32.582173, -80.163332)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 7.1 square miles (18.4 km²), of which, 6.1 square miles (15.7 km²) of it is land and 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²) of it (14.39%) is water.

History

Seabrook has a known archaeological history dating back to approximately 200 B.C. In 1666, British subject Lt. Col. Robert Sanford arrived on Seabrook as an explorer in royal service to King Charles II. By 1684, the local Stono Indians were persuaded to cede their lands to the proprietary government, which in turn sold the property to English settlers.

During the American Revolutionary years, the island was used as a staging area for Hessian and British troops. In 1816, the island was sold to William Seabrook of nearby Edisto Island, hence the present name. Under Seabrook’s ownership, the island was used for growing cotton. At the height of the Civil War, Seabrook sold the island to William Gregg who rented the land to Charles Andell.

After the turn of the century, the island was sold to sportsmen for hunting, fishing, and recreation. In 1939, the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina rented land on Seabrook to establish a summer camp for underprivileged children. In 1951, about 1,408 acres (5.70 km2) of land were given to the church.

In 1970, the diocese sold about 1,100 acres (4.5 km2) to private developers who planned the private, residential community that Seabrook Island is today. Eighteen years later, the town of Seabrook was incorporated, and it celebrated a decade of private ownership and self-government in 1997.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,250 people, 660 households, and 465 families residing in the town. The population density was 206.0 people per square mile (79.5/km²). There were 1,649 housing units at an average density of 271.7/sq mi (104.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.04% White, 1.44% African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.40% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 0.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.88% of the population.

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