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D uring the 18th century Summerville was a vacation spot for Charlestonians seeking relief from the oppres- sive summer humidity and tormenting swarms of mosquitoes. In the 21st century, affordable hous- ing, excellent schools and numerous recreational alternatives has made this small city one of the best places to settle down in South Carolina. Centuries ago, the low incidence of mosquitoes in Summerville was attributed to the pine trees that blanket the area, inspiring a love affair between town residents and the indigenous pines that thrive in the area’s sandy soil. Meanwhile, as the 19th century gave way to the 20th, the Interna- tional Congress of Physicians declared Summerville to be one of the best places in the world for people suffering from lung disorders. At the time, the prevail- ing medical belief was that the powerful scent of pine trees, still omnipresent in the area today, contained special healing properties. Thousands with respiratory ailments flocked to Summerville, and many fell in love with the beauty of the small town and the forests that sur- round it. For one week every spring, “The Flowertown in the Pines” lives up to its nickname in a big way. The city is awash with color during the annual Flowertown Festival, held during the first week of April. The world-renowned Festival, which draws artists and crafts- men from across the United States, is the second biggest draw in the area, behind Charleston’s Spoleto Festival. The area is by no means short of rec- reational opportunities, from golf and tennis to hunting, fishing and boating. And the beaches of the Carolina coast are within a 30-minute drive. Town Hall (general information) (843) 871-6000 Police (Administrative) (843) 871-2463 Fire (Administrative) (843) 873-5107 Dorchester County Library Summerville Branch 76 Old Trolley Road Hours: Mon. through Thurs. 9am to 9pm Fri. & Sat. 9am to 5pm. Sunday 1 - 5 pm (843) 871-5075 UTILITY SERVICES Commissioners of Public Works (Water & Sewer Service) (843) 875-8750 Berkeley Electric Co-op (843) 553-5020 SCE&G (Electric & Gas Service) (843) 554-7234 COMMUNITY SERVICES Chamber of Commerce (843) 873-2931 D.R.E.A.M. (Downtown Development) (843) 821-7260 Dorchester County Information (843) 832-0043 Dorchester County Health Dept. (843) 873-1241 Economic Development (843) 875-9109 School District 2 Office (843) 873-2901 Summerville Medical Center (843) 875-3993 Summerville Y.M.C.A. (843) 871-9622 Trident United Way (843) 821-5000 U. S. Post Office (843) 873-3571 Facts & Info Summerville www.JanaBantz.com | www.ILoveSummerville.com