charleston sea islands
Our Story

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Our Story

The sea island lifestyle and sustainable mindset of Kiawah River begins naturally.

Just 15 miles from Charleston and across the river from Kiawah Island, a farm stand and greenhouse greet your arrival.

Kiawah River’s maritime forests and riverfront are well-suited for tree houses and bay boats. Cottages are painted in a wash of white. Paths lacing out toward the oyster beds and the saltwater river are remarkably unspoiled. Here, shared greenspaces and trails through the palmetto and oak tree scenery are a gift to everyone who will live and gather at Kiawah River.

Hope Chapel and The Hall will soon host weddings and community celebrations. Jack Island Village will be welcoming guests to the lodge, along with the health and swim club, the riverfront restaurant, and the pier. A boating and adventure center and concierge service will help guests get on the water—with fishing gear or without—to better float into the sea island ease.

It’s all happening here. On a saltwater riverside, a village begins.

our history

Centuries on
the sea islands.

Native Americans lived and fished here first. Ships arrived from England, Barbados, and Bermuda by the 1690s as Charles Town was founded and, and Kiawah River’s acreage was originally granted to Thomas Stanyarne by King Charles II's Lords Proprietors in 1698.

After the Revolutionary War, this land was farmed for hundreds of years, a tradition that continues to this day. After rice and indigo, cotton and vegetables were the primary crops. Owners included generations of Johns Island farmers; the Freeman family still farms here and will continue do so for many generations to come.

Just Across the River

While you're visiting the Charleston Sea Islands, go just cross the creek,
around the bend, or over the bridge, and there's always something to see, do or taste.

EXPLORE

Approved for Building

The Kiawah River Builders Guild is a referral roster of builders who understand the vision, look, and feel of Kiawah River. Members of the Builders Guild will be the first to build residences in Kiawah River.

Each member of the Builders Guild understands the sea island aesthetic, and is committed to Kiawah River’s community ideals for quality, sustainability, and green building practices.

Builders are independently owned and operated and are not affiliated with the developer. Approval of builders under the Builder Guild shall not be construed as an endorsement, warranty or certification of the builder or the builder’s performance.

A Destination

“This project will remain a destination, and a point of reference for what the standard of development and design should be for a long time to come.”
- Howard Backen and Luca Pignata, Architects

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