Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Charleston Naval Yard Officers' Quarters Historic District

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Location: at the intersection of Everglades Avenue and Navy Way, Charleston, SC
County: Charleston
Coordinates: N 32° 52.036    W 079° 58.0
  32.86726666    -79.96666666


In 1895 the City of Charleston purchased lands formerly part of the Retreat and Turnbull Plantations and commissioned the Olmsted Brothers of Massachusetts to design a recreational public park. Chicora Park, named for the local Chicora Indians, featured leisurely winding roads with paths and bridges over the marsh areas and extensive landscaping. The design followed English landscape tradition with no fences or defined boundaries. Amenities included a bandstand, a golf course, and a wharf on the Cooper River. Charlestonians took a trolley directly from downtown to the park on weekends. When the Navy purchased the property from the City in 1901, much of the landscaping plan was retained and Olmsted's system of winding roads was adopted. The Officers' Quarters Historic District consists of 28 structures and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.
Source: National Register of Historic Places nomination form: Charleston Naval Yard Officers' Quarters Historic District (listed in 2007)

Erected 2013 by City of North Charleston, Preservation Society of Charleston.