History & Culture

The settlement of Charles Town in 1670 brought Europeans into close contact with coastal Indians, and by 1700 several traders had settled among the Indians of the Carolina piedmont.

The Europeans encountered not only land, but people organized in societies and having their own laws.  America, separated from Europe by a wide ocean, was inhabited by a
distinct people, divided into separate nations, independent of each other and of the rest of the world, having institutions of their own, and governing themselves by their own laws.

The Varner, Smith, Droze, Mazyck, Peace and Simmons families have a long documented history in South Carolina for generations.  We live approximately thirty miles north from Charleston in what was once called the Parish of St. James Goose Creek "Wassamasaw" Section.  The Parish of St. James Goose Creek is one of the nine original parishes as defined by the Church Act of 1706.  The word Wassamasaw has a native meaning “Connecting Water.”   This “connecting water” is a swamp beginning at the Black Tom Bay near Lake Moultrie that flows into Cypress Swamp and then merges with the upper waters of the Ashley River.