Historic Summerville ... "Flower Town in the Pines," she is called, once a retreat for plantation owners wanting to escape the balminess of the low-country marshlands (and no doubt the sand-fleas or no-see-ums indigenous to low-country marshlands). Summerville has a very quaint historic district featuring local shops, a delightful small-town bookstore complete with a (mostly) friendly cat, and the Flowertown Players at the Summerville Community Theater. If you're looking for a place to move near the Charleston Area, you can get a lot of house for the money in Summerville. Summerville also offers some of the best schools in South Carolina. The recently renewed shopping corridor on Route 17A near I-26 and Dorchester Road brings all of the necessities near your doorstep including movie theaters, Discount Stores, TJ Max, Marshalls, Belk, Kohls, restaurants, grocery stores, and of course the dueling Home Depot and Lowes home improvement centers.