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Pick up a free Folly Finders souvenir map at most of these sponsoring locations on Folly Beach, James Island, and Johns Island. 
Also find maps at the Mount Pleasant Visitors Center.

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Beachside Boutique

A 4-minute walk from Folly Beach Pier, this whimsical inn in a leafy residential area is 2 miles from Folly Beach County Park.



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James Island Map Vacation Rentals, Rooms, Hotels,

The Regatta Inn

Overlooking Sunset Cay Marina, this laid-back B&B is 1 mile from Folly Beach County Park.




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The Tides

Off South Carolina Highway 171, this modern, beachfront hotel is a minute's walk from the Folly Beach Fishing Pier and 2 miles from Folly Beach County Park. 



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James Island Map Vacation Rentals, Rooms, Hotels,

Water's Edge

Located minutes from downtown Charleston, this upscale B&B is a 9-minute walk from the Folly Beach Fishing Pier and 4.2 miles from the Morris Island Lighthouse. 



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James Island Map Vacation Rentals, Rooms, Hotels,

Avocet Properties

Book the perfect Folly Beach vacation rental today with Avocet Properties. Our local team of vacation specialists can help you plan your dream vacation.



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James Island Map Vacation Rentals, Rooms, Hotels,

Fred Holland Real Estate

Vacation home rental agency in Folly Beach, South Carolina. Real Estate Sales.




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James Island Map Vacation Rentals, Rooms, Hotels,

Follyvacation.com

Newly renovated vacation rentals on Folly Beach with amazing beach access...Only 15 minutes to beautiful historic downtown Charleston!.



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James Island Map Vacation Rentals, Rooms, Hotels,

Folly's Best Rentals

Off South Carolina Highway 171, this modern, beachfront hotel is a minute's walk from the Folly Beach Fishing Pier.



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James Island Map Vacation Rentals, Rooms, Hotels,

Charleston's Real Estate Guy

Adam Killermann - Avocet Properties. Real Estate sales in Folly Beach.




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James Island Map Vacation Rentals, Rooms, Hotels,

Blu Bar

Chic beachfront bar & grill at Tides Hotel offering seafood, plus brunch & live music on weekends.



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James Island Map Vacation Rentals, Rooms, Hotels,

LowLife Bar

Folly's newest casual beach bar, serving fresh ingredient cocktails, slushies and downright awesome bar food.



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James Island Map Vacation Rentals, Rooms, Hotels,

Center Street Coffee

Center Street Coffee is Folly's newest Local coffee and pastry shop. with baked goods as well.




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James Island Map Vacation Rentals, Rooms, Hotels,

Roasted

Get your day started off right at Roasted, located inside the Tides Hotel on Folly Beach, serving Starbucks® coffees.


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James Island Map Vacation Rentals, Rooms, Hotels,

Booze Pops

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic frozen pops food truck.






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James Island Map Vacation Rentals, Rooms, Hotels,

Pier 101

Chill, waterfront pub with casual seafood meals & outdoor seating, plus live music & weekend brunch.



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Slice Pizza

Pizza by the slice,pasta, salad. Take out and delivery.



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James Island Map Vacation Rentals, Rooms, Hotels,

Chico Feo

Funky outdoor cafe with live music, beer & a festive vibe serving diverse eats, from tacos to pho.



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James Island Map Vacation Rentals, Rooms, Hotels,

Drop In Deli

Funky local sandwich, salad & sushi shop with a bar, live music & year-round delivery to the beach.



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James Island Map Vacation Rentals, Rooms, Hotels,

Charleston Golf Cart Rentals

We service all of the Charleston area for vacation renters, wedding parties, event rentals, golf cart sales and repair. Family Owned.




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James Island Map Vacation Rentals, Rooms, Hotels,

Folly Beach Adventures

Folly Beach Rentals, Golf Carts, Bikes, Kayaks, Sup, Surf Boards





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James Island Map Vacation Rentals, Rooms, Hotels,

Sacred Body
Massage

Deep Tissue, Reiki, Cupping, Swedish, Hot Stone Massage, Oncology, Prenatal Massage.Celebrating the Sacred in all LIfe/




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Serenity Tree
Yoga

Weekly Beach Yoga on Folly  Beach, Sullivans, Mount Pleasant. Bachelorette, Birthday,Wedding Day, Private Yoga and more.





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Folly Community
Yoga

We service all of the Charleston area for vacation renters, wedding parties, event rentals, golf cart sales and repair. Family Owned.



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Folly Beach Map James Island Services Maps Massage Cocktails Boat Rentals Surfboards Lessons Bikes Golf Carts

Tideline
Tours

Dolphin watching around Folly Beach, sunset cruises, and boat tours to Morris Island. Book your private tour or bachelorette party today.



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Folly Beach Map James Island Services Maps Massage Cocktails Boat Rentals Surfboards Lessons Bikes Golf Carts

Folly Family
Dentistry

We are open the second Saturday every month. Appointments are available on Monday,Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursday. *Botox offered as well



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Folly Beach Map James Island Services Maps Massage Cocktails Boat Rentals Surfboards Lessons Bikes Golf Carts

Paint
With A Buzz

Weekly Paint Classes and traveling Private Parties in the Charleston area, hosted by local artist Briahna Wenke



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Folly Beach Map James Island Services Maps Massage Cocktails Boat Rentals Surfboards Lessons Bikes Golf Carts

HOBA
Rides

HOBA Hop on a boat anywhere with HOBA⛴Find a captain near you, choose a time, pay your captain to 🍻cruise





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Folly Beach Map James Island Services Maps Massage Cocktails Boat Rentals Surfboards Lessons Bikes Golf Carts

Isla Surf
School

We have a passion for riding waves…whether it’s your first wave or your 100th, come join us!




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Folly Beach Map James Island Services Maps Massage Cocktails Boat Rentals Surfboards Lessons Bikes Golf Carts

Folly Beach
Farmers Market

Weekly(Monday)gathering that connects our community to local farmers, culinary enthusiasts, small businesses and artists. 




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Folly Beach Map James Island Services Maps Massage Cocktails Boat Rentals Surfboards Lessons Bikes Golf Carts

Art Village
of Folly

Local arts and crafts from the lowcountry coming celebrate the local craft of an artisans, with special features on local artists and crafts vendors



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Folly Beach Map James Island Services Maps Massage Cocktails Boat Rentals Surfboards Lessons Bikes Golf Carts

Visit
Folly.com

Official website of Folly Beach. 






FOLLY BEACH HISTORY

The name Folly comes from an Old English term meaning "dense foliage." When Europeans first landed on the island in the early 1600s, they discovered a Native American tribe called the Bohickets
For a time, Folly Island was known as Coffin Island not because of deaths or burials, but because of its ownership by the Coffin family, plantation owners of Beaufort and Charleston counties.

​Pirates were known to sail along the South Carolina coast - Two of the most memorable were Edward Teach, known as Black Beard, and Stede Bonnet.

The first official document that mentions the island is a land grant from King William III to William Rivers that dates to September 9, 1696.

The island was home to members of the Bohicket tribe, who remained until the increasing number of Europeans in Charleston forced them to move elsewhere.

​The island was also a temporary home to many people who found themselves here unexpectedly as survivors of the shipwrecks that occurred regularly in the ocean off Folly Beach.

​Morris Island was the location of the Pest House in 1834. The Pest house was used to house sick and contagious people entering the port of Charleston. Boats would have to unload their sick passengers and crew before being allowed safe passage into the harbor
During the Civil War, Folly was occupied by Federal troops beginning in 1863. Despite the the jungle-like foliage, the soldiers constructed roads, forts, an artillery battery, and a supply depot. Eventually Folly Island had the capacity to hold up to 13,000 troops and their equipment. The Federal army used Folly Island as its main strategic base for the battle to take Fort Sumter.

​In May 1987 construction workers discovered 14 bodies at the western end of Folly Beach. A subsequent investigation by the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology established that the remains were of soldiers from the 55th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment. The 55th Regiment was joined on Folly by the 54th Regiment, made popular in the movie Glory. 

​After the Civil War, Folly Beach Island was virtually abandoned. But interest slowly arose in what some people began to realize was an island beach retreat in close proximity to a major city. Folly became a melting pot for the regular folks and temporary camps became permanent camps, became cottages.
From the 1940s onward, the building work steadily proceeded, reaching a peak in the 1960s with the construction of the Ocean Plaza with its amusement rides, boardwalk, shops and pier. The Folly Pier was a musical hub for the greater community with all the big bands playing the Folly Pier from Glenn Miller to Maurice Williams. People from all over the country developed a love for the community that is, more than most, a people’s beach.

Although only nine families actually made the island their permanent home, the construction of the Atlantic Pavilion, the Pier, the Boardwalk and the Oceanfront Hotel were clear evidence that holidaymakers were attracted to the area.

The story of Gershwin’s summer in Charleston is local legend. He stayed at a beachfront cabin on Folly Beach that sat close to Heyward’s own, a two-story home that the author called “Follywood.”

It was a classic fish-out-of-water tale: the native New Yorker ensconced on an island with no bridge and one phone, a place where you had to carry in your own drinking water. Gershwin said 1930s Folly reminded him of a South Seas island.

In between his drives on the beach, and belting out ragtime on his rented piano, Gershwin had begun to investigate the Gullah and African-American culture of the Lowcountry.

He visited black churches on James Island. He sang spirituals with locals, and performed with the Society for the Preservation of Spirituals, a group of white singers that preserved songs that might have otherwise never been written down.
“I think he embraced the culture,” said Julian Wiles, director of the Charleston Stage Company, who wrote the play “Gershwin at Folly” nearly a decade ago. “He loved the sounds and rhythms of what he heard. But he didn’t want to use any traditional folk music.”

Finding Gershwin’s Folly
by brian hicks [email protected]


Hurricane Hugo hit Folly Beach and neighboring communities in 1989, destroying many coastal beaches and damaging homes.  In true Folly spirit, the community banded together and recovered quickly.
The City of Folly Beach is now home to 2400 residents. Many refer to Folly as the "Edge of America."
 
Source: Folly Beach, A Brief History, Gretchen Stringer Robinson

In 1989, a 50 foot boat that washed ashore on Folly became known as the Folly Boat. It became the canvas for thousands of paintings, layer upon layer of paint and sentiment washing over the sediment of the ocean.

Many considered it be a "welcome home" sign just before arriving back on Folly. 

In August, 2018, 29 years later, Tropical Storm Irma jostled the boat and set it free and released it back into the marsh. It landed on a dock nearby.

It's been caught up in limbo ever since, and supporters of the Folly Boat have been searching for a new home ever since.

With change abounding about Charleston, Folly Beach has managed to hold on to its self proclaimed funkiness, attitude of acceptance to all, reputation for attracting artists, misfits, individuals, surfers, adventurers, lovers of the sea turtles, blue heron, and brown pelican.- Marci Shore

Folly Finders cover, 2017

Folly Finders cover, 2019

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Folly Finders cover, 2018