Fort Pemberton on James Island could become Charleston’s newest park


1st Lieutenant
Forum Host
Mar 16, 2016
Fort Pemberton on James Island could become Charleston’s newest park
By Robert Behre
Mar 31, 2019 Updated Apr 2, 2019

Fort Pemberton was envisioned shortly after the 1862 battle of Secessionville, a Confederate victory at the other end of James Island that halted the Union advance toward Charleston. But the Confederates worried that the Union would try again, likely by a different route, so they began building an earthen fort that would help defend Charleston from Union gunboats approaching via the Stono River toward and Elliott Cut on the island’s northwestern edge. The five-pointed earthwork, one of the largest built around Charleston, was constructed mostly by slaves from nearby plantations and named after Confederate Brig. Gen. John Pemberton, commander of Charleston’s defenses. It was finished in 1863, and its points closest to the river rise 15 to 20 feet from the bottom of the moat, while those farther away are less discernible ridges that climb 3 or 4 feet. The fort never saw any battles, and six decades after the war, development began approaching the site, as the Riverland Terrace neighborhood took shape. Even though a house was built on top of one of Fort Pemberton’s points around 1948, the earthwork is considered remarkably well preserved. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

The deal hinges on the city securing about $6.1 million in greenbelt money from Charleston County, a process that could take about two months. It’s also seeking $600,000 from the S.C. Conservation Bank. The county’s Greenbelt Program has received 16 applications overall for new projects totaling $23.5 million. They include Fort Pemberton and five other urban projects received that total $13 million and would affect 637 acres. Charleston County officials are remaining mum for now. The Fort Pemberton application and others will go before a Greenbelt Advisory Board subcommittee on April 10, and the full board is expected to consider them on May 8. County Council ultimately makes the final decision on the grants.

Full article can be found here -


(Membership has it privileges! To remove this ad: Register NOW!)

(Membership has it privileges! To remove this ad: Register NOW!)