Moncks Corner, SC is a town with a name almost as interesting as it's abundant natural attractions. Named after a landowner Thomas Monk back in the 1700's, Moncks Corner, SC was also granted the trade mark of abundant outdoor activities as the Capital of Santee Cooper Country by South Carolina's Secretary twice in the last few years. With activities such as hiking, horseback riding, boating, water sports, and freshwater fishing, Moncks Corner is naturally a beautiful town full of recreation.
Considered a French Protestant Huguenots settlement, many flocked to Moncks Corner escaping persecution in Europe. Many historical surnames show the evidence of French influence. One of the most famous Huguenot families was the Marion family, whose son, Francis Marion, was a famous Revolutionary War hero. Marion was known as the Swamp Fox for his decoy and ambush style tactics used to defeat his enemies. Marion is considered the father of modern guerilla warfare, and is credited in the formation of the United States Army Rangers. Francis Marion is honored for his important role in U.S. history by the beautiful Francis Marion National Forest, which is hundreds of acres of beautiful natural forest.
Moncks Corner, SC also boasts Cypress Gardens. With 163 acres of natural preserves and gardens managed by Berkeley County. Previously a rice plantation, Cypress Gardens contains 80 acres of swamp, boat rides and boardwalks are sources of great family fun at the gardens. You can also enjoy the aquarium, aviary, butterfly house, Reptile Center and Crocodile Isle to view many endangered and exotic species.
Mepkin Abbey is another very unique spot in Moncks Corner, SC. The Trappist monastery is located between the junction of two forks of the Cooper River and boasts a beautiful botanical garden. This original estate of Sir John Coleton was sold and after many generations in the Luce family and a large part was donated to the Trappist Orders Gethsemani Abbey from Kentucky. Both the monastery grounds, gardens, and historic graveyard are open to the public.
"Mepkin Abbey is another very unique spot in Moncks Corner, SC...."
Moncks Corner attracts many local residents of nearby towns with less water and historical attractions to the beauty of the small town. Just a few minutes away from those neighboring towns, new communities are attracting its close neighbors by the recent connecting of Moncks Corner to both the town of Summerville and nearby, Goose Creek. As Moncks Corner spreads to meet its close counterparts of the Lowcountry, many will be seamlessly located minutes from anywhere in the Lowcountry. Former plantations such as Spring Grove and Foxbank are now new communities that offer everything from homes for first time buyers to elegant higher priced homes for more established families. Moncks Corner offers the convenience of living in a well connected Tri-County area, while experiencing the comforts of small town life.
Moncks Corner, SC may only have 6,000 residents, but all would agree life is more enjoyable at a slightly more rural pace. Residents view life in Moncks Corner as a little calmer and quite a bit sweeter. When it's time to relax and enjoy the beautiful natural scenery, Moncks Corner, SC is the place to call home!
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