Local historian presents new book

  • Wednesday, May 7, 2014

“The Islands” provides an interesting look back at local history.


Author Suzannah Smith Miles will give a talk and answer questions about the history of Sullivan's Island and Isle of Palms at the Edgar Allan Poe Library on Sullivan's Island, Saturday, May 17, at 12:30 p.m.

Books will also be available for sale with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit the Friends of the Library organization.

Told with exceptional detail by Lowcountry historian Suzannah Smith Miles, “The Islands” is fully annotated and beautifully supported with more than 200 historical photographs, prints, engravings and maps, plus annotated footnotes, bibliography and index.

This elegant and absorbing coffee-table book kicks up some fine historical sand with an exploration of Charleston's oldest resort islands, Sullivan's Island and Isle of Palms.

More than 200 years of history are presented, covering the Sewee Indians, Charleston's early watchtowers and lighthouses, the African-American experience, Revolutionary War, Civil War, the 19th century plantation settlement on Long Island and how the island became a resort called Isle of Palms, Sullivan's Island's original Moultrieville settlement, hurricanes, the barrier island environment, the early lifesaving service and a delightful chapter on historic fishing.

Long applauded as a writer who makes history a joy to read, this book is a crowning achievement for Suzannah Smith Miles, who is widely known for her previous writings on the islands and the East Cooper area.

“Spectacularly presented! I couldn't put it down,” said Mary Preston Foster, author of non-fiction historical guide, “Charleston: An Historic Walking Tour and Legendary Locals of Charleston.”

“Superb history and a beautiful book. The layout is magnificent,” raves David Farrow, the author of the book “The Root of All Evil” and the host of fan-favorite, “The Charleston Times.”

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