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Hardeeville History

Founded in 1911, the City of Hardeeville is now said to be the fastest growing city in the Southeast. Really, the history of this vibrant community goes back much further than its incorporation as a municipality.

Native Americans first inhabited the shores of the Savannah River near the present day Millstone Landing. The area was briefly settled by Swiss Huguenots but their settlement of Purrysburg only lasted a decade as residents were drawn away by Oglethorpe’s nearby Savannah.

Hardee’s descendant, White William Hardee, took advantage of the railroad by founding Hardee’s Station on the Charleston & Savannah Railroad. The rail line followed the same path as the current CSX railroad through town and the station was located just behind present day St. Anthony’s Catholic Church on Highway 17. The new station spurred growth in the surrounding city and the name Hardee’s Station was soon changed to Hardeeville.

The early part of the 20th century found timber king in Hardeeville as the Argent Lumber Company opened for business on September 1st, 1916. Argent operated four railroad engines and the Hardeeville Mill becoming the leading employer of the City until 1959, when the lumber mill and railroad cars closed down. Right by the Old City Hall on Main St, sits the Argent train No. 7, which stands as a testament to Argent Lumber’s influence on the city. Timber companies continued to own much of the land around Hardeeville but the timber and jobs were shipped elsewhere.

After Argent closed down, the city relied on tourism from motorists passing through on U.S. Route 1 and then Interstate 95. Hotels and restaurants served travelers with a good nights rest, home cooking, and southern hospitality. The hotels evolved from individually operated hotels of the fifties, to the national franchise chains we have today, but the focus stayed on serving people passing through Hardeeville.

Hardeeville as a waypoint instead of a destination began to change in the late 1990’s. The timber industry became more efficient and the land they owned around Hardeeville grew in value due to its closeness to Savannah and Hilton Head. Realizing they could make more by selling the land than growing trees on it, the timber companies sold it in large tracts to various developers. These five tracts became the backbone of the sustainable growth that Hardeeville is now going through.

As Hardeeville moves into this new century it is primed to become a leading city in South Carolina. The future of Hardeeville will be written with a sharp eye on its history. As the population doubles, then triples, and then quadruples, citizens and city planners will work to ensure that the small town roots and strong sense of community continue to be its cornerstone.

Hardeeville Street Names

The Hardeeville Historical Society has conducted extensive research to discover and document the orign of the names of several of the streets in the city of Hardeeville.  To view a copy of this document, click the link below.

Hardeeville Street Names

 


 

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Area Attractions

Area Attractions Hardeeville is located just minutes from Hilton Head Island, Savannah and Beaufort but it has a story to tell all on its own. Whether you’re interested in wild life, recreation or history we’re sure you’ll find whatever you’re looking for while you visit with us. Purrysburg Purrysburg was founded in 1732 by Swiss …

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Demographics

The People of Hardeeville… Population & Growth The City of Hardeeville has rapidly grown in the past ten years, due in part to major new development and investment in the community.  Shown below are the City’s population figures over a 20-year period: 1990 (Census): 1,583 2000 (Census): 1,793 2010 (Census): 2,952 2012 (Estimate): 3,400 Neighborhood …

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Living With Us

Utilities Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority (BJWSA) 6 Snake Road Okatie, SC 843-987-9200 Palmetto Electric Cooperative, Inc New River (Jasper County) One Cooperative Way Hardeeville, SC 29927 843-208-5551 Ridgeland (Jasper County) PO Drawer 820 4063 Grays Highway Ridgeland, SC 29936 843-726-5551 Hampton (Hampton County) PO Box 548 1231 Charleston Highway Hampton, SC 29924 803-943-2211 Hilton …

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Local Accommodations

Visiting With Us… Hardeeville has been the home to a long line of successful hotels and motels throughout history. Being located on U.S. Route 1 and then along Interstate 95, travelers have been passing through and coming to the City for a long time. Clean Stay Inn 18116 Whyte Hardee Blvd | Hardeeville, SC 29927 www.cleanstayusa.com …

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Local Shopping

Welcome to Hardeeville Local Shopping Information Hardeeville is near some of the best shopping in the Lowcountry, boasting the Tanger Outlets in Bluffton, SC, The Mall at Shelter Cove in Hilton Head Island, SC and two malls in nearby Savannah, GA. Tanger Outlets 1414 Fording Island Road Bluffton, SC 29910 (843) 837-5410 Map Savannah Mall …

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Special Events

Hardeeville’s Special Events Hardeeville is all about family values and strong community ties and nothing demonstrates this more than having everyone come out together and enjoy a community event. Every month it seems like there’s something going on at the City Recreation Complex. In August, the Hardeeville Police Department gathers the community for National Night …

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