Town of Ravenel

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Few places in  the Lowcountry are as charming as the Town of Ravenel. A former railroad town, Ravenel is a place filled with historic homes and churches, residences, and businesses. It sits at the crossroads of two major highways and is in close proximity to historic Charleston, SC.


One of the key historical features of Ravenel is the railroad which runs through it. Townspeople have many stories regarding the railroad and its depot. Much folklore exists about the area. One such folk tale is a ghost story referred to as The Ravenel Lights.

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The Ravenel Train Depot is located at the intersection of Highway 165 and Martin Street approximately 1 mile east of U.S. Highway 17. It was built by the Atlantic Coast Line in 1900 prior to the town's incorporation and is a unique American resource. For a brief time around 1903 the Post Office and Depot were renamed "Tea, South Carolina" in recognition of the American Tea Growing Company being located nearby. The Town of Ravenel eventually purchased the Depot in the 1980s for use as a site for events and to preserve this part of the Town's heritage. A playground was also recently constructed at the Depot.

 

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The Caw Caw Interpretive Center is located on U.S. Highway 17 in the Town of Ravenel. Formerly the site of several rice plantations, the Caw Caw Interpretive Center is now a treasured part of the Charleston County Parks System. It includes more than 6 miles of hiking trails, boardwalks, exhibits and displays related to rice plantations, and managed habitat for wildlife.  It includes more than 100 acres of intact former rice fields.

 

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Ravenel Community Hall is located at 5700 Connor Street. It is a great location for your event and is available for rent by all residents of the Town of Ravenel and their sponsored guests. It features 2200 square feet of meeting/banquet area, fully operational kitchen,and playground.

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Bennett Park is a small neighborhood park on the eastern end of Ravenel, located on Savannah Highway about three miles south of the intersection of Highway 162 and US 17. The land for the park was given to the Town by Bennett family in memory of their father, Abner Bennett, a life-long resident of the Town. This 4.35 acre park includes a large, multi-purpose field, a basketball court, and a playground. Two picnic shelters have been recently added along with new picnic tables and outdoor grills for family gatherings and community events.

 

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