Summerville is located in the state of South Carolina and most of its land portion is in Dorchester County, and the rest of the small portions are in Berkeley and Charleston counties. The city is a part of the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metropolitan area. The central area of Summerville is located in the southeastern part of Dorchester County; the city’s boundaries extend up to the northeastern portion of Berkeley and Charleston counties. The city’s limits have been extending south as far as the Ashley River which is next to the Old Fort Dorchester State Historical Park. The area was first settled during the American Revolutionary War in 1785 and was referred to as Pineland Village. The area’s development started and resulted from the plantation owners who inhabited and resided in the Charleston area, who then came to Summerville to escape the seasonal swamp fever and insects. When Summerville became an official town, they passed a law against cutting down trees of sizes, which was then first of such laws in the United States.
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