Pawleys Island is a barrier island less than 4 miles long, separated from the mainland by a beautiful salt marsh and accessible by two short causeways. As the nation’s oldest seaside resort, generations of visitors agree that Pawleys is an island of simple virtues and lack of pretense.
The families of rice planters who owned plantations on the nearby rivers first settled Pawleys Island in the early 1700's. The planters knew that it was unhealthy for their families to remain on the rivers during the summer and that the seashore was much healthier. Even though they didn't know about malaria in the 1700's, they knew enough to get away! They moved their families, horses, cows, bedding, provisions and furniture to Pawleys in May of each year, where they remained until the first frost in November!
From this leisurely existence has developed the charm of Pawleys that still remains. Pawleys continues to be known for its shoeless, carefree, laid-back life style, which includes crabbing in the adjacent creeks, fishing, the stories of ghosts, the rope hammocks and the unspoiled, unsophisticated, casual, delightful stretch of wide beach and sand dunes. As you traverse the island you will note beach houses in a variety of shapes and sizes, old and new. Although several major hurricanes have changed its face, it still retains the nickname "arrogantly shabby." For years, Pawleys Island real estate sales have been in popular demand by people looking to relocate to new homes in South Carolina. At Westmoreland Group we develop new home communities in South Carolina for the people looking to enjoy a relaxing lifestyle that Pawleys Island in South Carolina has to offer.