Place:Awendaw, Charleston, South Carolina, United States

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NameAwendaw
Alt namesAwensdawsource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS45000385
Owendawsource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS45000385
TypeTown
Coordinates32.986°N 79.643°W
Located inCharleston, South Carolina, United States
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names


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Awendaw is a small fishing town in Charleston County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 1,294 at the 2010 census. As defined by the US Office of Management and Budget, and used by the US Census Bureau for statistical purposes only, Awendaw is included within the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metropolitan area.

History

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Awendaw was named by the Seewee Native American or "Sewee" tribe. It is also home to an oyster shell mound created by the Seewee Tribe. It is the northern most shell ring in a group that stretches south to the tip of Florida. Most of the mound is still intact. The rest of it was destroyed to construct roads and homes for the citizens of Awendaw. Awendaw was settled in 1696 as "Wappetaw" by settlers from Salem, Massachusetts who left after the Salem Witch Trials. The town was heavily damaged by Hurricane Hugo in September 1989, but did not receive as significant damage in 2004 when Hurricane Gaston made landfall in the region. In 1992, the town of Awendaw was first incorporated and elected Willam H. Alston as the first Mayor. Alston served as Mayor until 2009.

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