It is located in the central and southern parts of James Island.
Later, The Continental Congress named Kosciuszko Brigadier General for his service in both the North, including his tremendous assistance to General Gates at The Battle of Saratoga and brilliant efforts assisting General Greene in saving the South Region Army from Cornwallis forces and ultimately severely weakening the British under command of Cornwallis.
Long settled as a semi-rural area, this island has been affected by increasing urbanization and the expansion of the city of Charleston.
Island residents incorporated the Town of James Island on January 8, 1993.
Joan Sooy was elected as the first Mayor in March 1993.
The South Carolina legislature changed incorporation law to allow incorporation over already annexed salt marsh.
The Town of James Island was incorporated a second time in 2002. Mary Clark was elected Mayor.
A third attempt to become a town was successful in June 2006, when about 3,000 voted to incorporate.
The day after the vote, Charleston mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. filed a lawsuit against the town for the third time, saying that it was unconstitutional.
Mary Clark was elected mayor of the town for the third time in August 2006.
In an election on August 3, 2010, incumbent Clark lost to Bill Woolsey, an economics professor at The Citadel and member of the James Island Town Council from 2002 to 2004.
The Town was incorporated a fourth time after a referendum on April 24, 2012.
Former Mayor Bill Woolsey led the incorporation effort and was unopposed in the election held on July 31, 2012.
He was subsequently re-elected on July 29, 2014 for a second term and again on November 5, 2019 for a third term.
The town limits have never incorporated the entire island of James Island, as the City of Charleston has annexed land on James Island before the original incorporation of the town and between subsequent re-incorporations.
The Town currently includes a population of 11,500.
James Island is the home of many historical events and areas.
Fort Johnson is reported to be the site of the first shot of the Civil War.
The remains of Fort Lamar are nearby. Recent renovations of historical places include the Seashore Farmer’s Lodge on Sol Legare Road.
The Fort Johnson/Powder Magazine, Fort Pemberton, Lighthouse Point Shell Ring (38CH12), Marshlands Plantation House, Seashore Farmers’ Lodge No. 767, and Unnamed Battery No. 1 are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.