|The town of Hardeeville in Jasper County, South Carolina is a quintessential example of a charming southern town. The town combines a traditional southern atmosphere with a host of things to do, from communing with nature to playing recreational sports.|
Hardeeville neighborhoods range from affordable family housing in places like Jenny Greene and Deerfield Village, to larger more expensive homes in Pine Arbor, to the downtown area of the city, colloquially referred to as "Old Town Hardeeville." Old Town Hardeeville serves as the town's primary commercial center, with most of the town's shopping opportunities located here on Main Street and Whyte Hardee Boulevard.
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Despite its small population, there are plenty of interesting things to do in Hardeeville. From wildlife preserves to shopping, Hardeeville has something to offer everyone.
Hardeeville is bordered to the west by the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. With about half of its 29,175 acres in Georgia and half in South Carolina, the refuge is well-known for its abundant and diverse plant and bird-life, particularly during the summer. Ducks, geese, owls, eagles, osprey and storks are among the vast variety of birds that call the area home. Thousands of ducks, spanning over ten different species, flock to the area in the winter. Other wildlife includes the American Alligator, the Flatnose Salamander and the Florida Manatee.
Hardeeville is home to a number of fascinating historical attractions. The town is built upon the remnants of Purrysburg, a Swiss Huguenot colony founded in 1732. The settlement eventually failed due to its inhabitants susceptibility to disease and competition with nearby Savannah, Georgia. A stone cross marks the original location of the settlement on the Savannah River. In more recent history, Hardeeville is home to the Argent Lumber Company Engine #7, a rare steam locomotive built by the H.K. Porter Company around 1910 and donated to the city in 1960.
The city government provides a number of attractions for its residents and visitors. Hardeeville boasts a designated recreation complex, with sports and recreational activities organized year-round. The complex added a dedicated senior citizen center in 2008. The city organizes celebrations for several national holidays, including a 4th of July fireworks celebration, an Easter egg hunt and a Christmas parade. Other events include a catfish festival and the Relay For Life, a cancer fundraising event.
At its heart, Hardeeville is a traditional southern community. Its welcoming atmosphere and abundance of activities make Hardeeville a wonderful place to call home.