“Less than five miles from the peninsula of Charleston, the Stono River flows south and east on its way to the Atlantic. Crossing the Stono was once a wieldy proposition, one that required patience and skill. As Charleston grew, John’s Island seemed insulated by the waterways which defined her. But throughout time, the passage from the bustling metropolis to its agrarian second cousin became easier — perhaps a little too easy.
Today John’s Island is perched precariously between a hungry and growing urban center and the vast expanses of protected properties on the sea islands of Wadmalaw and Edisto and the massive open space of the ACE Basin. The growth pressure on this once agricultural powerhouse is so intense that many say that it’s too late. Land protection just can’t and won’t happen there. We at the Lowcountry Land Trust don’t agree. This is the story of Three Friars, Seven Oaks and our work to protect them.”