Birthplace of Sweet Tea and Southern Hospitality. It's true. Southern Hospitality began in Summerville, South Carolina--just 24 miles from Charleston. We invite you to experience our original Southern hospitality for yourself. But please take your time and enjoy all that this charming, historic town has to ofer. You'll soon find yourself feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and thinking this is exactly how life should be. Stop by the Summerville Visitor Center for free brochures,shopping maps and our newest dining guide. Get information about the self-guided walking tour of Summerville's beautiful historic homes. Be sure to visit our Historic Downtown where you will find unique shops, and delicious local cuisine and of course lots of Southern Sweet Tea.