A River Through Time
Colleton River is named for Sir John Colleton (1608-1666) who served as a Lord Proprietor (governor) of this area of the British Carolina Province. In 1663, he introduced settlers and slaves to colonize this area. King Charles II granted him 12,000 acres, including lands and waters of present-day Colleton River Plantation. Over 4,000 years before English colonization, the Colleton River and its tributaries were the homeland for the Coosa (means “water”) Indians, a fishing, hunting and farming culture. The wide Colleton River, its sinuous marsh creeks and its river islands have always provided food, shelter, and safe passage for diverse cultures. You can follow their ancient wakes from the Community Dock, where you can launch a kayak into this River Through Time.