Ashley River Park is located near the beautiful scenic side of the Ashley River off of Bacon’s Bridge Road. The site features many amenities and recreation activities for visitors of all ages. The park is open from dawn to dusk daily. Ashley River Park features playgrounds, two picnic shelters, a splash pad, a fishing pond, riverside walking trail, kayak launch, event lawn, and dog parks for both small and large dogs. There is also an event pavilion on site available for full-day rentals. We are currently working on constructing an adventure course and rock climbing wall at this location
We are a Casual, Upscale, Award Winning, Farm to Table Restaurant in the heart of Downtown Summerville. Our menu features Eclectic, Southern Fare, with New Orlean’s inspirations. We also have an impressive selection of beer, wine & spirits!
We have won Summerville’s Overall Favorite Restaurant 4 years in a row in The Summerville Journal Scene Reader’s Choice Awards. We have also won Best Bar in The Charleston City Paper’s Best of. Our Chef has a passion for food and you can taste it in every dish!
FIRST Let’s Discover
Look into our display cases like a window into the past, and truly immerse yourself in a different time as our guides recount the lives of the men and women who shaped Summerville, South Carolina into what it is now.
Now Let’s WORK
Our staff and volunteers pride themselves on continuing to share Summerville’s rich history in an engaging but accurate manner, thereby, making sure the facts remain for generations to come.
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The Story of “Montreux”
Montreux takes it’s name from the town of Montreux on the shores of Lake Geneva Switzerland. On December 4, 1971 the band “Deep Purple” had set up camp in Montreux Switzerland to record an album at the entertainment complex that was part of the Montreux Casino, using a mobile recording studio rented from the Rolling Stones. On the eve of the recording session, a concert by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention was held in the casino’s theatre. In the middle of Don Preston’s synthesizer solo on “King Kong” the place suddenly caught on fire when someone in the audience set off a flare gun into the rattan ceiling. The resulting fire destroyed the entire casino complex along with all of the Mother’s equipment.
Meanwhile, the members of Deep Purple watched the fire from their hotel rooms across the lake. A few days later guitarist Roger Glover awoke from a dream about the fire and came up with the title “Smoke on the Water” referring to the smoke from the fire spreading over Lake Geneva from the burning casino. In the song, the mobile studio is referred to as the “Rolling truck Stones thing” and the “mobile”. The person who started the fire is “some stupid with a flare gun”. “Funky Claude” is Claude Nobs, the director of the Montreux Jazz Festival, who helped some of the audience escape the fire.
Smoke on the Water
“We all came out to Montreux on the Lake Geneva shoreline. To make records with a mobile, We didn’t have much time. Smoke on the water, Fire in the sky.”
The Montreux Casino was rebuilt in 1975.
Montreux is the home of Mountain Studios, the recording studio used by several artist. “Bonzo’s Montreux” by Led Zeppelin is named after the city where the drum session of John Bonham was recorded in 1976. In 1978, the band Queen bought the studio. A statue of Freddy Mercury, lead singer for Queen, acknowledged as one of the greatest singers of all time and occasional performer at the jazz festival, stands in a prominent location on the shore of Lake Geneva. The Montreux Jazz Festival has been held every year in July since 1967. Today’s festival lasts about two weeks, represents every imaginable music style, and attracts an audience of over 200,000.
Before we opened “Montreux Bar and Grill” in Summerville, an unnamed patron at a local bar who looked like ZZ Top suggested the name and told the story about “Smoke on the Water”. We liked the name immediately. In keeping with the Montreux tradition, Thursday through Monday we bring live music “of every imaginable style” to Montreux Bar and Grill here in this grand old building (1862) in beautiful downtown Summerville, SC. We hope you enjoy the show…and the food…and the drinks too for that matter!
Summerville’s Art Hub
Public Works Art Center is a family-friendly 501(C)(3) nonprofit community art center in the heart of Downtown Summerville. With three galleries that have new exhibitions every six weeks, special (free) events, classes for all ages, a pottery studio (with two kilns), an artisan and art supply gift shop, summer camps, twelve studio artist spaces, an outreach vehicle (Arty the Artmobile!), birthday party options, event rental space, and SO much more, Public Works Art Center is THE cultural hub and creative incubator for Downtown Summerville and beyond. And did we mention it is FREE? Free admission every day we are open: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm!
This playground is a shady retreat from the summer sun. It’s nestled underneath some cooling trees in the heart of downtown Summerville. It’s owned by a local church but is open to the public all summer and during the school year, after 1pm.
This 12-acre garden located just blocks from historic downtown Summerville features a riot of seasonal colors, a gazebo, paved pathways, sculpture and lots of shade. Its winding paths invite a leisurely stroll. In the spring, the azaleas and camellias provide a spectacular view or admire the year-round beauty of our reflection ponds and bronze sculptures. Azalea Park is the host to several special events, including Summerville YMCA’s Flowertown Festival and Sculpture in the Sculpture in the South. For tennis lovers, the park also has two tennis courts available for recreational play. It is home to the Cuthbert Community Center which can be rented for your special event needs, and has two beautiful wedding gazebos that are available for rent for your special day.
Nestled in the heart of historic downtown Summerville, Huger Park is sweet little playground that’s sure to become a favorite for you and your family! It features monkey bars, swings, a merry go round, and a climbing structure with slides. There are multiple benches as well as a drinking fountain and a custom built picnic shelter.
One of the nice things about downtown Summerville is the great selection of parks and recreation areas. Doty Park is not well known to people outside the Summerville area, but it really is a great place to visit. This nicely landscaped park has six tennis courts, a playground, several picnic shelters, and a gazebo. An old depot building now serves as a community center. A group of horseshoe pits here have been dug to an official distance with wooden backstops on each end. Several walking paths wind their way among these facilities as well. The Faith Sellers Senior Center is adjacent to this park.
This sports-oriented park is known as “Gahagan Park”, the “Gahagan Sports Complex”, or “Gahagan Park Sports Complex”. It has hosted quite a few softball tournaments, recreational softball games, and football games.
Another popular feature here is the outstanding play area known as the Plantation Playground. The large climbing castle will keep kids (and some adults) occupied for hours exploring all of the walkways, overlooks, and climbing structures. There are plenty of places to sit nearby.
Behind the playground you will find a number of picnic tables. This is a popular spot for birthday parties.
Brown Family Park showcases just how fun and all-around-fabulous a park can be. In fact, the park opened with a concert by the Ben Miller Band, which marked the first time a Piccolo Spoleto event was hosted in Summerville. And it’s still rocking, with concerts and shows. Of course, its unique design and plantings also make it a great place to enjoy a quiet Lowcountry day.
PepperJack Pottery is a paint-your-own-Pottery studio located in Summerville, SC. You are able to walk-in anytime to relax with us and get creative! Our studio welcomes artists of all levels and ages. Anyone can learn how to paint pottery with our wonderful staff here to help you!
The Little Gym of Summerville offers progressively structured classes and a positive learning environment to create opportunities for your child to try new things and build self-confidence, all with a grin that stretches from ear to ear. Our trained instructors nurture happy, confident kids through a range of classes like parent/child classes and gymnastics, plus fun extras like parties, camps and more.