Mosquito Beach Historic District

National Register Listing
Street Address:
Mosquito Beach Road, Vicinity of Charleston, SC (Charleston County)

NRHP Nomination


Record Number:
Description and Narrative:
Mosquito Beach Historic District is located on an approximately .13-mile strip of high ground in the immediate vicinity of the local municipalities of Charleston, James Island, and Folly Beach, South Carolina. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as a significant and well-preserved cultural, commercial, and recreational epicenter for the coastal black community in the Charleston area during Jim Crow segregation. Outstanding features of the district include its retained viewshed and rural landscape, as well as the survival of midcentury structures representative of the area’s recreational peak during the Jim Crow era. The buildings, although simple and vernacular in nature, retain original finishes and detail, and their arrangement within the preserved landscape of Mosquito Beach, as well as the surviving remnants of the boardwalk, still reflect the original intent for the strip: a place of socializing and congregation. Of the five Charleston County beaches that served African Americans during segregation, Mosquito Beach possesses the most integrity and survives as the best representative example of its kind. Listed in the National Register September 23, 2019.
Period of Significance:
1953 – 1970
Level of Significance:
Area of Significance:
Entertainment/Recreation;Ethnic Heritage: Black
National Register Determination:
Date of Certification:
September 23 2019