Few places in the Lowcountry are as charming as the Town of Ravenel. A former railroad town, Ravenel is a place
filled with historic homes and churches, residences, and businesses. It sits at the crossroads of two major highways and is
in close proximity to historic Charleston, SC.
One of the key historical features of Ravenel is the railroad which
runs through it. Townspeople have many stories regarding the railroad and its depot. Much folklore exists about the area.
One such folk tale is a ghost story referred to as The Ravenel Lights
The Ravenel Train Depot is located at the intersection of Highway 165 and Martin Street approximately 1 mile
east of U.S. Highway 17. It was built by the Atlantic Coast Line in 1900 prior to the town's incorporation and is a unique
American resource. For a brief time around 1903 the Post Office and Depot were renamed "Tea, South Carolina" in
recognition of the American Tea Growing Company being located nearby. The Town of Ravenel eventually purchased the Depot in
the 1980s for use as a site for events and to preserve this part of the Town's heritage. A playground was also recently
constructed at the Depot.
The Caw Caw Interpretive Cente
r is located on U.S. Highway 17 in the Town of Ravenel. Formerly the site of several rice plantations, the Caw Caw Interpretive
Center is now a treasured part of the Charleston County Parks System. It includes more than 6 miles
of hiking trails, boardwalks, exhibits and displays related to rice plantations, and managed habitat
for wildlife. It includes more than 100 acres of intact former rice fields.
Ravenel Community Hall is located at 5700 Connor Street. It is a great location for your event and is available for rent by all residents of the
Town of Ravenel and their sponsored guests. It features 2200 square feet of meeting/banquet area, fully operational kitchen,and
Bennett Park is a small neighborhood park on the eastern end of Ravenel, located
on Savannah Highway about three miles south of the intersection of Highway 162 and US 17. The land for the park was given
to the Town by Bennett family in memory of their father, Abner Bennett, a life-long resident of the Town. This 4.35 acre park
includes a large, multi-purpose field, a basketball court, and a playground. Two picnic shelters have been recently added
along with new picnic tables and outdoor grills for family gatherings and community events.