Hardeeville is a charming city, just 13 miles west of Bluffton.
Living there allows you choose to reside in a populated community or state your claim off the beaten path on acres of land. Hardeeville is in between Savannah, Ga, and to Hilton Head Island and a short drive from Bluffton. The location gives you a taste of everything.
Isaac Hardee, a native from North Carolina, settled the area within the city was settled in the 19th century. Through the efforts of his son, Whyte William Hardee, a depot and general store along the Charleston and Savannah Railway opened up. This depot and the surrounding areas became collectively known as “Hardee’s Station”, and eventually as “Hardeeville” at the town’s founding in 1911. The area became renowned for its timber operations with the Argent Lumber Company, which had one of the largest logging operations in the world. As a tribute to Argent’s impact on the community, the city was donated an H.K. Porter 2-8-0 steam locomotive, Argent Lumber Company Number 7, for display in 1960.
Timbering operations were gradually scaled back in Hardeeville. In spite of the decline of the logging industry, the construction of U.S. Route 17 and later Interstate 95 provided a new type of commerce: motorist services such as motels, restaurants, and gas stations. The development of Hilton Head Island to the southeast as a resort destination had a further impact on the community, with an additional interstate exit providing greater commercial opportunity and affordable costs of living for service employees who moved to the city.
At the start of the 21st century, development pressures along the U.S. Route 278 corridor became a central concern for city leaders.
In response, Hardeeville annexed large undeveloped parcels of land, previously held by timbering and paper concerns. These annexations guided new growth into larger planned developments, increasing the city limits from 5 square miles in 2000 to over 45 square miles in 2010.
“Downtown” or “Historic Hardeeville” refers generally to the original city limit extents of the community.
Bound between Exits 5 and 8 along I-95.Main Street (S.C. 46) and Whyte Hardee Boulevard (U.S. 17) the area provides the majority of commercial development in downtown. Locally oriented commerce is located along Main Street and northern portions of Whyte Hardee Boulevard. Nearby neighborhoods often associated with downtown include Car Moorer Acres, Pine Arbor, Heritage Place, Jenny Greeene, and Deerfield Village.
The “New River” area of Hardeeville contains large-scale planned developments along the U.S. 278 and Argent Boulevard corridors.
These New River developments attribute to vast majority of population growth since 2005. These developments include:
- Hilton Head Lakes
- Hampton Pointe (rebranded 2021 to Riverton Pointe)
- Hearthstone Lakes
- and Jasper County portions of Sun City Hilton Head.
Additional neighborhoods include the Courtney Bend apartments and Camp Lake Jasper, an RV park.
To learn more about Hardeeville, please go to our new website Hardeeville.com!