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Jerry Johnson in Moreland

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“When I met my wife, she was living in this same home we live in today. At that time, Moreland was a cabbage farm. West Ashley was all farm land back then, in the 1940s. I was raised in the city, on the peninsula, but we used to ride our bicycles out here. The cows from Coburg Dairy used to roam up and down Savannah Highway, grazing. That was fun to watch. About half of the highway was unpaved back then. “On the part of Highway 61 which is known now as St. Andrew’s Boulevard, there was a camp where German prisoners, taken during World War II, were housed. We’d see them out in the yard of the camp playing softball and other sports. “When my wife’s folks built this home, there was mostly pasture on the water side. I have pictures of my wife standing in the yard when there were only two houses here. “After I finished at The Citadel, I was transferred away and we traveled all over the place. We were gone for about 35 years. We kept the house after Ann’s mother passed away, because we knew we’d be returning to Charleston. No one has ever lived in this home except the family. This is the original house but, of course, we’ve done a good bit of renovation and made improvements. “When we moved back, I was real pleased to be elected president of the Moreland Civic Club. It gives me a chance to give back to the community in Charleston. I’ve never been able to do that before, having been gone so long. “We have a very good, community minded, neighborhood and an active civic club. Right now, our biggest concern is maintaining Moreland as 100-percent residential and not becoming a commercial corridor on St. Andrew’s Boulevard. That takes a lot of devotion. It’s not just a hobby or a part-time thing, it’s a full-time job.” —as told to Jason A. Zwiker About the neighborhood: Marsh front, shrouded in trees, and renowned for its 1940s and ‘50s era brick homes, Moreland enjoys a view, directly across the Ashley River, of peninsula landmarks such as Brittlebank Park and The Citadel. What’s the story on your neighborhood? E-mail jason@zwiker.com for a chance to give your ‘hood its due.

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