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There are a lot of mattress companies in South Carolina that claim to have the perfect mattress for everyone. At Sleep King, we believe that every person is different and has different needs when it comes to their mattress. That's why our mattress store in Moncks Corner, SC, has a wide variety of beds and brands to choose from. That way, you can find the right mattress for your body and get the very best sleep quality possible.

As a family-owned and operated mattress store with more than 40 years of experience in the sleep industry, we know a thing or two about comfortable mattresses. Moncks Corner residents choose Sleep King because we provide our customers with a personalized shopping experience. When you walk through our showroom doors, we want you to feel comfortable - both on our mattresses and with our store associates. At Sleep King, you won't ever have to worry about pushy salespeople and limited selection. Instead, you will discover that we encourage you to take your time as you search for your next bed. Sleep is incredibly important, and by proxy, finding the right mattress for your body type is too.

When you visit our showroom in Moncks Corner, know that we are a full-service store with mattress experts ready to help. From questions about mattresses and their warranties to financing and mattress delivery, there's no question we haven't heard before.

We carry some of the most popular brands in America, and unlike other mattress stores in Moncks Corner, offer them at the lowest prices around, guaranteed. There's a reason why we were voted your #1 mattress store in the Lowcountry - because we truly care about our customers and their quality of sleep!

Looking for discounts? Need to buy your mattress on a strict budget? We've got you covered at our new mattress clearance center in Moncks Corner, where we have more than 50 models on display at 50-80% off retail value. Don't forget to ask us about our flexible financing options, where no credit is needed to make a purchase. Paying cash? We'll knock 5% off your bill!

As if that weren't enough reason to visit, remember that we provide free delivery, setup, and removal of your old mattress for FREE when you make a purchase at Sleep king.

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Why Choose Our Mattress
Store in Moncks Corner, SC?

Our business model is simple - give customers quality beds from national brands at amazing prices, coupled with unmatched customer service. We know that your sleep is essential but also understand that normal folks aren't made of money. You need a solution that isn't going to break the bank, which is why we offer up to 75% off our products.

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When we say we have a bed for every budget, we're serious.
A few of our mix and match deals include:

Sets Prize
Twin Mattress Sets Beginning at $99
Full Mattress Sets Beginning at $139
Queen Mattress Sets Beginning at $149
King Mattress Sets Beginning at $299

Of course, a mattress would be incomplete without a headboard, footboard, and rails. For queen mattresses, those items combined are only $199. At our mattress store, we pledge to beat any competitor's price on similar product specs - guaranteed! Here are just a few of the benefits of shopping at Mattress King

  • *FREE* Bed Frame for Your New Bed*
  • *FREE* Same-Day Local Mattress Delivery to Your Home*
  • *FREE* Set-Up & Removal of Old Mattress from Your Home*
  • *FREE* Mattress Pad Included with New Mattress*
  • Rest Easy with Our 60-Day Comfort Guarantee
  • We Have the Best Selection of Mattresses in Moncks Corner with Five National Vendors
  • On-Time Delivery
  • Best Warranties in the Industry
  • Sleep King Will Beat Anyone's Advertise Price by $50*(on purchases $299 and above)
  • 0% Financing for 48 Months (APR, With Approved Credit)
  • *See Store for Additional Details
Our Selection of National Mattress Brands

Our Selection of
National Mattress
Brands

At Sleep King, we carry the largest selection of high-quality national brand mattresses in Moncks Corner.

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Sleep King MLILY Mattresses

Often considered the best mattress brand in the world, innovation sets MLILY mattresses apart from others. Our customers love MLILY mattresses because they are expertly built through decades of research and rigorous testing. The folks at MLILY are committed to precision, meaning every detail of product detail they push is geared towards the ultimate satisfaction and comfort.

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Sleep Restonic Mattresses

Restonic Mattresses: Restonic line of mattresses are multi-layered beds with cooling foam technology that adds resilience, support, and temperature control. The result is a cool, comfy sleep that leaves you refreshed and ready to attack the day.

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Sleep King Comfort Sleep Mattresses

Every mattress in the Comfort Sleep lineup has a great combo of support and comfort, making for a restful night's sleep. With heavy-gauge coils and high-performance materials, these mattresses are durable and built to last. Be sure to try one of these mattresses out in our showroom - our customers love the pocketed coils and minimal motion transfer.

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Sleep King Golden Mattresses

The Golden brand is lesser known than some, like Tempurpedic. Still, it is a quality product with many foam and non-foam options that we think you'll love. Choose from standard memory foam, hybrid, and innerspring options while visiting our showroom in Moncks Corner.

Tips on Choosing the Best Bed

There's much more to choosing a good bed than how you think it will look in your bedroom. There's plenty to think about, from innerspring options to memory foam and even hybrid mattresses. At Sleep King, our priority is our customers. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service. We want to do right by you, which why we want to be sure you find the perfect bed when you visit our mattress store in Moncks Corner, SC. To help you get started, here are a few tips on choosing the best bed for your sleep needs.

Visit a Showroom

Visit a Showroom

This tip might seem like a no-brainer to some, but it's important that you visit a showroom so that you can lay on different beds to get a feel for what you like. At Mattress King, you will have the chance to explore different styles, designs, and shapes, and mattress materials. Finding a bed online at a price you can afford is great, but you should lie on the bed first, not just look at it on a screen.

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Determine Budget

Determine Budget

Here's a surprising fact: just because a mattress costs more money, it doesn't mean it's going to be a better bed. Sure, more expensive beds might have newer technologies and materials, but not everyone has the budget to walk into a mattress store in Moncks Corner and spend $3,000. Figure out what price range you're comfortable paying and look at the best options for your bottom line.

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Consider Bedroom Size

Consider Bedroom Size

Before you swing by our showroom and start trying out beds, it might be a good idea to measure the space where your new mattress will go. If your bedroom is on the small side, a king-sized bed might be too big. Similarly, a small bed in a huge room might make for strange aesthetics. Aim for a reasonable amount of room around your bed - enough where you can walk around comfortably. As mentioned above, get specific measurements of the area you plan to use. That way, you have peace of mind knowing your new mattress will fit in your bedroom.

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Consider Bedroom Size

Choose a Mattress Material

This tip often comes down to personal preference. It will take a little bit of trial and error to figure out which material works best for your back - innerspring, memory foam, or latex. While your friend's and family's opinions matter, keep in mind that their mattress choice was subjective. What works for them won't necessarily work for you.

Need a quick refresher on different mattress materials? Here's a quick overview
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Innerspring

Also called coil mattresses, innerspring beds are probably the most well-known on this short list. Innerspring mattresses are often more affordable than their latex and memory foam counterparts. These beds are ideal for people who want a lot of support and a cooler night's sleep.

Latex

This material is known for its great cooling properties and overall comfort. With latex, there are no strange off-gassing odors like you sometimes get with memory foam. Latex mattresses are ideal for people who want a responsive, bouncy feel and may have problems sleeping hot.

Memory Foam

First developed by NASA in the 70s, memory foam is probably the most popular material in the modern mattress market. Memory foam conforms to every inch of your body, giving you maximum comfort and support. Memory foam is also know for its anti-motion properties. Memory foam can be a great choice if you tend to toss and turn at night and sleep with a partner who wakes up when you do. Memory foam mattresses are ideal for people who need pressure relief, good support, and refreshing comfort.

Think About Your Back

Think About Your Back

If you have a bad back, it's crucial that you find a mattress with proper support. Slat and spring beds often offer plenty of support, but latex and memory foam options have come a long way. If you want memory foam or latex but find the support to be subpar, consider an adjustable base instead of a normal platform. That way, you can always sleep in a comfortable position that benefits your back.

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Your Premier Furniture Store
Moncks Corner, SC

You read that right! Sleep King is the first choice for quality beds in Moncks Corner, but we also have a huge selection of furniture for your home. If you're looking for a one-stop-shop for mattresses and furniture alike, you have come to the right place. If you're shopping for a new mattress at the best price possible, why not throw in a bedroom suite at an amazing price too?

A few common furniture items that our customers love to add
to their mattress purchase include:
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Living Room Sets - from traditional-style suites with classic textures to modern sets with attractive upholstery, we will help you find the best living room set for your home.

Bedroom Suites - our bedroom suites range from contemporary to classic and come in a variety of colors and styles to compliment your new mattress purchase.

Daybeds - from English-style daybeds available in espresso and cherry colors to multi-purpose beds with pull-out trundles, our selection of daybeds is unbeatable.

Futons - if you have younger children, they will love our futons. Who are we kidding? Adults do too! Futons are incredibly useful in small spaces and convert into comfy-cozy beds perfect for kids of all ages.

Bunkbeds - bunkbeds are another great option to consider if you have kids. Whether you have a classic-style home or an apartment, we have a style that fits you.

At Sleep King, we are proud to have the lowest prices in the Lowcountry

If you like what you see but don't have time to visit our mattress store in Moncks Corner, don't worry. Our online store is bursting with new items and deals every day. From mattresses and bedding to furniture sets and special sale items, Mattress King has got it all. With the highest quality mattresses, the best prices in Moncks Corner, a giant showroom with all the options, and a full team of helpful sales associates, you won't ever need to find another mattress and furniture store again!

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Dominion SC rate hike takes effect to reimburse utility for higher fuel costs

Starting this month, customers who get their electricity from Dominion Energy South Carolina are paying more to reimburse the utility for the $142 million it under-collected for fuel.Residential customers who use 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity began seeing a 5.19 percent increase in their monthly bill, or about $6.53 more each month in the May 1 billing cycle.The state’s Public Service Commission unanimously approved Dominion Energy’s request on April 22 to increase the electric fuel rate, which is separate fro...

Starting this month, customers who get their electricity from Dominion Energy South Carolina are paying more to reimburse the utility for the $142 million it under-collected for fuel.

Residential customers who use 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity began seeing a 5.19 percent increase in their monthly bill, or about $6.53 more each month in the May 1 billing cycle.

The state’s Public Service Commission unanimously approved Dominion Energy’s request on April 22 to increase the electric fuel rate, which is separate from the base rate.

Dominion notified its 758,000 electric ratepayers in 24 S.C. counties in March that the commission would consider the rate increase to pay for fuel costs that were about 50 percent higher from 2020 to 2021.

“These fuel costs are a direct pass-through to customers, as Dominion Energy does not earn a profit on this portion of electric rates,” Dominion spokeswoman Rhonda O’Banion said.

Power providers in the Palmetto State account for their fuel purchases annually based on their best estimate for the next 12 months.

A key reason some electricity providers did not charge enough for fuel last year was natural gas, which drives some power plants. The economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic drove up demand for the commodity, and prices followed, nearly doubling to about $5.50 per million British thermal units — the standard industry measurement — by the end of the year from around $2.60 mid-year.

Prices have continued rising, currently holding above $8 due to hotter than usual weather in parts of the U.S. and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as countries are scrambling to make sure they have enough reliable energy.

Customers served by Duke Energy Progress in the Pee Dee region are not immune to a possible rate increase. They could begin to see adjustments appear on their bills after the commission reviews Duke Energy Carolinas’ fuel costs in July.

Santee Cooper customers won’t have to worry about the issue for at least two years. The state-owned utility is under a court-ordered rate freeze through 2024. The freeze is part of a 2020 lawsuit settlement stemming from Santee Cooper’s role in the failed expansion of the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station. It prevents the state-owned utility from passing on about $130 million in under-projected costs for coal and natural gas.

Santee Cooper board members proposed a 4.7 percent spending cut to compensate for the extra costs at its March 28 meeting. That breaks down to a $30 million reduction in operating and maintenance costs and $70 million from the capital projects budget. The Moncks Corner-based utility is still determining which projects will be impacted.

Along with the fuel rate increase, Dominion Energy’s South Carolina customers using 1,000 kilowatt hours per month are being billed about 87 cents extra monthly to reimburse the utility for roughly $60 million it spent on 10 programs the commission required it to develop to help customers cut their electricity usage.

The charges cover a portion of the cost of rolling out the programs and providing incentives designed to encourage customers to reduce their energy consumption. They’re reviewed annually by regulators.

That charge will expire after the April 2024 billing cycle, Dominion said.

South Carolina households were already paying $1.81 on average more for their power since the Richmond, Va.-based utility received approval last July to hike its base rate. The company agreed not to seek another increase to the base rate until July 2023.

My Charleston Weekend: A jam-packed weekend for Charleston music scene

Whatever your musical taste, there’s an event for you this weekend.From local rock bands and hip-hop artists to ukulele players and showtunes, we’ve got you covered. Celebrate Palmetto Moon’s anniversary at Firefly Distillery or take your kids to a free performance of “Treasure Island.” Put on your dancing shoes because the Lowcountry is full of fun events to keep you busy.Gibbes on the StreetCelebrate the sights, sounds and smells of Charleston’s arts and food scenes at the Gibbes M...

Whatever your musical taste, there’s an event for you this weekend.

From local rock bands and hip-hop artists to ukulele players and showtunes, we’ve got you covered. Celebrate Palmetto Moon’s anniversary at Firefly Distillery or take your kids to a free performance of “Treasure Island.” Put on your dancing shoes because the Lowcountry is full of fun events to keep you busy.

Gibbes on the Street

Celebrate the sights, sounds and smells of Charleston’s arts and food scenes at the Gibbes Museum’s culinary street fair. Sample delectable dishes from 15 restaurants, including Babas on Cannon, Brasserie La Banque, Husk and Jackrabbit Filly. Enjoy an open bar and dance to live music on the picturesque stretch of Meeting Street in front of the Gibbes.

The long-running event returns from 8-10 p.m. May 12 at the museum as part of the new Art Charleston festival. Tickets to Gibbes on the Street are $175 for museum members and $200 for nonmembers, available to purchase at bit.ly/3waK9ne.

The Art Charleston festival runs through May 13 with artist talks, walking tours, workshops and more. See all the events at gibbesmuseum.org/art-charleston.

‘Treasure Island’

Embark on a swashbuckling adventure this weekend or next with Charleston Stage as they host a tour of Robert Lewis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island.” The play is a free, fully staged and professional production perfect for the whole family. Even landlubbers will enjoy the colorful costumes, beautiful sets and hilarious pirate antics.

This weekend’s performance will be held at 5:30 p.m. May 12 at Alhambra Hall in Mount Pleasant. For a bit of grub, show up at 4 to enjoy local food trucks including Southern Roots Smokehouse and King of Pops. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to stay comfortable during the show.

The tour continues next weekend with shows at 6 p.m. May 19 at Oak Terrace Community Park in North Charleston, May 20 near the Hampton Park gazebo in Charleston and May 21 in Davis-Bailey Park in St. George.

For more information and to learn what to expect on each date, go to charlestonstage.com/tour.

A Southern Made Celebration

Celebrate Palmetto Moon’s 20th anniversary at Firefly Distillery with live music, good food, delicious drinks and a pop-up Palmetto Moon store. The fun starts at noon May 14 with local band KODA and runs until 6 p.m. with performances by Gritty Flyright, Lauren Hall and Randall Fowler. Food trucks will be on site, and Firefly will have a special edition of their sweet tea vodka.

Tickets for the event are $15 and children under 10 get in free. Listen from one of the picnic tables or bring your own chairs to spread out while you enjoy the tunes. For more info, go to bit.ly/3vZIEJN.

It’s not too late to get tickets to see Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town in concert on May 12. The country music stars are touring across the U.S. to raise funds for animal shelters at each stop. In South Carolina, this honor goes to Berkeley Animal Center in Moncks Corner. In addition to benefiting from concert proceeds, the shelter will have a table set up to accept donations of supplies and money. Stop by to help fill up the little red wagon and get the chance to win upgraded tickets or a Tractor Supply gift card.

The concert starts at 7 p.m. May 12 at Credit One Stadium on Daniel Island. Tickets start at $43, but most available tickets range from $90-$250. To purchase, go to bit.ly/3yzHsym.

Blackwater Ukulele Festival

If you play ukulele, want to pick up a new hobby or just enjoy a day of mellow music, head to Moncks Corner for the Blackwater Ukulele Festival on May 14. Shop for candles, honey, soaps, arts and crafts, and, of course, ukuleles. Learn the basics at a workshop for beginners or experienced players. After the workshops, enjoy performances by Lil Uke Band, Charleston Hot Shots and more followed by open mic and jam sessions. Other acoustic instruments are welcome to jam, and you can download a songbook ahead of time.

The festival takes place from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. May 14 at Cyprus Gardens. The festival is free with park admission, which can be purchased in advance at cypressgardens.berkeleycountysc.gov/box-office. Admission is $5-$10 for ages 6 and up. Proceeds from the festival will benefit Magdalene House of Charleston and Berkeley County Animal Center. For more information, go to charlestonhotshots.com/ukefest.

Local three-piece rock band The Simplicity have curated a full night of music for Simple Fest, happening 5-11:30 p.m. May 14 at Lo-Fi Brewing in North Charleston. The one-night festival will highlight South Carolina-made music, food and art with vendors, food trucks and live performances. The lineup includes Abstract That Rapper from Charleston, acoustic-folk group A La Mids from Columbia and self-described “chillbilly” J.S. Terry & the Holston Creek Boys from Greenville. Enjoy beer from Lo-Fi and food from Roti Rolls. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 the day of the show. Purchase them online at bit.ly/3vZy5GT.

Atlantic Building Components to create 105 jobs in Fairmont

FAIRMONT — Atlantic Building Components & Services announced Thursday that it would bring more than 100 jobs to the Fairmont area.The company, headquartered in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, is a manufacturer of trusses. Renovations to the building on East White Pond Road, which formerly housed N7, Munsing Wear, and South Robeson Knitting Mills in its history, will begin as soon as next week, company president Jimmy Broach said.Fairmont Mayor Charles Kemp called the expansion a “blessing and a very positive step...

FAIRMONT — Atlantic Building Components & Services announced Thursday that it would bring more than 100 jobs to the Fairmont area.

The company, headquartered in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, is a manufacturer of trusses. Renovations to the building on East White Pond Road, which formerly housed N7, Munsing Wear, and South Robeson Knitting Mills in its history, will begin as soon as next week, company president Jimmy Broach said.

Fairmont Mayor Charles Kemp called the expansion a “blessing and a very positive step in the growth of Fairmont.”

The company plans to be fully functional by August and will work next week to coordinate hiring efforts, he said. Wages begin at $15 an hour and can exceed $18 an hour.

Broach said “the feel” of the area, its people and the location near Interstate 95 made Fairmont the perfect fit.

He also said he felt like “God called us here.”

”Atlantic Building Components & Services customers include national and large regional home buildings including D.R. Horton, Capitol City Homes, Dan Ryan Homes, and many more,” according to a Robeson County and NC Southeast joint press release.

“The company aims to expand its manufacturing capabilities to support the under supplied national home building customers. The project would add two roof truss manufacturing lines and one floor truss manufacturing line to the company’s manufacturing presence,” the press release states.

Assistant County Manager Shelton Hill beamed with joy Thursday as he attended the event.

Hill told The Robesonian the day was special for him, and he recalls starting a job at the age of 16 in the building which once housed South Robeson Knitting Mills. His wife actually retired from the site, he said.

“I’m excited,” he said of the building’s new use.

Jimmy and his wife Laura were given a warm welcome Thursday as Robeson County Economic Director Channing Jones and Wixie Stephens, chair of the Robeson County Board of Commissioners presented them with gift baskets to welcome them.

Jimmy also was presented a wooden bowl made from a tree that once stood on the state capital for decades until lightning struck. The bowl was a ceremonial gift from the state presented by Mark Poole, director of Commerce Finance Center, as a “symbol of craftsmanship and excellence to celebrate those qualities in your company.”

Poole said with the expansion, more than $5 million will enter the local economy.

He also said the company’s expansion to the Fairmont site would not have been possible without the “commitment of local leaders.”

State and local leaders were also acknowledged and thanked for their efforts in the project.

“We’ve always relied on terrific partners to win new business and grow jobs, but this project called for an especially long list of allies and advocates,” said Channing Jones, executive director of Robeson County’s Office of Economic Development in the press release.

Among agencies that partnered to make the project possible were Robeson Community College, the N.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, Robeson County Committee of 100, NC’s Southeast and the North Carolina Department of Commerce, according to the press release.

Jones also thanked Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP for playing “a critical role in getting this project over the finish line.”

“With the collaborative effort of this team, Atlantic Building Components will receive $ 1,045,000 million in a Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) funds to renovate the property to their needs, as well as $136,500 in training dollars through the NC Community College System’s Customized Training Program, and $500,000 is pending for RIA Building Reuse,” the release states.

Poole said in 2021 Robeson County attracted $26.6 million in investment and more than 300 jobs. The state added more than 24,000 new jobs during that time. Gov. Roy Cooper has announced 16,400 new jobs across the state in 2022.

Poole also said the manufacturing sector accounts for 16% of the state’s gross domestic product, accounting for more than $96 billion a year.

“I look forward to many, many successful years of growing this business,” Broach said Thursday.

Reach Jessica Horne at 910-416-5165 or via email at jhorne@robesonian.com.

Moncks Corner family donates $500K worth of land to children’s advocacy center

Two and a half acres of shovel ready land in Moncks Corner is now in the hands of a nonprofit treating abused and neglected children, thanks to a local family with a history of philanthropy in the area.The Cumbie family donated the land, located in Stoney Landing Park, to Dorchester Children’s Advocacy Center, a Summerville-based nonprofit that works with families and children who have suffered abuse or neglect. Though initially started in Dorchester County, the center has seen increasing numbers of children in Berkeley County, ...

Two and a half acres of shovel ready land in Moncks Corner is now in the hands of a nonprofit treating abused and neglected children, thanks to a local family with a history of philanthropy in the area.

The Cumbie family donated the land, located in Stoney Landing Park, to Dorchester Children’s Advocacy Center, a Summerville-based nonprofit that works with families and children who have suffered abuse or neglect. Though initially started in Dorchester County, the center has seen increasing numbers of children in Berkeley County, said executive director Kay Phillips.

“We were shocked at how many Berkeley citizens and children are being serviced by the advocacy center in Dorchester County,” said Deryel Cumbie who is the vice president of the family company, JohnCo.

The family has offered up numerous acres of land in Berkeley County over the years. Their name is familiar in the area, doing business in the automotive, amusement and real estate industries since 1959.

They’ve given land the Berkeley County School District, Roper Hospital and the Berkeley Museum, to name a few. The land being donated to the advocacy center is valued at a $500,000.

There was a need for a treatment facility in one of the state’s fastest growing counties, said Phillips. She said in 2021 alone, the center served 1,600 clients, over 100 a month from Dorchester and Berkeley Counties.

“We are just really happy to make it more convenient for those in rural areas like right outside of Moncks Corner, Jamestown, you know, all those areas where families may have trouble getting to Summerville,” Phillips previously told The Independent.

Cumbie said he and his family donated the land in the name of his parents, John and Bonnie Cumbie, whose past investments will offer a brighter future to children and families they have never met.

“We immediately realized there was a need, and we were looking for a way really to honor our parents. ... (W)e were very fortunate to have loving parents that did all they could to procure a good future for us, so we made the donation in their name,” he said.

Through donations of time, money and land, the equivalent of a five-bedroom home will be constructed on the site. True Homes is slated to build the facility, which will be called the Berkeley County Child Advocacy Center.

It will be True Homes’ first single family home construction in the Charleston area.

“It seemed like the need was there (and) the timing was right,” said Adam Anderson, market partner of field operations for True Homes. “It’s something where this is very difficult time for these people, these kids and these parents and these guardians, and as they are approaching a building, it makes more sense for it to look more like a home. So when I started talking to Kay about it, it made sense.”

The completion date of the center has not been determined yet. But just like in Dorchester County all the treatment of victims and their families will be free of charge.

Good food, nice folks, adventure - and monks! - in Moncks Corner. Where to go

“Why did they name this town ‘Moncks Corner,’ Dad? Is it named after monks? Do monks live here or something?”I looked in the rear-view mirror at my young son in the back seat. He was staring out the window at the scenes passing by of small town life. I thought about his question.“Well, no. Moncks Corner is not named after monks ... but monks, in fact, DO live in Moncks Corner.”My family and I were spending the day in and around the Lowcountry town of Moncks Corner, a small community le...

“Why did they name this town ‘Moncks Corner,’ Dad? Is it named after monks? Do monks live here or something?”

I looked in the rear-view mirror at my young son in the back seat. He was staring out the window at the scenes passing by of small town life. I thought about his question.

“Well, no. Moncks Corner is not named after monks ... but monks, in fact, DO live in Moncks Corner.”

My family and I were spending the day in and around the Lowcountry town of Moncks Corner, a small community less than an hour north of Charleston and about two hours from the Beaufort area that offers a variety of things to see and do.

If you appreciate the charm of a small town, meeting friendly people, and experiencing the natural beauty of the Lowcountry woods and waterways, then a visit to Moncks Corner will not disappoint.

Moncks Corner was formally established in 1885 and incorporated in 1909 as a vital hub of the Northeastern Railway, which had run since 1856 between Charleston and central North Carolina. The railroad brought commerce and a depot, but Moncks Corner’s origins go back much farther than that.

The town lies at the edge of Santee River country and was first settled by native Americans. Later, during colonial times, families of French Huguenots came there. These religious refugees from persecution flocked to the Lowcountry in the 1680s and settled along the Santee River bottom. There, they carved profitable plantations out of the land and into the cream of South Carolina society, adding names like Mazyk, Manigault, Huger and Marion to social registers.

Sometime around 1728, a landowner named T. Monck settled in the area and left his name to a growing community forming on the Charleston road. When the fires of revolution came, “Moncks Corner” became the site of battles between British and Patriot troops, including the men of General Francis Marion, the “Swamp Fox,” who led a guerrilla war along the region’s backroads and wilderness.

Since then, Moncks Corner witnessed the construction of the nearby Santee Canal (preserved at Old Santee Canal Park, 900 Stoney Landing Road), the coming of the railroads and, in the 20th century, the building of the vast Santee-Cooper lakes that serve the energy needs of millions — while providing a haven for wildlife and a paradise for anglers and boaters.

When you visit Moncks Corner today, you will find a small town that stands at the edge of the vast modern development around Charleston and the wild Santee country beyond. A visit offers you a taste of modern life as well as a trip down memory lane — and the option of a day of outdoor adventure to boot.

The first thing you must do: Bring a big appetite and good sense of humor, because you are eating breakfast at Howard’s Restaurant. Howard’s, at 336 E. Main St., boasts the “Best food on the Corner since 1960.” Here you will find excellent Lowcountry cooking — but no menus. The owner will come over to let you know what’s being served, or take your order as you like.

I first visited Howard’s years ago with friends, and when one asked for a menu, he was asked, “Don’t you know what you want for breakfast? It’s breakfast. How hard can it be?” A plate of eggs, bacon and French toast later, and breakfast proved to be easy indeed. (Howard’s is open 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 843-761-8565 for more info.)

Moncks Corner has great small town shopping in the downtown and in the surrounding community. My family and I enjoyed a visit to Collectors Corner Antiques at 308 E. Main St. “We sell a variety of eclectic stuff,” says Ann, a shop employee, “from antiques to home decor.”

Each of us bought some form of old treasure that was needed for a collection — or would add just the right touch to a worthy corner of our home. (Collectors Corner Antiques is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 843-899-1886 for info.)

Prizes in hand, we soon left town to explore the countryside. Our first stop was the Biggin Church Ruins, at the intersection of S.C. 402 and Carswell Lane. This brick edifice was once the Parish Church of St. John’s Berkeley before being burned by British troops in 1781. It stands today as a hollow shell, a reminder of the destruction of war and the enduring hope of a people seeking freedom from tyranny.

The last stop was Mepkin Abbey, at 1098 Mepkin Abbey Road in Moncks Corner. Founded on the site of Mepkin, a Colonial-era rice plantation, the abbey is home to a religious community of Trappist monks. Here, they live and worship, and their community is open daily to the public. A reception center serves as a gift shop and front door for visitors. Tours can be arranged and gifts can be purchased here, including locally made candy, honey and other items produced at the Abbey. You also can get directions to quietly enjoy a walk of the grounds, the Nancy Bryan Luce Gardens, and the historic Laurens Family cemetery. (Mepkin is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call 843-761-8509 or visit the website, https://mepkinabbey.org/day-visits/)

My family and I headed back home, but we could have explored more, for just beyond Mepkin lies the community of Childsbury, where a historic church and a few homes are all that remain of a once-thriving plantation community. In the forest beyond Childsbury lies Bonneau Ferry WMA and the ruins of Comingtee Plantation — where a haunted tree is rumored to still grow. Read about this historic and mysterious place in a previous Packet column.

If you are looking for a day out and place to visit that offers a variety of adventures and experiences for all ages, check out Moncks Corner.

Moncks Corner is about two hours from the Beaufort area and easy to visit on a day trip. Take U.S. 17 north toward Charleston and turn left onto S.C. 165 in Ravenel for 21 miles to Summerville. In Summerville, turn right onto U.S. 17-ALT/N. Main Street and drive for 15 miles to Moncks Corner.

Biggin Church and Mepkin Abbey are off U.S. 17 ALT/U.S. 52. Take S.C. 402 East to Biggin Church Ruins and continue on S.C. 402 East to Dr. Evans Road/S-8-44 for 5.6 miles to Mepkin Abbey.

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