City Directories and History: Isle of Palms, Charleston County, was originally called Long Island and maintained that name almost three hundred years. It intruded into history quite briefly in June 1776, when Sir Henry Clinton landed five hundred men here as a prelude to the attack on Fort Moultrie, but the troops were withdrawn shortly after the 28th of June.
“Eagle Island (commonly called Goat Island), Charleston County, between Hamlin Sound and Gray Bay behind the Isle of Palms. In the middle of the marsh is a small tussock of land on which eagles nest or have nested. Goat Island and its companion, Little Goat Island, Charleston County, are apparently named for the fact that goats were once raised on these islands, a sort of open range as it were. Goat Island, this Goat Island to be specific, has an additional distinction of having been the home of “The Goat Man.” This local character, a retired Charleston butcher whose real name was Henry Hollaway, withdrew from the world with his wife Blanche in 1931. There on Goat Island they lived for thirty-one years in a sort of “back to nature” existence, with very occasional trips to a store on the Isle of Palms. His visits must have had a reaction similar to that which Rip van Winkle received in his day. “The Goat Man” died in 1962 at the age of eighty and his wife followed him one year later. These two islands are located behind the Isle of Palms, but on the mainland side of the Inland Waterway.”
(Information from: Names in South Carolina by C.H. Neuffer, Published by the S.C. Dept. of English, USC)
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