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About Us

Celebrating our 23rd Year in Downtown Summerville! 

Affiliated with Main Street South Carolina and the National Trust for Historic Preservation Main Street Center, Summerville DREAM promotes community pride and involvement through event coordination, business education and advocacy, support for aesthetic improvements, fostering tourism, and marketing Historic Downtown Summerville to residents and guests.

In 1991, Downtown Summerville, like many small towns across the country, was facing hard times; 40% of the buildings were vacant. Lifelong residents Rick Sutton and Cada McCoy rolled up their sleeves and did something about it. They drew together several hundred people and spent a year meeting, talking, exploring, and researching. The result was the formation of DREAM, the non-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of the downtown area. Since 1992, DREAM has helped to bring focus and support to Summerville and its Historic Downtown district.


Summerville DREAM is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated toimproving the qualityof life in Summerville by enhancing the aesthetic, cultural, social and econom aspects of the downtown area, while preserving its historic identity.

Main Street Approach

Summerville DREAM is a member of Main Street SC, an affiliate of the National Main Street Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and follows the “Main Street Approach” to downtown redevelopment and promotion. The Main Street Approach was developed in 1976 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Main Street. The approach joins historic preservation and economic development to form a downtown redevelopment strategy. It consists of four points: Organization, Promotion, Design, and Economic Restructuring.

Operating Budget

Operating funds are gratefully received from the Town of Summerville, grants and donations, fund-raising events, and annual membership dues.

Benefits and Services

Summerville DREAM offers a variety of benefits and services to all businesses and property owners located in Downtown Summerville. By joining Summerville DREAM, you both affirm your commitment to Summerville and benefit from member opportunities. For a complete list, see Membership Benefits.