Hampton’s most lasting fame came from his success as a planter. Noted by Niles’ Weekly Register in 1823 as “probably the richest planter in the South,” he became a national symbol of the wealthy southern slaveowner. Read the Entry »

He won election to the South Carolina Senate in 1825, served two terms, and never again sought or held elective office. He played an important role behind the scenes in state politics, however. Read the Entry »

Jewish emigrants from Russia founded this short-lived agricultural colony in 1905 near Montmorenci in Aiken County. Read the Entry »

Hartsville blossomed between 1880 and 1920, primarily due to the efforts of James Lide Coker. Read the Entry »

Education was his top priority, particularly the encouragement of white children to take advantage of educational opportunities. Despite some success in education, most of Heyward’s progressive agenda was frustrated by state legislators. Read the Entry »

The Heyward brothers’ success can be attributed to the perfection of rice cultivation in the coastal savannas and swamps of South Carolina. Read the Entry »

Early in 1776 he was chosen to replace the resigning Christopher Gadsden in the Second Continental Congress. That summer Thomas Heyward, Jr., was one of four South Carolinians who signed the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. Read the Entry »

Nearly twenty-five miles long and five miles wide at their widest point, this chain of hills is situated conspicuously between the level expanse of the coastal plain to the east and the swampy lowland of the Wateree River valley to the west. Read the Entry »

The settlement originated with a memoir that the Reverend Jean-Louis Gibert addressed to the board of trade in 1763 regarding a project to settle a group of Huguenots in North America. Read the Entry »

Its natural beauty led to the transformation of Hilton Head from an isolated backwater to a world-famous resort and recreational community during the second half of the twentieth century. Read the Entry »