Cheraw’s position on the Great Pee Dee made it an important point of trade and commerce from its inception. Read the Entry »

Economically, Cherokee was the heart of the “Old Iron District.” The iron industry that had flourished in the 1700s and 1800s was gone by the end of the Civil War. In the 1880s iron production gave way to railroad construction. Read the Entry »

During the first decades of the twentieth century, Chester steadily added the trappings of a modern, progressive city. Read the Entry »

Unlike other counties established at the same time, Chester’s dimensions have never been altered, and its distinct rectangular shape is unique among South Carolina counties. Read the Entry »

On November 19, 1860, at Chesterfield Courthouse, one of the first secession meetings in the state was held. At the Secession Convention, John Inglis of Cheraw introduced the resolution calling for South Carolina to secede from the Union. Read the Entry »

As was the case with other coastal plain districts, the antebellum Clarendon economy revolved around slavery and cotton. Read the Entry »

Under the leadership of fourteen presidents since its inception, Clemson’s mission continues to focus primarily on agriculture, engineering, and science, although academic offerings have expanded to include degree programs in the arts, humanities, education, and business. Read the Entry »

By the start of the twenty-first century, efforts focused more on families and youth, while still maintaining a strong agricultural base and its traditional emphasis on economic and community development, environmental issues, food safety, and nutrition. Read the Entry »

The beauty of the coastal plain is perhaps its greatest resource, not only because it fuels South Carolina’s tourist economy, but also because it reflects the successful preservation of irreplaceable ecosystems. Nearly forty percent of the coastal lands are held in trust, either as preserves or as public parks and other recreational areas. Read the Entry »

From the World War I era until his death, Coker became an agricultural evangelist, promoting diversification, improved farming methods, and his seeds through numerous speeches, articles, and personal visits. Read the Entry »