The confederation exists to “strengthen and enrich local cultural, political, and economic institutions through the preservation and study of historical documents, sites, buildings, and artifacts, and to further this purpose through the dissemination and exchange of information and the exercise of cooperative endeavor.” Read the Entry »

Congaree protects the last significant stand of old-growth, bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the United States. The Congaree forest, often referred to as the “Redwoods of the East,” is the tallest in eastern North America and one of the tallest temperate deciduous forests in the world. Read the Entry »

For a little over a mile the Congaree River rolls over rapids, shoals, and interspersed islands before it enters the coastal plain. As is typical of slowly moving mature streams, it meanders through the coastal plain, changing its course frequently. Read the Entry »

Conner was among the original directors of the Bank of Charleston when it was organized in 1835. In 1841 Conner was elected president of the bank, a position he held until 1850. Read the Entry »

A consummate storyteller, Conroy in his novels relates tales of family conflict, fathers and father figures, racism, and coming of age, all against the consistent backdrop of the South Carolina lowcountry. Read the Entry »

In South Carolina the dominion of the Conservative Party had a specific beginning and ending: the election of the Confederate hero Wade Hampton III as governor in 1876 and the election of Benjamin R. Tillman as governor in 1890, following a bitter campaign in which Tillman had vilified the Conservatives for being wedded to the past and neglecting the state’s real problems. Read the Entry »

Although revised several times until abandoned in 1698, the Fundamental Constitutions framed the colony as a social hierarchy, encouraging new settlement based on landownership and a provision for religious freedom. Read the Entry »

The First Provincial Congress of South Carolina raised two regiments of infantry to protect the lowcountry against the British and a third to protect the backcountry from potential Indian raids during the summer of 1775. Read the Entry »

Today, South Carolina’s continental shelf is a passive margin, meaning that it is not colliding with any other land, as it once did millions of years ago. Instead, it is trailing along North America’s active western margin that is presently leading the continent toward Asia. Read the Entry »

The Union general Benjamin Franklin Butler claimed to be the first to apply the term “contraband” to escaped slaves in May 1861. Read the Entry »