Although removed from the fighting during the Civil War, Abbeville nevertheless played a noteworthy role in the conflict. Read the Entry »

Robert Mills called Abbeville “the original seat of learning in the upper country,” and it quickly distinguished itself as the mother of some very famous Carolinians. Read the Entry »

The ACE Basin consists of around 350,000 acres in the watershed of the Ashepoo, Combahee, and Edisto Rivers in the South Carolina lowcountry. Read the Entry »

Established in 1990, the ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is part of the federal system of refuges managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The refuge represents the federal role in the larger ACE Basin Project with two units, one on the Combahee River and the other on the Edisto River. Read the Entry »

Aiken owes its existence to the South Carolina Railroad, its personality to its erstwhile “winter colony” of wealthy northern sports enthusiasts, and its economic vitality and relatively cosmopolitan spirit to the U.S. government’s massive Savannah River Site nuclear weapons facility. Read the Entry »

Bounded on the west by the Savannah River, Aiken County lies at the western end of the state’s Sandhills region, whose poor soils necessitated the development of alternatives to farming. These nonagricultural alternatives defined much of the county’s history. Read the Entry »

On the eve of the Civil War, per capita wealth for the free residents of All Saints was among the highest in the nation. Read the Entry »

Construction of the Savannah River Site after World War II briefly transformed Allendale into a boomtown. But when Interstate 95 opened east of Allendale County, the tourist-oriented economy along U.S. 301 collapsed Read the Entry »

Allendale is South Carolina’s youngest county, yet it contains the oldest known human habitation in the state. Read the Entry »

Amethyst became the official South Carolina gemstone by a law signed by Governor Robert McNair on June 24, 1969. Read the Entry »