Amethyst is the state gem stone, designated in 1969. Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz with shades varying from a light violet to a deep grape color. South Carolina is one of three states where amethyst of good quality can be found in the United States.
Explore this reproduction farm in York County. The farmhouse, barn, smokehouse, and other buildings are typical of a farm in the Upcountry in the 1850s.
In 1857, South Carolina Representative, Preston Brooks, avenged his uncle, Senator Andrew Butler, on the Senate floor by bludgeoning Charles Sumner. Sumner had previously insulted Senator Butler in a heated debate about Kansas.
The largest recorded hailstone in South Carolina was 4 1/2 inches in diameter, falling in Florence on May 25, 2000.
South Carolinians take their BBQ seriously. Check out Lake High, Jr., president of the South Carolina Barbeque Association, explain the four types of SC BBQ.
All 4 types of the poisonous snakes found in the United States live in South Carolina: rattlesnake, copperhead, cottonmouth, and the coral snake.