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Portrait of Eliza Lucas Pinckney.

Eliza Lucas Pinckney

Eliza Lucas Pinckney was a daughter of a plantation owner who is best known for her experiments with creating blue dye from indigo plants, which led to indigo becoming one of the colony’s most important cash crops.

William Henry Drayton wearing a powdered wig.

William Henry Drayton

William Henry Drayton was a planter and lawyer from Charleston, SC, who served as a delegate for South Carolina to the Continental Congress.

Statue of William Jasper holding the South Carolina flag.

William Jasper

William Jasper was a noted American soldier in the Revolutionary War.

Photo of Walter "Hank" Garland Author: Fabry Studio Source: Scanned from booklet Non-free use Rationale: Though this image is subject to copyright, its use is covered by the U.S. fair use laws.

Hank Garland

Walter Louis Garland, known professionally as Hank Garland, was a guitarist and songwriter. 

A white and gray house with an American Flag hanging in front of the front door.

Allendale County

Allendale County and its county seat of Allendale were named for the Allen family, one of whose members, Paul Allen, was the town's first postmaster.

A wooden build with a mill wheel is next to a wooden bridge surround by trees.

Pickens County

Pickens County was named for Revolutionary War hero Andrew Pickens (1739-1817).

A square brick building with three curved archways for the front door and windows.

Union County

Union County was named for the old Union Church, which served both the Presbyterian and Episcopal congregations in the area.

Round brick buildings covered in snow and ice.

Lexington County

Lexington County and its county seat, the town of Lexington, were named for the battle of Lexington, Massachusetts, the first battle of the American Revolution.

South Carolina Facts

South Carolina State Butterfly

The beautiful Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) butterfly was designated the official Butterfly of the State by Act Number 319 of 1994. The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail can be seen in deciduous woods, along streams, rivers and wooded swamps, and in towns and cities throughout South Carolina. 

South Carolina Glossary

Ducks swimming in green algae and water.


(noun) - plants without roots that grow in estuaries and feed on nutrients (such as nitrogen and phosphorus) in the water