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James Bonham in a brown coat and white necktie

James Butler Bonham

Born near Red Bank, James Butler Bonham was a soldier who died at the Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution.

Tommy Caldwell is wearing a light colored cowboy hat. The rim is outlined in black. He is holing a light and dark guitar.

Tommy Caldwell

From Spartanburg, SC, Tommy Caldwell was the bassist and original frontman for The Marshall Tucker Band between 1973 and 1980. 

Walter Edgar

Walter Edgar

Walter B. Edgar is a historian and author specializing in Southern history and culture, particularly for South Carolina. 

Etta Jones photo from The Heart album cover.

Etta Jones

Etta Jones was a jazz singer from Aiken, South Carolina.

A black and white lighthouse nestle between green trees next to a sandy beach.

Beaufort County

Both Beaufort County and its county seat Beaufort were named for Henry Somerset, Duke of Beaufort (1684-1714), one of the Lords Proprietors of Carolina.

A wooden house with a brick chimney.

Saluda County

Saluda County was named for the Saluda River, which forms one of its borders. The county was established in 1895 from part of Edgefield County, and the county seat is the town of Saluda.

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.

A small green wagon with yellow wheels.

Oconee County

Oconee County takes its name from a Native American word meaning "water eyes of the hills." It was formed in 1868 from Pickens District, and the county seat is Walhalla.

South Carolina Facts

South Carolina State Popular Music

Beach Music was designated as the official State Popular Music by Act Number 15 of 2001. Beach music is primarily a rhythm and blues style based on 4/4 rhythms with a moderate to fast-paced tempo. 

South Carolina Glossary

Buildings next to the beach and ocean.


(noun) - the seashore, or land near it