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Martin Witherspoon Gary

Martin Witherspoon Gary was an attorney, soldier, and politician from South Carolina.

Smiling Leo Twiggs next to one of his colorful paintings

Leo Twiggs

Leo Twiggs developed the Fine Art Department at South Carolina State University.

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Havilah Babcock

Havilah Babcock was chair of the English Department at the University of South Carolina for many years and a passionate outdoorsman and famous outdoor writer.

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Beth Daniel

Beth Daniel is a professional golfer.

A wooden triangle held up by a wooden contraption with two long metal poles extending from wooden triangle.

Dillon County

Dillon County was named for James W. Dillon (1826-1913), a prominent local resident.

A stately white house with a gray roof, manicured lawn, and brick and iron fence.

York County

York County and its county seat, the city of York, were named for York County, Pennsylvania.

A red wooden building with a metal tin roof.

Clarendon County

Clarendon County was named for Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon (1608/9-1674), one of the Lords Proprietors of Carolina.

A black, white and cream movie theater with red accents on the two windows.

Hampton County

Hampton County and its county seat Hampton were named for Confederate general and governor Wade Hampton (1818-1902).

South Carolina Facts

Lettered olive shells in a tub.

South Carolina State Shell

The Lettered Olive (Olive Sayana) was designated as the official State Shell by Act No. 360 of 1984. The shell has a smooth, shiny, cylindrical shape and is typically found in shallow waters near the shore. 

South Carolina Glossary

Map of South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and North Carolina outlined in purple

Yamassee Uprising

(noun) - warfare with the Yamasee and later the Creek Indians. The war started in 1715 and destroyed much of the colony of South Carolina.