Painting of Benjamin Cleveland on horseback

Benjamin Cleveland

Benjamin Cleveland was an officer in the North Carolina militia during the American Revolution and a resident of Oconee County.

Hernando de Soto.

Hernando de Soto

Hernando de Soto was a Spanish explorer and conquistador who explored South Carolina. 

Old map of Hilton Head Island.

William Hilton

Hilton Head Island is named after Captain William Hilton, who in 1663 identified a headland near the entrance to Port Royal Sound, which he named “Hilton’s Head” after himself.

John Lawson wearing a powdered wig.

John Lawson

John Lawson was a British explorer, naturalist, and writer who explored the Carolina backcountry.

A stone grave sculpture of person laying down.

Juan Pardo

Juan Pardo was a Spanish explorer who built missions and forts in the Southeast in 1566 and 1567.

Jean Ribault wearing a blue hat and blue coat with a white collar.

Jean Ribault

Jean Ribault was a French navigator who led an expedition to the New World in 1562 that founded the outpost of Charlesfort on Paris Island.