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Thurmond Dam and Lake / McCormick County

 
 
Thurmond Dam and Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
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Inscription.
Thurmond Dam and Lake
A Magnificent Recreation and Energy Resource
J. Strom Thurmond Dam and Lake offers a variety of recreational activities. You may enjoy boating, swimming and fishing on Thurmond Lake, the largest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers man-made lake east of the Mississippi. In addition to the water-related activities, there are thirteen Corps campgrounds, six state parks, two county points and several marinas offering over 1,100 campsites. Also available are several day-use areas for picnicking and swimming, and hiking trails to explore the abundant plant and wildlife. Thurmond Lake visitor center, located east of the dam, has a wealth of information for lake and area visitors.

Thurmond Dam
While everyone enjoys the recreational aspects of the lake, since its construction, Thurmond Dam has saved millions of dollars in flood damage, and averted the loss of many lives. Another major benefit of the dam is the production of hydroelectric power, which is a clean, renewable source of power.

McCormick County
Gem of the Freshwater Coast
McCormick County was named or Cyrus McCormick, a 19th century agricultural equipment inventor, who purchased Dorn's Gold Mine (Town of McCormick) after the Civil War. While it is one of the last
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counties to be created in South Carolina in the 20th century, its history goes back to the earliest European settlements in the backcountry. French Huguenots (Protestants) settled in the area called New Bordeaux and one of the few structures from this period is the 18th century Guillebeau House located at Hickory Knob State Resort Park.

John de la Howe School
Founded in 1797 through the will of Dr. John de la Howe, the school continues to address the needs of children throughout the state. The Barn, built in 1931, serves today as an area country market.

Hickory Knob State Park
Located on the shores of the 70,000 acre Thurmond Lake, the park offers motel and cabin accommodations, campsites and a variety of outdoor activities including gold, tennis, trails, and boating.

Joseph Jennings Dorn Historic House
Located in the town of McCormick, this house was designed by J.C. Hemphill around 1917 and is the former home of J.J. Dorn, a local businessman and state senator.

J. Strom Thurmond Dam & Lake
Built for flood control, this is the largest U.S. Army Corps of engineers man-made lake east of the Mississippi River. It offers a variety of outdoor recreational activities including camping, picnicking, hiking, biking, fishing, and boating.

Willington
This 19th century community
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Thurmond Dam
is a reminder of the role the railroad played in the development of rural South Carolina. It is being restored today as a "Book Town."

MACK
The McCormick Arts Council is located in the Keturah, a former 19th century hotel in downtown McCormick. Its galleries feature local artists and traveling exhibits.

Dorn Mill
The three-story mill is all that remains of a larger complex, which at one time included a steam-powered cotton seed oil mill and gin, a grist mill, and a related lumber yard.

Mt. Carmel
This quaint town was once the center of business for this rural agricultural community.
 
Erected by South Carolina National Heritage Corridor.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the South Carolina Heritage Corridor marker series.
 
Location. 33° 39.717′ N, 82° 11.483′ W. Marker is in Clarks Hill, South Carolina, in McCormick County. Marker is on U.S. 221. Click for map. Marker is located near the east end of the Thurmond Dam. Marker is in this post office area: Clarks Hill SC 29821, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. J. Strom Thurmond Dam (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Purpose of the Dam
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(approx. 0.3 miles away); Damascus Baptist Church (approx. 7.2 miles away in Georgia); Jabez Pleiades Marshall (approx. 8.2 miles away in Georgia); First Baptist Church in Georgia (approx. 10.6 miles away in Georgia); Religious Liberty in Georgia (approx. 10.6 miles away in Georgia); Columbia County (approx. 10.7 miles away in Georgia); Woodmen of the World Veterans Monument (approx. 10.7 miles away in Georgia); Rev. Daniel Marshall (approx. 10.8 miles away in Georgia); Big Stevens Creek Baptist Church (Hardy's) (approx. 10.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Clarks Hill.
 
Also see . . .
1. US Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, J. Strom Thurmond Lake and Dam. Thurmond Lake is one of the southeast's largest and most popular public recreation lakes. (Submitted on May 2, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. Lake Strom Thurmond. Lake Strom Thurmond, known in Georgia as Clarks Hill Lake, is a reservoir at the border between Georgia and
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South Carolina in the Savannah River Basin. (Submitted on May 2, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

3. McCormick County, Gem of the Freshwater Coast. Official website of McCormick County, South Carolina. (Submitted on May 2, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

4. McCormick County, South Carolina. McCormick County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. (Submitted on May 2, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

5. John de la Howe School. Originally founded in 1797 as a farm school for local poor and orphaned children, John de la Howe School has evolved into a first-rate, child caring agency committed to meeting the behavioral, educational, and social needs of the children in its care. (Submitted on May 2, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

6. Hickory Knob State Park. What would you call a state park that offers 18 holes of lakeside championship golf, tennis, skeet shooting and archery, a swimming pool for lodge guests, full-service restaurant and meeting facilities and more than 70 lodge rooms? (Submitted on May 2, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

7. Joseph Jennings Dorn House. The Joseph Jennings Dorn House was built ca. 1917 in the Colonial Revival style and is one of the few early brick homes in McCormick. (Submitted on May 2, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
McCormick County Marker -<br>John de la Howe School image. Click for full size.
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John de la Howe School
 

8. Willington on the Way. Official website of Willington, SC. (Submitted on May 2, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

9. McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah MACK. Official webpage of the McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah. (Submitted on May 2, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

10. Hotel Ketura. The Hotel Keturah is a two-and-one-half-story brick building constructed ca. 1910 in the Colonial Revival style. (Submitted on May 2, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

11. Dorn's Flour and Grist Mills. Dornís Flour and Grist Mills is a two-and-a-half story red brick structure with projecting one-story wings. (Submitted on May 2, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

12. Mt. Carmel Historic District. Mount Carmel is a small town that developed in the 1880s, contemporary with the development of the Savannah Valley Railroad. (Submitted on May 2, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Parks and Recreation Areas on Lake Thurmond
South Carolina Parks and Recreation Areas
Calhoun Falls
Calhoun Falls State Recreation Area

McCormick
Chamberlain Ferry Picnic Area
Hickory Knob State Resort Park
Leroys Ferry Recreation Area

Modoc
Hamilton
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Hickory Knob State Resort Park
Branch State Park

Mt. Carmel
Mt. Carmel Park
Patterson Branch Picnic Area

Plumb Branch
Parksville Recreation Area

Sumter National Forest

Parks and Recreation Areas in Georgia
Appling
Fort Gordon Recreation Area
Mistletoe State Park
Wildwood Park

Elberton
Bobby Brown State Park

Lincolnton
Elijah Clark State Park

Washington
Holiday Park
    — Submitted May 2, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.

 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
McCormick County Marker -<br>Joseph Jennings Dorn Historic House image. Click for full size.
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Joseph Jennings Dorn Historic House
McCormick County Marker -<br>J. Strom Thurmond Dam & Lake image. Click for full size.
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J. Strom Thurmond Dam & Lake
McCormick County Marker -<br>Willington image. Click for full size.
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Willington
McCormick County Marker -<br>MACK image. Click for full size.
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MACK
McCormick County Marker -<br>Dorn Mill image. Click for full size.
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Dorn Mill
McCormick County Marker -<br>Mt. Carmel image. Click for full size.
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Mt. Carmel
Thurmond Dam and Lake / McCormick County Marker image. Click for full size.
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J. Strom Thurmond Dam -<br>North Side<br>View from Visitor's Center image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, April 17, 2011
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North Side
View from Visitor's Center
J. Strom Thurmond Dam -<br>South Side<br>View from the Power Plant image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, April 17, 2011
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South Side
View from the Power Plant
J. Strom Thurmond Dam -<br>South Side<br>View from the Power Plant image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, April 17, 2011
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South Side
View from the Power Plant
J. Strom Thurmond Dam and Lake Visitor's Center image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, April 17, 2011
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 825 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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