“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Walterboro in Colleton County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Hickory Valley

Hickory Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 2008
1. Hickory Valley Marker
Inscription. Near here in a hickory grove Paul and Jacob Walter built in 1784 summer houses which formed the nucleus of a summer colony which grew into the town of Walterboro. The first store in the town was here and later the first drug store. The park here was the center of community life until the cyclone of 1879 leveled most of the trees.
Erected 1957 by The Colleton County Historical Society. (Marker Number 15-11.)
Location. 32° 54.259′ N, 80° 39.549′ W. Marker is in Walterboro, South Carolina, in Colleton County. Marker is on Wichman Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Walterboro SC 29488, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Walterborough Library Society (a few steps from this marker); Bethel Presbyterian Church (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Walterborough Academy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Colleton County Veterans War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Colleton County Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); Confederate Monument (approx. half a mile away); Walterboro (approx. half a mile away); Walterboro Jail (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Walterboro.
More about this marker.
Hickory Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. Hickory Valley Marker
Hickory Valley: (Witsell Street) During September of 1980, Hickory Valley was designated as Walterboro's second historic district. Hickory Valley , largely a residential area, is located in the northwest corner of Walterboro. It contains 23 structures, 19 of which were deemed by the S.C. Department of Archives & History to contribute to the historic character of the district. Originally settled by Lowcountry planters, the area was a home for some of the town's founders and most prominent families. Most of the buildings were constructed between 1821 and 1929. .....Walterboro-Colleton Chamber of Commerce
Also see . . .  Wikipedia entry. Walterboro (originally spelled Walterborough) was founded in 1783 as a summer retreat for local planters looking to escape their malaria-ridden, lowcountry plantations. The original settlement was located on a hilly area, covered with pine and hickory trees and named "Hickory Valley." Two of the earliest settlers were Paul and Jacob Walter. The two brothers owned plantations in nearby Jacksonboro, SC. Paul's small daughter Mary was taken ill with malaria, a common disease amongst the families who built their plantations in the marshy areas of the Lowcountry, suitable to rice production. To save Mary's life the two brothers went looking for a more healthy location in which to live during the summer
Sun Dial in Park , mentioned in Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. Sun Dial in Park , mentioned in Marker
Erected by City Council to Commemorate the Bicentennial of the settling of Walterboro 1784-1984 Mayor Elton L. Culpepper City Council ( Followed by members names )
months when mosquitos abounded and started the town that was later named for them. (Submitted on April 14, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 983 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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