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Williamsburg County South Carolina – Historical Markers

South Carolina (Williamsburg County), Andrews — 45-7 — Black Mingo Presbyterian Meeting House
[Front]: One of the earliest Dissenter congregations in South Carolina north of the Santee River was located about two miles south of here. Its church building had been completed by 1727 when the Rev. Thomas Morritt, Episcopal minister . . . — Map (db m27709) HM
South Carolina (Williamsburg County), Andrews — 45-9 — Early Settlers / Potatoe Ferry
Early Settlers Among the first settlers of Williamsburg County, members of the Witherspoon family sailed from Belfast to Charleston in 1734, arriving about December 1. With a year's provisions, they embarked on an open-boat voyage. Traveling . . . — Map (db m28118) HM
South Carolina (Williamsburg County), Andrews — 45-14 — Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
[Front]: This church was founded in 1867 on land donated by Moses and Matilda Watson. It was the first African American church in the Bloomingvale community and was organized by trustees Orange Bruorton, Augusta Dicker, Sr., Fred Grant, . . . — Map (db m27930) HM
South Carolina (Williamsburg County), Andrews — 45-17 — Suttons Methodist Church
[Front]: This church, founded in 1825, is the second oldest Methodist congregation in Williamsburg County. That year Robert Sutton gave the "Methodist Society" of this community a parcel 100 yds. square. Its first church, a frame . . . — Map (db m27323) HM
South Carolina (Williamsburg County), Greeleyville — 45-17 — McCollum-Murray House
[Front] This house, with Classical Revival architectural influences, was built ca. 1906 for Edward J. McCollum (1867-1942), African-American businessman and machinist with the Mallard Lumber Company. In 1922, when twelve-year-old Charles . . . — Map (db m43054) HM
South Carolina (Williamsburg County), Hemington — 45-1 — Indiantown Presbyterian Church
Organized in 1757 with John James and Robert Wilson as founding elders. Burned by the British in 1780 as “a sedition shop.” Rebuilt after the Revolution. Present building begun in 1830, remodelled in 1919. Major John James, . . . — Map (db m27903) HM
South Carolina (Williamsburg County), Hemingway — 45-5 — Ebenezer United Methodist Church
This church is said to be the oldest Methodist congregation in present Williamsburg County. It was established prior to 1822 when Samuel Heaselden, in his will, reserved two acres of land for the congregation; in 1837, his heirs deeded this land . . . — Map (db m27328) HM
South Carolina (Williamsburg County), Henry — 45-8 — Benjamin Britton Chandler (1854–1925)
Active in the Red Shirt campaign which resulted in General Wade Hampton’s election as SC governor, 1876, Chandler later served as Supervisor of Williamsburg County. He was twice elected to the SC House and was known as “an honest and manly . . . — Map (db m27900) HM
South Carolina (Williamsburg County), Indiantown — Indiantown Presbyterian Church: “Disarm in the Most Rigid Manner”
After Francis Marion’s initial victories in August and early September 1780, British military authorities in South Carolina moved to eliminate the threat of an insurgency in Williamsburg District. Lord Cornwallis ordered Maj. James Wemyss to sweep . . . — Map (db m53898) HM
South Carolina (Williamsburg County), Kingstree — 45-3 — Battle of Kingstree
Somewhere northwest of Kingstree on the night of Aug. 27, 1780, while scouting for Gen. Marion, a South Carolina militia company led by Maj. John James attacked a British force sent to ravage Williamsburg District, capturing prisoners and . . . — Map (db m25000) HM
South Carolina (Williamsburg County), Kingstree — Captain Roger Gordon
In 1732 Roger Gordon led 40 Scotch Irish to found Williamsburg Township, (Kingstree), one of 11 inland sites granted by the Provincial Governor in King George’s plan to develop a successful English colony in South Carolina. In 1738 the town acquired . . . — Map (db m54667) HM
South Carolina (Williamsburg County), Kingstree — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Nobel Peace Prize Winner Drum-Major for Justice Assassinated April 4, 1968 1929 ~ 1968 "Unless we learn to live together as brothers, surely we will die apart as fools.” — Map (db m54769) HM
South Carolina (Williamsburg County), Kingstree — John Witherspoon
Born near Glasgow, Scotland in 1670, removed to Ireland because of religious persecution and settled in County Down in 1695. In 1734 he, with his kindred and friends, came to America and settled near Kingstree in Williamsburg Township. He was the . . . — Map (db m54766) HM
South Carolina (Williamsburg County), Kingstree — Kingstree: Gathering Vital Intelligence
By late August 1780, Francis Marion and the Whig militiamen of eastern South Carolina had already begun to cause alarm among the British military leaders in charge of subduing the province. Sensing the British would move against him, Col. Marion . . . — Map (db m53897) HM
South Carolina (Williamsburg County), Kingstree — Lower Bridge: Take the Low Ground!
Over three weeks in March 1781, Brig. Gen. Francis Marion conducted a series of engagements between the Santee River and Georgetown, battering a larger force of British regulars and Loyalist militiamen under the command of Col. John Watson. This . . . — Map (db m53893) HM
South Carolina (Williamsburg County), Kingstree — 45-19 — McClary Cemetery
[front] John McClary (1760-1833) established this cemetery about 1789, locating it on high ground near Boggy Swamp. McClary’s will, dated 1831, provided for headstones for himself and his three wives: Mary Raphield (1757-1792), Margaret . . . — Map (db m40507) HM
South Carolina (Williamsburg County), Kingstree — 45-4 — Old Muster Ground and Courthouse
This lot was designated the parade ground in the original survey of the town in 1737. It served as the muster ground for the local militia during colonial and Revolutionary times. The present courthouse, designed by Robert Mills, was built in . . . — Map (db m25601) HM
South Carolina (Williamsburg County), Kingstree — 45-18 — St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
[Front] : St. Alban’s Episcopal Church has long been the only continuously active Episcopal congregation in Williamsburg County. It was founded in 1879 by Carrie Simons (1849-1938), who persuaded Bishop W.W. Howe to help her organize a . . . — Map (db m27934) HM
South Carolina (Williamsburg County), Kingstree — 45-12 — Stephen A. Swails House
[Front]: Stephen Atkins Swails (1832-1900), U.S. Army officer and state senator, lived in a house on this site 1868-79. Swails, a free black from Pennsylvania, came to S.C. in 1863 as a 1st Sgt. in the 54th Massachusetts Volunteers . . . — Map (db m27929) HM
South Carolina (Williamsburg County), Kingstree — Thurgood Marshall, J.D.
Supreme Court Justice Trumpter for Freedom Mr. Civil Rights 1908 ~ 1993 “I did the best I could with what I had.” — Map (db m54768) HM
South Carolina (Williamsburg County), Kingstree — Willamsburg County Veterans Monument
Front Center Seal of the American Legion Honoring all who served and Dedicated to the everlasting memory of those who gave their lives for the cause of Freedom in World War I and World War II Seal of Veterans of Foreign Wars . . . — Map (db m54774) HM
South Carolina (Williamsburg County), Kingstree — 45-10 — Williamsburg Church
This Presbyterian church was established 1736 by John Witherspoon and other early Scotch-Irish settlers. Originally located about 1 mile east at Williamsburg Cemetery, the congregation moved here to Academy Street in 1890; the present sanctuary . . . — Map (db m27928) HM
South Carolina (Williamsburg County), Kingstree — Williamsburg County Confederate Monument
[North Face]: [Relief Flag] CSA 1861-1865 Erected by Williamsburg, Chapter U.D.C. and the citizens of the county, May 10,1910, To the memory of the men of Williamsburg, County who fought for the rights of . . . — Map (db m24605) HM
South Carolina (Williamsburg County), Kingstree — Williamsburgh
In remembrance of Williamsburgh District Patriots whose efforts helped create for us a new nation 1776 ~ 1976 — Map (db m54771) HM
South Carolina (Williamsburg County), Lake City — 45-15 — Cooper's Academy / Bethesda Methodist Church
[Front]: Cooper’s Academy, built in 1905-06, was a private boarding school for the black children of this community until 1927, and a public school 1927-1958. Founded by Moses Cooper, H.J. Cooper, and Ada E. Martin, it was first called . . . — Map (db m27931) HM
South Carolina (Williamsburg County), Rhems — 45-6 — Black Mingo – Willtown / Black Mingo Baptist Church
Black Mingo – Willtown By 1760, Charles Woodmason had established a store near here, following a 1745 Act of the General Assembly that provided for clearing of the watercourses at the head of Black Mingo Creek. Soon thereafter, schooners . . . — Map (db m17005) HM
South Carolina (Williamsburg County), Salters — 45-2 — Battle Of Lower Bridge
Gen. Francis Marion and his men defeated the British at this place in March 1781. Advancing from the west and finding the bridge on fire, the enemy rushed the nearby ford, but here they were repulsed by troops led by John James, Thomas Potts, and . . . — Map (db m33219) HM
South Carolina (Williamsburg County), Salters — 45-13 — Burrows's Service Station / Cooper's Country Store
Burrows's Service Station This significant cultural and architectural example of a 20th-century country store was built in 1937 by Theron Burrows (1910-1973) when U.S. Hwy. 521 was finished from Georgetown to Manning. A combination grocery and . . . — Map (db m37103) HM
South Carolina (Williamsburg County), Workman — 45-11 — Captain William Henry Mouzon
[Front]: This was the plantation of Capt. William Henry Mouzon (1741-1807), prominent militia officer in the American Revolution. Mouzon, of Huguenot descent, was educated in France as an engineer. He was a lieutenant in the 3rd S.C. . . . — Map (db m30018) HM

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