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Summerton, South Carolina Historical Markers

 
Overview from the west looking east image, Click for more information
By Anna Inbody, January 8, 2012
Overview from the west looking east
South Carolina (Clarendon County), Summerton — "Together Let Us Sweetly Live"
"Together let us sweetly live" Distinguished Followers of Justice Briggs VS. Elliott Rev. Joseph A. Delaine; Mr. Hammett Pearson; Mr. Levi Pearson; Mr. Harry Briggs; Mr. Joseph Lemon; Pioneers in the School Desegregation Case; Historical plaintiffs . . . — Map (db m52315) HM
South Carolina (Clarendon County), Summerton — 2nd Battle of Fort Watson ó First British Fort To Fall
23 April 1781 American Forces led by Brig. Gen. Francis Marion "The Swamp Fox" South Carolina Malitia - Commander [Marion picture included] LTC Henry "Lighthorse Harry" Lee Lee's Legion British Forces led by . . . — Map (db m24418) HM
South Carolina (Clarendon County), Summerton — 14-9 — Andrews Chapel Church
According to local tradition, this Methodist congregation was organized in 1786 and pioneer American bishop Francis Asbury later visited the area a number of times. The church stands today on land given by Ellis R. and Mary A. Richbourg in 1880. . . . — Map (db m24465) HM
South Carolina (Clarendon County), Summerton — 14-4 — Anne Custis Burgess
This is the childhood home of Anne Custis Burgess, who was born in 1874 in Mayersville. After receiving a diploma from Converse College, she taught music at Summerton, Williamston, and Winthrop College. At the time of her death in 1910 she was . . . — Map (db m24528) HM
South Carolina (Clarendon County), Summerton — Elusive Francis Marion, 1780-1781
During the American Revolution, General Marionís Brigade eluded the British invaders. Marionís Militia slipped through swamps, trees and grasslands, enticing the British to follow and search along the Santee. In November 1780, the British sent . . . — Map (db m93772) HM
South Carolina (Clarendon County), Summerton — Fort Watson
One of the chain of British posts in South Carolina. Located on this Indian Mound. Besieged April 15-23, 1781 by use of Maham's tower, Francis Marion forced the British to surrender and secured for his men badly needed ammunition and . . . — Map (db m24322) HM
South Carolina (Clarendon County), Summerton — 14-1 — Fort Watson
The first post in S.C. retaken from the British, the stockade fort on this old Indian mound had controlled the road from Charleston to Camden as well as the Santee River. On April 15, 1781, Gen. Francis Marion and Lt. Col. Henry Lee encircled it . . . — Map (db m94074) HM
South Carolina (Clarendon County), Summerton — Fort Watson: ó Disrupting British Supply Lines
Assigned to hold all of eastern South Carolina but with only a small force at his disposal, Col. John Watson needed to build a fort to protect the vital transportation corridor between Charleston and Camden, the British inland headquarters. The spot . . . — Map (db m51477) HM
South Carolina (Clarendon County), Summerton — 14-13 — Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
[Front] This church, organized about 1865, held its early services in a nearby brush arbor but built a permanent sanctuary here soon afterwards. Rev. Daniel Humphries, its first pastor, served both Mt. Zion and its sister church St. James . . . — Map (db m27783) HM
South Carolina (Clarendon County), Summerton — Patriot Departs to Ride with Marion
During the American Revolution, August 1780, General Francis Marion was ordered by General Gates to roam the Santee burning boats. Being successfully engaged in this task, he learned of Gatesí defeat at Camden. This Patriot left his family at . . . — Map (db m24130) HM
South Carolina (Clarendon County), Summerton — Santee National Wildlife Refuge
This land... inhabited by Native Americans. This site, once occupied by Native Americans, was a major ceremonial center for the surrounding area. The Santee Indian mound is typical of pyramidal, flat-topped mounds that are widely . . . — Map (db m30132) HM
South Carolina (Clarendon County), Summerton — 14-15 — Senn's Mill
This complex, featuring a blacksmith shop (ca. 1903), grist mill (ca. 1905), and bottling plant (ca. 1921), was operated for many years by John G. Senn (1851-1942) and his son-in-law Frank W. Josey (1872-1959). Senn's grandson Walter B. Senn, . . . — Map (db m24675) HM
South Carolina (Clarendon County), Summerton — Siege of Fort Watson
During the American Revolution, Colonel Lee and his Legion joined General Marion's Brigade along the Santee River. They laid seige to British held Fort Watson on top of Santee Indian Mound. Major Maham's idea was to build a tower . . . — Map (db m23704) HM
South Carolina (Clarendon County), Summerton — 14-14 — Summerton Presbyterian Church
[Front]: This church, founded in 1875 as a mission of the Presbyterian Church in Manning, grew out of occasional services held in the Methodist church before the Civil War. The first worship site, a renovated carriage house, was located . . . — Map (db m27786) HM
South Carolina (Clarendon County), Summerton — Swamp Fox
Sacred to the memory of Brig. Gen.Francis Marion who departed this life, on the 27th of February, 1795, in the sixty-third year of his age; deeply regretted by all his fellow citizens History will record his worth, and rising generations . . . — Map (db m24487) HM
South Carolina (Clarendon County), Summerton — 14-11 — Taw Caw Church
In 1885 this black baptist church bought the building here, said built about 1860, from white Taw Caw church,now Summerton. Building additions have been made over the years. — Map (db m24131) HM
South Carolina (Clarendon County), Summerton — 15,16 — The Patriot and the Redcoat
During the American Revolution, after the fall of Charles Town in 1780, General Francis Marionís militia frequently crossed the Santee swamps and appeared at every turn near Jack's Creek and the Santee River with his men who were red, white and . . . — Map (db m24023) HM
South Carolina (Clarendon County), Summerton — Wagon Travel
During the American Revolution, travel was slow and hard work. Wagons needed to stop often since wooden axles and wooden wheels required grease and maintenance. Marionís militia was documented as travelling fifty miles through the swamps at night on . . . — Map (db m24183) HM

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