Kershaw in Lancaster County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Kershaw, originally Welsh’s Station, was founded in 1888 when Capt. James V. Welsh (1845-1906) persuaded the Charleston, Cincinnati, & Chicago Railroad to build a depot halfway between Camden and Lancaster, on what was then the county line between Kershaw and Lancaster Counties. The town was incorporated later that year and renamed in honor of Maj. Gen. Joseph B. Kershaw (1822-1894), prominent Confederate general and state senator from Camden.
Kershaw, with a population of 500 by 1890, grew even more dramatically after an 1897 fire which destroyed most of the downtown. By 1900 a guide to Lancaster County called it “a pretty and prosperous town of about fifteen hundred inhabitants.” Among the most significant early businesses here were the Kershaw Oil Mill (1902) and the Kershaw Cotton Mill (1912). The Benton Hotel on S. Cleveland St. was well known and frequently hosted tourists visiting the nearby Haile Gold Mine.
Erected 2002 by King Alfred Garden Club and the Kershaw Centennial Commission. (Marker Number 29-23.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places. A significant historical year for this entry is 1888.
Location. 34° 33.696′ N, 80° 35.256′ W. Marker is in Kershaw, South Carolina, in Lancaster County. Marker is at the intersection of North Hampton Street and North Matson Street, on the right when traveling south on North Hampton Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kershaw SC 29067, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Welsh's Station / Kershaw Depot (approx. one mile away); Kershaw's First Library (approx. one mile away); Haile Gold Mine (approx. 3.6 miles away); The Battle Of The Hanging Rock (approx. 4.2 miles away); Beaver Creek Skirmish / Capture of Provisions at Flat Rock (approx. 4.3 miles away); James Ingram Home (approx. 4.9 miles away); Battle of Hanging Rock (approx. 5.3 miles away); Birthplace of Dr. James Marion Sims (approx. 6.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kershaw.
1. Capt. J.V. Welsh
My great-grand father was Capt. James Virgil Welsh. I would appreciate any information or insight that anyone might possibly have to offer with regard to the Welsh family or the origins of early Kershaw history. My family still owns land in that area,
Paul Latimer Walker
Editor's Note: Please contact Mr. Walker through the "Add commentary" link above or by contacting the editors.
— Submitted May 7, 2010, by Paul Latimer Walker of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Paul Latimer Walker, I am with the Town of Kershaw Historical Society and suppose you must be Bill Latimer's nephew. Please contact me. Thanks, Miles
I am sorry to report that when I attempted to forward your note and email address to Mr. Latimer Walker, it was returned undeliverable. It appears we no longer have a good email address for him.—Ed.
— Submitted March 11, 2019, by Miles Gardner of Kershaw, South Carolina.
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