Aiken in Aiken County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Aiken County 125th Anniversary
Founding Of Aiken County
March 10, 1871
Celebrating 125 years
Sen. C.D. Hayne, Rep. Gloster Holland,
Rep. William B. Jones, Rep. Sam J. Lee,
William Peel, Rep. Prince Rivers,
S. B. Spencer, F.P. Stoney
Erected March 10, 1996
Erected 1996 by Aiken County.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Notable Places • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1859.
Location. 33° 33.587′ N, 81° 43.074′ W. Marker is in Aiken, South Carolina, in Aiken County. Marker is at the intersection of York Street SE and Richland Avenue (U.S. 78), on the right when traveling north on York Street SE. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Aiken SC 29801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Aiken County Confederate Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Defense of Aiken (within shouting distance of this marker); The Detection of the Neutrino, 1956 / The Nobel Prize In Physics, 1995Aiken First Baptist Church (about 400 feet away); Battle of Aiken (about 500 feet away); Aiken County (approx. 0.2 miles away); James F. Byrnes (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. John's Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Original Survey of Aiken (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Aiken, Sr. (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Aiken.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for Aiken County, S.C. Aiken County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. (Submitted on August 10, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Prince Rivers. Prince Rivers (1824–1887) was a corporal and later sergeant in the 1st South Carolina Volunteers, a Union regiment in the American Civil War. (Submitted on June 4, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. Samuel J. Lee (1827-1895). Lee was born in Abbeville County, South Carolina. (Submitted on June 4, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
Aiken County bears distinction as the only county formed in South Carolina during the turbulent years of Reconstruction. It was created on March 10, 1871, by a General Assembly controlled by freed blacks and Radical Republicans. Aiken's first postmaster was a freeman named Charles D. Hayne, a Confederate veteran who defended Charleston from Union troops.
The tension between white Democrats and war veterans and freed blacks and Radical Republicans came to a head in July 1876, during the Hamburg Massacre. Two blacks and one white were killed during the battle. As a result, five blacks were executed by white troops.
— Submitted August 22, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 1, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,524 times since then and 140 times this year. Last updated on August 20, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 1, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 3. submitted on August 26, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 4. submitted on August 7, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.