Wagener in Aiken County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
The principal motivation for the railroad, the kaolin industry, opened Wagener to the outside world. Timber could then be transported to Charleston much faster than former days of Edisto River rafting. Wagener took its name from the Wagener brothers of Charleston who were merchants and influential developers of the railroad. Churches, schools, business establishments, and industry came to Wagener providing a desirable environment for its citizens. As time passed, the automobile and highway system brought an end to the railroad, but Wagener continued to grow and prosper.
The Wagener Museum (Picture included) endeavors to display documents and artifacts testamentary to the life and times of those citizens who have lived here since that
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The Wagener Museum and Wagon House
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Exhibits on display in the Wagener Museum
Erected by South Carolina National Heritage Corridor.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the South Carolina Heritage Corridor series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1887.
Location. 33° 39.086′ N, 81° 21.782′ W. Marker is in Wagener, South Carolina, in Aiken County. Marker is on Lee Street N. near Old Ninety Six / Indian Trail (South Carolina Highway 39), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wagener SC 29164, 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. Wagener Memorial Monument (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wagener (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Crawfords Memorial (approx. 1.6 miles away); Commemorative Memorial (approx. 3.4 miles away); Indian Head / The Middle Road (approx. 4.3 miles away); Old Indian Trail The Salley Family (approx. 6.7 miles away); Capt. Dempsey Hammond Salley (approx. 6.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wagener.
Regarding Wagener Museum. kaolin, also called china clay, soft white clay that is an essential ingredient in the manufacture of china and porcelain and is widely used in the making of paper, rubber, paint, and many other products.
Also see . . .
1. South Carolina's Information HighWAY (SCIway). Wagener, South Carolina (Submitted on February 21, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. Abandoned Rails: The Former "Swamp Rabbit" Line. the railroad very quickly became a boon for the area's turpentine and pine lumber business, as well as crops such as cotton and asparagus, the town of Wagener's signature crop for many years. Watermelon, which grow particularly well in the Sandhill country, were another high quality crop for which Wagener became recognized well outside South Carolina. Wagener melons were said to be superior even to those grown elsewhere in the Sandhills region. They were shipped as far north as Rhode Island in open ventilated produce cars. (Submitted on February 21, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 21, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 888 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 21, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.