“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Wateree in Richland County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Congaree River Ferries

Congaree River Ferries Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin L Smith, November 27, 2016
1. Congaree River Ferries Marker
Inscription. (side 1)
Joseph Joyner owned a private ferry on the Congaree River near this site by 1749. John McCord's private ferry succeeded Joyner's by 1757, becoming public in 1766 by statue. A route from Charleston to Camden crossed the river at McCord's Ferry. Due to its strategic location, the ferry figured in actions on the south side of the river during the Revolutionary War.
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As the river cut a new channel, isolating the oxbow lake now called Bates Old River, a second ferry was chartered in 1845. This ferry was operated by the Bates family from the Civil War until bridges replaced both crossings in the 1920s. U.S. Hwy. 601 crosses the old river west of the McCord's Ferry site and the Congaree River two miles downriver from the former Bates Ferry site.
Erected 2014 by Richland County Conservation Commission. (Marker Number 40 185.)
Location. 33° 45.781′ N, 80° 38.533′ W. Marker is near Wateree, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker is on U.S. 601 2.4 miles south of 2 Rivers Road (South Carolina Highway 267), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Matthews SC 29135, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John M. Bates Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Kingville (approx. 4.4 miles away); Mount Pleasant Baptist Church (approx. 4.8 miles away); St. Phillip A.M.E. Church (approx. 6 miles away); Richland Presbyterian Church (approx. 6 miles away); Kensington (approx. 7.4 miles away); Millford Plantation (approx. 7 miles away); Richard Richardson (approx. 7.6 miles away).
Categories. Colonial EraWaterways & Vessels
Credits. This page was last revised on January 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 16, 2017, by Kevin L Smith of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 264 times since then and 43 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on January 16, 2017, by Kevin L Smith of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of side 2. Wide shot of marker and its surroundings. • Can you help?
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