Bluffton in Beaufort County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Settled in 1825, as a summer resort of rice and cotton planters, this town was incorporated in 1852. Here in 1844 the was launched the protest against the Federal tariff known as the "Bluffton Movement".
Erected by Beaufort County Historical Society. (Marker Number 7-2.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the South Carolina, Beaufort County Historical Society marker series.
Location. 32° 14.246′ N, 80° 52.448′ W. Marker is in Bluffton, South Carolina, in Beaufort County. Marker can be reached from May River Road (State Highway 46) near Verdier Cove Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker was mowed down in a DUI accident, early 2005, and missing. Per conversation with Historical Society, Marker to be replaced upon completion of road improvements, SC-46, perhaps before this years end. Marker is in this post office area: Bluffton SC 29910, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Michael C. Riley Schools (approx. 0.7 miles away); Church of the Cross (approx. ¾ mile away); Bluffton United Methodist Church (approx. ¾ mile away); Palmetto Bluff Palmetto Bluff (approx. 2.1 miles away); St. Luke's Church (approx. 5.1 miles away); Pinckney Island (approx. 5.3 miles away); Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bluffton.
Regarding Bluffton, S.C.. The town of Bluffton, located in what was the King's grant to Lord Proprietor Colleton, has had quite an interesting and important history.Originally settled by Native American tribes who lived off the plentiful oysters, clams and shrimp in local waterways,
Bluffton was ultimately "discovered" by wealthy Savannah plantation owners in the early nineteenth century. At that time, Bluffton served as an important summer destination, where families of area rice and cotton plantation owners could escape the heat and malaria that afflicted coastal plantations in the summer months.
Located on a scenic bluff overlooking the May River, Bluffton offered plenty of boating, fishing, crabbing and shrimping opportunities. With easy access to Savannah, Beaufort and Charleston, Bluffton became an important distribution center, shipping
South Carolina ultimately became the first state to secede from the Union sixteen years later, causing a national uproar.On June 4, 1863, Union gunboats and infantrymen charged up the river to Bluffton to squelch Confederate insurrections.
A fierce battle ensued, but Confederate soldiers were outnumbered and outgunned. When Union forces finally withdrew, dozens of local homes and churches had been shelled, torched or otherwise destroyed.
Over the years, Bluffton has recovered from its losses during the Civil War and grown to become one of the most vibrant metropolitan areas along the South Carolina coast. Many of Bluffton's antebellum homes and churches still stand today, offering a fascinating window into the area's past. With more and more people moving to the Bluffton area each year, the town continues to grow, welcoming new residents from near and far
Also see . . .
1. "The Bluffton State of Mind". (Submitted on August 11, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. "Bluffton Movement". The (Submitted on August 11, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Categories. • Politics • Settlements & Settlers •
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