Dorchester in Dorchester County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Four Holes Swamp Bridge / Harley's Tavern
Four Holes Swamp Bridge
The first bridge across Four Holes Swamp, a branch of the Edisto River, was built between 1770 and 1780 and was located about 200 ft. N. of the present bridge. The old bridge, on the road from Orangeburg to Charleston, was the site of several actions in 1781 and 1782 where S.C. militia and Patriot forces under Cols. Henry and Wade Hampton and William Harden clashed with Loyalists.
The first post office in what is now Dorchester County was opened in 1803 by William Harley at his tavern, a frequent stop for travelers on the Columbia Road. It stood near the present site of the Department of Public Works. Harley's son James (1801-1867) is buried just N. of the site on U.S. Hwy. 178; the town of Harleyville was named for William's grandson William W. (1825-1906).
Erected 1999 by Dorchester County. (Marker Number 18-7.)
Location. 33° 8.562′ N, 80° 21.15′ W. Marker is in Dorchester, South Carolina, in Dorchester County. Marker is on East Main Street (U.S. 178) near U.S. 78, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located at the Public Works parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Dorchester SC 29437, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least Four Holes Swamp (here, next to this marker); Revolutionary War Cannon (here, next to this marker); Moorefield Memorial Highway, (Southern Terminus) (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Berkeley County (approx. 2.4 miles away); Dorchester (approx. 2½ miles away); Ridgeville (approx. 3.9 miles away); Cypress Methodist Camp Ground (approx. 5.3 miles away); Spring Hill Methodist Church (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dorchester.
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary •
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