Near Moncks Corner in Berkeley County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Wassamassaw, with several variant spellings during the colonial era, is a Native American word thought to mean “connecting water.” It first referred to the large cypress swamp here, but eventually referred to the community that grew up nearby in the Anglican parish of St. James, Goose Creek. Plantations laid out by the English and later by the Huguenots flourished before the Revolution.
The swamp was almost impassible for most of the colonial period, but the Wassamassaw Road ran just below the swamp between here and Goose Creek. A Chapel of Ease was built nearby shortly after the Yamasee War of 1715, and a free school was founded in 1728. The “Wassamassaw Cavalry,” a militia company founded in 1857, later saw Confederate service as Company D, 2nd S.C. Cavalry.
Erected 2009 by Berkeley County. (Marker Number 8-62.)
Location. 33° 9.288′ N, 80° 10.188′ W. Marker is near Moncks Corner, South Carolina, in Berkeley County. Marker is on Wassamassaw Lane 0.3 miles north of U.S. 176, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located at the end of Wassamassaw Lane near the intersection of U.S. Highway 176 and Jedburg
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cypress Methodist Camp Ground (approx. 7 miles away); Varner Town Indian Community (approx. 7.5 miles away); St. John's Church (approx. 8.3 miles away); Berkeley County (approx. 8.3 miles away); a different marker also named Berkeley County (approx. 8.5 miles away); Mulberry Plantation (approx. 8.8 miles away); Lewisfield Plantation (approx. 9 miles away); Alston Graded School / Alston High School (approx. 9.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Moncks Corner.
Categories. • Colonial Era • War, US Civil •
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