This plantation was the home of Maj. William Seaborn Bamberg (1820-1858), planter, merchant, and the founder of Bamberg. Maj. Bamberg, a native of what was then Barnwell District, returned to this area from Georgia in the late 1840s. The town of Bamberg, called “Lawrey’s Turnout” or Lawreys, was little more than a stop on the S.C. Railroad before a post office opened there in 1850.
William Seaborn Bamberg, who built a store and depot at Lawreys by 1850 and built a hotel there in 1853, was the town’s first mayor. Lawreys was renamed Bamberg for him in 1854, and chartered in 1855. W.S. Bamberg died before the present house at Pinewood was completed in 1859; his widow Philippine Picquet Bamberg (1820-1895), a native of France, lived here until her death.
Erected 2010 by The Historic Society of Bamberg County, Inc. (Marker Number 5-14.)
Location. 33° 17.12′ N, 81° 5.652′ W. Marker is near Bamberg, South Carolina, in Bamberg County. Marker is on Capernaum Road (State Highway 5-54), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3141 Capernaum Road, Bamberg SC 29003, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
Regarding Pinewood Plantation. The name of the wife of William Seaborn Bamberg is Philippine Picquet (1820-1895). She was born in Alsace, France and is the daughter of Antoine (1798-1866) and Agatha Picquet. The family lived in Augusta, GA.
1. William Seaborn Bamberg
Bamberg, the County Seat of Bamberg County, is named for Major William Seaborn Bamberg who came to this community in the 1840s. His grandfather, John George Bamberg, a native of Germany, settled near River’s Bridge following the Revolutionary War. Major William Seaborn Bamberg became one of the most influential businessmen in this section of the state. Through his foresight, leadership, and ingenuity, he had the town incorporated when it was no more than a country crossroad. The original charter, according to records, was dated
Five men owned, in 1852, the site of the present city, according to a deed filed that year in the Barnwell courthouse. They were G. W. Bamberg, W. S. Bamberg, I. R. Simmons, Owen R. Faust, and Howell Easterling. Major Bamberg, Dr. Raysor, and J. J. Barnes purchased a lot for $75 in 1853, and gave it to the Methodists for a church site. The lot is the present Restland Cemetery. Major Bamberg, who died in 1858, is buried in Restland cemetery.
Although only a crossroads at the time, the town was chartered on December 19, 1855, and in 1860, Bamberg had about 250 residents.
After the end of the Civil War, the establishment of a business community in Bamberg was due to the efforts of General Bamberg, Colonel T. J. Countys, and H. J. Brabham. Later, arrived Thomas and Dr. J. B. Black, the O'Neals, Hartzogs, Johnsons, Rileys, Hayses, Hootons, Wrights, Eveses, Rices, and Crums. H. J. Brabham caused the bridges to be built across the Edisto River in 1882, at the site of the present Highway 301 bridge.
In order to win the county seat, the Bamberg city fathers promised to build a courthouse, which they did with the issuance of $10,000 in bonds and the use of state penitentiary labor. It was erected in 1897.
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