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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Darlington County, South Carolina

Clickable Map of Darlington County, South Carolina and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Darlington County, SC (69) Chesterfield County, SC (19) Florence County, SC (73) Kershaw County, SC (100) Lee County, SC (24) Marlboro County, SC (39)  DarlingtonCounty(69) Darlington County (69)  ChesterfieldCounty(19) Chesterfield County (19)  FlorenceCounty(73) Florence County (73)  KershawCounty(100) Kershaw County (100)  LeeCounty(24) Lee County (24)  MarlboroCounty(39) Marlboro County (39)
Adjacent to Darlington County, South Carolina
    Chesterfield County (19)
    Florence County (73)
    Kershaw County (100)
    Lee County (24)
    Marlboro County (39)
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1South Carolina (Darlington County), Darlington — 16-51 — “Yankee Hill”
[Front]: In the summer of 1865, just after the end of the Civil War, Federal troops began their occupation of many cities and towns in S.C. Units in Darlington in 1865-1866 included the 15th Maine Infantry, 29th Maine Veteran Volunteers. They . . . Map (db m13570) HM
2South Carolina (Darlington County), Darlington — 16-50 — Andrew Hunter
Side A Andrew Hunter (d. 1823), planter, state representative, and county official, is buried in the Hunter family cemetery about 400 ft. south. During the American Revolution he ran a grist mill several miles south on High Hill Creek, . . . Map (db m38109) HM
3South Carolina (Darlington County), Darlington — 16-12 — Attempted Ambush
On March 5, 1865, near the point where the Ebenezer Road crossed the Cheraw and Darlington Railroad, the 29th Missouri Mounted Infantry of Col. Reuben Williams's command, deployed on either side of the tracks to capture a Confederate train . . . Map (db m38094) HM
4South Carolina (Darlington County), Darlington — 16-22 — Darlington County / Darlington County Courthouse
Darlington County This area become part of St. David's Parish in 1768, Cheraws District in 1769, and then Darlington County on March 12, 1785. In 1800 Darlington became a circuit court district, and again a county in 1868. Extensive territory . . . Map (db m38101) HM
5South Carolina (Darlington County), Darlington — Darlington County Confederate Monument
(North Side): On fame's eternal camping ground their silent tents are spread; and glory guards, with solemn round, the bivouac of the dead. (East Side): They never fail who Die in a great cause. While the tree of freedom's . . . Map (db m46220) HM
6South Carolina (Darlington County), Darlington — 16-60 — Darlington County Jail
Side A This building, a New Deal project of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Public Works Administration (PWA), was built in 1937 at a cost of $60,000. Called “one of the most modern jails in the South,” it was designed by Rock Hill . . . Map (db m38116) HM
7South Carolina (Darlington County), Darlington — 16-7 — Darlington District Agricultural Society / The Mineral Spring
Darlington District Agricultural Society On May 5, 1846, a society was organized for "mutual improvement in agriculture and to promote the planting interest of the country." Most of the annual meetings since that time have been held at this . . . Map (db m38092) HM
8South Carolina (Darlington County), Darlington — 16-54 — Darlington Memorial Cemetery
Side A This cemetery, established in 1890, was originally a five-acre tract when it was laid out as the cemetery for the nearby Macedonia Baptist Church. The first African American cemetery in Darlington, it includes about 1,900 graves . . . Map (db m38111) HM
9South Carolina (Darlington County), Darlington — 16-49 — Darlington Memorial Center
This house was built in 1889 by Charles McCullough (1853-1908), who served as town councilman and later as mayor. It was for many years a recreation center for local youth. The Darlington Memorial Center, chartered in 1946 as a memorial to . . . Map (db m38108) HM
10South Carolina (Darlington County), Darlington — 16-37 — Darlington Raceway
Marker Front: Darlington Raceway, the first superspeedway in NASCAR history, was constructed in 1950 by Harold Brasington, a local race promoter who saw an asphalt-paved track as an advance over the standard dirt tracks and wanted a 500-mile . . . Map (db m30634) HM
11South Carolina (Darlington County), Darlington — 16-18 — Edmund H. Deas
After moving to Darlington County in the 1870s, Edmund H. Deas served as county chairman of the Republican Party for a number of years and was a delegate to four national conventions. A black candidate for Congress in 1884 and 1890, Deas was Deputy . . . Map (db m38097) HM
12South Carolina (Darlington County), Darlington — 16-38 — First Baptist Church
Side A Established in 1831 as Darlington Baptist Church of Christ, with Rev. W.Q. Beattie as its first minister; joined the Welsh Neck Association in 1832. The first sanctuary, built in 1830 just before the church was formally organized, . . . Map (db m38102) HM
13South Carolina (Darlington County), Darlington — 16-6 — George W. Dargan1802 - 1859
Near this site stood the home of George W. Dargan, ante-bellum leader of this area, who served as State Senator, 1842-1847 and Chancellor of the S.C. Court of Equity, 1847-1859. He was a trustee of the S.C. College and a member of the Southern . . . Map (db m38090) HM
14South Carolina (Darlington County), Darlington — 16-59 — Grove Hill Cemetery
Grove Hill Cemetery, the first public cemetery in Darlington, was chartered in 1889. Citizens founded it “on account of the health of our town but also on account of the great scarcity of space in the church cemeteries.” The original . . . Map (db m47812) HM
15South Carolina (Darlington County), Darlington — 16-43 — Henry "Dad" Brown
[Front] Henry "Dad" Brown (1830-1907), a black veteran of the Mexican, Civil, and Spanish-American Wars, is buried 75' N with his wife Laura. Variously said to have been born free or born as a slave who purchased his and Laura's freedom, he . . . Map (db m38106) HM
16South Carolina (Darlington County), Darlington — 16-52 — Julius A. Dargan House
Side A This house was built in 1856 for Julius A. Dargan (1815-1861). Built on land acquired from Jesse H. Lide in 1839, the house is a fine example of the Greek Revival style. Dargan briefly taught school and practiced law with his brother . . . Map (db m38110) HM
17South Carolina (Darlington County), Darlington — 16-45 — Lawrence Reese
Marker Front: West Broad Street features several late-19th to early-20th century residences designed and built by Lawrence Reese (1865-1915), a native of Marlboro County who came to Darlington as a merchant by 1887. Reese, who had no formal . . . Map (db m38174) HM
18South Carolina (Darlington County), Darlington — 16-15 — Macedonia Church
Side A Tradition says first meetings of this Baptist Church were held in the home of Laura Brown. A house of worship was constructed on the N.E. corner of present S. Main and Hampton streets on land purchased during 1866-1874. The present . . . Map (db m38095) HM
19South Carolina (Darlington County), Darlington — 16-61 — Mount Pleasant Baptist Church / Lowther's Hill Cemetery
Marker Front: Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, organized by 1785, first met in a nearby school. It built a sanctuary here in 1791; that year Cashaway Baptist Church merged with it. In 1818 the congregation . . . Map (db m38120) HM
20South Carolina (Darlington County), Darlington — 16-11 — Samuel Bacot 1745-1795
Early land records indicate that Samuel Bacot settled in the back country of S.C. about 1770. He served in the State Militia during the Revolution, was taken prisoner by the British in 1780, but with his companions made his escape, avoiding . . . Map (db m38093) HM
21South Carolina (Darlington County), Darlington — Site of First Methodist Church
The First Methodist Church was built in 1831 on land donated by Moses Sanders in 1830. This was five years before Darlington was chartered. It was a plain barn like building, not plastered or ceiled. A great revival was held in the church was held . . . Map (db m60606) HM
22South Carolina (Darlington County), Darlington — 16-16 — St. James Church
Side A This United Methodist Church was originally named Pearl Street Methodist Episcopal Church. The first trustees were Henry Brown, Abner Black, Wesley Dargan, Zeddidiah Dargan, January Felder, Randolph Hart and Rev. B. Frank Whittemore. . . . Map (db m38096) HM
23South Carolina (Darlington County), Darlington — 16-48 — Wilds-Edwards House / Samuel Hugh Wilds
[Front] This Italianate house, designed by J.L. Clickner, was built 1856-57 for planter Samuel H. Wilds (1819-1867). According to tradition Clickner returned in early 1865 as a Union soldier and persuaded his superiors not to burn the house . . . Map (db m38107) HM
24South Carolina (Darlington County), Darlington — 16-19 — Wilson Crossroads / Dr. Peter A. Wilson
Wilson Crossroads At this point the Camden-Mars Bluff road intersected the road to Darlington on property granted to the Reverend John Wilson (1790-1869) by the state of South Carolina in 1837. Wilson, a North Carolinian, settled here, and . . . Map (db m117881) HM
25South Carolina (Darlington County), Dovesville — 16 ~ 64 — Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Front This church, founded in 1869, was organized by 36 black members of nearby Black Creek Baptist Church, who received letters of dismissal to form their own congregation. Rev. William Hart, its first minister, served until his death in . . . Map (db m60602) HM
26South Carolina (Darlington County), Hartsville — 16-35 — Butler School
Butler School, located on this site since 1921, was the second public school to serve Hartsville's black community and operated for over sixty years. Known as the Darlington Co. Training School until 1939, it was renamed for Rev. Henry H. Butler, . . . Map (db m38137) HM
27South Carolina (Darlington County), Hartsville — 16-29 — Carolina Fiber Co. / Sonoco Products Company
Carolina Fiber Co. One of the first methods for producing paper from native pine wood pulp was developed by J. L. Coker, Jr. As a result, he with Maj. J. L. Coker and C. J. Woodruff formed the Carolina Fiber company, March 20, 1890, to . . . Map (db m38132) HM
28South Carolina (Darlington County), Hartsville — 16-65 — Coker's Pedigreed Seed Company /Coker Experimental Farms
(Front) This company, incorporated in 1914 by David R. Coker (1870-1938), grew out of his pioneering work breeding plants and developing high-quality seeds. At first focusing on helping Southern farmers grow superior upland cotton, it later . . . Map (db m53976) HM
29South Carolina (Darlington County), Hartsville — 16-46 — Damascus Methodist Church
The church organized as early as 1817 and known as "Wright's Meeting House, Black Creek" was the first Methodist congregation in the area. James D. Wright, an elder who was appointed "Exhorter" in 1826, preached here until his death in 1862. . . . Map (db m38139) HM
30South Carolina (Darlington County), Hartsville — 16-28 — David Robert Coker 1870-1938
Known world-wide for developing new varieties and for perfecting superior strains of agricultural crops (including cotton), Coker, for years was pres. Pedigreed Seed Co., chartered 1918. He was intendant (mayor) of Hartsville 1900-1901; member . . . Map (db m38131) HM
31South Carolina (Darlington County), Hartsville — 16-31 — Eastern Carolina Silver Company
This silver co., chartered March 5, 1907, manufactured and sold coffee and tea sets, bread trays, bowls, candelabra, and cups. J. L. Coker served as pres., W. F. Smith as vice pres., and C. W. Coker as sec. & treas. By 1908 the company had begun to . . . Map (db m38133) HM
32South Carolina (Darlington County), Hartsville — 16-34 — First Baptist Church
Side A Members of New Providence and Gum Branch Baptist churches under John L. Hart's leadership began Hartsville Baptist, the first church in town, 16 November 1850. A union Sunday school met on the site as early as July 1849. John L. Hart . . . Map (db m38136) HM
33South Carolina (Darlington County), Hartsville — 16-70 — Hartsville Graded School / Mt. Pisgah Nursery School
Hartsville Graded School The first public school for the black children of Hartsville and vicinity operated on this site from about 1900 to 1921. It was renamed Darlington County Training School in 1918. A new school was built on 6th St. south . . . Map (db m60604) HM
34South Carolina (Darlington County), Hartsville — 16-42 — Hartsville Oil Mill
Side A The Hartsville Oil Mill, founded in 1900 by J.L. Coker, D.R. Coker, and J.J. Lawton, stood here until 1993. A cotton oil mill, it crushed cottonseed to produce cooking oil; meal and cake for feed and fertilizer; and lint for stuffing . . . Map (db m38138) HM
35South Carolina (Darlington County), Hartsville — Hartsville Veterans Monument
Monument Honoring World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Persian Gulf Veterans.Map (db m60608) HM
36South Carolina (Darlington County), Hartsville — 16-8 — Jacob Kelley House
This house, home of Jacob Kelley (1780-1874), was used as a Union headquarters on March 2-3, 1865 by Major-General John E. Smith, Commander of the Third Division, Fifteenth Army Corps. During the encampment by Federal forces, the mills near Kelley . . . Map (db m38123) HM
37South Carolina (Darlington County), Hartsville — 16-27 — James Lide Coker
James L. Coker (1837-1918) came here from Society Hill ca. 1858 as a planter. While serving in the Civil War as a captain in Co. E, 6th Regiment SC Volunteers, he was seriously wounded. Promoted to major in 1864, he was a member of the SC House . . . Map (db m38129) HM
38South Carolina (Darlington County), Hartsville — 16-23 — John L. Hart / John Hart House
John L. Hart In 1845, John Lide Hart (1825-1864) bought a 491-acre plantation here. Along what is now Home Avenue, he built a carriage factory, a store, a steam-powered sawmill and grist-mill, and houses for himself and his workers. Hart also . . . Map (db m38127) HM
39South Carolina (Darlington County), Hartsville — 16-17 — Lower Fork Of Lynches Creek Baptist Church / Gum Branch Church
Lower Fork Of Lynches Creek Baptist Church This church, which probably evolved from a branch meeting house built nearby in 1770 by First Lynches Creek Church, was constituted in 1789; Joshua Palmer became minister in the same year. The church . . . Map (db m38125) HM
40South Carolina (Darlington County), Hartsville — 16-10 — Thomas E. Hart House
This house was the residence of Captain Thomas Edwards Hart, who settled on these lands in 1817, and for whom Hartsville was named. He was a Justice of the Peace, Chairman of the Board of Free Schools, planter, merchant, and was appointed first . . . Map (db m38124) HM
41South Carolina (Darlington County), Hartsville — 16-32 — Welsh Neck High School / Coker College
Welsh Neck High School The Welsh Neck Baptist Association initiated this institution as a coeducational boarding school. It opened Sept. 17, 1894, through the generosity of Maj. James Lide Coker, Civil War veteran, local industrialist, and the . . . Map (db m38134) HM
42South Carolina (Darlington County), Lamar — 16-44 — Fair Hope Presbyterian Church
This church was organized in 1872 by Harmony Presbytery with Capt. Joseph Commander (1800-1883) as its first elder. This sanctuary, built on land donated by Commander, was moved here and remodeled about 1909. Fair Hope, a founding member of the Pee . . . Map (db m38171) HM
43South Carolina (Darlington County), Lamar — 16 - 66 — John Wesley Methodist Church
(Front) This church, founded about 1865, is the first African-American church in Lamar and was long known as Lamar Colored Methodist Episcopal Church. It was organized by Rev. John Boston, a former slave who was its first minister, serving . . . Map (db m53696) HM
44South Carolina (Darlington County), Lydia — 16-53 — Lydia Rural Fire Dept.
The Lydia Rural Fire Department, the first rural fire department in this county, was organized in 1954 after fires destroyed three houses in less than a month. Its organizers met at the store and gas station owned by E. Gay Bass (1913-1997). By . . . Map (db m38172) HM
45South Carolina (Darlington County), Lydia — 16-24 — Wesley Chapel
Said to be Darlington County's oldest Methodist church, Wesley Chapel, thought to be founded in 1789, was the site of early camp meetings. By 1802, the church was known as Gully Meetinghouse and was located about 1 1/2 miles N. The site here was . . . Map (db m38169) HM
46South Carolina (Darlington County), Meadow Brook — 16-40 — Williamson's Bridge
Williamson's Bridge was built over Black Creek by 1771. In 1780 a part of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion's S.C. militia brigade – the "Pee Dee Regiment" or "Cheraws Militia" under Lt. Col. Lamuel Benton (1754-1818) – clashed with Loyalists . . . Map (db m38104) HM
47South Carolina (Darlington County), Mechanicsville — 16-4 — Evan Pugh
One half mile east of this site Evan Pugh (1729-1802) is buried at Pugh Field near his homesite. He moved to this Pee Dee section in 1762 from Pennsylvania and served as a Minister for the Welsh Neck, Cashaway, and Mount Pleasant Churches of the . . . Map (db m38140) HM
48South Carolina (Darlington County), Mechanicsville — 16-5 — Lamuel Benton
Owner of many acres north of here, Lamuel Benton was prominent in the Revolution as Colonel of the Cheraws militia under Francis Marion and as forager for Greene's Continental Army. Member S.C. House of Representatives, 1781-87; Delegate to the S.C. . . . Map (db m38141) HM
49South Carolina (Darlington County), Mont Clare — 16-57 — Mont Clare Community Center
Side A This community center, the first in Darlington County, was built in 1933 by area citizens. The land was donated by E.M. Williamson of Mont Clare Plantation, the cypress logs and other lumber were cut at T.C. Coxe’s Skufful . . . Map (db m38114) HM
50South Carolina (Darlington County), Oates — 16-33 — Laurie M. Lawson
Birthplace of L. M. Lawson (1873-1943), attorney, farmer, Methodist layman. Served in SC House 1905-10, SC Senate 1911-14, Pres. Darlington Agricultural Soc. 1938-39.Map (db m38170) HM
51South Carolina (Darlington County), Oates — 16-62 — Oates
Oates, a thriving rural community from the 1880s to the 1930s, grew up around a general store built nearby by William J. Oates (1826-1897). Oates's father James (1786-1873) had acquired a plantation here in 1824. William J. Oates, who moved to . . . Map (db m38173) HM
52South Carolina (Darlington County), Oates — 16-20 — William Andrew Dowling
Born in Darlington County in 1859, William Dowling was a descendant of Robert Dowling, who had settled in S.C. in the Parish of St. David by 1773. William served as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, 1899-1900, and was . . . Map (db m38168) HM
53South Carolina (Darlington County), Society Hill — 16-41 — Caleb Coker House
This house, built ca. 1832, was the home of Caleb Coker (1802-1869) and the birthplace of his son Maj. James Lide Coker (1837-1918), Confederate officer, industrialist, and founder of Coker College. Caleb Coker, a merchant, was also a director of . . . Map (db m38165) HM
54South Carolina (Darlington County), Society Hill — 16-2 — David Rogerson Williams
March 8, 1776-November 17, 1830 Statesman, educator, pioneer manufacturer, scientific farmer, State Senator, Congressman, Governor 1814-1816, Brigadier General in the War of 1812. His residence, "Center Hall," was ½ mile east. His grave is in . . . Map (db m38142) HM
55South Carolina (Darlington County), Society Hill — 16-47 — Execution of Adam Cusack
In August or September 1780 Major James Wemyss’s 63rd Regiment of Foot marched from Georgetown to Cheraw burning and looting Patriot houses and farms. When Adam Cusack, who ran a ferry over Black Creek, refused to take some British officers across . . . Map (db m31770) HM
56South Carolina (Darlington County), Society Hill — 16-63 — Henry C. Burn House
[Front] Henry C. Burn (1839-1912), state representative and Darlington County public servant, lived here from 1882 until his death. Burn, born in Chesterfield District, was educated at St. David’s Academy in Society Hill, then at Furman . . . Map (db m38166) HM
57South Carolina (Darlington County), Society Hill — 16-39 — Japonica Hall / Maj. J.J. Lucas
[Front] This house, built in 1896-97 and designed in the Beaux Arts style by noted S.C. architect Charles Coker Wilson, was the home of Maj. James Jonathan Lucas (1831-1914). An earlier house here, which burned in 1892, had been the home of . . . Map (db m38163) HM
58South Carolina (Darlington County), Society Hill — 16-25 — Lawrence Faulkner / Simon Brown
Lawrence Faulkner Born c.1840 and a resident of Darlington County by 1871, Lawrence Faulkner was a black school teacher, later merchant, and Society Hill's postmaster from 1877 to 1889. A trustee of nearby Union Baptist Church, Faulkner died in . . . Map (db m38159) HM
59South Carolina (Darlington County), Society Hill — 16-3 — Long Bluff
Marker Front: Long Bluff, 3/4 mile east on Great Pedee River, was the site of the first courthouse and jail for old Cheraws District in 1772. The town was known as Greeneville after the Revolution and remained the seat of justice until the . . . Map (db m31778) HM
60South Carolina (Darlington County), Society Hill — 16-58 — Society Hill Depot
Marker Front: This depot, built shortly after the Civil War, features a distinctive architectural design favored by the Cheraw & Darlington Railroad during its history as an independent line. The C & D, chartered in 1849, ran 40 miles between . . . Map (db m31773) HM
61South Carolina (Darlington County), Society Hill — 16-26 — Society Hill Library Society
[Front] On June 5, 1822, twelve men paid $20 each to purchase books for a library. These men were J. J. Evans; David and Elias Gregg; D. R. W., J. K. and T. E. McIver; Thomas Smith; Alexander Sparks; D. R. and J. N. Williams; J. F. Wilson; . . . Map (db m38160) HM
62South Carolina (Darlington County), Society Hill — 16-36 — Society Hill Presbyterian Church
[Front] Was organized August 12, 1891 with 17 charter members, by a commission of the Pee Dee Presbytery under Revs. J. G. Law, J. G. Richards, and W. B. Corbett. Elders H. A. Womack and J. S. McCall and deacon L .M. Crosswell were appointed . . . Map (db m38162) HM
63South Carolina (Darlington County), Society Hill — 16-9 — St. David's Academy
The St. David's Society, organized in 1777 and chartered in 1778, built the first public academy in St. David's Parish ¾ mile northeast in 1786. Alexander McIntosh, George Hicks, Abel Kolb, William Pegues, and Thomas Evans were early officers. The . . . Map (db m38143) HM
64South Carolina (Darlington County), Society Hill — 16-30 — Trinity Church
This Episcopal church, located about 800 ft. N., was incorporated 1833. Early members associated with the church are said to have been from the Dewitt, Edwards, Evans, Hanford, Hawes, McCollough, Williams and Witherspoon families. In 1834 the . . . Map (db m41415) HM
65South Carolina (Darlington County), Society Hill — 16-13 — Welsh Neck Church
Side A This church, the pioneer center of Baptist influence in the area, was constituted January 1738 by Welsh from Pennsylvania and was originally located about two miles northeast of here. The first pastor was Philip James. It was . . . Map (db m38144) HM
66South Carolina (Darlington County), Society Hill — 16-21 — Zachariah W. Wines
Black merchant and educator Zachariah Wines, born 1847 in Society Hill, represented Darlington County in the S.C. House 1876-78 and was commissioned Captain in the National Guard by Gov. Wade Hampton in 1877. He taught at nearby Waddell School and . . . Map (db m38158) HM
67South Carolina (Darlington County), Springville — 16-55 — John L. Hart House
[Front] This house was built ca. 1856 for John Lide Hart (1825-1864), merchant and Confederate officer. Hart, who lived in Hartsville, named for his father Thomas E. Hart, founded a carriage and harness factory there in 1851. In 1853 he and . . . Map (db m38112) HM
68South Carolina (Darlington County), Springville — 16-56 — John Westfield Lide House
Side A This Greek Revival house was built ca. 1840 for John Westfield Lide (1794-1858), planter and state representative. Lide, the son of Maj. Robert Lide and Mary Westfield Holloway Lide, was a member of the third graduating class at S.C. . . . Map (db m38113) HM
69South Carolina (Darlington County), Timmonsville — 16-14 — Augustin Wilson
Augustin Wilson, whose grave is about 150 ft. E. and marked by a partially embedded cannon barrel, was born 1755 in Va. During the American Revolution, he served with N.C. troops protecting S.C. against Tories and Indians and as an Ensign at the . . . Map (db m38167) HM
May. 11, 2021