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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Chester County, South Carolina

Clickable Map of Chester 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> Chester County, SC (42) Fairfield County, SC (34) Lancaster County, SC (56) Union County, SC (41) York County, SC (145)  ChesterCounty(42) Chester County (42)  FairfieldCounty(34) Fairfield County (34)  LancasterCounty(56) Lancaster County (56)  UnionCounty(41) Union County (41)  YorkCounty(145) York County (145)
Chester is the county seat for Chester County
Adjacent to Chester County, South Carolina
      Fairfield County (34)  
      Lancaster County (56)  
      Union County (41)  
      York County (145)  
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1South Carolina (Chester County), Beckhamville — 12-6 — Alexander's Old Fields
The skirmish which took place here at Alexander's Old Fields, now Beckhamville, on June 6, 1780, was the first victory for S.C. Patriots after the fall of Charleston. A band of Whigs under the command of Captain John McClure attacked and routed . . . Map (db m13688) HM
2South Carolina (Chester County), Beckhamville — Battle Of BeckhamvilleMay 1780
. . . Map (db m13689) HM
3South Carolina (Chester County), Blackstock — Burrel Hemphill
In memory of Burrel Hemphill killed by Union Soldiers Feb. 1865 although a slave he gave his life rather than betray a trust He was a member of HopewellMap (db m81337) HM
4South Carolina (Chester County), Blackstock — 12-1 — Catholic Presbyterian ChurchOne Mile South
Divergent Presbyterian groups held services in this area as early as 1759. Rev. William Richardson, active in the area, is credited with unifying and naming them in 1770. The cemetery contains many graves of Revolutionary and Confederate . . . Map (db m13687) HM
5South Carolina (Chester County), Catawba — A Nest with a Bird's-Eye View
Main Text When people look for a home, one consideration is convenience to a grocery store. The bald eagles that nest here had something similar in mind: access to their favorite food - fish - in the Catawba River. When keen eyes on a handy . . . Map (db m95437) HM
6South Carolina (Chester County), Catawba — Landsford Canal State Park Trails
Canal Trail (orange) This trail is an easy 1.25 miles one way, starting from either the Park Office parking or the south entrance parking area. Total round-trip time is about 2 hours. The trail follows Landsford Canal, which was built in the . . . Map (db m95432) HM
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7South Carolina (Chester County), Catawba — The Dam
As a boat approached the canal traveling south on the Catawba River, the patroon, or river boat pilot, first saw the diversion dam. The dam consisted of piles of loose stone on the river bottom. The dam projected from the bank at roughly forty . . . Map (db m13722) HM
8South Carolina (Chester County), Catawba — Welcome to Landsford Canal State Park
Landsford Canal is located along the banks of the Catawba River in the South Carolina Piedmont. Because this region sits atop a fall line, it features changes in elevation that produce shoals and rapids. In the 19th century, merchants bypassed . . . Map (db m95431) HM
9South Carolina (Chester County), Chester — Aaron Burr Rock
In 1806 Aaron Burr, while passing through Chester a prisoner, dismounted on this rock and appealed in vain to the citizens for help.Map (db m14273) HM
10South Carolina (Chester County), Chester — Blaser Building (1871-1874)
The following jewelry stores have occupied the lower floor of this building; Brandts, Robinsons, Royals, & Runyans. The original clock tower has been removed. From 1820 to 1853, two courthouses (one wooden & one rock) stood in front. The town . . . Map (db m94952) HM
11South Carolina (Chester County), Chester — 12-10 — Brainerd Institute
This institute grew out of an 1866 school for freedmen; it became Brainerd Institute in 1868 when the Board of Missions of the Presbyterian Church in New York appointed Rev. Samuel Loomis to help establish churches and schools among the blacks near . . . Map (db m14280) HM
12South Carolina (Chester County), Chester — Chester Confederate Monument
[South Side] C.S.A. This monument guards the memory of the men of Chester District who obeying the call of their state died for the Confederate cause. U.D.C. Time may crumble this marble into dust but time can not dim their . . . Map (db m14269) WM
13South Carolina (Chester County), Chester — 12-9 — Chester County Courthouse
This courthouse, built in 1852, was designed by Edward Brickell White (1802-1888) of Charleston, whose work was greatly influenced by Robert Mills. Additions by Alfred D. Gilchrist of Rock Hill in 1896 and 1928 included three-story rear wings and a . . . Map (db m14276) HM
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14South Carolina (Chester County), Chester — Chester County Courthouse (1825-1855)
Chester County's fifth courthouse replaced three others in the city & the first courthouse was located (1785-1791) at John Walker's House in the Lewis Community. In 1928, the 3-story rear wings were added, & in 1975 interior renovation[s] . . . Map (db m94944) HM
15South Carolina (Chester County), Chester — Chester Hotel Building (1866-1876)
The chief hotel, was in operation as early as 1835 & stood on this site. Other hotels have been located here. Portions of this building date as early as 1854.Map (db m94951) HM
16South Carolina (Chester County), Chester — Chester Lodge World War II Marker1941-1945
Proudly we pay tribute to the members of our organization who answered the call to the colors in World War II Jake S. Colvin, Jr. T.W. Barrett, Horace R. Harris Charles M. Bell, Robert R. Ritchie John A. Crosby, Dewey O. Snead . . . Map (db m94954) WM
17South Carolina (Chester County), Chester — Chester State Park
About Chester State Park Chester State Park has been a local haven for retreat and recreation since it was built by the men of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the late 1930s during the Great Depression. Nestled in 523 secluded acres . . . Map (db m94827) HM
18South Carolina (Chester County), Chester — Colonel Robert Patton1737-1807 — Revolutionary War Soldier and Patriot —
SC Militia under General Thomas Sumter Justice of the Peace Tax Inquirer & Collector Member Committee of Elections Member, 1st & 2nd Provincial Congresses Member, General AssembliesMap (db m13767) HM
19South Carolina (Chester County), Chester — Confederate Parrott Field Rifle Model 1863Parrott Rifle Property of the Chester County Historical Society
This War Between the States era cannon is one of four similar cannon discovered February 1986, on the grounds of Calvary Baptist Church, Chester, S.C. All four cannon were spiked with shells and each had the trunnions and cascabel knobs broken . . . Map (db m94942) HM
20South Carolina (Chester County), Chester — Confederate Parrott Field Rifle Model 1863Parrott Rifle Property of the Chester County Historical Society
This War Between the States era cannon is one of four similar cannon discovered February 1986, on the grounds of Calvary Baptist Church, Chester, S.C. All four cannon were spiked with shells and each had the trunnions and cascabel knobs broken . . . Map (db m94946) HM
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21South Carolina (Chester County), Chester — Davega Building
. . . Map (db m94950) HM
22South Carolina (Chester County), Chester — 12-7 / 291 — Fishing Creek ChurchAmerican Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Site
Presbyterian church reportedly est. 1752. Present building, enclosed with brick in 1958, dates from 1785. Cemetery contains pioneer settlers and veterans of many wars.Map (db m121921) HM
23South Carolina (Chester County), Chester — Fishing Creek Confederate Monument
In Memory of Our Confederate Dead.Map (db m13796) HM
24South Carolina (Chester County), Chester — Fishing Creek Revolutionary / Confederate War Memorial
[Front Side]1775-1781 Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Fishing Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery [List of Names] [Reverse Side] 1861-1865 In Memoriam Confederate Veterans Buried in Fishing Creek Pres. Cemetery [List . . . Map (db m13794) HM
25South Carolina (Chester County), Chester — Monument Square
Historic downtown Chester, established as the county seat in 1971, features the Confederate Monument, Cistern, Civil War Cannon, and Aaron Burr Rock landmarks. This area, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, still serves as a hub of . . . Map (db m14267) HM
26South Carolina (Chester County), Chester — Original Site of Purity Presbyterian Church
Original Site of Purity Presbyterian Church Organized 1787 Moved to Chesterville 1839 Erected by Old Purity Society 1939Map (db m58902) HM
27South Carolina (Chester County), Chester — Reverend John Simpson
[Front Side] In Memory of The Reverend John Simpson 1740-1808 Wife Mary Remer 1743-1812 Minister Educator Soldier Patriot Married 1765- New Jersey Graduated Princeton College with high honors 1768 Studied . . . Map (db m13799) HM
28South Carolina (Chester County), Chester — World War Soldiers
Dedicated November 11, 1932 to the memory of the boys who entered the service of their country from Chester County and who gave their lives in the World War Names on marker front: Robert L. Atkinson Walter Campbell . . . Map (db m14279) HM
29South Carolina (Chester County), Fort Lawn — Culvert
At several points along its path, the canal crossed natural streams flowing toward the river. To avoid damage to the fragile canal bed, the streams were channeled under the canals through culverts. This arch culvert consisted of a wing wall on the . . . Map (db m13740) HM
30South Carolina (Chester County), Fort Lawn — Footbridge
Not far from the Guardlock, the canal passed under a wooden bridge. Cut stone abutments on each bank supported the simple wooden truss structure. This was the first of four bridges that crossed the canal on it two mile path beside the river. The . . . Map (db m13739) HM
31South Carolina (Chester County), Fort Lawn — Great Indian Warrior Trading Path(The Great Philadelphia Wagon Road)
The most heavily traveled road in Colonial America passed through here, linking areas from the Great Lakes to Augusta, GA. Laid on ancient animal and Native American Trading/ Warrior Paths. Indian treaties among the Governors of NY, PA, & VA and the . . . Map (db m13719) HM
32South Carolina (Chester County), Fort Lawn — 12-4 — Home Site of Justice John Gaston
Two miles south, at Cedar Shoals on the south side of Fishing Creek, was the home of John Gaston, Esq., Justice of the Peace under both the Royal and State governments. Though advanced in years, he was the leading spirit in arousing resistance to . . . Map (db m13758) HM
33South Carolina (Chester County), Fort Lawn — 12-5 — Landsford / Landsford In The Revolution
[Front Side] Located about 4 mi. E., this ford, an early Indian crossing, was probably named for Thomas Land who received a nearby land grant from the Crown in 1775. Used by Patriot and British armies during the American Revolution. Later . . . Map (db m13757) HM
34South Carolina (Chester County), Fort Lawn — Landsford Canal
A vital link in South Carolina's internal improvements program of the 1820's, the canal stands as a monument to the following men who typified the South Carolina spirit during this first great era of public works building: William R. Davie, . . . Map (db m13720) HM
35South Carolina (Chester County), Fort Lawn — Mill Complex
Near its halfway point, the canal passed the mill complex built by William Richardson Davie around 1810. This mill sawed lumber and ground grain, both by use of water power. A waste weir at the entrance to the complex regulated the level of water in . . . Map (db m13744) HM
36South Carolina (Chester County), Fort Lawn — The Canal Bed
It is this upper section of the canal that has best survived periodic flooding in tact. The canal bed is not always straight but curves in several places to follow the contour of a natural hill. By cutting into the hill along a constant level and . . . Map (db m13745) HM
37South Carolina (Chester County), Fort Lawn — The Guardlock
During the Nineteenth Century the rivers of South Carolina Piedmont were notorious for flooding. This lock was used to safely lower boats into the canal when high river levels threatened to damage the banks and structures. During periods of normal . . . Map (db m13723) HM
38South Carolina (Chester County), Great Falls — 12-3 — Battle of Fishing Creek
At this site on August 18, 1780 General Thomas Sumter camped with captured booty and 800 men. He was surprised and defeated by Lt. Col. Tarleton and 160 soldiers. The disaster followed only two days General Gate's defeat by Lord Cornwallis at . . . Map (db m13690) HM
39South Carolina (Chester County), Leeds — 12-2 — Battle of Fishdam Ford
On the east side of Broad River by an old Indian fish dam, General Thomas Sumter's camp was attacked before dawn on November 9, 1780 by the British 63rd Regiment and a detachment of the Legion, led by Major James Wemyss. The American campfires . . . Map (db m13685) HM
40South Carolina (Chester County), Leeds — Fish Dam Battle Ground
To mark Fish Dam Battle Ground Nov. 8, 1780 between Gen. Sumter, American, Maj. Wemyss, British. Won by Americans.Map (db m13686) HM WM
41South Carolina (Chester County), Lowrys — “Thirteen Original Colonies Bicentennial Covered Wagon Train”
Front The state of Pennsylvania authorized the “Thirteen Original Colonies Bicentennial Covered Wagon Train” as an official Bicentennial project. It was one of five such trains that traveled across the country to reach Valley . . . Map (db m55707) HM
42South Carolina (Chester County), Rodman — Wilbur G. Grant Reservoir of Chester Metropolitan District
Dedicated by resolution of the Commission in recognition of the work and service of Senator Wilbur G. Grant in making possible this Reservoir and water system, for the people of Chester County. E.J. Fowler, Chairman; Robert H. King, Secretary; . . . Map (db m55723) HM
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Dec. 6, 2022