American Revolution Patriot
To the Memory of 1764 Huguenot Immigrant
Who Died in 1814
Age 75 Years
Born near Bordeaux, France. Was one of group under the leadership of the Reverend Jean Louis Gilbert, who, . . . — — Map (db m11650) HM
Lethe Agricultural Seminary, founded 1797, was moved to this site in 1918 when it became a state school with the name changed to John De La Howe. A granite building with all facilities was built in sections from 1919 through 1925. Trustees . . . — — Map (db m9408) HM
On State Highway 81 at Moss Avenue (Road 196), on the left when traveling west on State Highway 81.
One half mile west is the pioneer home of Andre Guillebeau, a member of the original Huguenot group which settled New Bordeaux in 1764, having fled from the persecution in France under the leadership of the Reverend Jean Louis . . . — — Map (db m9377) HM
On Branch Road at State Highway 81, on the right when traveling north on Branch Road.
John De La Howe
Dr. John De La Howe, a French physician, came to South Carolina in 1764 and settled in the New Bordeaux community by the 1760s. His will left most of his estate, including Lethe Plantation, to the Agricultural Society of South . . . — — Map (db m9406) HM
The establishment of John de la Howe School, the second oldest institution in the Carolinas, is one of the first examples of individual philanthropy that is found in the history of child-caring institution in the United States. The purpose of Dr. . . . — — Map (db m20887) HM
Established in 1987 through the cooperative efforts of John de la Howe School and Clemson University with support from Governor Carroll A. Campbell, Jr., and the South Carolina General Assembly to provide free enterprise experiences in a . . . — — Map (db m20907) HM
Lethe Farm was a colonial and early federal period plantation owned by Dr. John de la Howe, founder of John de la Howe School. The farm was operated from about 1770 until 1806.
An archeological survey and limited test excavations were . . . — — Map (db m9411) HM
On SC Road 33-7, on the right when traveling north.
The town of New Bordeaux, the last of seven French Huguenot colonies founded in colonial S.C. and the only one in the upcountry, was established 1 mi. E in 1764. After Protestants fleeing religious persecution in France . . . — — Map (db m51286) HM
Constructed between 1946-1954, Thurmond Dam is the first hydropower project to be built on the Savannah River. Behind it lies one of the largest Corps of Engineer lakes east of the Mississippi.
The Thurmond Dam powerhouse contains seven . . . — — Map (db m42118) HM
The devastating flood of 1888 was one of several along the Savannah River in the 1800s. Altogether, they prompted the decision to build the Clarks Hill Dam and Lake, renamed the J. Strom Thurmond Dam and Lake in 1987. Authorized by the Flood . . . — — Map (db m42130) HM
Thurmond Dam and Lake
A Magnificent Recreation and Energy Resource
J. Strom Thurmond Dam and Lake offers a variety of recreational activities. You may enjoy boating, swimming and fishing on Thurmond Lake, the largest U.S. Army Corps of . . . — — Map (db m42127) HM
On Savannah River Scenic Byway (State Highway 28) at Barksdale Ferry Road (County Route S-33-61), on the left when traveling west on Savannah River Scenic Byway.
Three miles west is the site of "Badwell," home of James Louis Petigru (1789-1863), leader of opposition to secession in South Carolina, outstanding Charleston lawyer, and S.C. Attorney General. He studied at Willington Academy under . . . — — Map (db m11456) HM
On State Highway 28 at Old Charleston Road (Road 33), on the left when traveling south on State Highway 28.
About four miles southeast is the site of the American Revolutionary Battle of Long Cane. On December 12, 1780, Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Allen and a British force of 400-500 men defeated Colonel Elijah Clarke and 100 Americans, an advanced . . . — — Map (db m9418) HM
The first Bethany Meeting House was erected by 1809 on the old Edgefield-Abbeville Stagecoach Road midway between Hard Labor and Cuffey Town Creeks. Bethany Baptist Church was constituted in December 1809, with Amos Dubose as pastor. The present . . . — — Map (db m9430) HM
To persons familiar with the history of McCormick, the Dorn Mill stands as a symbol of the influence of the Dorn family in the region. It rests on land previously owned by Gold Mine "Billy" Dorn and Cyrus McCormick, inventor of the reaper.
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On North Mine Street, on the left when traveling south. Reported missing.
Built ca. 1899, this steam-powered mill employed a milling process pioneered earlier by inventor Oliver Evans, which virtually eliminated manual labor. First known as the McCormick Enterprise Ginnery, the mill became the Dorn-Finley . . . — — Map (db m11396) HM
On U.S. 378 at Holiday Road (State Highway S-33-7), on the left when traveling west on U.S. 378.
Edmunds Family History
Burial Ground 1.3 Miles S.E. —›
Will Tom Edmunds, Pres.
Joe F. Edmunds, Vice Pres.
Robert J. Edmunds, Sec. & Treas.
Mary Edmunds, Historian
The first record is of . . . — — Map (db m41791) HM
McCormick County: Gem of the Freshwater Coast
McCormick County was named or Cyrus McCormick, a 19th century agricultural equipment inventor, who purchased Dorn's Gold Mine (Town of McCormick) after the Civil War. While it is one of the last . . . — — Map (db m11398) HM
On Augusta Street Extension (State Highway S-33-54) 0.1 miles south of Mine Street (U.S. 221).
In Honor of the
This monument perpetuates
the memory of those who,
true to the instincts of
their birth, faithful to the
teachings of their fathers,
constant in their love . . . — — Map (db m14888) HM
On North Main Street just north of West Augusta Street, on the right when traveling north.
Local oral history states these steps were used by passengers disembarking from passenger trains until the 1950’s. Liveried porters assisted with baggage. (View a second set of steps 127 feet to left.) — — Map (db m196927) HM
Baker Creek State Park is managed as a Regional Park property because this core constituency is from the local region. Located in the heart of Sumter National Forest near McCormick, South Carolina, on the shores of Strom Thurmond Lake, this . . . — — Map (db m41690) HM
Near Key Road, 1.5 miles north of Turkey Road, on the left when traveling north.
Adapt and Reuse
You are standing on Key Bridge, a 122-foot steel one-lane pin-connected Pratt through-truss bridge. Originally built in 1912, Key Bridge carried travelers from Augusta to Liberty Hill, probably in one of Henry Ford's first . . . — — Map (db m198777) HM
Near Key Road, 1.5 miles north of Turkey Road, on the left when traveling north.
A Tale of Three Bridges
From the early days of horse-drawn carriages to the days of motor vehicles, at least three generations of bridges have spanned Turkey Creek.
As early as 1817, maps such as this one show a road and bridge crossing . . . — — Map (db m198778) HM
Near Mt. Carmel Road (State Highway 823) at State Highway 40. Reported missing.
Built ca. 1854 on a mill site in use since the 1770s, this large brick building on Little River was used for grinding corn, wheat, and other grains. A post office and various commercial enterprises operated near the mill during the 1800s. The . . . — — Map (db m18890) HM
Less than a mile from this point, close to the Georgia shoreline of Lake Thurmond, lays the remains of Fort Charlotte now 50 feet under water. Named after the wife of King George III, Fort Charlotte was a British fort built in 1766. It was . . . — — Map (db m168566) HM
On Mt. Carmel Road (State Highway 823) near Old Charleston Road. Reported missing.
Driven from the area at the start of the Cherokee War, settlers from Long Canes returned in the fall of 1760 and, under the protection of a party of Chickasaw Indians, reclaimed the land by building Fort Boone near here. — — Map (db m25200) HM
On Main Street (State Highway 81) at State Highway 33-91 on Main Street.
6.6 miles southwest are the ruins of Fort Charlotte, built of local stone, 1765-1767, to protect the French, British, and German settlements near Long Canes. Maj. James Mayson's seizure of it, defended by Capt. George Whitfield and Lieut. St. . . . — — Map (db m9185) HM
On Main Street (State Highway 81) at State Highway 95, on the right when traveling north on Main Street.
Mount Carmel, located on the northwestern portion of McCormick County, takes visitors on a trip back in time. The Mount Carmel Historic District is a picturesque example of a late 19th century village.
In the early 1880s Mount Carmel turned . . . — — Map (db m11665) HM
Three miles west is the site of an attack by Cherokee Indians upon settlers of Long Canes in the Cherokee War of 1759-1761. There on February 1, 1760, about 150 settlers, refugeeing to Augusta, were overtaken by 100 Cherokee warriors. . . . — — Map (db m11640) HM
On State Highway 81 at Morrah Bridge Road (County Route 39), on the left when traveling north on State Highway 81.
Three miles southwest is "Cherry Hill," site of the home of George McDuffie (1790-1851), orator of nullification, member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, Major General of the State Militia, and Governor of . . . — — Map (db m11461) HM
On SC Highway 81, on the right when traveling north.
The community of Willington is significant as a reminder of the role of the railroad in community development in rural South Carolina at the close of the nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth century. During this period Willington was . . . — — Map (db m11458) HM
Two miles southwest is the site of the famous classical academy which was established in 1804 by Rev. Moses Waddel, D.D., one of the greatest educators of his day. Here from 1804-1819 he taught hundreds of ambitious boys of great potentiality who . . . — — Map (db m9373) HM