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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Darlington, South Carolina
Location of Darlington, South Carolina
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|[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|
| 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|
|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|
| 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|
|(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|
| 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|
| 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|
| 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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
| 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|
|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|
|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|
|[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|
| 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|
|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|
| 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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
| 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|
|[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|
| 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|