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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Florence, South Carolina

Clickable Map of Florence 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> Florence County, SC (74) Clarendon County, SC (61) Darlington County, SC (69) Dillon County, SC (24) Lee County, SC (24) Marion County, SC (24) Marlboro County, SC (39) Sumter County, SC (67) Williamsburg County, SC (29)  FlorenceCounty(74) Florence County (74)  ClarendonCounty(61) Clarendon County (61)  DarlingtonCounty(69) Darlington County (69)  DillonCounty(24) Dillon County (24)  LeeCounty(24) Lee County (24)  MarionCounty(24) Marion County (24)  MarlboroCounty(39) Marlboro County (39)  SumterCounty(67) Sumter County (67)  WilliamsburgCounty(29) Williamsburg County (29)
Florence is the county seat for Florence County
Florence is in Florence County
      Florence County (74)  
      Clarendon County (61)  
      Darlington County (69)  
      Dillon County (24)  
      Lee County (24)  
      Marion County (24)  
      Marlboro County (39)  
      Sumter County (67)  
      Williamsburg County (29)  
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1South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — A National Cemetery System
Civil War Dead An estimated 700,000 Union and Confederate soldiers died in the Civil War between April 1861 and April 1865. As the death toll rose, the U.S. government struggled with the urgent but unplanned need to bury fallen Union . . . Map (db m149425) HM
2South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — A National Cemetery SystemFlorence National Cemetery
Civil War Dead An estimated 700,000 Union and Confederate soldiers died in the Civil War between April 1861 and April 1865. As the death toll rose, the U.S. government struggled with the urgent but unplanned need to bury fallen Union . . . Map (db m149953) HM
3South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — All Gave Some – Some Gave All
All Gave Some – Some Gave All This building will forever serve as a monument to those who proudly served and protected their country. Dedicated by Florence County Council Roger M. Poston . . . Map (db m149486) WM
4South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Alone With MemoriesFlorence Veterans Park
This monument is presented to the people of Florence for their exceptional hospitality and kindness. Sculpted in memory of my parents - Fannie and Marcus Palkovich Survivors of Concentration Camps Auschwitz and Mauthausen and . . . Map (db m149808) WM
5South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — 21-29 — American Legion Post #1 / 2nd Lieutenant Fred H. Sexton
American Legion Post #1 This post, organized in May 1919 and chartered by national headquarters in June 1919, was the first American Legion post in S.C. Florence County veterans J.D. Smyser, R.B. Fulton, and N.S. Lachicotte represented S.C. at . . . Map (db m38025) HM
6South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — 21-26 — Atomic Bomb Accident at Mars Bluff, March 11, 1958
In 1958, in the midst of the Cold War, the U.S. Air Force accidentally dropped an atomic bomb near here. The unarmed 7,600-lb., 10'8"-long bomb was aboard a B-47E bomber on a training mission headed for England. Its high-explosive trigger detonated . . . Map (db m132036) HM
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7South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Brooke Rifled Cannon, VI.4-inch
Brooke Rifled Cannon, VI.4-inch S-53 1864 Confederate Naval Foundry & Ordnance Works Selma, Alabama 10,600 pounds 142” length On loan from United States General Services Administration The VI.4-inch Brooke has been . . . Map (db m168230) HM
8South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Brooke Rifled Cannon, VII-inch
Brooke rifled cannon, VII-inch S-46 1864 Confederate Naval Foundry & Ordnance Works Selma, Alabama 15,000 pounds 147" lenght On loan from United States General Services Administration Seven-inch Brooke rifled . . . Map (db m150036) HM
9South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — CarillonFlorence National Cemetery
AMVETS dedicated this Carillon as a living memorial to America’s Veterans who served their country honorably for the cause of freedom June 6, 1987 Florence National Cemetery Florence South Carolina “… As these . . . Map (db m149439) WM
10South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — 21 10 — Christ Episcopal Church
Marker front: First organized as a chapel in 1843 by the Rev. N.P. Tillinghast of Trinity Church, Society Hill, this church was formally established as Christ Church, Mars Bluff, in 1856. The Rev. Augustus Moore, who took over the chapel in . . . Map (db m20488) HM
11South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — 21 47 — Civil Rights Sit-Ins
(side 1) On March 3-4, 1960, members of the Florence Youth branch of the NAACP staged protest demonstrations here at the former S.H. Kress store. Wilson H.S. students marched from Trinity Baptist Church to sit at the store's lunch counter, . . . Map (db m209477) HM
12South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Civil War Union Burials
(Front): One each side of this marker lie the remains of approximately 2300 Union soldiers who died as prisoners in the Florence Prison Stockade, between September 1864 and February 1865. The Stockade was located across Cemetery Street on . . . Map (db m45963) HM
13South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Dahlgren, IX-inch
Dahlgren, IX-inch FP 573 1862 Fort Pitt Foundry Pittsburg, Pennsylvania 9,000 pounds 131.5” length On loan from United States General Services Administration This IX-inch Dahlgren smooth-bore cannon, . . . Map (db m150034) HM
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14South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Desert Storm
To the men and women who answered the call DESERT STORM 1991Map (db m52248) WM
15South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — 21-5 — Ebenezer Church
Side A In January of 1778 Ebenezer Baptist Church was constituted by pioneer minister Evan Pugh and Richard Furman, for whom Furman University is named. Admitted to the Charleston Baptist Association in 1778, the church was incorporated in . . . Map (db m38022) HM
16South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — 21-19 — Florence Depot (1852) / Wilmington & Manchester RR
Florence Depot The original depot named Florence was built here in 1852, where the Wilmington & Manchester RR crossed present-day Hoffmeyer Rd. It was named for Florence Harllee (1848-1927), daughter of the railroad's president, William W. . . . Map (db m38023) HM
17South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Florence National Cemetery
The Florence National Cemetery established in 1865 is this day re-dedicated to the memory of all the patriotic men and women who answered their country's call to service their inspiring contribution will help preserve in the . . . Map (db m45967) HM
18South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Florence National Cemetery
National Cemetery In 1865, the U.S. Army quartermaster general designated the original 3.76-acre prison cemetery as Florence National Cemetery. It contains not only the bodies of Union prisoners who died in Florence, but soldiers removed . . . Map (db m149474) HM
19South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Florence National Cemetery
Florence Prison Stockade In early September 1864, General William Tecumseh Sherman's Union army took Atlanta and came within striking range of the large Confederate prison at Andersonville, Georgia. he Confederate government responded to . . . Map (db m149984) HM
20South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Florence Stockade Monument
This boulder was placed here by the United Daughters of the Confederacy of Florence, S.C. January 27, 1947 To record the fact that directly south of this spot was situated a stockade where 6,500 Federal prisoners were . . . Map (db m45962) HM
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21South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Florence Veterans Park
Florence Veterans Park Dedicated November 11, 2008 to all Pee Dee area veterans who have proudly served in the United States Armed Forces. Committee Members In recognition of their vision and commitment to this worthy project. Rick Walden, . . . Map (db m52256) HM
22South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Francis Marion Memorial Highway
Erected in 1971 by the state of South Carolina as a memorial to General Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox" whose guerrilla war tactics during American Revolution made him the chief scourge of the British in eastern South CarolinaMap (db m52273) HM
23South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Gold Star Family MonumentFlorence Veterans Park
The Gold Star Family Monument recognizes the pain, grief, and agony that Gold Star Family members endure with the death of a parent, child, spouse, sibling, or other loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the United States . . . Map (db m149949) WM
24South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Guns of the CSS Peedeecast iron - 1860s
During the Civil War, the Confederate Navy operated a large and well-guarded shipyard on the east bank of the great Pee Dee River at Mars Bluff, Marion County. The largest vessel constructed at the site was the 150 ft. wooden gunship CSS Peedee, . . . Map (db m149488) HM
25South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Henry Timrod
Henry Timrod 1828 ~ 1867 Poet Laureate of the Confederacy ~ * ~Within this building he taught, among others, “Katie,” later to become his wife.Map (db m54612) HM
26South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — 21-15 — Hewn-Timber Cabins
The African Americans who built the two hewn-timber cabins that stand 200 yds. S. on Wallace Woods Road were brought to Mars Bluff as slaves in 1836. They lived in these cabins on the cotton plantation of J. Eli Gregg, in what was then Marion . . . Map (db m18203) HM
27South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Home SafeFlorence Veterans Park
Dedicated to the men and women who have served in our nation’s Armed Forces and to their families who have provided fidelity and loving support. Home Safe was designed and sculpted by Florence resident and internationally . . . Map (db m149714) WM
28South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — 21-25 — Hopewell Presbyterian Church
Front This church, organized ca. 1770, is the first Presbyterian church in what is now Florence County. Many of its founding families came to S.C. from Scotland and Ireland. The first church here, a frame building, stood across Old River . . . Map (db m37328) HM
29South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — KoreaFlorence Veterans Park
In Honor of All Korean War Veterans Pusan • Inchon • Chosin Reservoir • Pork Chop Hill Old Baldy • Outpost Harry, and Heartbreak Ridge Were All Crucial Battles Where Brave Men and Women Served in the Treacherous . . . Map (db m149698) WM
30South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — 21-1 — Moses S. Haynsworth
Born in Darlington District in 1845, this Confederate War veteran witnessed the firing attack on the Union steamer Star of the West, as it attempted to reinforce Ft. Sumter Jan. 9, 1861. He participated in skirmishes at Tullifinny River near . . . Map (db m38019) HM
31South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — 21-23 — Pisgah Methodist Church
Side A This church, founded in 1806 in what was Darlington District until Florence County was founded in 1888, grew out of an early Methodist “Society.” Rev. Thomas Humphries (d. 1820), who served this and other area circuits, . . . Map (db m38024) HM
32South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — POW✯MIA
(Front): In honor of all American Prisoners of War and Missing in Action Dedicated by Rolling Thunder® South Carolina Chapter 4 Florence 2008 (Reverse): POW✯MIA emblem, WWI, . . . Map (db m52250) HM
33South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Purple Heart Recipients
In honor of Purple Heart Recipients They paid for our freedom with blood. All gave some, some gave all.Map (db m52252) HM
34South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — September 11, 2001
This monument contains limestone damaged in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. It was recovered from the west facade of the Pentagon and is placed in remembrance of the 2,977 individuals killed in the attacks on our homeland. 184 perished at . . . Map (db m52253) WM
35South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Ship’s BellUSS South Carolina (BB 26) — Florence Veterans Park —
The Dreadnaught Battleship USS South Carolina (BB 26) was in service from 1 July 1908 – 15 Dec 1921. She was the third of four ships that have been named for the Palmetto State. During the early part of World War I, the USS South Carolina . . . Map (db m166867) HM WM
36South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — The Cruiser Pee Dee, C.S.N.
Front The Cruiser Pee Dee, C. S. N. Built C.S.N. Navy Yard, Pee Dee, S. C. 1864 Burned to avoid capture March 15, 1865. “No Nation rose so white and fair, None fell so pure of crime.” Reverse Boulder Donated by . . . Map (db m54660) HM
37South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — The Marine Corps League of Florence, SC
Uncommon valor was a common virtue. United States Marine Corps established Nov. 10, 1775 Detachment 410 chartered Oct. 14, 1977 Monument dedicated May 1, 2010 The Julian D. Dusenbury MCL detachment 410 honors all Marines who served . . . Map (db m52249) HM
38South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — U.S. Navy MonumentFlorence Veterans Park
Department of the Navy United States of America To the Men and Women of the United States Navy Fair Winds and Following SeasMap (db m150281) WM
39South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — United States Air Force MemorialFlorence Veterans Park
Let this monument serve as a reminder of the men and women who have served in our nation’s Air Force. Their loyalty and their sacrifice will never be forgotten.Map (db m149759) WM
40South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — United States Army MonumentFlorence Veterans Park
Loyalty ★ Duty ★ Respect ★ Selfless Service ★ Honor ★ Integrity ★ Personal Courage Map (db m150046) WM
41South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — United States Merchant Marine MonumentFlorence Veterans Park
“In Honor of the Thousands of Merchant Mariners for Faithful and Dedicated Service to the United States of America” Map (db m150040) WM
42South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — US Coast Guard MonumentFlorida Veterans Park
Dedicated to the Men and Women of the United States Coast Guard Semper Paratus Always Prepared US Coast Guard Cutter Comanche (WPG-76) Anchor • The 165-foot “A” class cutter, Comanche, was . . . Map (db m149928) WM
43South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Vietnam Veterans MonumentFlorence Veterans Park
Dedicated To Those Who Served In Vietnam 1955 1975 Reverse: Each Star Represents 1000 Fallen Americans Map (db m149706) WM
44South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — 21-2 — William Gee
A veteran of the Revolution, William Gee served as a private with the Continental Line of N.C. and moved to this area before 1797. He was one of the original members of the Washington Society, organized in 1803 to establish an academy on Jeffries . . . Map (db m38021) HM
45South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — 21 21 — William H. Johnson Birthplace
Marker Front: William Henry Johnson (1901-1970), one of the most important African-American artists of the 20th century, was born nearby on Cox Street. His family later lived on the corner of Cheves and Kemp Streets. In 1918, at the age of . . . Map (db m20490) HM
46South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — 21-8 — William W. Harllee
President of Wilmington & Manchester Railroad and a founder of the city of Florence, Harllee (1812-1897) was also a general in the SC Militia, signer of Ordinance of Secession, Lt. Governor (1860-62), member of the General Assembly, and president . . . Map (db m37307) HM
47South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — 21-31 — Wilson School / Wilson High School
Wilson School Wilson School, later Wilson High School, was the first public school in Florence, and stood here from 1866 to 1906. At first a private school for black children, it was established by the New England Branch of the Freedmen’s . . . Map (db m38026) HM
48South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — World War I MemorialFlorence Veterans Park
Dulce et Decorum est Pro Patria Mori In Memory of the Service Men From Florence County, South Carolina Who gave their lives in the World War 1914 – 1918 To The End That Liberty Should not perish from the Earth White . . . Map (db m149858) WM
49South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — World War II Memorial
Dedicated to the Men and Women of Florence County who answered the call of America in World War II *and* In memory of those who gave their young lives for God and Country Placed by The United Daughters of the Confederacy of Florence, South Carolina . . . Map (db m52255) HM
50South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — World War II Memorial
These pines dedicated with reverence as a living memorial to those who served in World War II Wildwood Garden Club February 2, 1945Map (db m54662) HM
51South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — 21-6 — Young Farm
In 1925 U. S. Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover, later U. S. President, inspected Fred Young's dairy farm following recognition of one of its Jerseys, Sensation's Mikado's Millie, as a world champion butter-fat producer. The house . . . Map (db m11178) HM
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Nov. 28, 2022