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Barnwell County and its county seat of Barnwell were
named for Revolutionary War leader John Barnwell (1748-1800). The
county was originally part of Orangeburg District, and in 1785 it
was named Winton County. It was given its current name in 1800.
Barnwell County has decreased in size over the years
as new counties were created within its boundaries (Aiken in 1871,
Bamberg in 1897 and Allendale in 1919). The South Carolina Railroad,
which connected Charleston to Hamburg on the Savannah River, was
built through this area, creating the towns of Blackville and
Williston in the mid-nineteenth century. In more recent years the
county was the home of several powerful state politicians, known
collectively as the "Barnwell Ring."
Included were state Senator Edgar A. Brown
(1888-1975), Speaker of the House Solomon Blatt (1895-1986), and
Governor Joseph E. Harley (1880-1942). (Submitted by: SC State
Library / Mary Morgan, Sept 30, 2009)