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Please read the County
Slaves and their
Obituaries and Biographies
Society News from Oct.
Sketch of Johnston Churches
1919 Civil War
Some Pioneers of Johnston
The origin of the name Edgefield is not clear,
although it is usually described as "fanciful." The county was
formed in 1785 as part of Ninety Six District; parts of Edgefield
later went to form Aiken (1871), Saluda (1895), Greenwood
(1897), and McCormick
(1916) counties. The county seat is the town of Edgefield.
This part of the upcountry, settled in the late
eighteenth century, was
the site of several Revolutionary War skirmishes. Although
primarily agricultural, Edgefield County developed a thriving pottery industry in
the nineteenth century; the old alkaline-glazed Edgefield
pottery is highly sought after today. The larger Edgefield County was the home
of ten South Carolina governors, including Francis W. Pickens
R. Tillman (1847-1918), and Strom Thurmond (1902-2003).
Confederate general Martin Witherspoon Gary
(1831-1881) was also a
resident of Edgefield County. (Submitted by: SC State
Library / Mary Morgan,
McCormick - Saluda - Greenwood - Aiken
Columbia County - southwest
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