History

"L" is for the Lancaster Courthouse and Jail

October 19, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
South Carolina From A to Z

Credit SC Public Radio "L" is for the Lancaster Courthouse and Jail. During the 1820s, the noted architect Robert Mills designed at least 14 courthouses and 14 jails throughout the state. The Lancaster courthouse and jail are among the best surviving examples of his work...

"K" is for Kiawah Island

October 18, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
South Carolina From A to Z

Credit SC Public Radio "K" is for Kiawah Island in Charleston County. Kiawah is a small barrier island situated south of Charleston between the mouths of the Stono and North Edisto Rivers. It is named for the Kiawah Indians who at one time lived in the vicinity. In 1719 the...

"J" is for Jasper, William [d. 1779]

October 17, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
South Carolina From A to Z

Credit SC Public Radio "J" is for Jasper, William [d. 1779] Soldier. On July 7, 1775, William Jasper enlisted in the elite grenadier company of the Second South Carolina Continental Regiment. During the battle of Sullivans Island on June 28, 1776, he was a sergeant and won...

"R" is for Ransier, Alonzo Jacob [1834-1882]

October 13, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
South Carolina From A to Z

Credit SC Public Radio "R" is for Ransier, Alonzo Jacob [1834-1882]. Lieutenant governor, congressman. Born in Charleston to free persons of color, Ransier acquired a common school education, and clerked in a Charleston shipping firm. After the Civil War he became active in...

"M" is for Marlboro County

October 13, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
Marlboro County

"M" is for Marlboro County [480 square miles; population 28,818]. Marlboro County was formed in 1785 and named for the Duke of Marlborough. Its boundaries have remained virtually unchanged since then: bounded on the west by the Great Pee Dee River; on the north and...

The History of the South Carolina State Fair

October 12, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
An advertisement for the fair appears in the Keowee Courier (Pickens Court House, S.C.), October 18, 1905.

With October come two certainties: Trick-or-Treaters will be abroad on the 31st, and the South Carolina State Fair will attract thousands to Columbia. In this edition of Walter Edgar's Journal , from May 5, 2016, Dr. Rodger Stroup, retired Director of the South Carolina...

"L" is for LeConte, Joseph

October 12, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
South Carolina From A to Z

"L" is for LeConte, Joseph [1823-1901]. Geologist. Educator. After graduating from the University of Georgia, LeConte studied medicine in New York. Returning to Georgia, he established a medical practice in Macon. He later studied natural history at Harvard and became a...

"P" is for Palmetto Bug

October 12, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
South Carolina From A to Z

Credit SC Public Radio "P" is for Palmetto Bug. Three hundred million years ago, cockroaches [or palmetto bugs] made their first appearance on earth. While thousands of species have developed and become extinct since then, the cockroach thrives. The palmetto bug is the...

Groundbreaking Historical Marker Installed in York, SC

June 9, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Kaitlyn Cannon
Liberian Migration Marker in York, SC

Allison Creek Presbyterian Church in York County, South Carolina , has a history that not many people know about. Allison Creek Presbyterian Church Pastor, Sam McGregor , explains, “It’s the greatest story of African American liberation that’s never been told…that centered...

Sights and Sounds: Tartan Day South

April 14, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Kaitlyn Park
men in kilts with tartan day south sign

Tartan Day South is an annual celebration of Celtic heritage that recognizes the history and impact of the Scots, Irish, Welsh and Scots-Irish have had on the Columbia region. Hosted at the Historic Columbia Speedway, there are classic highland athletics, music, food and...

South Carolina's Important Role in African American History

February 20, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by P.A. Bennett
African-American History

February is African American History Month. Some may ask “Why celebrate African American history...isn’t that American history?” Absolutely, but unfortunately, for hundreds of years, much of the history related to those of African descent was either totally ignored or...

Postcard From the Past Mobilizes a Columbia Historic Church to Restoration

February 16, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by K. Park and T. Safdi
Ebenezer Lutheran Church

“We’re excited to be a part of history today,” said Jane George Holmes. Holmes is a member of Ebenezer Lutheran Church, which saw an exciting addition of two new cupolas to its storied chapel on Monday, February 6. Construction crews readied cranes to hoist the cupolas into...

South Carolinian Helps Preserve Southern History by Giving Walking Tours

February 16, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Kaitlyn Cannon
Robert Ryals, owner of Walkin' Talkin' Tours

Fort Mill resident Robert Ryals has devoted his life to living history. He is a ‘story-teller of facts’ and tour guide for Walkin’ Talkin’ Tours , which he co-owns with his wife. Of his career path he says, “If you’re pursuing your passion, you never have to work a day in...

75 Years Later, Rock Hill Resident Reveals a Truth About Pearl Harbor

December 7, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Kaitlyn Cannon
Manning Kimmel, grandson of Admiral Husband Kimmel.

This December marks the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, a “date that will live in infamy,” according to former president Franklin Roosevelt. His speech continues as he explains that December 7, 1941 is the day when “the United States of America was suddenly and...

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