Walter Edgar

"C" is for Cayce

November 15, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
South Carolina From A to Z

"C" is for Cayce [Lexington County; population 12,150]. Cayce encompasses approximately fifteen square miles on the Congaree River. The city is the descendant of the colonial trading village of Granby. In 1817 the Cayce family made the former Fort Granby their private...

"B" is for Bennett, John [1865-1956]

November 14, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
South Carolina From A to Z

"B" is for Bennett, John [1865-1956]. Author. Artist. An Ohio native, Bennett achieved national acclaim for Master Skylark, considered one of the best American historical novels for children. Ill health led to his moving to Charleston. For years he tried unsuccessfully to...

"D" is for Dixiecrats

November 9, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
South Carolina From A to Z

"D" is for Dixiecrats. Dixiecrats were a political party organized in 1948 by disgruntled white Southern Democrats dismayed over their declining influence within the national Democratic Party. The Dixiecrats, officially known as the States' Rights Democratic Party, were...

"B" is for Benedict College

November 7, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
South Carolina From A to Z

"B" is for Benedict College. A historically black college in Columbia, Benedict was founded by Rhode Island native Bathsheba Benedict. Benedict purchased an eighty-acre tract with the goal of educating recently emancipated African-Americans. Originally named Benedict...

"A" is for Ashley River Road

November 6, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
South Carolina From A to Z

"A" is for Ashley River Road. The Ashley River Road--one of the oldest roads in South Carolina--began as a Native American trading path, paralleling the Ashley River, and later served the colonists of the original Charles Town settlement. The Lords Proprietors authorized...

"G" is for Gregg, Maxcy (1814-1862)

November 3, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
South Carolina From A to Z

Credit SC Public Radio "G" is for Gregg, Maxcy (1814-1862). Soldier. After graduating as co-valedictorian of his class at South Carolina College, Gregg read law and was admitted to the bar. He was a member of the Southern Rights Convention in 1852. As a Richland County...

"B" is for Barringer Building

November 2, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
South Carolina From A to Z

Credit SC Public Radio "B" is for Barringer Building [in Columbia]. Located on Main Street, the Barringer Building was Columbia's first skyscraper; Built in 1903, the skyscraper was initially home to the National Loan and Exchange Bank. However, the property derives its...

"A" is for Allen, Gilbert Bruce [b. 1951]

November 1, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
South Carolina From A to Z

Credit SC Public Radio "A" is for Allen, Gilbert Bruce [b. 1951]. Poet, fiction writer, educator. A native New Yorker, Allen moved to South Carolina in 1977—becoming an English professor at Furman. His first collection of poetry, In Everything: poems, 1927-1979 appeared in...

"G" is for Greer, Bernard Eugene (b. 1948)

October 27, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
South Carolina From A to Z

"G" is for Greer, Bernard Eugene (b. 1948). Author. While working as a prison guard at Columbia's notorious Central Correctional Institution, Greer took creative writing classes at USC and later earned an MA in creative writing from Hollins College. He then worked on a...

"A" is for Archdale, John [1642-1717]

October 23, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
South Carolina From A to Z

"A" is for Archdale, John [1642-1717]. Proprietor. Governor. In 1664 Archdale was in New England. In 1681 he purchased a share of the Carolina Proprietorship in trust for his son Thomas Archdale. From 1683 to 1686 he served as Governor of North Carolina in the absence of...

"M" is for Manigault, Gabriel [1704-1781]

October 20, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
South Carolina From A to Z

"M" is for Manigault, Gabriel [1704-1781]. Merchant, legislator. Born in Charleston, Manigault rose from relatively modest origins to become the leading merchant and private banker in colonial South Carolina. He operated retail shops and also owed several trading vessels...

State Fair a S.C. Tradition for Nearly 150 Years

October 16, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
The South Carolina State Fair's midway rides at night.

The South Carolina State Fair has rolled around every fall since 1869. Begun on Columbia’s Elmwood Avenue as an agricultural exposition, historian Rodger Stroup and fair manager Gary Goodman say it has kept its agricultural and mechanical roots while expanding through the...

"I" is for Inman Mills

October 16, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
South Carolina From A to Z

"I" is for Inman Mills. Inman Mills began in 1902 when James A. Chapman opened a four-hundred-loom and 15,000-spindle plant in the Spartanburg County town on Inman. The mill made high quality greige—cloth that comes straight from the loom and is gray, rough, and full of...

Saving South Carolina's Constitutions

October 16, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
South Carolina's Constitution of 1861 underwent a lamination preservation process.

Millions of historic documents in the U.S., from presidential papers to personal slave journals, are facing an issue apart from age: a preservation method that has backfired. The process of laminating documents between sheets of cellulose acetate film, widely practiced from...

"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...

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