Historical Markers in
Kershaw County, South Carolina

A Daring Plan A Final Encounter Action at Logtown African Americans Choose Sides Agnes of Glasgow 1760 ~ 1780 All the King's Men American Commanders Attack at Dawn Baron DeKalb Baruch Home Battle of Boykin's Mill Battle of Camden Battle of Hobkirk Hill Battle Of Hobkirk Hill Battle of Hobkirk's Hill British Commanders Camden Camden Camden - Strategic Key Camden Battlefield Capt. Robert Kirkwood (1756-1791) Charge and Countercharge Citizen - Soldiers Colonel Joseph Kershaw's Tomb Confederate War Memorial Defeat in the Center Donald Truesdell Memorial Driven from the Field E.H. Dibble Store / Eugene H. Dibble Forced to Retreat Fruitless Victory Gaol General Gate's Disgrace General Greene's Headquarters Greene's Counterblow Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site In Honor and Rememberance In Memory of All American Veterans James Polk Dickinson John C. West Boyhood Home Joseph Kershaw (1728-1791) Kershaw House King Haiglar Tower Maj. Gen. Baron Johann de Kalb's Original Gravesite Mather Academy Meet the American Army of 1780 Midway High School Monroe Boykin Park Monument to Kershaw County’s Confederate Dead Monument to Lt. Col. James Polk Dickinson Native Allies Northeast Redoubt Northwest Redoubt Nothwest Redoubt Old Camden Courthouse and Gaol Our Honored Dead Palisade Wall Panic and Valor Pantheon Peay's Ferry / Peay's Ferry Road Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Powder Magazine Presbyterian Meeting House Prisoners of War Pursued Beyond the Battlefield Quaker Burying Ground Revolutionary War Memorial Richard Kirkland Samuel Mathis House Shots in the Dark Southeast Redoubt Southwest Redoubt Struggle for the Hill The American Army The Americans Return The Battle of Hobkirk Hill The Bishop Davis House The British Army The British Attack The British Evacuation The Camden Oak The Cleveland School Fire The Common The De Kalb Monument The Fortified Post The Loyalists The Price House The Road to Battle The Southern Campaign, Apr 1781 - Dec 1782 The Southern Campaign, Aug 1780 - Apr 1781 The Southern Campaign, Dec 1778 - Aug 1780 Tiller's Ferry War in the Backcountry Warrenton Muster Ground West Redoubt West's Crossroads / Donald H. Holland House William Washington's Ride Women in the Revolution
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Kershaw County, located in South Carolina, has a rich history that dates back to the late 1700s. The county was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Catawba and the Wateree. However, in the late 18th century, European settlers began to arrive in the area, sparking a significant change in the region's demographics and cultural landscape.

In 1791, Kershaw County was established and named after Joseph Kershaw, an important figure in the American Revolution who owned vast land holdings in the area. The county quickly became a major center for agriculture, with cotton being the primary crop. Slavery played a significant role in the county's economy during this time, with many enslaved African Americans being forced to work on the plantations.

During the American Civil War, Kershaw County played a prominent role, as it was considered a strategic location due to its proximity to the railroad lines. It saw several battles, including the Battle of Camden in 1780 and the Battle of Hobkirk's Hill in 1781. The aftermath of the war brought significant changes to the county, as many plantations were devastated and the local economy was in disarray.

In the early 20th century, Kershaw County began to recover and diversify its economy. Agriculture remained important, but industries such as textile manufacturing and logging also emerged. The county also saw advancements in education and infrastructure, with the establishment of schools, roads, and other public amenities.

Today, Kershaw County continues to thrive as a vibrant community. It is home to a diverse population and offers a mix of rural and urban areas. The county is known for its natural beauty, historical sites, and friendly atmosphere, making it an attractive place to live, work, and visit.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Kershaw County, South Carolina.

  • 1777: Kershaw County is established as one of the original seven counties of South Carolina.
  • 1791: Camden, the county seat of Kershaw County, is officially incorporated.
  • 1781: Battle of Camden takes place during the American Revolutionary War in Kershaw County.
  • 1830s: Kershaw County experiences a boom in cotton farming and becomes a major cotton-producing region.
  • 1860s: Kershaw County is heavily impacted by the American Civil War, with numerous battles and skirmishes taking place in the area.
  • 1888: The Camden & Lancaster Railroad is completed, connecting Kershaw County to other areas of South Carolina.
  • 20th century: Kershaw County transitions from an agricultural-based economy to a more diverse economy, with the growth of manufacturing, healthcare, and other industries.
  • 1970s: Kershaw County experiences significant population growth and urban development.
  • 2000s: Kershaw County continues to thrive economically, attracting new businesses and investment.