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The hamlet of Govan, located in Bamberg County, was once home to a thriving agricultural community. The town, with a population of just 65 during the 2010 census, is named in honor of Govan Kennedy, the youngest son of one of Govan’s founding families.


Ann Helms of Spartanburg, 2009 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Private H. Govan Kennedy died in the Civil War at the Battle of Second Manassas (Bull Run). He was 17 years old. His body is buried in a Confederate mass grave in Warrenton, Virginia. The community of Govan was originally called Verden, but when railroad officials decided to change the name of the local station, Kennedy’s brother, Lawton, suggested Govan in his brother’s honor.

Agricultural Building, Govan

Brandon Coffey of Charleston, 2018 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Govan was incorporated on December 23, 1885. Other founding family names include Browning, Cook, Gunnells, Hartzog, Hay, Hutto, Lancaster, Odom, and Ray.

Agricultural Building, Govan

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Reminders of the town’s past are evident in the scattering of seemingly abandoned barns, sheds, homes, and stores such as Lancaster’s Store (shown below) along Carolina Highway.

Lancaster's Store - Govan

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Mountain Home Plantation, shown below, is located along Georges Creek Road and gets its name from the surrounding hilly terrain. The home was built in 1859 for owner Samuel J. Hartzog. Enslaved people harvested cotton here, which was the primary crop.

Mountain Home Plantation

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Frank Pickens Williams, Sr., grandson of Samuel Shannon Williams, a previous owner of Mountain Home, shares the following:

There is an inscription written in pencil on the side of a mantel in an upstairs bedroom that states, “This house was moved into on May 14, 1859, total cost of this house was $2,993.08.” This inscription has never been painted over and is very legible.

Cow on Farm, Govan

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Govan Info

Address: Carolina Highway, Govan, SC 29843
GPS Coordinates: 33.222847,-81.175042

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One Comment about Govan

Glenn Lancaster says:
January 17th, 2019 at 8:05 pm

I appreciate the history of Govan, South Carolina. I grew up in the town of Govan, South Carolina. Thank for the history of the
Community, I often wondered how Govan got its name. Glenn Lancaster


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