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Wiggins — Wiggins, South Carolina

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Let photographer Steven Taylor introduce you to Wiggins, South Carolina. He writes, “I love to drive down the country roads and explore, finding that special place. Wiggins was something of a mystery to me.”


Steven Taylor of Walterboro, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

“I remember when I was 18 driving down the road to Wiggins and never making it to the end as I turned around and headed back to SC Highway 26. Now I am 32 and felt it was time to conquer this feat. I went to the end to see what was there and this old building stood. Not sure the story behind it but I thought it had some special southern charm you can’t find any where else!”

Do you know a story about Wiggins or this building in particular? If you do, please send it to the South Carolina Picture Project so we can help Steven solve this mystery. Thank you!

Reflections on Wiggins

Contributor Edward H. Phillips responded to our request for further information and shares the following with SCIWAY: “My family lived in Wiggins back in the days of the Sawmill Village. My dad, J.B. Hickman, was the foreman there in its heyday. My grandfather, W.C. Ritter, worked there also. The building in the picture was moved to the present location from the Seaboard Airline Railroad about 1 mile back. There was a depot and several other buildings there.

“A Mr. Lyons and his family lived in one of the houses. He worked for the railroad. Behind the plantation house to the left is a road that goes to the Cheehaw River. Beside this road are the concrete foundations of the sawmill. The plantation has a large two-story building that was the comissary for the town. The upstairs was later used for parties, meetings and social events. The Hickman Family Reunion was held at the boat landing on the Combahee River at Wiggins for a number of years. I lived at Green Pond until 1956, so I went to Wiggins many times to visit my grandparents.”

Wiggins Info

Address: Wiggins Road, Wiggins, SC 29446
GPS Coordinates: 32.607516,-80.547581

Wiggins Map

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17 Comments about Wiggins

Robert E., Winters, Jr. says:
December 10th, 2018 at 9:48 pm

I would enjoy corresponding with Ms. Elizabeth Dickens, who posted comments during May of 2016. I am another who must “dig out” photographs, since I once knew Carew Rice and his brothers Fred and Robert – during the 1960s. The few Rice silhouettes I have make me recall enjoyable visits with the three, and Carew Rice at art festivals in Charleston.

Sabrina Bunton Giroux says:
September 10th, 2017 at 3:16 pm

Sandra McCall – My grandfather, Herbert Bunton, was also from Wiggins and the son of Andrew Bunton. I believe our grandfather’s were brothers. I’d love to hear any stories you have. I don’t know the family well.

Elizabeth Dickens says:
May 31st, 2016 at 6:54 pm

My grandfather Carew Rice lived at Brick House Plantation at Wiggins for many years with his family before he died in 1971. It was built by his father James Henry Rice, author and conservationist. Carew's oldest daughter Elizabeth is still alive. She is 94 yrs old and living in England. Many of our family members are buried at Wiggins. I have heard my mother speak of both the Hickmans and the Buntons. I would love to hear from anyone who knew our family from Wiggins.

Linda Wiggins LaGarce says:
April 4th, 2016 at 2:01 pm

Is there a connection to the Uriah Wiggins family and these Wiggins's? I am working on our family geneology and would likt to know.

Sandra W McCall says:
February 22nd, 2016 at 1:40 pm

My mother Dorothy Bunton was raised at Wiggins. I too lived there many years, and owned property there. My ex-husband and his wife still reside there. All of my grandfather’s family lived and worked there. His name was Cecil Bunton. His father was Andrew Bunton. I have pictures from the days of Carew Rice, Sr. and his brothers that I will share when I locate them.

Kenwood Elwood Price Jr. says:
May 13th, 2015 at 1:26 pm

My grandfather, Kenneth Elwell Price and my grandmother Emmie Lucy Crosby Price lived at Wiggins Plantation for several years in the little white house on the left before you get to the main house. My grandfather was in-charge of the crops raised on the plantation for feeding the cows being raised. the care taker at that time was B. R. Smith. The owner at that time was Christin Herter who was the Secretary of the United States and later owned by a group of people. Back then, there was a big club house on the right side of the road where the owners and guest would stay.
During deer season, from August 15 through January 1st there were hunts every week-end. The owners did not care about the deer but you could not fool with the quail and turkey or any other birds. They had a man hired to look after the duck blinds, duck dogs, quail dogs and horses. I sent a many of days with my grandparents at Wiggins, hunting and fishing and just visiting.
If you need any more info about Wiggins, my cousin is Kenneth Baker who owns Baker’s Shrimp House. Kenneth lived with my grandparents on Wiggins for a good while. All of this took place back in the early 60’s and I lost contact with the whole area since then. Great memories.

Bob Venditti says:
March 9th, 2015 at 5:49 pm

Great photo! I've been down the road to Wiggins back in the mid-90's and came upon the same structure. The Seaboard Air Line built their rail line between Savannah and Charleston through here in the early 1900's, and the almost arrow-straight line hosted fast frequent through freight trains up to the 1967 merger with SAL rival Atlantic Coast Line. A local passenger train also served the route until Dec 31, 1952. The existing building was likely a tool shed of some sort, as I've seen a photo of an actual depot at Wiggins. Perhaps it was later used as a shelter for waiting passengers, few as they may have been, in the event the depot had been dismantled or destroyed. The rails here were abandoned soon after the merger, as trains instead used the parallel ex-ACL line through the lowcountry.

Robert Wiggins says:
February 4th, 2015 at 2:38 am

My father Donald Wiggins mentioned this town as part of our family heritage. My grandfather, Jack Wiggins, whom I never knew, had came from there and settled in Bulloch County, Georgia. I would like to know more as well about Wiggins, South Carolina.

Melissa says:
April 17th, 2014 at 1:07 pm

My grandfather was born in Wiggins in 1924. His father, Henry Nettles, worked at the sawmill there along with several other family members. Before my great-grandparents married and moved to Wiggins, Henry would jump on the train as it passed his home in the Snider’s Crossroads section in Colleton County to get to work. Sometime in 1925/26 the sawmill moved to Bradenton, FL and many of the workers (including my great-grandfather’s family) followed. My grandfather and his family returned to Colleton County in 1926 and settled on Hendersonville Hwy/Hwy 17, Alt., across from the Great Swamp Baptist Church where Henry Nettles ran a gas station and grocery store for many years. I love visiting Wiggins and imagining what once was. I hear it was a pretty booming place during it’s time!

Jody Craven says:
April 14th, 2018 at 9:31 pm

I enjoyed reading your post, my dad, who passed last year, often spoke of growing up on Chisolm and the Boytons. My granddad, Eugene Craven, worked for them when they owned the place.

Tamara Boynton Canipe says:
November 17th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

My Dad was raised in Wiggins. He’s 86 (William Skinner Boynton, known as Billy). His father was Evander Ashton Boynton. His grandfather lived in Green Pond. The Boynton Trail at the Donnelley WMA is named after them. The old farmhouse in Green Pond is at the head of the trail. Pictures are posted on my Facebook. The family rode in lancing tournaments. Evander Ashton Boynton Jr. (my uncle) was known as the Knight of Chisolm. He was on overseer on Chisolm at one time. My Aunt Dottie (Dorothy Boynton Black) was the only female lancer. She was known as the Lady of Green Meadows. There are a lot of articles on Google. My Dad’s cousin was raised on Bennett’s Point. They raised free range cattle and rice. They also were a hunting club of sorts. My Dad tells stories of different groups that came to hunt regularly. My family had to sell and move to town because of the Depression. I’m still learning.

Caryn Ramsey Kapeli says:
November 8th, 2013 at 8:51 pm

I have very fond memories of Wiggins. I am 48 now but I have pictures of me in diapers at the boat landing area… we use to go there for picnics. I remember a building there that was screened in… that’s where the food was… we would have Easter egg hunts there…. I would love to go back there and travel down memory lane!!!

Cathy Harmon says:
July 17th, 2013 at 11:04 pm

How did Wiggins, SC get its name? I may possibly have ancestors who lived in the area with the last name of Wiggins. Wondered if there was a connection.

SCIWAY says:
May 31st, 2013 at 9:06 am

Hi Maxine! SCIWAY’s sister-site has an entry for Chisolm Plantation located in the Wiggins area. I am afraid though we do not have much information on Chisolm Plantation. Perhaps someone out there does and will share with us!

Maxine Todd says:
May 27th, 2013 at 6:24 am

May 27, 2013…

My husband, my sister-in-law and myself explored the road to Wiggins yesterday. I have passed that road many times and see the sign for Wiggins and was very curious about the place. We road to the end and saw the building in the photo. Thank you, Ann Helms, for the information on it as we were very curious. Can you share other information about the area – like the plantation house at the end of the road? We also went down Field Point Road to the public boat landing. All of the area is very beautiful. I do not think I would like to live there as it feels as if you are hundreds of miles from any civilization.

Steven Taylor says:
May 12th, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Farming continued to the major source of income for the people of the Colleton County. The lumber industry provided jobs for many people. The Colleton Cypress Company established a town called Colleton in the upper part of the county, which at one time boasted a population of 400. Wiggins is another example of a lumber town. Both communities had electricity, tennis courts, running water, and an ice house, unheard of luxuries for the place and time. The Wiggins depot is one of the buildings left of a once thriving lumber town of Wiggins.

Ann Helms says:
May 3rd, 2013 at 8:53 am

That is the old Seaboard Air Line Railroad building at what was probably a “request stop,” where the train would slow enough to drop off and pick up mail bags as it passed. That is a nice picture. I hope to drive down to see it soon.


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