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Edgefield — Edgefield County, South Carolina

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The town of Edgefield was founded in 1785 and soon emerged as a trade center for surrounding farms. SCIWAY visited Edgefield in October 2008 and enjoyed the quaint, timeless quality of this small South Carolina town.

Downtown Edgefield

Larry Gleason of Aiken, 2011 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Edgefield is most proud of its native sons, deeming itself the Home of Ten Governors. Perhaps its most famous native was Senator Strom Thurmond who is celebrated with a life size bronze statue that faces the courthouse. The town is also home to the oldest newspaper in South Carolina, The Edgefield Advertiser.

Edgefield County Peaches Trenton

Steve Rich of Aiken, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

South Carolina artist, Chris Lambries, who painted the stunning piece below, calls this work “Springtime on the Ridge”. He says “the ridge generally runs west on Highway 1 from Lexington and then Highway 23 towards Edgefield. This sand-clay line was formed by an ancient ocean and grows great peaches.” Several farms in this region have prominent peach crops every year making Edgefield well known for their sweet peaches found at roadside stands, farmers markets and statewide.

Edgefield Peaches

Chris Lambries of Gilbert, 2018 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Many areas of the town are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The town square itself has been called a shrine to the agelessness of political, religious, industrial, and cultural happenings within the community.

Edgefield County Haybails

Annette Methvin Shells of Edgefield, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Antioch Baptist Church

Antioch Baptist Church was initially part of Separatist Baptist movement, but reorganized in 1830.
(Andy Hunter of North Augusta, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent)

Read about Edgefield pottery and its rich history in the origins of stoneware.

Edgefield Governors Mural

This large mural, located near the town square, pays homage to South Carolina’s ten governors and five lieutenant governors to hail from Edgefield. Several prominent United States Senators and Congressmen also came from this county, including Preston Brooks, who achieved notoriety by beating abolitionist Charles Sumner with his cane on the Senate floor.

Edgefield Governors Mural

SCIWAY, 2008 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Governors elected from Edgefield include Strom Thurmond and “Pitchfork” Ben Tillman.

The mural also depicts a quotation by William Watts Ball, author of 1932’s The State that Forgot: South Carolina’s Surrender to Democracy, which reads:

Edgefield has had more dashing, brilliant, romantic figures, statesmen, orators, soldiers, adventurers, and daredevils than any other county of South Carolina, if not any rural county of America.

Edgefield Info

Address: SC Highway 121, Edgefield, SC 29824
GPS Coordinates: 33.789461,-81.929541

Edgefield Map

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