Orangeburg, also known as “The Garden City,” is the fifth oldest city in South Carolina. In 2005, Orangeburg County was awarded the coveted All-America City Award for their civic excellence and downtown revitalization efforts.
Contributor John Kneece describes the redeveloped town square: “Recently with the help of local citizen’s groups and the federal government, the town square and main street, known as Russell Street, were refurbished. Aside from the brick street, heavy cast iron lamp posts, and granite curbing, much landscaping and decorating has taken place. In the same spirit, many of the downtown merchants have improved their facade as well.”