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Color painting of Peter Horry with his horse

Peter Horry

Planter, solider, legislator

Major General Thomas Sumter, engraved from a drawing by W. C. Johnson after the portrait by Charles Willson Peale

Thomas Sumter

Thomas Sumter was a distinguished general in the Revolutionary War who lived in Sumter County.

A smiling Kary Mullis

Kary Mullis

Kary Mullis grew up in Columbia, SC, and was an esteemed biochemist and Nobel laureate.

A smiling Lloyd Fig Newton wearing a navy blue dress uniform with his four general stars on his shoulders.

Lloyd "Fig" Newton

Lloyd "Fig" Newton was the first African American pilot in the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

A white and gray house with an American Flag hanging in front of the front door.

Allendale County

Allendale County and its county seat of Allendale were named for the Allen family, one of whose members, Paul Allen, was the town's first postmaster.

A red wooden building with a metal tin roof.

Clarendon County

Clarendon County was named for Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon (1608/9-1674), one of the Lords Proprietors of Carolina.

A black and white lighthouse nestle between green trees next to a sandy beach.

Beaufort County

Both Beaufort County and its county seat Beaufort were named for Henry Somerset, Duke of Beaufort (1684-1714), one of the Lords Proprietors of Carolina.

A large white house with huge columns, dark windows, and gray stairs that leads out to a manicured green lawn.

Aiken County

Aiken County and its county seat, the town of Aiken, were named for William Aiken (1806-1831), president of the South Carolina Railroad.

South Carolina Facts

South Carolina State Butterfly

The beautiful Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) butterfly was designated the official Butterfly of the State by Act Number 319 of 1994. The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail can be seen in deciduous woods, along streams, rivers and wooded swamps, and in towns and cities throughout South Carolina. 

South Carolina Glossary

Map of the United States with red outlines of certain places


(noun) - land set apart by the US government for the use of Native Americans.