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Maude Evelyn Daniel Callen

Maude Callen served as a nurse and midwife to the poor people of Berkeley County, SC

Portrait of John McQueen, Representative from South Carolina.

John McQueen

John McQueen the U.S. Representative for South Carolina from 1853 to 1860. He also was a member of the Confederate States Congress during the American Civil War.

A smiling Betsy Byars wearing a navy blue polka dot dress blouse.

Betsy Byars

Betsy Byars was an author of children’s books who lives in Seneca, South Carolina. She won a Newbery Medal for her novel, Summer of the Swans.

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David Robert Coker

David Robert Coker was a Hartsville, SC businessman and philanthropist who founded the “Coker’s Pedigreed Seed Catalogue” in 1914.

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Dillon County

Dillon County was named for James W. Dillon (1826-1913), a prominent local resident.

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Greenville County

The origins of the name Greenville County are uncertain, but the county was probably named for Revolutionary War general Nathanael Greene (1742-1786) or for an early resident, Isaac Green.

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Bamberg County

Bamberg County and its county seat, Bamberg, were named for local resident William Seaborn Bamberg (1820-1858) and other members of the Bamberg family.

Photo of Abbeville Opera House. "Abbeville Opera House" by J. Stephen Conn is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Abbeville County

Both the county and its county seat, the town of Abbeville, were named for the French town of the same name.

South Carolina Facts

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South Carolina State Shell

The Lettered Olive (Olive Sayana) was designated as the official State Shell by Act No. 360 of 1984. The shell has a smooth, shiny, cylindrical shape and is typically found in shallow waters near the shore. 

South Carolina Glossary

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valley

(noun) - an elongated depression between hills or mountains, often with a river flowing through it