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Color photograph of Elizabeth Boatwright Coker

Elizabeth Boatwright Coker

Wife of James Lide Coker III, Elizabeth Boatwright Coker was the author of nine historical romance novels based on southern and South Carolina cultural life.

Black and white photograph of Robert DeLarge

Robert Carlos DeLarge

Legislator, congressman

Black and white photograph of Alma Hayden working in a laboratory

Alma Levant Hayden

Alma Levant Hayden was a chemist and one of the first African American women to work as a scientist at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C., in the 1950s.

Painting of Theodosia Burr Alston

Theodosia Burr Alston

Daughter of Vice President Aaron Burr. Associated with Georgetown Co.

A large wooden house with a dark green roof and brick chimneys

Marlboro County

Marlboro County was named after John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722).

A large brick building with a four large white columns and roof.

Calhoun County

Calhoun County was named for John C. Calhoun (1782-1850), who served as the United States vice president, secretary of state and of war, and senator.

A white house with a gray roof

Williamsburg County

Williamsburg County was probably named for King William III of England (1650-1702). Scotch-Irish and French Huguenot settlers began moving into this part of the Lowcountry around 1732.

A red bricked house.

Cherokee County

Cherokee County was named after the Cherokee Indians who once made it their home.

South Carolina Facts

South Carolina State Tree

The hardy Palmetto Tree (Inodes palmetto or Sabal palmetto) was designated as the official State Tree by Joint Resolution Number 63 on March 17, 1939. It is believed that the Palmetto tree was symbolical of the defeat of the British fleet at Fort Moultrie on Sullivan's Island due to the fact that the Palmetto logs absorbed the impact of the cannonballs. 

South Carolina Glossary

Man standing in front of a wagon next to a horse

traveling merchant

(noun) - someone who traveled from place to place selling goods that people could not make themselves