Land Use

Scarecrow Hill

Robert Mills. Scarecrow Hill. 1969. tempera 23 1/2" x 35". Image courtesy of the SC Arts Commission.

Learn how the people of South Carolina use the land to grow crops, mine minerals, and fish in the rivers.


Agricultural History


  • Clays of the Piedmont
    The North Carolina clays featured in these virtual field trips are similar to the ones found in the South Carolina Piedmont region.
  • Minerals Yearbook
    Find out more about the mineral mining industry in South Carolina.
  • Minerals
    This presentation is a good introduction to minerals found in South Carolina and characteristics of several kinds of minerals.
  • Kaolin DISCUS
    Kaolin is a type of clay mined in South Carolina that is used in paint and paper production.


Gervais Street Bridge
Gervais Street Bridge crossing the Congaree River in Columbia, SC. Image from the Historic American Engineering Record.