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Williamsburg County

HISTORY

Williamsburg County, located in the southern tip of the Pee Dee, holds treasures of historical interest dating back to the early 1700's.

In 1730, Governor Robert Johnson proposed a "Township Plan," marking the beginning of Williamsburg County. This plan was proposed to stimulate the economy of the province to provide protection for coastal settlers. The township, which was laid out on the bank of the Black River, was named Williamsburg in honor of the Protestant King, William of Orange.

Williamsburg Township's success was largely attributable to the raising and processing of indigo. From indigo, came wealth and prosperity to the area. Hemp, flax, and Holland were other fine quality products introduced in the 1730's.

A settlement, existing on Black Mingo (later referred to as Willtown), had a "Meeting House" for dissenters in what later became Williamsburg County. In 1736, the first Williamsburg Presbyterian Meeting House was built. This "Meeting House" was the mother church for a wide area embracing several states.

In 1780, after the fall of Charles Town, the nucleus of "Marion's Brigade" was formed in this area. On August 27, 1780, the "Battle of King's Tree" took place and it was at this time that Major John James turned his group over to Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox. The fighting consisted of rear-action skirmishing, but heavy losses were sustained. British Major James Wemyss, under orders from Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton, burned the Indiantown Presbyterian Church down.

The battles of Black Mingo (September 28-29,1780), Mount Hope Swamp (March 1781) and Lower Bridge (March 1781) were all fought in Williamsburg County.
In 1823, Robert Mills, a native of South Carolina and a nationally known architect, designed the Williamsburg County Courthouse. In 1883, a fire gutted the second story, but the massive brick barrel arches protected the public records in the first story.
Williamsburg, the first settlement, later was named King's Tree because the King reserved for his own use all white pines. In 1886, King's Tree became known as Kingstree. Kingstree became the county seat of Williamsburg County.

Years following the Revolution, Williamsburg County quickly prospered. Since then, Williamsburg County has become famous for its wildlife and hunting preserves. It has truly become a "Sportsman's Paradise."

Explore Williamsburg County and discover one of the most beautiful areas of South Carolina, where history echoes in the fine architecture and new memories are waiting to happen.


Courthouse

Back in 1737, the Courthouse grounds, located on Main Street in Kingstree, was designated the parade ground in the original survey of the town of Kingstree. The grounds served as the muster ground for the local militia during colonial and Revolutionary Times.

The Williamsburg County Courthouse, designed by Robert Mills, was built in 1823. Robert Mills, a nationally known architect, was a native of South Carolina.

In 1883, the second story of the Courthouse caught fire, but realizing that the 30 inch walls were fireproof, the building was soon repaired. The Courthouse was enlarged in 1901 with an addition of a substantial fence to give a good park to the town and to keep horses and cattle out of the square.

Due to efforts of Judge Phillip H. Stoll, the Courthouse was remodeled in 1954. The Courthouse had been enlarged by adding a 3 story wing at the back, giving the building its present T-shape.

Thorntree

Thorntree, the plantation home of James Witherspoon (1700-1768), was built in 1749.
After the death of James Witherspoon, Thorntree became the home of Gavin Witherspoon, the son of James and Elizabeth Witherspoon. During the Revolution, Tarleton with one hundred British dragoons, and a large number of Tories under Col. Elias Ball, encamped at the plantation of Gavin Witherspoon, south of the lower bridge, on Black River, early in August 1780.

As a restoration project, Williamsburg Historical Society relocated Thorntree to the city limits of Kingstree in order to provide police and fire prevention. For future generations, as well as for the present, the Historical Society desires to preserve and restore this early architectural structure.


(Above section courtesy of Williamsburg County Chamber of Commerce)

 

RECREATION

Hunting

Long touted and recognized as a Sportsman's Paradise, Williamsburg County abounds with large and small game. White tail deer, wild boar, fox, bobcat, turkey, quail, waterfowl and dove are a few of the more popular game species hunted here. Thousands of acres of natural habitat insure the numbers of wildlife species will be here when you arrive. And the farmers never need to dress their livestock in "safety-orange." Hunting seasons and regulation information can be obtained through the Department of Natural Resources.

Almost as much fun as hunting are the stories of trophy bucks, and the crafty gobblers that got away. You can enjoy the tall tales of the Williamsburg woods almost anywhere you open your mouth to talk hunting. Around here there's never a shortage of hunting tales.

Fishing

It goes without saying that the Black River with its streams and creeks provide Williamsburg with more than black water scenery. Bass, Bream, and Catfish, are just a few species of illusive fish that call this place home. It's your choice to bring a simple bamboo pole and line or all that hi-tech gear you've accumulated over the years. A pan full of fryers is almost a guarantee. Every bait and tackle shop has a resident expert who will tell you where the big ones are.

Some of the best fishing waters are only a short drive south to the Santee Cooper Lakes, Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie. Santee State Park offers public access to the lakes, a boat ramp and a well-stocked store for supplies, along with its many amenities.

Boating

Might we suggest a canoe or kayak for a hands on excursion down the Black River. Aside from the Annual Black Riverfest Poker Run or occasional fishing tournament, you just might have the river all to yourself. That is, you and the wildlife. Peace and tranquility will follow in your wake, and ancient moss-covered trees will guide your way through areas that have been, in past centuries, the scenes of many historical events. Many of them are well documented. The others never will be and are best left up to your imagination. There are many sandy shore areas along the way where you can beach your watercraft for a picnic or a swim.

Powerboats and sailboats are best saved for the Santee Lakes or nearby Intracoastal Waterway, where water skiing, swimming, and cruising can be enjoyed without getting tangled up with a cypress tree. Creeks and tributaries of the Waterway system are navigable with powerboats and will reveal their treasures of grand plantation homes, game preserve areas, and amphibious habitants.

The Chamber office has information and guides to help you plan your adventure. Paddle SC contains a wealth of information about our boating facilities. And for goodness sake don't forget the camera.

Picnicking, Nature, Swimming

Mention picnic to anyone in the county, and they will direct you to Gilland Park in Kingstree. Bring a basket of sandwiches or exercise your outdoor cooking talents on one of the many grills provided for your use at this town facility. There's a beach area for wading, covered tables, a children's play area, gazebo, and restrooms, not to mention an old fashioned rope swing that will cool you off quickly and make you feel like a kid again.

Golf

Williamsburg County offers golfers a four season’s climate for the pursuit of the perfect game. The locals favor our own Swamp Fox Golf Club. It is an 18-hole course, offering well maintained grounds and reasonable green fees, which include your cart. The Golf Course is located a few miles from Kingstree off Hwy 261 on 193 Golf Road. For more information, you can reach them at 843-382-3436.

Tennis and Recreational Facilities

The towns and communities in Williamsburg County offer tennis, track and field, soccer, baseball, softball, basketball, and children's playground equipment at their facilities. These can be found in Greeleyville, Hemingway, and Kingstree.

 

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