Among the famous women who have called Clarendon County home are Anne Custis Burgess who composed the music to the state song "Carolina," written by Henry Timrod; Althea Gibson, the first black woman to play tennis at Wimbledon; Peggy Parish who wrote the"Amelia Bedelia" series of children's books; Marion McKnight, Miss America 1957; Ann Worsham Richardson and other famous artists. Civil rights leaders Harry Briggs and Joseph A. DeLaine were born in Clarendon County. In the spring of 2000 "The Richardson Waltz" became the official SC waltz, having been written down by Mary Richardson Briggs only shortly before. It was handed down by ear from one family member to another for more than 200 years in Clarendon County in the family of Revolutionary War General Richard Richardson.
National Historic Register Sites in Clarendon County: Santee Indian Mound (ca. 1200-1500 AD) & Fort Watson (1780), the Old Manning Library (1909), Davis House/El Recuerdo (1843), Alderman's 20 Stores in One (1919), Summerton High School (1936)/Clarendon One Cultural Arts Center, and the most recent entry, Senn's Grist Mill (1905), Blacksmith Shop (1903) & Orange Crush Bottling Company (1921).
General Francis Marion Swamp Fox American Revolutionary War General Francis Marion Swamp Fox Clarendon County SC
More than 24 murals show General Francis Marion’s encounters with the British in the 1780’s
and the Southern Campaign right here in Clarendon County, SC in the American Revolution.
( 1st Mural: Fire Station, Manning, west wall, 2001 )
This mural is made possible by the citizens of Clarendon County and Manning to promote heritage tourism.
Revolutionary History in Clarendon County, SC with General Francis Marion, The "Swamp Fox"
"The American Revolution was won in the South in what is called the 'Civil War' phase."
population of the county is approximately 32,500. It is comprised
of several towns:
Manning (est. 4025), Summerton (est. 1100), Turbeville (est. 600), Paxville (est. 250) and Alcolu.
Geography: Clarendon County is situated in the east central portion of South Carolina. Its land surface covers 599 square miles with Lake Marion covering an additional 95 square miles of the county. There are approximately 383,000 land acres in the county. Most of the county topography is nearly level to gently sloping and is predominately sand and loamy soils. About 1/3 of the county land base is used for cultivated agricultural crops, and about 59% is woodland. Go to Maps.
The people of Clarendon County enjoy a moderate, temperate climate,
with very warm summers and mild winters. The average temperature in
January is 46 degrees and in July 82 degrees. Average precipitation
is 50 inches with a growing season of 225 days.
Forest products are major crops in the county with tobacco, cotton,
corn and soybean major crops for traditional farming. One
of the most important non-traditional crops is cucumbers. In recent
years many of the county's farmers have increasingly switched to
vegetables (greens, squash, tomatoes) for the fresh and canned markets.
There are also a number of U-Pick farms throughout the county.
Airport: The Clarendon County Airport on SC 260 about 10 miles south of Manning is located next to Lake Marion (also used by seaplanes). It has one paved, lighted 3600 foot runway and accommodates small, private aircraft. The nearest airports serving major airlines are in Columbia, Charleston, Myrtle Beach, and Florence. Sumter, our neighboring county, has a 7000 foot runway and Shaw Air Force Base.
The county is served by Interstate 95; US highways 15, 301, 378
and 521; South Carolina State highways 260 and 261; and a well
maintained network of county roads.
Shipping: Charleston Port Authority is located approximately 70 miles away, with access by rail, truck and water.
Clarendon County coverage is provided by a daily newspaper, The Item (based in Sumter County) and
by 2 weekly newspaper, The Manning Times and The Clarendon Citizen
Television: Stations in nearby cities provide broadcast of major networks and Public Broadcasting Service. Cable television is available in the county.
Harvin Clarendon County Library
is located in the town of Manning and a bookmobile services areas of the
Archives: The Clarendon County Archives and History Center (803-435-0328) 211
N. Brooks Street, Manning, located next to the library, provides history
spanning more than 220 years.
|Churches: There are more
than 110 churches representing most denominations. Free Will Baptist Home for Children
at Turbeville provides care, support, and training for dependent and
Education: There are three public school districts and two private schools located in the county. Clarendon County has FE DuBose Career Center Campus at Central Carolina Technical College and universities located 20 and 50 miles away.
Primary recreation includes golfing, fishing,
hunting, boating and all water sports.
Camp Bob Cooper (a
S.C. 4-H Leadership Center) is used by numerous northern colleges
for their rowing teams to practice sculling in winter.
Medical Facilities: The Clarendon Memorial Hospital is a general acute care hospital providing in-patient and out-patient services including medical, surgical, obstetrical and rehabilitative. The hospital offers intensive care, coronary care, 24 hour emergency care, laboratory, x-ray and same-day surgical services. Residents are served by physicians practicing family medicine, surgery and OB/GYN. The Cypress Center and THE ZONE, adjacent to the hospital, provide an exercise facility and health and wellness programs.
|Industry: County residents are principally employed in manufacturing of agriculture, auto bearings and parts, digital components, hydraulic equipment, textiles, timber industry and service related businesses.|
There are over 20 motels in the county with over
1,800 rooms. Lodging and camping is available along Interstate
95 and on Lake Marion. I-95 is adjacent to Historic US 301 which
offers a comfortable view of Southern Living.
Restaurants: The county boasts a variety of restaurants offering everything from fast foods to country cooking and family dining.
|Retirement: With its temperate
climate, low cost of living and high quality recreation, Clarendon
County is very attractive to the retirement community. Many
retirees choose to live on or near the lake and others preferring
the ease of small-town or golf course living.
Festivals: The Clarendon
County Striped Bass Festival is held annually during the month
of April. This week-long festival features golf and tennis
tournaments, arts and crafts shows and sales, a parade, live entertainment,
concerts, beauty pageants and much more.
The Back Porch Players, a group of local citizens,
produce and perform a number of plays throughout the year. Contact
Jewell Brown: 803-473-2677.
The Puddin Swamp Singers (inactive at the present), a 32 member group based in Turbeville, give performances of Broadway and classical music. Contact Nancy Goodman: 803-659-2317.
Civic Organizations: American Legion, Business & Professional Women, Civitan Club, Cultural Arts Council, DAR, Ducks Unlimited, Genealogical Society, Habitat for Humanity, Clarendon Historical Society, Jaycees, Lions Club, NAACP, National Council of Negro Women, Pilot Club, Rotary Clubs of Manning & Summerton, Ruritan Club, S.C. Waterfowl Association, SCV, UDC, and a number of garden clubs.
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