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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...Although the area has been primarily agricultural, several towns developed along the route of the South Carolina Railroad in the mid-nineteenth century. In February 1865 Confederate soldiers fought an unsuccessful skirmish against General Sherman's troops at Rivers Bridge, now the site of a state park. The plantation of author William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870) was in what is now Bamberg County, and artist Jim Harrison is also a native of the county."

Created February 25, 1897
Form of Government Council-Administrator
Area 393 square miles (2000)
Population 16,040 (2003 est.)
Web Site
Of Interest


City of Bamberg

"The cool, black waters of the Edisto River provide the backdrop for Bamberg's history and charm... We take pride in our city's rich history. A leisurely drive in and around Bamberg will reveal some of the finest examples of Southern charm." [Excerpts from the City of Bamberg's official website]

Incorporated January 19, 1897
Area 3.5 square miles
Population 3,733 (2000)
Web Site
Of Interest
  • Paw Paw Golf Course (site of the annual Old Friends Invitational)
  • Ness Sports Complex
  • Foster Park
  • Historic Home of William Fudge
  • Carlisle Military School


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