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Edgefield County

"The origin of the name Edgefield is not clear, although it is usually described as "fanciful." The county was formed in 1785 as part of Ninety Six District. This part of the upcountry, settled in the late eighteenth century, was the site of several Revolutionary War skirmishes. Although primarily agricultural, Edgefield County developed a thriving pottery industry in the nineteenth century; the old alkaline-glazed Edgefield pottery is highly sought after today. The larger Edgefield County was the home of ten South Carolina governors, including Francis W. Pickens (1805-1869), Benjamin R. Tillman (1847-1918), and Strom Thurmond. " (From the State of SC web site)

Form of Government Council-Administrator
Area 507 square miles (2000)
Population 24,585 (2000)
Web Site
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Town of Johnston

Located in the rolling hills of west central South Carolina, Johnston was founded in 1870 when the first railroad came through. The town's business district combines contemporary convenience with turn-of-the-century charm. Gracious Southern homes of the Victorian era line the main streets, while new homes are springing up all around the town. [From the Johnston web site].


Form of Government Mayor-Council
Area 2.6 square miles (2000)
Population 2,400 (2000)
Web Site

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