“Both the county and its county seat, the town of Abbeville, were named for the French town of the same name.” The French origin of this name is likely the result of the large number of French Huguenots who lived in the area. However, Scotch-Irish also helped to settle the region that later became Abbeville County. Before becoming its own county in 1785, Abbeville comprised part of the Ninety-Six District. The county lost some of its land in the late 19th century and the early 20th century in order to create Greenwood and McCormick counties.

Known as the “Birthplace and Deathbed of the Confederacy”, Abbeville County played a key role in Southern history. Politician John C. Calhoun was born in Abbeville County.  Moreover, Abbeville hosted the final Confederate council of war. Due to its historical significance, Abbeville offers tours of the town. The area also boasts a variety of parks, namely Calhoun Falls State Park and Marina and Sumter National Forest.

Abbeville South Carolina. Accessed June 02, 2016.

Welcome to Historic Abbeville County. Accessed June 01, 2016. 

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1918 Flu Pandemic In S.C. | History In A Nutshell
1918 Flu Pandemic In S.C. | History In A Nutshell

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In January of 1918, a deadly H1N1 strain of Influenza called the "Spanish Flu" began sweeping across the globe. This flu, also known as "Strain A" or "Avian Flu", took its toll worldwide, infecting...
Andrew Pickens, Part 1 - Introduction
Andrew Pickens, Part 1 - Introduction

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In this segment, Dr. Rod Andrew, Jr. talks with Dr. Edgar about writing his biography of Revolutionary War hero Col. Andrew Pickens: who he was, his life, and sources about him. Dr. Andrew also...
Andrew Pickens, Part 3 - Revolution Breaks Out
Andrew Pickens, Part 3 - Revolution Breaks Out

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Dr. Andrew briefly talks about the lukewarm sentiment of those living in the backcountry of South Carolina during the early days of the American Revolution. He also talks about how Andrew Pickens got...
Andrew Pickens, Part 7 - "The Wizard Owl"
Andrew Pickens, Part 7 - "The Wizard Owl"

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After the Revolutionary War, Pickens becomes known as the premiere negotiator with Native American Indians. Pickens, who originally established a reputation as an Indian fighter, emerges as a peace...
Andrew Pickens, Part 5 - The Cherokee Campaigns
Andrew Pickens, Part 5 - The Cherokee Campaigns

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Attacks by the Cherokee still occurred in 1776, in backcountry S.C. It was during the Cherokee Campaigns where Andrew Pickens earned his reputation as an Indian fighter. The Catawba Indians allied...
Andrew Pickens, Part 4 - Pickens The Lawman
Andrew Pickens, Part 4 - Pickens The Lawman

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The Backcountry of S.C. had to deal with the fallout of the Cherokee War. Lawlessness was a big problem for the backcountry area, and Dr. Edgar and Dr. Andrew discuss the role of Andrew Pickens as a...
Andrew Pickens, Part 6 - The "Parole"
Andrew Pickens, Part 6 - The "Parole"

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With the fall of Charleston at the hands of the British in 1780, the patriot militia officers in the area (including Pickens) laid down their arms and signed a parole, which meant that the person...
Andrew Pickens, Part 2 - Early Family History
Andrew Pickens, Part 2 - Early Family History

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Dr. Rod Andrew, Jr. discusses the Pickens family’s early history, their Scots-Irish roots, and their transition from Northern Ireland to settling in the back country of colonial South Carolina. Dr...