“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. 

Abbeville County