Situated along the Savannah River, Aiken County shares its name with its county seat. An equestrian-enthusiast’s paradise, Aiken County is home to a polo club and a prominent horse racing scene with its own Triple Crown. The area is also known for agriculture, especially the cultivation of soybeans, hay, peaches, and corn. As of 2010, about 160,000 people resided in Aiken County.

In 1871, lands previously belonging to Edgefield, Lexington, Barnwell, and Orangeburg counties were merged to create Aiken County. The area began to serve as a vacation destination frequented by visitors from the Northern United States in the late 19th century. William Aiken, the county and county seat’s namesake, was the president of the South Carolina Railroad.

Aiken County: About Aiken County. Accessed June 01, 2016. 

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Beech Island | South Carolina Public Radio
Beech Island | South Carolina Public Radio

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"B" is for Beech Island [Aiken County; population 4,834]. Named for the beech trees growing in the wetlands of the nearby Savannah River swamp—and possibly a dead river island—Beech Island began in...
Burnettown | South Carolina Public Radio
Burnettown | South Carolina Public Radio

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"B" is for Burnettown (Aiken County; 2010 population 2,673). Incorporated in 1941, Burnettown is located in the Horses Creek Valley of Aiken County. In 1890, Daniel Burnette purchased land along a...
Savannah River Site (S.C.) Stop 2 - The Bluff
Savannah River Site (S.C.) Stop 2 - The Bluff

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This bluff is one of 30 areas set aside from the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology laboratory. This area is vastly different from the tall pine community Rudy and Jim visited previously...
Savannah River Site (S.C.) Stop 1 - Pine Forest
Savannah River Site (S.C.) Stop 1 - Pine Forest

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In this episode of NatureScene, Rudy and Jim visit the Savannah River Site, located along the southwestern border of South Carolina. The area is 200,000 acres of protected land. When one thinks of the...
Savannah River Site (S.C.) Stop 5 - Rainbow Bay
Savannah River Site (S.C.) Stop 5 - Rainbow Bay

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This area is known as a “dry wetland” Here, Button bush, and Red maple trees thrive here. Under a nearby wooden board, Rudy and Jim find a Mole salamander, and a Ring-Neck snake. And in a nearby tree...