Clarendon County lies in the Santee Cooper region of South Carolina. The county’s economy revolves around timber, agriculture, and the railroad industry. Manning serves as the county seat.

Principally settled by French Huguenots, the county was initially part of the Carolina colony’s Craven County. Clarendon County itself was founded in 1785 and named to honor the Earl of Clarendon, Edward Hyde.  Notable events in Clarendon County history include a number of small battles during the Revolutionary War, the burning of a number of buildings in the county by Union general Edward Potter during the Civil War, and the segregation case Briggs v. Elliot.

A Brief History of Manning. Accessed June 02, 2016. 

Clarendon County History. Accessed June 02, 2016. 

Highway 301 | South Carolina Public Radio
Highway 301 | South Carolina Public Radio


“H” is for Highway 301. Construction of this major U.S. highway in South Carolina began in 1932, when the federal government began taking over the maintenance and construction of many state roads. The...