“Lancaster County and its county seat were named for Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.” This origin is most likely tied to the Scotch-Irish settlers from Pennsylvania that settled the area in the mid-18th century. Initially belonging to the Camden District, the county was founded in 1785. Lancaster County became smaller after lands belonging to the county were used to create Kershaw County in 1791. Lancaster County lies between Charlotte, North Carolina and Columbia, South Carolina.

The county played an important role in the Revolutionary War, with the battles of Waxhaw and Hanging Rock occurring in the county. Lancaster County is also known for notable residents Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, and Charles M. Duke Jr., an astronaut. The area has relied and continues to rely heavily on agriculture. However, textiles and gold mining also entered the economy in the 19th century. 

           

A Brief History of Lancaster County. Accessed June 06, 2016. http://www.mylancastersc.org/about 

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