Newberry

Newberry County was founded in 1785 within the Ninety-Six District. Scotch-Irish, English, and German immigrants settled the area beginning in the mid-18th century.

Newberry County was founded in 1785 within the Ninety-Six District. Scotch-Irish, English, and German immigrants settled the area beginning in the mid-18th century. In fact, the area became so heavily populated by German immigrants that many residents began to refer to Newberry County as Dutch Fork.

Initially, the county was mostly comprised of small farms. However, these soon gave way to large cotton farms. The cotton growing business in Newberry County continued to expand in the 19th century after the construction of the county’s first railroad. Newberry serves as the county seat.

 

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Union Station | History Of SC Slide Collection
Union Station | History Of SC Slide Collection

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Union Station, Columbia, in 1962, after the heyday of the railroads had passed. At its height, the Union Station served passenger trains of the Atlantic Coast Line, the Southern Railway and the...
Newberry College | History of SC Slide Collection
Newberry College | History of SC Slide Collection

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Newberry College, pictured in this engraving as it appeared around 1860, was one of a number of denominational colleges founded in the state just before the Civil War. Chartered in 1856 as a Lutheran...