Chester

Chester County is a county of about 30,000 residents located in South Carolina’s Piedmont region.

Chester County is a county of about 30,000 residents located in South Carolina’s Piedmont region. The county is known for the rivers that constitute its borders: the Catawba River and the Broad River. Chester serves as the county seat.

The county was founded in 1785 within the Camden District and named in honor of Chester County, Pennsylvania. The battle of Fishing Creek took place in Chester County during the Revolutionary War. After the Civil War, Chester became important to the economy of the region due to the construction of the Columbia-Chester railroad line. Both agriculture and the textile industry grew in the county during this time.

A History of Chester, South Carolina. Accessed June o6, 2016. 

Chester
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Settled around 1750, when Pennsylvania farmers came searching for new grazing ground for cattle, the town of Chester still bears its Pennsylvanian and English roots. The area also served as a buffer...
Chester, Part 4
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Chester State Park features camp grounds, picnic areas, hiking trails, boat rentals, and a place to fish. Joanna Angle then details the history of Landsford Canal State Park. Designed by Robert Mills...
Chester, Part 3
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St. Mark’s Episcopal Church was designed by Philadelphia architect Samuel Sloan, and it originally served as a church for Presbyterians. Joanna Angle discusses the history of this beautiful Chester...
Chester, Part 2
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Chester resident Lester Clark, caner of chairs and dispenser of wisdom, discusses how he got started making chairs, and shares a little bit about how he makes them.
Walker Gill Wylie | S.C. Hall of Fame

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Dr. Walker Gill Wylie (1848–1923) was a surgeon and civil engineer—who developed operational procedures for the nation’s hospitals, organized the first nursing school at Bellevue Hospital, New York...