Colleton

Colleton County lies in South Carolina’s Lowcountry and Walterboro serves as its county seat.

Colleton County lies in South Carolina’s Lowcountry and Walterboro serves as its county seat. Sir John Colleton, Colleton County’s namesake, was one of the Lord’s Proprietors.

When the county was first founded in 1682, most residents continued to refer to the area by the names of the parishes within the county rather than by the county name itself. In 1769, these parishes were added to the Charleston District before becoming Colleton District in 1800.

 The county played an important role in United States Revolutionary War history. Not only did the county serve as the setting of several small Revolutionary War battles, the town of Jacksonboro also served as the meeting place of South Carolina’s government during British occupation of Charleston. Rice and cotton plantations became common in the county during this time. However, most of these plantations have been transformed into nature and hunting preserves.

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"C" is for Colleton County (1,056 square miles; 2010 population 38, 909). Colleton County was one of three original counties organized in Carolina in 1682. Lying south and west of Charleston between...
Walterboro, Part 5
Episode 5

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The preservation of Walterboro’s landscapes has been the passion of one of Walterboro’s residents: nationally acclaimed landscape artist Robert Marvin. Marvin joins to discuss his inspirations, and...
Walterboro
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Colleton County was named in honor of Sir John Colleton, one of the eight English lords proprietors, who was granted land by King Charles II. The county’s marshes made the area ideal for rice farming...
Walterboro, Part 2
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The heart of Walterboro is the Colleton County Courthouse, a Greek Revival style building designed by Robert Mills. It was here where in June, 1828, where Robert Barnwell Rhett delivered an address...
Walterboro, Part 7
Episode 7

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Colleton State Park, with its riverside setting, makes the park a popular campsite. The park is also headquarters for the Edisto River Canoe and Kayak Trail, the state’s official 66 mile black-water...
Walterboro, Part 4
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The property called Bonnie Doone was once a major rice plantation. General William T. Sherman’s troops burned the original house during The Civil War, and took the house’s owner prisoner. The house...
Walterboro, Part 3
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Further exemplifying Walterboro’s commitment to historic preservation, two houses are being reused as the South Carolina Artisan’s Center. The Artisan’s Center displays, and provides a retail outlet...
Walterboro, Part 6
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South Carolinians have collected and grown herbs for generations. Here at the Mount Carmel Herb Farm, people can go to learn all about growing and cultivating herbs. Catherine McCormick discusses the...
Edisto, Part 2
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Joanna Angle talks about two of Edisto’s oldest churches: The Island’s Presbyterian Congregation is the oldest continuously existing church in South Carolina, built circa 1830. The other is Edisto...
Edisto, Part 3
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Cassina Point, one of Edisto’s oldest and most historic of homes, presently serves as a bed and breakfast inn. Traces of occupation by Union soldiers during the Civil War can still be seen today...