Photographs Returned to Darlington, SC

The following photographs are compliments of Ann Lane Huber, Grand Junction, Colorado. Her mother died recently and these photos were in her collection.  They were returned to Darlington by the Huber’s on December 2, 2016. Darlington Christmas Parade, December 1957.  In the background is the old Southern Air Restaurant. Darlington Christmas Parade, December 1957.  In…

INDEPENDENCE AT LONG BUFF ON NOVEMBER 15, 1774

“By as much as you prefer freedom to slavery, by so much ought you to prefer a generous death to servitude…..Hence, by all the ties which mankind hold most dear and sacred; your reverence to your ancestors; your love to your own interest; your tenderness to your posterity; by lawful obligations of your oaths; I…

Today in Darlington County History

We honor the life sacrifice of  1st Lt. William Glover Farrow, a native of Darlington, SC.  It was on this day in 1942 that William Farrow was executed by the Japanese. He served his Country with honor and today we remember his sacrifice as one of the foundation blocks of our American Freedom.  Lt. Farrow…

New exhibit on personal experiences of Civil War

Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2016  Darlington News and Press The display includes a detailed model of the Florence Stockade where many Union prisoners perished due to harsh conditions. (Photos by Samantha Lyles) The display includes a detailed model of the Florence Stockade where many Union prisoners perished due to harsh conditions. Photo by Samantha…

Today in Darlington County History – September 19

September 18-20, 1863 – The Battle of Chickamauga, marked the end of a Union offensive in southeastern Tennessee and northwestern Georgia called the Chickamauga Campaign. The battle was the most significant Union defeat in the Western Theater of the American Civil War and involved the second highest number of casualties in the war following the Battle of Gettysburg. It was the first major battle of the war…

Today in Darlington County History – September 3 (Hurricane San Felipe-Okeechobee)

On September 03, 1928  Hurricane San Felipe-Okeechobee wrecked havoc on the ACL Railroad trestle behind the cotton mill. Rails and cross ties were left dangling after the supports were washed away. Darlington County received the largest documented rainfall from the storm. A record 12.53 inches. The Okeechobee hurricane, also known as San Felipe Segundo hurricane,…

Today in Pee Dee History – The Swamp Fox took command in the Pee Dee

  Francis Marion (c. 1732 – February 27, 1795) was a military officer who served in the American Revolutionary War. Acting with the Continental Army and South Carolina militia commissions, he was a persistent adversary of the British in their occupation of South Carolina in 1780 and 1781, even after the Continental Army was driven…

Today in History – July 18

Today in Darlington County History – endorsing the War of 1812 & organization of the masonic order – the Knights of Jerico.

The Cash-Shannon Duel -Today in Darlington County History

2 PM will mark the 136th anniversary of the historic duel between E.C.B. Cash, a wealthy planter from Cash’s Depot, located between Cheraw and Society Hill, along the Great Pee Dee River, and Col. William Shannon, Silver-haired Camden lawyer and sire of 14 children. We know that the exact spot there Shannon fell mortally wounded, lies in the middle of highway 15, just 500 yards east of the Hartsville side of DuBose’s bridge, which spans Lynches River three miles east of Hartsville. We know that the spot from which Cash stood when he fired the fatal shot is now the location of what was a combination grocery store and service station. We know that the day was marked with over 100 spectators that had gathered to watch the show.

Today in History – July 2

General History: 437 – Emperor Valentinian III begins his reign over the Western Roman Empire. His mother Galla Placidia ends her regency, but continues to exercise political influence at the court in Rome. 1613 – The first English expedition (from Virginia) against Acadia led by Samuel Argall takes place. 1698 – Thomas Savery patents the…

Today in History – July 1

1941 – Darlington County, SC.  The Black Creek Protection Association is granted their State Charter. General History: 1643 – First meeting of the Westminster Assembly, a council of theologians (“divines”) and members of the Parliament of England appointed to restructure the Church of England, at Westminster Abbey in London. 1782 – Raid on Lunenburg: American…