Museum Musings

On March 12, 1785, statewide efforts finally culminated in the passing of the County Court Act, which created Darlington County.
Today in Darlington County History, March 1-3, 1865, This house, the home of Jacob Kelley (1780-1874), was used as a Union headquarters on March 2-3, 1865 by Major-General John E. Smith, Commander of the Third Division, Fifteenth Army Corps. During the encampment by Federal forces, the mills near Kelley Town were run for the benefit of the Third Division and foraging parties roamed the area.
On Sunday, September 9, 1928, Jack McElveen, a 23-year old from Atlanta, fell to his death in a field on off Timmonsville Highway. He was an accomplished parachutist performing with a flying circus that weekend. It was determined that McElveen "came to his death through accidental means." Responsible for his own parachute, he neglected to snap one of the harnesses into place, and when he jumped, the remaining strap snapped.
On February 20, 1904, the Bank of Lamar was chartered, with a capital stock of $10,000.
I am a lifelong fan of “America’s Pastime,” so I was delighted to learn that Orlando Hudson, a former Major League Baseball player, was born in Darlington, SC, on December 12, 1977
In that same year, the denizens of Dove’s Depot petitioned the S. C. Legislature to become incorporated by special Act, which was signed into law by the Governor on February 9, 1882.