Darlington County Historical Marker Program
The Darlington County Historical Commission as it was created by Act of the South Carolina General Assembly has taken seriously its charge to mark historical sites within the county. Since the 1936 establishment of the South Carolina Historical Marker Program, the Commission have researched and marked 75 historic sites within Darlington County. It is said that the Darlington County has 561 square land miles, which calculates to a historical marker every 7 square land miles. The county is ranked number 4 out of the 46 counties in South Carolina in marking our historic building, churches, organizations and influential citizens. The County budgets for two historical markers per year as a capital expenditure. The process of researching, site selection and approval, text and text approval can get time consuming, so the Commission maintains a running list of approved sites. This list has been voted on and approved by the Board of Commissioners, the Counties sponsoring organization. In many cases pre-research has already been done. Currently, there are 75 Commission approved sites that are on a waiting list that, at the rate of two per year would span through 2053.
The Commission regularly communicates with organizations about this list and supports any endeavors on their part to raise the money needed to fund a marker submission prior to the counties budgeting ability. Markers may be sponsored by historical, patriotic, civic, or other organizations, or by institutions such as church congregations or schools and colleges. Though individuals may not sponsor markers, they may propose and pay for them provided the marker is sponsored through the Darlington County Historical Commission. The staff of the Darlington County Historical Commission is always more than willing to assist an interested group with any research and formulating the historical text for a marker.
The markers are intended to mark and interpret places important to the history of Darlington County as the sites of significant events, or at historic properties such as buildings, sites, structures, or other resources significant for their design, as examples of a type, or for their association with institutions or individuals significant in local, state, or national history.
The South Carolina Historical Marker Program has established criteria for what places may and may not be marked, and for the process by which accurate and appropriate marker texts are approved by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Though markers interpret historic places they are not an official historic preservation designation, such as is the case with the National Register of Historic Places or National Historic Landmark programs.
Individual components of a historic property already marked as an entity are not eligible for additional historical markers.