Darlington County

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To lure settlers into the wild backcountry of Darlington, the British colonial government offered two large tracts of land to a group of Welsh Baptists from Delaware in 1736. The land of dense pine forests still bearing the footprints of the Cheraw tribe of Native Americans welcomed the Welshmen, and they located on a bend in the Pee Dee River that came to be known as Welsh Neck. Eventually, German, Swedish, Scotch Irish, English, and French Huguenot settlers came too, creating more communities and towns, and a few entrepreneurs made their fortunes on the fertile land along the river's banks. The railroads came in the 1850s, and industry joined agriculture as a way of life. In 1950, the new Darlington Raceway celebrated America's love affair with the automobile. Today Darlington County presents a mingling of vintage architecture with the contemporary. This is Darlington County, at once historic and thoroughly modern.
ISBN: 9780738553801
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: South Carolina
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Mary Anne Hamblen has a master's degree in history and an abiding love for the stories of the South. The Darlington County Historical Commission archives generously shared its valuable and extensive collection of photographs and documents to make this book possible. The images contained reveal the hard work, worship, merriment, and community pride that make Darlington County unique. Readers will share the trials, triumphs, and everyday lives captured in this photographic record of Darlington County's journey from days long past to the present.
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