w from Arcadia Publishing is Hopkins, by local authors Ann Drayton Lister and Virginia Hook McCracken. With more than 200 vintage images, Hopkins offers a fascinating look at the history of this unique community in the center of South Carolina.
Hopkins was named for John Hopkins, a Virginian who obtained a royal land grant in 1764. The town was originally Hopkins Turnout, as the railroad had a turntable here before the line to Columbia was completed. Trains ran from Charleston to Hopkins and passengers continued to Columbia by stagecoach.
Hopkins is home to the Congaree Swamp, originally inhabited by the Congaree tribe; they were reduced greatly by smallpox but the area retained their name. Now a national monument, this biosphere boasts one of the most diverse forest communities in the country.
Highlights of Hopkins:
• Home to structures on the National Register of Historic Places including the Harriet Barber House, the Hopkins Presbyterian Church and the Hicks Chappell House
• The Congaree Swamp, originally inhabited by the Congaree tribe
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