Edgefield County is situated in the west part of the state, and contains 1,680 square miles. Saluda River runs on its northeast border, and Savannah River on its southwest. Drained by Little Saluda River and Stephens’ Creek. The surface is moderately uneven; soil not very fertile, but well adapted to cotton, of which it produces annually 35,000 bales. Capital, Edgefield. There were in 1840, neat cattle 36,339, sheep 15,324, swine 62,184; wheat 40,295 bush, produced, rye 3,023, Ind. corn 1,063,521, oats 120,334, potatoes 62,069, cot-ton 7,613,125 pounds; 6 commercial and com. houses, cap. $26,000; 39 stores, cap. $205,500; 1...Read More
Author: Dennis Partridge
For many years before there was any permanent settlement the whole upper country was traversed by roving traders, who bought skins and furs from the natives and made large profits by the trade. Beavers, buffaloes, bears, and other animals, whose skins were very valuable, as well as wolves, catamounts, and wild cats, were quite as plentiful as squirrels and rabbits are now. There were also many wild deer, and at one time the exportation of skins from the State, or colony, ran up as high as to two hundred and fifty thousand a year. As far back as the...Read More
Edgefield County is part of the South Carolina AHGP.