Ridgeville (HM1S5F)

Location: Ridgeville, SC 29472 Dorchester County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 5.73', W 80° 18.921'

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This town, in Colleton County before Dorchester County was founded in 1897, dates from 1831. It was one of the first stations on the S.C. Rail Road from Charleston to Hamburg. This area was called Ridgeville as early as 1820, for its location on a ridge between Four Holes Swamp and Cypress Swamp. From the 1840s to the Civil War Ridgeville was a popular destination for "pleasure parties," day trips up from Charleston and back on the S.C. Rail Road.
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Town lots were laid out and sold here in 1849, and the town became a planters' summer retreat and a center of trade. One antebellum visitor called Ridgeville "a very pleasant, healthy village" and its citizens "industrious, prosperous and hospitable." It was incorporated in 1875, with its limits a half-mile radius from the depot. The town was centered along Railroad Ave. and Main St. The timber and turpentine industries here flourished into the 20th century.
HM NumberHM1S5F
Marker Number1820
Year Placed2013
Placed ByThe Upper Dorchester County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 563888 N 3662082
Decimal Degrees33.09550000, -80.31535000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 5.73', W 80° 18.921'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 5' 43.8" N, 80° 18' 55.26" W
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Area Code(s)843
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 471 S Railroad Ave, Ridgeville SC 29472, US
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