Wassamassaw (HMJEK)

Location: Summerville, SC 29483 Berkeley County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 9.288', W 80° 10.188'

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Wassamassaw, with several variant spellings during the colonial era, is a Native American word thought to mean "connecting water." It first referred to the large cypress swamp here, but eventually referred to the community that grew up nearby in the Anglican parish of St. James, Goose Creek. Plantations laid out by the English and later by the Huguenots flourished before the Revolution.

The swamp was almost impassible for most of the colonial period, but the Wassamassaw Road ran just below the swamp between here and Goose Creek. A Chapel of Ease was built nearby shortly after the Yamasee War of 1715, and a free school was founded in 1728. The "Wassamassaw Cavalry," a militia company founded in 1857, later saw Confederate service as Company D, 2nd S.C. Cavalry.
Marker Number8-62
Year Placed2009
Placed ByBerkeley County
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Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 12:28am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 577419 N 3668755
Decimal Degrees33.15480000, -80.16980000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 9.288', W 80° 10.188'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 9' 17.28" N, 80° 10' 11.28" W
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Area Code(s)843
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1211 Red Buckeye Ct, Summerville SC 29483, US
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