South Carolina Geography and Famous Natives

Geography of South Carolina

South Carolina is divided into four distinct regions; Sea Islands, Atlantic Lowlands, Piedmont Plateau and Blue Ridge Mountains.

Hundreds of offshore islands line its very jagged southeast Atlantic coastline. From there the wide and flat Atlantic lowlands extend inland a close 70 miles. Marshy along the coast, it is crossed by dozens of rivers and covers about 50% of the state. The land then rises gently into the forested (central) sandhills, and then into the rolling hills of the Piedmont Plateau, where average elevations are close to 1,000 feet above sea level. The forested Blue Ridge Mountains.

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famous for their bluish color, when seen from afar, extend across the northwestern edges of the state. The highest point of the state is located here; Mount Sassafras, at 3,560 feet.

The Appalachians, approximately 1,500 miles in length, stretch from Georgia to the Carolinas, across New England and on into the Canadian areas of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Quebec.

South Carolina is drained by many rivers. Major ones include Edisto, Great Pee Dee, Santee and Savannah. In addition, the state contains many artificial lakes and reservoirs, including Hartwell, Keowee, Marion, Moultrie and Murray lakes. and Strom Thurmond Reservoir.

South Carolina Famous Natives

People listed are almost always native to the state. We do (on occasion) include those who have either lived within the state for most of their adult lives or have made significant contributions to the state in their personal endeavors.

  • “Whisperin’ Bill” Anderson singer, songwriter
  • Pink Anderson singer, guitarist

B

  • James Mark Baldwin psychologist, American Psychological Association founder, author
  • David Ball singer, songwriter
  • Bernard Baruch statesman
  • Charlotte Bass educator, civil rights activist
  • Clayton “Peg Leg” Bates the tap dancer
  • Brook Benton singer, songwriter
  • Educator Mary McLeod Bethune
  • Felix “Doc” Blanchard heisman trophy winner, soccer player, military pilot
  • James Butler Bonham soldier, killed at the Battle of the Alamo
  • James Anthony Brown actor, radio personality
  • James Brown “godfather of the soul”, singer, songwriter
  • Joseph H. Burkhelter inventor
  • James F. Byrnes politician

C

  • Tommy Caldwell musician
  • Songwriter Toy Caldwell
  • John C. Calhoun politician, American Vice President
  • Harry Carson footballer
  • Wilson Casey Guinness World Record holder, columnist
  • Full Controller singer
  • Stephen Colbert Television Host, writer (born in D.C.)
  • Actress Angella Conwella
  • Melissa “Missy” Creeder actress

D-F

  • Reverend Gary Davis (Dazzle Gary Davis), singer
  • Andrew Dick actor, voice artist
  • Baseball player Larry Dobie
  • Activist Marian Wright Edelmin, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund
  • Joe Frazier boxer, Olympic medalist
  • Susan Pringle Frost advocate, suffragist

G

  • Kevin Garnett basketball player
  • Lisa Gibbons Television Host
  • Altia Gibson tennis player
  • William Gibson author
  • Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, jazz bandleader, singer
  • Doug Gray musician
  • Lindsey Graham politician
  • Fred Griffith actor

H-J

  • DuBose Heyward poet, playwright, author
  • Journalist Galta Hunter Charlayne
  • Andrew Jackson us president
  • Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, minister
  • Joe “Barefoot Joe” Jackson baseball player
  • James Jamerson musician
  • Lawyer for William Johnson Jr.

K-M

  • Eartha Kitt actress, singer
  • James Longstreet’s ally general civil war
  • Actress Andie McDowell
  • Francis Marion ‘s War of Independence Continental Army Lieutenant Colonel
  • Marshall Tucker Orchestral Music Group
  • Mybank Politician Blackhead
  • Edwin McCain singer, songwriter
  • George McCorkle musician
  • Ronald Erwin McNair astronaut
  • Robert Mills architect, designer of the Washington Monument

N-O

  • Isaiah DeQuinckie Newman minister, leader of the civil rights movement
  • Television host Nancy O’Dell
  • Germain O’Neill basketball player

P

  • Written by Peggy Parish
  • Mary Louise Parker actress
  • David “Black and Brown Fox” Pearson’s car racer
  • William “Refrigerator” Perry football player
  • Yulia Peterkin author, Nobel laureate
  • John Phillips musician
  • Josephine Lyons poet Scott Pinckney, author

R

  • Jim Rice baseball player
  • James Oliver Rigney Jr. (Robert Jorday) (Author)
  • TV news anchor Jane Robelot
  • Singer Julie Roberts
  • Chris Rock comedian, actor
  • Darius Rucker singer

S

  • Arthur “Art” Schell footballer, coach
  • Blue Sky painter, sculptor
  • Thomas Smith Jr. author, editor, journalist
  • Angie Stone singer, songwriter
  • Lily Strickland composer, author, artist

T

  • Singer Melanie Thornton
  • Strom Thurmond politician
  • Charles Hard Townes physicist, Nobel laureate
  • Lawyer for William Barret Travis, soldier
  • Josh Turner singer, songwriter

W-Y

  • Sean Weatherly former Miss USA, universe, actress
  • William Westmoreland ‘s Army Chief of Staff, General
  • Vanna White TV presenter
  • Maurice Williams musician
  • Mookie Wilson baseball player
  • Kayla Yarborough racing driver, team owner

Charleston

What is it about Charleston… sea breezes, thick southern charm, pastel houses along Rainbow Row?

The answers vary, as Charleston easily scams over 4 million visitors each year, luring them in with a wide variety of attractions and historic sites.

Located about halfway along the South Carolina Atlantic coastline, this gem of a city is an exotic blend of English, French and West African cultures, as well as an arts and culinary center of excellence.

Almost surrounded by rivers, at its heart lies a peninsula lined with historic homes, stunning gardens and cobblestone streets. And for gourmets and shoppers, trendy restaurants and specialty shops await.

  • Charleston has the first community college, museum, and theater in the United States.
  • George Gershwin composed his famous opera Porgy and Bess while living in Folly Beach, South Carolina. Porgy and Bess are buried in the Island Cemetery of the James Presbyterian Church.
  • The first game of golf played in the United States took place in Charleston, South Carolina.

It’s too few things to see and do in Charleston. Check out all of them, and more, on your South Carolina vacation:

Historic Charleston
This area of ​​Charleston is brimming with history at every turn and not to be missed is the Nathaniel Russell House. Since 1808, visitors have admired the grand mansion of one-time Charleston merchant Nathaniel Russell. Set amid spacious English gardens, the Nathaniel Russell House is a National Historic Landmark and is widely recognized as one of America’s most important neoclassical dwellings. An elegant interior with elaborate stucco decoration, geometrically shaped rooms and a magnificent free-flying staircase are among the finest ever created in early America. Located in Downtown Charleston just a rustle of Broad Street, the home is stocked with period antiques and works of art that evoke the gracious lifestyle of the city’s merchant elite. Today, the Nathaniel Russell House interprets the lives of the Russell family, as well as the African American slaves and artisans who were responsible for maintaining one of the South’s grandest antebellum mansions.

Fort Sumter
Where the American Civil War began…Decades of growing fighting between North and South erupted into civil war on April 12, 1861, when Confederate artillery fired on this Confederate fort in Charleston Harbor. Fort Sumter surrendered 34 hours later. Union forces would try for almost four years to take him away. Fort Sumter National Monument spans three sites in Charleston: the original Fort Sumter, the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center, and Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island. Access to Fort Sumter itself is a 30-minute ferry ride from the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center or Patriots Point. The museum at Fort Sumter focuses on activities at the fort, including its construction and role during the Civil War.

Arthur Ravenel
Bridge North America’s longest remaining cable spans Charleston Harbor. The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge connects historic Charleston and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. The bridge is home to the annual USA Track & Field Cooper River Bridge Run 10,000 meters on the first weekend of April. This event attracts up to 50,000 people. The route starts at Mount Pleasant and ends in downtown Charleston at Marion Square.

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