South Carolina: Williamsburg County

Williamsburg County (pop. 34,423) is northeast of Berkeley County. It’s the only Williamsburg County in the U.S.

Williamsburg County and the city of Williamsburg, Va., were both named for King William III of England (William of Orange), who lived from 1650 to 1702.

Virginia’s College of William and Mary was named for William and his queen.

The county seat of Williamsburg County is Kingstree (pop. 3,328), originally called Williamsburg and later King’s Tree.

Williamsburg County Courthouse (1823)

A tall white pine tree was found in the area in the 1700s; King George I claimed the tallest white pines in the colonies for the Royal Navy.

Perfect for a ship’s mast

The 151-mile Black River flows through Kingstree; the dark water is the result of tannins from the swampy vegetation.

Black River near Kingstree

Amtrak’s “Palmetto” train stops daily in Kingstree, going north to Washington, D.C., and south to Savannah.

Built in 1909 for the Atlantic Coast Line

The town of Andrew (pop. 2,861) was the birthplace of comedian-actor Chris Rock (1965) and singer Chubby Checker (1941).

“The Twist” was a big hit in 1960.

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2 comments on “South Carolina: Williamsburg County

  1. tomikoden says:

    Thanks for the great info, Pat! Some good friends just moved to Williamsburg, so it’s fun to hear a bit about it πŸ™‚

    …also, just the tallest white pines were claimed? Smells like racism. Species-ism?

  2. Lois says:

    I didn’t know Amtrak had a route to Savannah. It would be interesting to check that out sometime. Poor William of Orange only lived to be 52. He doesn’t look well in that portrait πŸ˜‰

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