Clarendon County (pop. 34,971) was named for Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon (1609-1674), lord chancellor and advisor to King Charles II of England.
Clarendon County is southwest of Florence County. South Carolina’s largest lake, Lake Marion, has most of its northern shore in the county.
Lake Marion was created by the construction of the eight-mile, earthen Santee Dam on the Santee River in 1941, providing hydroelectric power for rural electrification in the region.
The 15,000-acre Santee National Wildlife Refuge, along Lake Marion, has forests, marshlands, and open water.
The heaviest 24-hour snowfall ever recorded in South Carolina was 24 inches on Feb. 10-11, 1973, in Rimini, Clarendon County.
The county seat of Clarendon County is the city of Manning (pop. 4,108),
Peggy Parish (1927-1988), author of the Amelia Bedelia books for children, grew up in Manning. The name of Amelia’s “Uncle Alcolu” was taken from the name of a nearby town.
Tennis great Althea Gibson (1927-2003) was born in the Clarendon County community of Silver.
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