South Carolina: Allendale County

Allendale County, west of Bamberg County and adjacent to Georgia, has a population of 10,419 – second smallest in South Carolina.

Allendale County was the last county established in South Carolina; it was created from pieces of Hampton and Barnwell counties.

Allendale County Courthouse (1922)

The county seat is Allendale (pop. 3,482), home of the University of South Carolina Salkehatchie. The university opened in 1965 and now has about 1,100 students.

Named for the nearby Salkehatchie River

Allendale’s former Carolina Theatre is now the college’s Civic Arts Center.

It was recently renovated.

Allendale’s population fell 21 percent between 1990 and 2010; one reason was the construction of Interstate 95 east of Allendale County, taking much north-south traffic away from U.S. Highway 301.

Several Highway 301 motels closed.


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3 comments on “South Carolina: Allendale County

  1. Mary Schlick says:

    As a native midwesterner where the land surveyors laid out the states with mostly straight borders (except for the rivers), I love these that look as if the the map was cut out by pinking shears.

  2. Gina Sorani Kuntz says:

    Interesting how locations eb and flow as changes occur.

  3. joeyespinosa says:

    Great project. We live in Allendale. Let me know if we can help you out in any way.

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