South Carolina: Edgefield County

Edgefield County (pop. 26,985) is northwest of Aiken County. It’s the only Edgefield County in the U.S.

The county seat is the city of Edgefield (pop. 4,750).

Edgefield County Courthouse

The National Wild Turkey Federation is headquartered in Edgefield.

More than 250,000 members around the world

Strom Thurmond (1902-2003), who served in the U.S. Senate for 48 years and retired at age 100, was born in Edgefield and is buried there.

Thurmond statue in downtown Edgefield

Much of the 1997 movie “That Darn Cat” was filmed in Edgefield.

Remake of the 1965 Hayley Mills movie

The Federal Bureau of Prisons has a 1,700-prisoner, medium-security prison near Edgefield.

Edgefield County, adjacent to Georgia, is peach-growing country, and the town of Johnston (pop. 2,362) calls itself “The Peach Capital of the World.”

Johnston has an annual Peach Blossom Festival.

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One comment on “South Carolina: Edgefield County

  1. Gina Sorani Kuntz says:

    Pat, thank you SO MUCH for giving me something fun to look forward to and to enliven my days! When I see your post in my email, I think “Woohoo! It’s time for a vacation….click.” The turkeys and peach blossoms are amazingly beautiful. And I laughed at the idea of a National Wild Turkey Association. I’m also now looking forward to a movie marathon….I love all the Haley Mills movies (Pollyanna was filmed in Santa Rosa) and did not know there was a re-make of That Darn Cat. Next time Todd goes out of town, I’m going to rent both the original and the new one. Joanna and I did that with Parent Trap and loved it. Of course, Joanna didn’t care for the Haley Mills version as much, but we own the re-make and have watched it a million times.

    Until the next county,

    Gina

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