South Carolina: Colleton County

Colleton County (pop. 38,892), east of Hampton County, is the fourth-largest county (in square miles) in South Carolina.

The only Colleton County in the U.S., it was named for Sir John Colleton – one of the eight “Lords Proprietors” who were granted the land called Carolina by King Charles II of England.

They introduced the cultivation of rice to the area.

The 35-acre Colleton State Park has access to the Edisto River.

One of the state’s smallest state parks

The county seat of Colleton County is Walterboro (pop. 5,398), which was founded in 1783 as a hilly summer retreat for local planters.

Courthouse, built in 1820 in Greek Revival style

Walterboro hosts the Colleton County Rice Festival every April.

Although most of Edisto Island is in Charleston County, the town of Edisto Beach (pop. 691) is in Colleton County.

“The Greatest Beach on the Planet”

The town of Cottageville (pop. 707) has the Bee City Honeybee Farm & Petting Zoo & Nature Center.

Colleton County has an unincorporated community called Round O. It has two churches and a post office.


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