Welcome to Bamberg County genealogy & history, and the Bamberg County SCGenWeb! I am Pat Sabin, the County Coordinator for this site as well as Colleton and Dorchester County SCGenWeb. I have been an active volunteer and County Coordinator with The USGenWeb Project since 1998. My "lowcountry" families include Ayer, Byrd, Gavin, Hughes, Raysor, Risher, Stokes, and related families. Please bear with me as I work to make this site more mobile-friendly.
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History of Bamberg County, South Carolina
"On August 12, 1891, the editor of the Bamberg Herald spoke of the 'desirability of a new county to be carved from the whitening cotton fields of Barnwell and the rich pastures of Colleton, and Bamberg's charming felicity of location, which makes it the right place for the courthouse...' Six years later Bamberg County was established from a portion of old Barnwell District and named for the family that had founded the town in its northern section." (South Carolina Postcards, Vol. II, Howard Woody and Thomas L. Johnson).
Bamberg County and its county seat, Bamberg, were named for local resident William Seaborn Bamberg (1820-1858) and other members of the Bamberg family.
Although the area has been primarily dependent upon agriculture (primarily cotton), several towns developed along the route of the South Carolina Railroad in the mid-nineteenth century.
In February 1865 Confederate soldiers fought an unsuccessful skirmish against General Sherman's troops at Rivers Bridge, now the site of a state park.
The plantation of author William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870) was in what is now Bamberg County, and artist Jim Harrison is also a native of the county.
in present day Bamberg County include Bamberg (county
seat), Denmark, Ehrhardt, Embree, Govan, Midway,
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