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The previous  year the tour featured the Badham Mansion (only downstairs) that had never been opened to the public before. The 2013  tour included the entire house. The upstairs is remarkable. It is the living quarters and features a maze of rooms and 5 balconies. One overlooks the front of the property and 4 are actually antique bathrooms, suspended from air hanging over the 2 side porches. The walls, ceiling and floors are built of walnut, mahogany and pine. Stained glass is featured in windows and door panels and the radiators used to steam heat the house in earlier days are prevalent throughout the house.  All proceeds were used on a growing list of historic needs.   Upper Dorchester County Historical Society

Bill Blakely has shared photographs of the sites on the tour.  Please click on links below to view the photographs and brief histories of the sites.
Badham Mansion

Koger House (Ca 1780s), the home of the first sheriff of Colleton County and several Members of the House and an early stagecoach stop.

Appleby Church

Indian Field Camp Ground (Ca 1801) one of the oldest camp grounds in the state.

Charles M. Gavin House (Ca 1885), this was the home of Major David Gavin's nephew. You may remember, we published the Diary of David Gavin (1855-1874) back in 2005. The original diary was kept in this house, upstairs in a cedar chest, until it was donated to Chapel Hill.

Klauber Building (Ca 1894), an early mercantile store located in downtown St. George.

Lourie Theater (Ca 1920s), an early movie house located in downtown St. George.
Thanks to Bill Blakely  UDCHS Corresponding Secretary, for sharing the photographs and histories.

Upper Dorchester County Historical Society






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Please note that photographs features on the Dorchester County SCGenWeb site are not in the public domain. They are the property of the photographer or contributor and may not be reproduced without the express permission of the USGenWeb Project and the owner of the image.

ORANGEBURG (Orangeburg County, SC)
Orangeburg Public School, Graduationg Class of 1903

Can you help with this project?

If you have historic photographs  or color photographs of places in Dorchester County and would like to submit them  for the Dorchester Co. album,  please scan them and e-mail them to me with the description of the scene.  Please give me a "heads up" before sending them, and PLEASE send each photo with a separate e-mail.  Otherwise, it takes many years to download the message with the attachments.

If you live in the Dorchester County area, or will be visiting soon, please consider taking some photographs for our album!   If you've got a digital camera, you'll need to photograph at the lowest resolution and even then will need to reduce the file to 120K or under to e-mail easily. 

If you have histories or additional information on these sites, please let me know and I'll add it to the site.

Please alert me in advance if you are going to e-mail photographs, and send them one at a time as separate attachments.

Thanks for your help!
Pat Sabin

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Last Updated 01-09-16