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The following is a list of books which give insight into the history of Edgefield County.  Many of these can be purchased from the Tompkins Library at OEDGS@spiritcom.net.

Chapman, John    The History of Edgefield County    1897    Overview of county history at the end of the 19th century with many stories

Simkins, Francis Butler    Pitchfork Ben Tillman    1944    Biography of the Edgefield farmer who became a political powerhouse in South Carolina

Burton, Orville Vernon    In My Father’s House    1985    Social and economic history of the Edgefield District in the mid 19th century

Edmunds, John B., Jr.    Francis W. Pickens    1986    Biography of Francis Pickens, First War Governor of South Carolina

Booraem, Henrik V.    The Early History of Johnston    1993    History of the founding of the railroad town

Butterfield, Fox    All God’s Children    1995    Story of a violent murderer and his heritage in the Edgefield District

Dorn, T. Felder    The Guns of Meeting Street    2001    Detailed account of the tragic 1941 family feud between two families in the county

Lewis, Elizabeth W.    Queen of the Confederacy    2002    Biography of Lucy Holcombe Pickens, wife of South Carolina Governor Francis Pickens

Bass, Jack & M. Thompson    Strom    2005    Biography of Strom Thurmond, South Carolina’s Legendary Leader

Todd, Leonard    Carolina Clay    2008    The Life and Legend of the Slave Potter Dave