The story of Edgefield, South Carolina is a long one, reaching back to the earliest period before any European settlers arrived
when only Native Americans roamed the forests. It extends through the turbulent Colonial and Revolutionary periods, the formation
of County government, the beginnings of the cotton boom, the years of antebellum prosperity, the development of Sectionalism,
the Civil War, Reconstruction, the rise of Tillmanism and Progressivism, the devastation of the Boll Weevil, the Great Depression,
World War II and the economic diversification as we moved into the modern era.
Edgefield is a unique place. Its history
has earned it a national reputation for its politics, violence, agriculture of cotton and peaches, manufacturing of pottery
and textiles, and religious and educational institutions. Its quintessential small town ambiance is epitomized by its Town
Square and classic Court House and by the remarkable state of preservation of its public buildings, churches, homes and cemeteries.
The Edgefield of today is at once a reflection of the affluence of its antebellum era and the commercial vitality of the
late 19th century.