A Walking Tour of Walterboro, South Carolina
a walking tour in the Look Up, America series from walkthetown.com
by Doug Gelbert
published by Cruden Bay Books at Smashwords
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During the summer of 1784, several owners of large rice plantations in what is now Colleton County, South Carolina, began searching for a location for summer homes to escape their malaria-ridden, lowcountry homes. This is where they settled. The original settlement was located on a hilly area, covered with pine and hickory trees and named “Hickory Valley.” This small summer retreat grew and in 1817, the town became the county seat and was officially incorporated in 1826. The story goes that two citizens, one named Walter and the other Smith, each insisted the town be named for him. They ended the dispute by a tree-felling contest in which Smith was the loser.