Located along the north fork of South Carolina's Edisto River, Orangeburg enjoys an extended, rich heritage dating back to the 1730s when it was created as one of the original inland townships. The first settlers were mostly German and Swiss immigrants who found the area to be the paragon of locales, valuable in fertile soil and abundant wildlife surrounding the river. The city of today has been gently shaped by its landscape and natural life, which called people and industries to experience the benefits of such land. This volume celebrates Orangeburg's history by offering readers a rare find of more than 200 photographs from days gone by, taking them on an adventure through the town's coming of age, from the early days of photography to the 1950s. These images reveal the ways of life long past by showcasing well-known town entities such as the Courthouse Square and the Edisto Memorial Gardens, local businesses like the Orangeburg Hotel, and beloved residents, some of whom were public figures and others better remembered by their families and friends. From early-century churches to the evolution of the county fair, readers will find themselves enthralled by the history that Orangeburg possesses.
About the Author
Dr. Gene Atkinson, author and amateur historian and photographer, has collected a wide array of vintage photographs to illustrate the distinct charm and beauty that surrounds his beloved hometown. These images, along with informative captions, will become a historical treasure to anyone who has lived in or simply enjoyed visiting this special place called Orangeburg.