Nothing gets my attention more than a sign that says “Welcome to Historical (name of town)
Now sometimes I have to look extra hard to find the historical, but usually I can spot something that captures my interest.
The real gems are found in the smaller towns.
And it’s usually worth getting off the beaten path to go exploring, if time permits. It is seldom disappointing.
The state of South Carolina has so many and I would love to explore as many as I can. I will try to get many pictures in the future to share, however, today I only have a few from a small town in the upper eastern part of the state known as the Pee Dee region.
Bennettsville SC was founded in 1819 and named after the Governor, Thomas Bennett. The State of South Carolina recognized Bennettsville’s prominence by officially designating it South Carolina’s “first” Great Town. The lifestyle and affluence are captured by Bennettsville’s Victorian and Greek revival homes and public buildings.
Jennings-Brown House, below, is a historic home located in Bennettsville. It was built about 1830, and is a two-story, frame dwelling with a full-width one-story front porch. During the American Civil War, it served as headquarters for Major General Frank P. Blair, commanding general of the U.S.A. XVII Army Corps, which captured and occupied Bennettsville on March 6–7, 1865.
Below is what is known as the D. D. McColl house at 300 West Main Street. It is a South Carolina “mosquito cottage” built in 1826. I couldn’t find any information about mosquito cottages. ??
Originally constructed by H. H. Covington on Darlington Street, it was sold in 1871 to Duncan Donald McColl (1842–1911). (This entrepreneur financed and developed the first railroad, bank, and textile mills in Marlboro County). McColl lived in the house until 1884, when he built a new residence on West Main Street.
The D D McColl house is now home to the Visitors Center.
Truly Bennettsville is a historical town and worth a stop in. The visitors center is interesting and you will receive a good heaping of Southern Hospitality while there.