Edgefield, South Carolina

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Edgefield, South Carolina
Motto: "Home of Ten Governors"
Location of Edgefield, South Carolina
Location of Edgefield, South Carolina
Coordinates: 33°47′N 81°56′W / 33.783°N 81.933°W / 33.783; -81.933Coordinates: 33°47′N 81°56′W / 33.783°N 81.933°W / 33.783; -81.933
Country United States
State South Carolina
County Edgefield
 • Total 4.1 sq mi (10.7 km2)
 • Land 4.1 sq mi (10.5 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 531 ft (162 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 4,449
 • Density 1,094.3/sq mi (422.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 29824
Area code(s) 803
FIPS code 45-22795[1]
GNIS feature ID 1247634[2]
Website www.edgefieldsc.net

Edgefield is a town in Edgefield County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 4,750 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Edgefield County[3].

Edgefield is part of the Augusta, Georgia metropolitan area.

On February 14, 2014, at 10:23pm, Edgefield, South Carolina had a 4.1 magnitude earthquake followed by an aftershock of 3.2 on February 16, 2014, at 3:23pm..[4]


Edgefield is located at 33°47′N 81°56′W / 33.783°N 81.933°W / 33.783; -81.933 (33.7868, -81.9278)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.2 square miles (11 km2), of which 4.1 square miles (11 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (1.93%) is water.


Edgefield suffered a devastating fire in late October 1881 with damages of $110,000.[6]

On February 14, 2014, at 10:23pm EST, the town had a 4.1 magnitude earthquake centered 7 miles west of the town.[4]

The Blocker House, Cedar Grove, Darby Plantation, Edgefield Historic District, Horn Creek Baptist Church, and Pottersville are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[7]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,449 people, 1,080 households, and 697 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,094.3 people per square mile (422.1/km²). There were 1,229 housing units at an average density of 302.3 per square mile (116.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 38.82% White, 59.92% African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.18% from other races, and 0.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.47% of the population.

There were 1,080 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.8% were married couples living together, 23.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 32.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the town the population was spread out with 14.1% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 44.1% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 195.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 221.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $24,977, and the median income for a family was $30,721. Males had a median income of $25,478 versus $23,462 for females. The per capita income for the town was $8,125. About 20.7% of families and 25.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.1% of those under age 18 and 23.2% of those age 65 or over.


The Federal Bureau of Prisons Federal Correctional Institution, Edgefield is in Edgefield County; it is partially within the city limits of Edgefield, and partially in an unincorporated area.[8][9]

In Popular Culture[edit]

The 1997 film That Darn Cat was shot in Edgefield.[10]

Notable Natives and Residents[edit]

Edgefield is best known for being the home of ten well-known and very influential governors.

Edgefield County has the distinction of being the home to ten South Carolina governors and five Lieutenant Governors:


Andrew Pickens, II 1816-1818

George McDuffie 1834-1836

Pierce Mason Butler 1836-1838

James H. Hammond 1842-1844

Francis W. Pickens 1860-1862

Milledge L. Bonham 1862-64

John C. Sheppard July-Dec.1886

Benjamin R. Tillman 1890-1894

John Gray Evans 1894-1896

James Strom Thurmond 1947-1951

Lieutenant Governors

Eldred Simkins 1812-1814

John C. Sheppard 1884-1886

W.H. Timmerman 1893-1896

James Hammond Tillman 1901-1903

James O. Sheppard 1932-1934


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ a b "4.1 magnitude earthquake shakes Georgia, South Carolina". foxnews.com. Associated Press. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "An Historic Town in Ruins". Charleston News & Courier. Nov 1, 1881. p. 1. Retrieved Dec 3, 2012. 
  7. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  8. ^ "FCI Edgefield Contact Information." Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved on July 27, 2010.
  9. ^ "Edgefield town, South Carolina." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on July 27, 2010.
  10. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120317/


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