Wedgefield, South Carolina

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Wedgefield, South Carolina
unincorporated community
Country United States
State South Carolina
County Sumter
Area
 • Total 73.23 sq mi (189.7 km2)
 • Land 71.9 sq mi (186 km2)
 • Water 0.33 sq mi (0.9 km2)
Elevation 249 ft (76 m)
Population (2000)[1]
 • Total 3,376
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip Code 29168

Wedgefield is an unincorporated community in the High Hills of Santee area in western Sumter County, South Carolina, United States. Wedgefield was so named because its location was likened to a "wedge" into the High Hills of Santee.[2] In the 18th and 19th centuries it was the location of many plantations, notably those of the Singleton family, which produced First Lady of the United States, Angelica Singleton Van Buren.[3] Today the plantations are gone except for their cemeteries and Wedgefield is today noted as the location of a state park, a state forest and other recreational places. When the railroad came through in the 19th century, the commercial center of Wedgefield developed at the intersection of the railroad, Kings Highway (South Carolina Highway 261) and Wedgefield Road (South Carolina Highway 763). It has its own post office with the Zip Code of 29168.

Wedgefield had a population of 3,376 in 2000 on a Zip Code based estimate. Housing units were 1,343. Land area is 71.9 square miles (186 km2) while water area is 0.33 square miles.[1]

Places of interest[edit]

  • High Hills Outdoor Center of the Palmetto Conservation Foundation is located at 2070 SC 261 South. in Wedgefield.[4] It is the center for the High Hills of Santee Passage of the Palmetto Trail.
  • Manchester State Forest, which extends into Clarendon County, is based in Wedgefield off SC 261 south at 6740 Headquarters Road.[5]
  • Poinsett State Park is located off SC 261 south at 6660 Poinsett Park Road, Wedgefield[6]

Transportation[edit]

South Carolina Highway 261, Kings Highway, is the main north-south road in Wedgefield. It runs north to Stateburg and south to Pinewood. Wedgefield Road (South Carolina Highway 763) begins in Wedgefield and runs east to Sumter.[7][8] CSX Transportation, formerly the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad runs into Wedgefield from Sumter just north of Wedgefield Road and continues to the west. There is no passenger service to Wedgefield.

Cemeteries[edit]

Cemeteries in the Wedgefield area include:[9]

Notable residents[edit]

Portrait of Sarah Angelica Singleton Van Buren by Henry Inman (1842)

Media[edit]

WIBZ is licensed to Wedgefield.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates 33.893° N80.518°W

Coordinates: 33°53′35″N 80°31′05″W / 33.893°N 80.518°W / 33.893; -80.518