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South Carolina – Lost Places

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Below are eight South Carolina communities that have been lost to time. You may also be interested in visiting SouthCarolinaPlantations.com, which relates the history of plantations in our state, most of which no longer exist.

Chronologically by date of destruction: Colonial Dorchester | Hamburg | Ft Jackson | Lake Murray | Lake Marion & Lake Moultrie | Thurmond Lake | Savannah River Site

Colonial Dorchester – 1697


For a little over a century – from 1821 until 1929 – the now-extinct town of Hamburg occupied a portion of present-day North Augusta, located between the 5th Street Bridge and 13th Street Bridge. Though once home to a thriving inland port – the largest in South Carolina – Hamburg has now vanished almost completely. In its latter years, following the Civil War, it was also the site of a successful freedmen's village. Sadly, it is remembered today primarily as the setting for the Hamburg Massacre, one of the bloodiest race riots in South Carolina's history. In this violent battle, at least six black men were murdered without cause, purely for the sake of "provok[ing] a row."

There are four remaining vestiges of this once-thriving Aiken County town. Please see the links below to learn about the history of Hamburg as well as its last four remaining landmarks:

Fort Jackson

Lake Murray – 1930

Lake Marion, Lake Moultrie – Santee Cooper Project – 1939

Thurmond Lake – 1946-1954

Savannah River Site – 1950


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