McCormick – McCormick, South Carolina
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The town of McCormick is rightly known as “A Sportsman’s Paradise.” Located in the heart of the Sumter National Forest with the Savannah River just an easy drive west on US 378, this small town offers something for everyone. Visitors and McCormick residents also enjoy strolling along the recently renovated downtown area, where antique shops and restaurants are plentiful.
It was discovered in 1852 that underneath the area of present day McCormick was the second-richest vein of gold ever found in South Carolina‘s history. Cyrus H. McCormick – often called the ‘father of farm mechanization’ – bought the land and gold mine for just $20,000. He owned stock in the Augusta and Knoxville Railroad and the Savannah Valley Railroad, and used his great influence to build train tracks that intersected in McCormick to encourage growth, resulting in the McCormick Railroad.
Cyrus McCormick then auctioned off some of his land for residential use and donated some for churches, schools, and cemeteries. Even though he never visited this area, his wife Nettie invested much of her time and resources into developing the community.
Many thanks to Larry Gleason of Aiken for submitting these pictures in November 2010.
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