Long a home of Native Americans, we were founded soon after Carolina was separated into North and South. Here, King Haigler, the Catawba Chief, worked for peace among natives and colonists along the banks of the Wateree. Here, Patriots suffered one of the worse defeats in the Revolutionary War. Yet from this place, the tide of war would turn and ultimately lead to victory for a fledgling nation built on ideals of equality, free­dom, and hope.

We are a place where the Winter Colony brought people from across the nation to Carolina, where they could enjoy life with kind and gracious people. We are a place where memories of a horse race, sometimes hazy, become the first experience of young people making a lifelong connection to South Carolina.