Interesting Facts about South Carolina: 10 Facts about The Palmetto State

South Carolina is a coastal state in the Southeastern region of the United States. It’s bordered by two other states and the Atlantic Ocean: North Carolina to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast and Georgia to the southwest. The Palmetto State is the nickname of South Carolina. It’s surely a good idea to discuss the interesting facts about South Carolina so that we have more knowledge about “The Palmetto State”.

1. South Carolina was the First State to Vote in Favor of Secession from the Union

South Carolina is one of the original Thirteen Colonies. It became the eighth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution on May 23, 1788. South Carolina was a slave state that first voted in favor of secession from the Union on December 20, 1860. It was readmitted into the United States on July 9, 1868 after the end of American Civil War.

Flag of South Carolina
Flag of South Carolina

2. The Capital City of South Carolina is Columbia and Its Largest City is Charleston

Columbia is the capital city of South Carolina and Charleston is the largest. As the capital city, Columbia is also the second largest metropolitan area in South Carolina while Charleston is only the third largest metropolitan area. The largest metropolitan area in South Carolina is the Upstate in the westernmost part of South Carolina.

South Carolina State House
South Carolina State House in Columbia

3. South Carolina is the Second Largest Peach Producing State in the United States

South Carolina is the largest peach producing state in the east coast of United States. It’s the second largest in the nation behind California, although the peaches produced by South Carolina are less than a fifth than the peaches produced by California. As an essential agricultural product, Peach is the state fruit of South Carolina.

Peach
Peach

4. The Angel Oak in John Islands, South Carolina is One of the Oldest Oak Trees in the United States

The angel oak is one of the oldest oak trees in the United States. It’s a living Southern live oak (Quercus virginiana) that’s located in Angel Oak Park on Johns Island, South Carolina. The angle oak is estimated to be 400–500 years old. It is 66.5 ft (20 m) tall and 28 ft (8.5 m) in circumference. Its longest branch can reach 187 ft in length.

Angel Oak
Angel Oak

5. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is Often Called as the “Golf Capital of the World”

Myrtle Beach is a resort city in Horry County, South Carolina. It’s a major tourism center with a continuous 60-mile (97 km) stretch of beach and warm subtropical climate. There are more than 80 golf courses and 30 miniature golf courses in Myrtle Beach that makes this city called the “Golf Capital of the World”. Barefoot Resort & Golf and TPC of Myrtle Beach are two notable golf courses in Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle beach
Myrtle Beach

6. The Charleston Tea Garden, South Carolina is the Only Large-Scale Tea Plantation in the United States

The Charleston Tea Garden is located on Wadmalaw Island, outside of Charleston, South Carolina. At 127 acres area, the Charleston Tea Garden is currently the only large-scale tea plantation in the United States. The Charleston Tea Garden is owned by the Bigelow Tea Company. It is open to visitors every day of the week and offers tours, tea tastings, and other amenities.

Tea plantation
Tea plantation

7. Fort Jackson in South Carolina is the Largest Initial Entry Training Center in the U.S. Army

Fort Jackson is a United States Army installation in the city of Columbia, South Carolina. It’s named for Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States and army general, that was born in the border of North and South Carolina. Fort Jackson trains 50 percent of all soldiers entering the Army each year that makes it the largest and most active initial entry training center in the U.S. Army.

General Andrew Jackson
General Andrew Jackson

8. Sassafras Mountain is the Highest Natural Point of South Carolina

With 3,554 ft (1,083 m) elevation, Sassafras Mountain is the highest natural point of South Carolina. Sassafras Mountain is located in Pickens County, South Carolina along the South Carolina – North Carolina border. The nearest town is Rosman in North Carolina. Sassafras Mountain is in the Blue Ridge Mountains and part of the Appalachian Mountains.

Blue Ridge Mountains
Blue Ridge Mountains

9. The Carolina Wren is the State Bird of South Carolina

The state bird of South Carolina is the Carolina wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus). It was designated as the official state bird in 1948. The Carolina wren is a wren species that can be found in the eastern half of United States. It also can be found in the extreme south of Ontario, Canada, and the extreme northeast of Mexico. The Carolina wren is fairly large wren, the second largest wren species in the United States after the cactus wren.

The Carolina Wren
The Carolina Wren

10. The State Flower of South Carolina is Yellow Jessamine

In 1924, Yellow jessamine was designated as the official state bird of South Carolina. Yellow jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens), also called Carolina jasmine, belongs to the Gelsemiaceae family and is not part of the true “jasmine” from the genus Jasminum. Yellow jessamine can be found in southeastern and south-central United States (from Texas to Virginia) as well as Mexico (Chiapas, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Puebla, Hidalgo), Honduras, Guatemala and Belize.

Yellow jessamine
Yellow jessamine

There are surely many other interesting facts about South Carolina besides those 10 facts that we have talked about. So, it’s surely welcome if you want to share any other interesting facts about South Carolina with us here.

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