barnwell COUNTY

 

Named for Revolutionary War figure John Barnwell in the 1800s, Barnwell County grew as the first passenger railroad in the United States rolled through the primarily agricultural landscape. The railroad linked the port city of Charleston to Hamburg, now in the North Augusta area of Aiken County. Barnwell County was on the fiery Civil War route of General Sherman, though several structures of this time period remain. The once bustling railroad towns have now transformed to sleepy townships that have maintained their agricultural roots and the rural landscapes hold a charm all their own.