berkeley COUNTY


In the late 1600s, English and French Huguenot planters settled this area. The Lords Proprietors referred to the area around Charles Towne as Berkeley County, with the name Berkeley coming from John, Lord Berkeley and Sir William Berkeley.
Several national figures, including Revolutionary War General William Moultrie, once called this county home. The elusive Swamp Fox, General Francis Marion, tormented British legions as they occupied much of South Carolina. He emerged from these swamps, attacking with his small band of marauders, then retreating like a ghost into the misty backwaters of his homeland where the Redcoats could never find him. Additionally, 32 of the 166 Revolutionary War battle sites in South Carolina are located in Berkeley County – making Berkeley County home to the largest number of Revolutionary War sites in the world!