Lexington County Genealogy
Lexington County was formed in 1804 from the old Orangeburg District. The county name was in honor of the Revolutionary War battle of the same name. (Lexington, Mass.) Granby was the original county seat (just south of where Cayce is now located.) After problems with flooding the county seat was moved in 1820 to present day Lexington.
The town of Lexington is a “descendant” of sorts of the township of Saxe-Gotha which was laid out encompassing most of present day Lexington County. The idea with laying out the Royal Townships was to encourage settlement of the “back country”. The Colonial government of King George II established 11 of these Royal Townships in South Carolina. Of course, one reason as stated was the encouragement of settlement of the back country, but the main motive was to create more of a buffer between the low country plantations and powerful indian tribes to the west.
Two very important indian trails went through what has become Lexington County, Cherokee Path and Occaneechi Path. US Highway 1 roughly follows Occaneechi Path and US 378 approximates the trail of Cherokee Path.
1 mile to the east of Lexington was the location of the Battle of Tarrar Springs in the Revolutionary War (November 16, 1781).
The town suffered tremendous loss of buildings in 1865 under the occupation of forces under the command of Gen. Sherman (Lexington was under control of the army guarding the Western Flank of Shermans troops.) Most businesses and homes, the county jail and courthouse and St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church were all burned.
Lexington County houses the Lexington County Museum which illustrates life around the turn of the 18th century. There are 15 buildings on the property including the Lexington Post Office (first building constructed in Lexington, SC.) The John Fox farmhouse is included in the collection as well. In addition to the buildings there are many items in the collection that would have been common to day to day life in the ante-bellum era.
Lexington County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 1442
Lexington, SC 29072
Lexington County Courthouse
212 S. Lake Drive
Lexington, SC 29072
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Cities and towns of Lexington County:
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Lexington (County Seat)
New Holland Crossroads
News related to Lexington County, SC
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Roads top list of Lexington County tax projects sought
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC â Road improvements by far top the list of projects suggested for a share of a proposed penny-on-the-dollar sales tax in Lexington County, officials said Thursday. Projects to ease traffic congestion and improve safety total 43 …
More snow make-up days set
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC â Students in Lexington 2 will attend class on March 28 as well as go full instead of half-days March 26 and April 23 to make up for instruction lost during two snow storms. The changes will allow more instruction prior to annual …
More Snow Make-Up Days Announced
Lexington County man accused of stealing and selling golf carts
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC â Lexington County Sheriff's Department detectives arrested a 20-year-old Lexington County man who is accused of stealing golf carts and then selling them. Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said Joseph Thomas …
Traffic stop leads to arrest of Lexington County man for transporting …
SPRINGDALE, SC â A 34-year-old South Congaree man was charged Wednesday with transporting counterfeit goods after a Springdale Police officer noticed what he thought were fake Nike sneakers in the man's vehicle during a traffic stop on Tuesday.
Stolen Camaros found at alleged Gaston chop shop, owner charged
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC â State and local authorities raided a used car business late last month at 151 Pine Plain Road and charged the owner with four counts of possessing a stolen vehicle, operating a chop shop and illegal fire arms possession.
3 homes raided, 5 arrested in separate Lexington County meth lab busts
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC â Lexington authorities raided homes in Swansea, Pelion and Batesburg-Leesville Sunday and arrested five people on drug charges connected to separate cases of making methamphetamine and operating a meth lab. Checking …
Three meth labs seized in Lexington County
Officers Seize Meth Labs at Three Homes