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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 SCGenweb site

Lexington County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 1442
Lexington, SC 29072

Lexington County Courthouse
212 S. Lake Drive
County Courthouse
Lexington, SC 29072

Census

1850 Federal Census Index – by last name only

Cemeteries

USGS listing of cemeteries in Lexington County.

Cemetery Transcriptions

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Lexington County, SC at genforum

Cities and towns of Lexington County:

Barr
Batesburg
Batesburg-Leesville
Cayce
Cayce-West Columbia
Chapin
Columbia
Columbia AMF
Delmar
Dixiana
Edmund
Fairview Crossroads
Gaston
Gilbert
Harbison
Holtson Crossroads
Kathwood
Kneece
Lake Murray
Lake Murray Shores
Leesville
Lexington (County Seat)
Macedon
New Holland Crossroads
Pelion
Pineridge
Red Bank
Saluda Gardens
Saluda Terrace
Samaria
South Congaree
Springdale
Steedman
Summerland
Summit
Swansea
Thor
West Columbia
Westover Acres

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Lexington police warn of scam artists posing as SCE&G employees (with video) – The State


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Lexington police warn of scam artists posing as SCE&G employees (with video)
The State
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC — Lexington police are warning customers of scam artists pretending to be SCE&G employees. The scammer, who identifies himself as John Baker, calls smalls businesses and tells them they are late paying their bill, Chief …

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Lexington County looks at limiting facilities named for officials – The State

Lexington County looks at limiting facilities named for officials
The State
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC — Lexington County Council took the first step Tuesday toward limits on putting the names of political leaders on its buildings but not on other public facilities. “Less buildings are going to be named after people,” Councilwoman …

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Okra Strut conflict may cost Irmo mayor clout – MyrtleBeachOnline.com

Okra Strut conflict may cost Irmo mayor clout
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LEXINGTON COUNTY SC — Conflict among Irmo leaders over the financially troubled Okra Strut festival could lead to lost clout for Mayor Hardy King. Some Town Council members are threatening to strip King of control over their agenda and meetings, …

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Crawford drops out of Lexington County sheriff’s race, endorses Britt – Hilton Head Island Packet


Hilton Head Island Packet
Crawford drops out of Lexington County sheriff's race, endorses Britt
Hilton Head Island Packet
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC — The contest for Lexington County sheriff will be settled among Republicans after independent candidate Jim Crawford dropped out Wednesday. His move means the next sheriff will come from among four Republicans who are …
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Small library added to West Columbia community center – MyrtleBeachOnline.com

Small library added to West Columbia community center
MyrtleBeachOnline.com
LEXINGTON COUNTY SC — A small library designed for families is opening at a community center in a West Columbia park. The library at Douglas Reeves Community Park is stocked with books and educational games mainly for young children that can be …

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Lexington deputies arrest man, 76, accused of assaulting young girls – Hilton Head Island Packet


Hilton Head Island Packet
Lexington deputies arrest man, 76, accused of assaulting young girls
Hilton Head Island Packet
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC — Lexington County deputies have arrested a 76-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting young girls. Preston Dowie Martin is accused of assaulting a 5-year-old girl, who is now 19, between January 2000 and August 2000, …
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