Wedgefield, South Carolina

Wedgefield, South Carolina

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subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United States
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subdivision_name1 = South Carolina
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subdivision_name2 = Sumter

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timezone = Eastern (EST)
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Wedgefield is a an unincorporated community in the High Hills of Santee area in western Sumter County, South Carolina, United States. Wedgefield was so named because its location was likened to a "wedge" into the High Hills of Santee. [ [ Places in Sumter District] ] In the 18th and 19th centuries it was the location of many plantations, notably those of the Singleton family, which produced First Lady of the United States, Angelica Singleton Van Buren. [ [ South Carolina Department of Archives and History file on Singleton's Graveyard] ] Today the plantations are gone except for their cemeteries and Wedgefield is today noted as the location of a state park, a state forest and other recreational places. When the railroad came through in the 19th century, the commercial center of Wedgefield developed at the intersection of the railroad, Kings Highway (South Carolina Highway 261) and Wedgefield Road (South Carolina Highway 763. It has its own post office with the Zip Code of 29168.

Wedgefield had a population of 3,376 in 2000 on a Zip Code based estimate. Housing units were 1,343. Land area is 71.9 square miles while water area is 0.33 square miles. [ [ U.S. Beacon Zip Code Based Estimates] ]

Places of interest

* High Hills Outdoor Center of the Palmetto Conservation Foundation is located at 2070 SC 261 South. in Wedgefield. [ [ High Hills Outdoor Center] ] It is the center for the "High Hills of Santee Passage" of the Palmetto Trail.
* Manchester State Forest, which extends into Clarendon County, is based in Wedgefield off SC 261 south at 6740 Headquarters Road. [ [ Manchester State Forest] ]
* Poinsett State Park is located off SC 261 south at 6660 Poinsett Park Road, Wedgefield [ [ SC Parks listing for Poinsett State Park] ]


South Carolina Highway 261, Kings Highway, is the main north-south road in Wedgefield. It runs north to Stateburg and south to Pinewood. Wedgefield Road (South Carolina Highway 763) begins in Wedgefield and runs east to Sumter. [ [ Map of Sumter County] ] [ [ Another map of Sumter County] ] The CSX Railroad, formerly the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad runs into Wedgefield from Sumter just north of Wedgefield Road and continues to the west. There is no passenger service to Wedgefield.


Cemeteries in the Wedgefield area include: [ [ Singleton family index to Wedgefield] ]
* Singleton's Graveyard is on the National Register of Historic Places.
* Troublefield Cemetery
* Wedgefield Baptist Church Cemetery
* Wedgefield Methodist Church Cemetery
* Wedgefield Presbyterian Church Cemetery

Notable residents

* Wyndham Meredith Manning, (1890-1967), South Carolina politician, was born in Wedgefield.
* Angelica Singleton Van Buren, First Lady of the United States, was born and married in Wedgefield.


WIBZ is licensed to Wedgefield.


External links

* [ Map of Sumter County]
* [ Another map of Sumter County]
* [ Topo Map of Wedgefield]
* [ Places in Sumter District]
* [ Singleton family index to Wedgefield]

Coordinates 33.893º N80.518ºW

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