Welcome to Williamsburg County!
Towns: Andrews – Greeleyville – Hemingway – Kingstree – Lane – Stuckey
Williamsburg County is situated at the southern tip of the Pee Dee and holds treasures of historical interests dating back to the 1700s. Kingstree was settled in 1732 when Calvinists from Ireland built clay shelters on the banks of the Black River at “the King’s Tree,” a tall white pine used as the mast for royal ships.
The towns that make up Williamsburg County offer some of the state’s most beautiful and historic buildings, including the Williamsburg County Courthouse, built by Robert Mills in 1823, and Thorntree House c. 1749, which is believed to be the oldest house in the area.
The history of the county spans both Revolutionary and Civil War times and is reflected in preserved buildings and in the Williamsburgh Historical Museum, originally constructed as a Carnegie Library.
The area’s natural beauty compliments remnants of history with its proximity to Black River. This free-flowing river offers dark, inky black waters from tannins in the surrounding swamps. White sandbars glisten at low levels. Shouldered by a ribbon of dense, undisturbed forest, Black River provides a home for many endangered species.
The county also offers some of the most delicious BBQ and country cooking around. Scott’s Bar-B-Que
in Hemingway serves up a vinegar-based sauce with a little kick. Pick up a BBQ sandwich, some hot boiled peanuts and a smoked ham at Cooper’s in Salters, a 20th-century two-story country store. Belly up to the buffet at Brown’s Bar-B-Que in Kingstree for their signature spicy barbecue.