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South Carolina State Symbols and More
Old South Carolina History Book
South Carolina - State Symbols, Emblems and More
South Carolina is my home and I am proud of it. I wanted to create this page for a couple of reasons.First, our grandson was in the third grade at the time and South Carolina children learn about their state then. I was in the third grade at Pendleton Elementary School in 1956. The picture is of the textbook we used. My brother was 4 years younger and the book was discontinued when he was in the third grade and that is how I happen to have a copy of it. It is signed by the librarian, Mrs. John Allen.
Don't worry, I did not get my information for this lens out of this text. I have fond memories of learning about our state's history and I think it is so important for everyone to know all about their state and to show their pride in it.The other reason is that I love to promote my hometown of Pendleton, SC and have made several lenses about our town. I thought it would only be appropriate to also make a page about our beautiful state. I hope this can be your guide to facts about the beautiful state of South Carolina, my home!
Do you know the South Carolina Symbols?
Photo Credit: Photo by OhMe of my brother's old South Carolina History Book which is the same edition that I used when I was a student at Pendleton Elementary. My brother was 4 years younger than me.
South Carolina State Mottos
South Carolina has two mottoes:(1)Dum Spiro Spero, meaning "While I Breath I Hope" and refers to the figure of Hope on the State Seal(2) Animis Opibusque Parati meaning "Ready in Soul and Resource"
South Carolina State Songs
We have two state songs of South Carolina
"Carolina" words by Henry Timrod, music by Anne C. Burgess was adopted as the South Carolina State Song in 1911."South Carolina on My Mind" was written by Hank Martin and Buzz Arledge and adopted as the 2nd State Song on March 8, 1984.This information and more available on State of South Carolina Official Website
South Carolina State Flag
The Palmetto State
South Carolina is called The Palmetto State and the Palmetto Tree and the Crescent adorn the blue background of our flag.
Pledge to South Carolina Flag"I salute the flag of South Carolina and pledge to the Palmetto State love, loyalty and faith."
The South Carolina State Flag
According to Wikipedia, the South Carolina State flag came about when Colonel Moultrie asked the Revolutionary Council to design a flag for South Carolina. The flag had a blue background like the uniforms and a crescent that was like the one on the soldier's caps. The Palmetto wasn't added until 1861 in honor of Colonel Moultrie's defense of the log fort on Sullivan's Island made from Palmetto logs.
South Carolina State Bird
We enjoy our little Carolina Wrens nesting in all kinds of places around our house. We have found nest in hanging baskets and even in the wreath on our front door. The Carolina Wren is mostly seen in the Eastern Part of the United States.
Our Daughter's Yellow Jasmine - It is growing taller than her house
South Carolina State Flower
We used to have the Yellow Jasmine climbing on the pole of our big bell but it began to take over the whole bell so we had to cut it down. I really miss seeing it's blooms in the spring. Our daughter has it growing on a trellis at her home so I am looking forward to seeing it in full bloom this spring. This twining vine is seen in the warmer climates.
South Carolina State Dance
The Shag is the official State Dance with the Square Dance being the official Folk Dance and the State Waltz is the The Richardson Waltz.The Shag is a 6 count dance with the upper part of body hardly moving and the legs and feet doing some fancy footwork.
I remember practicing with my sisters and also just holding onto the door knob. Everyone just had to know how to shag.
South Carolina State Wild Game Bird
Wild Turkey on Wikipedia
We love for the Wild Turkey come up into our back yard. They are such fun to watch. I have seen as many as 12 back there at one time. They really are amazing. I don't remember seeing them when I was younger but we sure do now.
South Carolina State Amphibian
I often enjoy sitting on our back porch but I have to share it with a couple of Salamanders who like to climb the wall. They can be very interesting to watch.
South Carolina State Animal
My grandson has enjoyed his Trail Camera and has taken some good photos of the White-tailed Deer in our backyard. The Deer seem to be multiplying and one has to be careful on the road, especially at night, or a deer could run right into the side of your car leaving big dents. Just ask my hubby.
South Carolina State Butterfly
I remember as a young girl trying to catch the beautiful Tiger Swallowtail. Also I remember my Insect Collection from High School Biology Class and I had all kinds of butterflies attached to an old limb. The Tiger Swallowtail really stood out.
South Carolina State Tree
Also called the Cabbage Palmetto, the South Carolina State Tree has been used on all kinds of merchandise. We are proud of our State Tree as it has quite the history from the Revolutionary War.
South Carolina State Dog
Boykin Spaniels make great pets. The Boykin Spaniel is a medium size dog that was bred for hunting Wild Turkeys in the South Carolina Swamps.
Former Pendleton Mayor Carol Burdette and her Boykin, JC (John C. Calhoun)
South Carolina State Fish
I used to love to go fishing in Lake Hartwell with my husband. We often caught Striped Bass. The Stripe Bass is also the state fish of Maryland and Rhode Island.
South Carolina State Fruit
Yummy. There is nothing better than a good ripe fresh peach from South Carolina. Southerns, in particular, know how to make many wonderful dishes with fresh peaches. We watch the weather very closely for fear that a harsh winter will kill the peaches.
South Carolina State Grass
Sorghastrum nutans is a Praire Grass and is also the state grass of Oklahoma. It is usually found along back country roadsides across our state and was made our state grass in 2001 as suggested by Governor Jim Hodges. Indian Grass can grow as tall as 6 ft.Photo Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_grass
South Carolina State Insect
Also called Carolina Matid
South Carolina State Spider
South Carolina State Reptile
Caretta caretta or Loggerhead Sea Turtle is the SC State Reptile and much has been done over the past years to save this very interesting and amazing species. Across the coast of South Carolina are volunteers who team up together to watch the nest and make sure the young survive.
Visit our South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston to learn lots about the Sea Turtle Rescue
South Carolina State Shell
Looking for that perfect shell on the coast of South Carolina is a very relaxing past time. The Lettered Olive is one of the many Olives that can be found and is home to snails.
South Carolina State Popular Music
South Carolinians love our Beach Music and enjoy Shaggin to these tunes. In the 50's and 60's, this music became known as Beach Music or Carolina Beach Music. The music could be some from one of the Big Bands, Rock and Roll, Jazz, or other genre but the important thing that determined if it was considered Beach Music was if it was a good song to Shag to.
South Carolinians Know Their Sweet Tea - Charleston Tea Bags are really great!
Yummy. Sweet Iced Tea
South Carolina State Beverage
Milk is the state beverage and Tea is the Hospitality Beverage
MILKWe love our milk in South Carolina especially when it comes from our own South Carolina Cows.TEATea is the South Carolina State Hospitality Beverage.
South Carolina State Gemstone
The Amethyst is a beautiful purple stone which makes gorgeous jewelry. It is a purple or violet variety of quartz which is used to make beautiful jewelry. It is the birthstone for the month of February.
South Carolina State Snack Food
Every year at Pendleton's Spring Jubilee, I have to get a bag of Boiled Peanuts. My dad loved them and so do I. Boiled Peanuts are a very special treat. My husband will usually cook up a pot of boiled peanuts at least once a year and share them with friends. He uses Sea Salt to season them. Our daughter cooks hers in the Crook Pot and they are also very good.
South Carolina State Lowcountry Handcraft - Sweet Grass Basket
Sweet Grass Basket
I am fortunate to own one Sweet Grass Basket. It was given to me by a friend before she died.Years ago you could pick up these baskets for a very reasonable price but now that the art has been recognized for what it is, they are rather expensive but well worth it. I love to watch the basket makers when we are in Charleston. It is truly an art.The baskets come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
South Carolina State Music
I don't know many people who don't enjoy hearing a beautiful Spiritual sung.
Listen to these South Carolina Spirituals on YouTube
Will South Carolina have a State Fossil? - Will it be the Columbian Mammoth?
An 8 year old girl from Lake City wrote a letter to the governor asking that the Mammoth be the Official State Fossil. As it turns out, this has not been a simple request and has become somewhat controversial. South Carolina is one of 7 states without an Official State Fossil according to an article on Fox News.
Five Geologic Regions of South Carolina
South Carolina has five geologic regionsthe Blue Ridge, the Piedmont, the Sandhills, the Coastal Plain, and the Coastal Zone.These regions are filled with Cities and Towns which are filled with wonderful people known as South Carolinians.Enjoy these lenses about South Carolina Cities, Towns and Places of Interest.
South Carolina Government
Official Website for the State of South Carolina
Governor - Governor Nikki Haley