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What Do You Know About South Carolina?

Updated on September 20, 2014
Flag of South Carolina
Flag of South Carolina | Source

Would you like to find out more about South Carolina? Or even take a quiz or two to see what you already know?

What do you know about South Carolina?

Below you'll find information about South Carolina, including famous South Carolinians, important dates in South Carolina history, general information about the state, and more. There are also two quizzes about South Carolina. Some of the answers to the quiz questions can be found on this page. Quiz takers can either preview this page before taking the quiz...or test their knowledge with the quizzes first to find out what they already know! Have fun!


Quiz 1: What Do You Know About South Carolina?

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Quiz 2 - South Carolina In History (Famous South Carolinians, important firsts, historical moments, and more)

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South Carolina ...from the mountains


About 500 square miles of Blue Ridge Mountains can be found in the northwest corner of the state. Sassafras Mountain, which is part of the Appalachian Mountain chain, is the highest point in South Carolina. It's elevation is 3,560 ft. the sea

Salt Marsh
Salt Marsh | Source

South Carolina has about 2,976 miles of coastline, counting it's many islands and bays. 300 miles of this are beautiful sandy beaches!

Beaufort Sunrise
Beaufort Sunrise | Source

Carolina Wren - Our State Bird

Carolina Wren
Carolina Wren | Source

Carolina Wrens are small birds (around five inches long) with a white throat and a light colored chest. They have a distinctive white stripe above each eye. They often hold their long tails upright. Male Carolina Wrens love to sing.

Carolina Wrens often build their nests in the holes of trees, on top of fence posts, or in the eaves of houses and barns. But they also frequently find flower pots, boxes, shoes left outside, and other unusual places to be suitable for their nests!

Carolina Jasmine - Our State Flower

Yellow Jessamine (Carolina Jasmine)
Yellow Jessamine (Carolina Jasmine) | Source

Carolina Jasmine, also called Yellow Jessamine, is a climbing vine with yellow flowers. It blooms in late winter, almost as an announcement of spring being soon to follow.

Cabbage Palmetto Trees - Our State Tree

Palmetto Trees on the coast
Palmetto Trees on the coast | Source

Columbia - ...the capital of South Carolina

Columbia South Carolina Skyline, overlooking Finley Park
Columbia South Carolina Skyline, overlooking Finley Park | Source

Columbia is the capital of South Carolina. The seat of government was moved to Columbia from Charles Town in 1790 since Columbia is in the middle of the state.

Statehouse in Columbia, SC

Statehouse located in Columbia, South Carolina
Statehouse located in Columbia, South Carolina | Source

Six bronze stars on the State House mark places where canyon balls hit the building during the Civil War.

Congaree National Park - a popular place to hike and canoe

Congaree National Park
Congaree National Park | Source

The Big Apple Dance Craze Started in Columbia, South Carolina

Cotton is one of South Carolina's key crops.

Cotton is one of South Carolina's key crops.
Cotton is one of South Carolina's key crops.

This is what cotton looks like when it's ready to be harvested

Cotton that's ready to be picked
Cotton that's ready to be picked | Source

South Carolina Map


South Carolina is bordered by North Carolina and Georgia. Columbia, the state capitol, is located in the middle of the state. The Atlantic coast, with many beautiful beaches, borders the east side of the state. The foothills and mountains are located in the northwestern part of the state.

Key Landmarks in South Carolina

Sassafras Mountain :
Sassafras Mountain, South Carolina 29685, USA

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Sassafras Mountain is the highest point in the state.

Columbia, SC:
Columbia, SC, USA

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Columbia is the state capitol.

Congaree National Park:
Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins, SC 29061, USA

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Congaree National Park is a popular place to hike, canoe, and kayak. There are boardwalks as well as regular trails.

Brookgreen Gardens:
Brookgreen Gardens, 1931 Brookgreen Garden Drive, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576, USA

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Brookgreen Gardens is the home of many beautiful outdoor sculptures, wildlife, and majestic oak trees.

Charleston, SC:
Charleston, SC, USA

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Charleston was the first permanent English settlement in South Carolina. Fort Sumter is located nearby.

Carowinds, 14523 Carowinds Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28273, USA

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Carowinds is an amusement park with a water park and many coasters that's located partially in South Carolina and partially in North Carolina.

Mrytle Beach:
Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

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Myrtle Beach is a popular beach with lots of entertainment and golf. Some of the hotels contain small waterparks within them.

Hilton Head Island:
Hilton Head Island, SC, USA

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Hilton Head is another popular beach. This one is usually quieter than Myrtle Beach. Golf and swimming are popular sports here.

Important Dates In South Carolina History

1497 John Cabot, from England, explored the coast of what is now called South Carolina.

1521 The area was visited by Spaniards from Santo Domingo

1663 A charter was issued by King Charles II for a colony in Carolina.

1670 English settled in Charles Town, along the banks of the Ashley River.

1698 The first library in the colonies opened in Charleston.

1776 Signing of the Declaration of Independence

1780 and 1781 The battles of Kings Mountain and Cowpens, both of which took place in South Carolina, are considered by many historians to be the turning points in the Revolutionary War.

1788 South Carolina became the 8th state to join the Union

1860 South Carolina seceded (left) the Union. It was the first state to do so.

1861 The first shots of the Civil War were fired upon Fort Sumter in Charleston by the Confederates.

1866 Earthquake injured thousands in Charleston. The tremors were felt 600 miles away.

1868 Orangeburg Massacre took the lives of three Black college students, and injured 27 other people. Segregation of a bowling alley was the issue.

1989 Hurricane Hugo wreaked havoc in South Carolina, causing $5 billion in damage, and killing 17 people.

Francis Marion - the "Swamp Fox"
Francis Marion - the "Swamp Fox" | Source
Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie | Source
James Brown - Godfather of Soul
James Brown - Godfather of Soul | Source
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Shoeless Joe Jackson | Source
Ronald McNair - Astronaut
Ronald McNair - Astronaut | Source

Some Famous South Carolinans

Francis Marion (1732-1785) - The "Swamp Fox." He was an American Revolutionary War hero. He received his nickname from the British because of his habit of attacking at night and then disappearing into the swamps.

Andrew Jackson (1767 - 1845) - 7th president of the United States

Shoeless Joe Jackson (1887-1951) was a baseball player who hit such hard line drives they could supposedly tear the gloves off the infielders! He got his nickname from playing in a minor league game in his socks.

Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955) was an educator who worked to improve the educational opportunities for blacks.

John Birks 'Dizzy' Gillespie (1917 - 1993) has been referred to as the greatest jazz trumpeter of all time.

Larry Doby (1923-2003) was the first black baseball player, as well as the first black manager, in the American League.

James Brown (1933- 2006) - the "Godfather of Soul."

Chubby Checker (1941 -) Was asked to record "The Twist." It was a huge hit! The song had originally been written recorded by Hank Ballard.

Jessi Jackson (1941 - ) a Baptist Minister, civil rights leader, and politician.

Joe Frazier (1944 - ) 1964 Olympic heavyweight champion and the world heavyweight champ from 1970-1973. He defeated Muhammad Ali in Madison Square Garden, earning himself the title of heavyweight champ.

Charles F. Bolden Jr (1946-) an astronaut who helped launch the Hubble Telescope. He is currently the Administrator of NASA.

Dr. Ronald McNair (1950-1986) was one of the seven astronauts that died when the Space Shuttle "Challenger" exploded shortly after take-off in 1986.

William Perry, "The Refrigerator," was a player for the Chicago Bears Super Bowl team in 1986.

Leeza Gibbons - host for Entertainment Tonight, as well as her own show, "Leeza."

Eartha Kitt, a singer and actress, was nominated twice for a Tony Award and a Grammy Award, and once for an Emmy.

Robert Mills designed the first fireproof building in America, as well as the Washington Monument, US Post Office, and the US Treasury Building.

Darius Rucker is the lead singer and guitarist for Hootie and the Blowfish. This Grammy-winning contemporary band is from Columbia, SC.

Vanna White is best known for her role of hosting the Wheel of Fortune game show.

Chubby Checker - "The Twist"

Hootie and the Blowfish - band from Columbia, SC

Dizzy Gillespie

Books About South Carolina - Will you be visiting the beautiful state of South Carolina anytime soon?

So how well do you know South Carolina? Which quiz was easiest? Which one was most interesting? Did you learn anything new?

© 2009 JanieceTobey


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    • JohannDog profile image

      Johann The Dog 

      5 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      SC is right next door! Need to visit sometime. Thanks so much for the blessing! Woofs, Johann

    • OrlandoTipster profile image


      6 years ago

      Need to learn more about SC

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      6 years ago

      Scored 7 out of 10 on the quiz! Nice lens

    • tylerabernethy22 profile image


      6 years ago

      I'm from South Carolina! I love this State's natural beauty! It's much different than the Redwoods of California, but one cool thing is that we have a little bit of everything!

      We have tons of lakes, mountain regions (30 mins from the Appalachian Trail too), and a lot of coast line with a wide variety of Islands!


      Tyler Abernethy

    • TransplantedSoul profile image


      6 years ago

      ummmm - did not do too well!

    • Johanna Eisler profile image

      Johanna Eisler 

      6 years ago

      I don't know nearly as much as I'd like to about South Carolina! Thanks for helping me learn more! :)

    • traveller27 profile image


      6 years ago

      Love the pics...informative and fun lens.

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      6 years ago

      Well I didn't do too badly on the quizzes seeing as I guessed quite a bit. Didn't want to cheat and look for clues. I definitely wouldn't win a geography contest though. Very interesting facts that I didn't know.

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      6 years ago

      I enjoyed the quizzes and the great photos, well done.

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      6 years ago

      Janiece, thanks for writing this lens on South Carolina...I got 154 points for liking it

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      6 years ago

      Lovely photographs and a great intro to SC!

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      Jimmie Quick 

      7 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Ugh. I did terribly on the quizzes -- 30% on each. I grew up in NC!

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      7 years ago

      The first was fun and I did well. The second one gave me food for thought. I was born and raised in SC, but learned some new facts. keep it coming!

    • JeremiahStanghini profile image


      7 years ago

      Wow... there sure is a lot of information about SC on this lens. :-)

      With Love and Gratitude,


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      7 years ago

      After seeing my scores, did learn that I should have read through the whole site before answering!

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      Senora M 

      7 years ago

      cool lens and quizzes!!

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      7 years ago

      I've lived in SC 20 yrs - did pretty well on the 1st quiz and poorly on the history quiz. I was never very good at history anyway! Nice to learn some new facts!

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      7 years ago

      I didn't do as well as I should have since I live in NC up near Charlotte. Waving across the state line to you!

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      8 years ago

      love the south be about 4hrs away

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh My! You have added to this great lens since I was here last. I am now featuring this lens on my latest: Books by South Carolina Authors.

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      8 years ago

      good info and beautiful pictures.

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      HorseAndPony LM 

      8 years ago

      Wow! I also need to do some more studying on South Carolina. I love your images. Thanks for sharing.

    • TheJVilleKid profile image


      8 years ago

      Yikes! Must have forgot some stuff since I lived there! 5/10

    • TheJVilleKid profile image


      8 years ago

      Yikes! Must have forgot some stuff since I lived there! 5/10

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      8 years ago

      I am not admitting to my score on the first quiz -- I passed and that counts! The second one I only missed one! Super fun lens and great photos!

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      stacy mcdaniel 

      8 years ago

      I need to do some more studying on South Carolina. The pictures are beautiful.

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      8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      These are gorgeous photos of our lovely state. I've lived in South Carolina twice now, but only got 70% on the first quiz and 80% on the second. Guess I don't know as much as I thought about SC :-). Better go study! Interesting lens and fun quiz.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Back to this great lens to lensroll to my 3 South Carolina Lenses. I will also be featuring it on South Carolina Symbols and South Carolina On Squidoo and of course the group headquarters. Gotta Love This Lens.

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      8 years ago

      Hey Janiece... I loved this lens too! Got 100%l on the first quiz and 80 on the second. I've been to the Dock Street Theater and knew better i.e. Opera , but 1920 was a bit early for me and I couldn't guess The Big Apple! This is a great way to aquaint visitors and natives alike with our great State so thank you for the fun and education!

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      8 years ago

      OK, I'm feeling good about this. I got 9 and 7 right. Excellent quiz.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Ok. I took them again and made 100 so I feel better. Thank you for the education.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh me! You knew I would love this but I messed up on the quizzes and should have known the answers to all of them. I made 80 on the first one and 70 on the second one. I was born in Greenwood and didn't know that about the widest street. Just prove you CAN teach an old dog new tricks. Great work and you are blessed by a fellow South Carolinian.

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      Meryl van der Merwe 

      8 years ago from USA

      I got 7 and 5 respectively - but now i know more than I did a few minutes ago!! Fun

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      Robin S 

      8 years ago from USA

      Oops only 4 right! I only took the top one because I did so poorly. :) Nice quiz!


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