Peay's Ferry / Peay's Ferry Road

Peay's Ferry / Peay's Ferry Road (HMXAV)

Location: Heath Springs, SC 29058 Kershaw County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 28.347', W 80° 48.257'

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A ferry was operated on the Wateree River, at a point about 4 mi. W, as early as 1775. In 1808 ferry rights were granted to Thomas Starke, Jr. and Austin Ford Peay (d. 1841), planters with property in Fairfield and Kershaw Districts. Peay received ferry rights for another 7 years in 1825. Peay served in the S.C. House between 1812 and 1831 and in the S.C. Senate between 1832 and 1839.

The road from the Wateree River E to Liberty Hill was known as Peay's Ferry Road by 1820. In early 1865, elements of Maj. Gen. W.T. Sherman's Federal army crossed at the ferry on their way to Camden and Cheraw. In 1919, when the Wateree Power Co. completed a dam across the Wateree River, the ferry site and most of the road were flooded. This is the only extant portion of the old road.
Marker Number28 - 15
Year Placed2005
Placed ByKershaw County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 9:00pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 517973 N 3814559
Decimal Degrees34.47245000, -80.80428333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 28.347', W 80° 48.257'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 28' 20.82" N, 80° 48' 15.42" W
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Area Code(s)803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2335-2357 State Rd S-28-267, Heath Springs SC 29058, US
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