New Bordeaux (1764)

New Bordeaux (1764) (HMYLX)

Location: McCormick, SC 29835 McCormick County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 55.317', W 82° 24.8'

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The town of New Bordeaux, the last of seven French Huguenot colonies founded in colonial S.C. and the only one in the upcountry, was established 1 mi. E in 1764. After Protestants fleeing religious persecution in France petitioned the British crown for land to create a permanent settlement in S.C., they received a 28,000-acre grant in the newly-formed Hillsborough Township.

Almost 200 French Huguenots led by Rev. Jean Louis Gibert (1721-1773) landed at Charleston in April 1764 and began settling here in August. Others followed, including a group led by Jean Louis Dumesnil De St. Pierre (d. 1776) which arrived in 1768. The colony, which produced silk and wine on a modest scale, later furnished a militia company during the American Revolution.
Series This marker is part of the South Carolina: McCormick County Historical Commission series
Marker Number33-13
Year Placed2000
Placed ByMcCormick County Historical Commission and the Huguenot Society of South Carolina
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 11:38am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 369357 N 3754401
Decimal Degrees33.92195000, -82.41333333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 55.317', W 82° 24.8'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 55' 19.02" N, 82° 24' 48.00" W
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Area Code(s)864, 803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 334 State Rd S-33-7, McCormick SC 29835, US
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