What's in a name?
Updated: Mar 9, 2021
"That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." - William Shakespeare
Woodbury, Randolph, or Aiken?
After decades of petitioning the South Carolina State Legislature, a bill was finally passed in March of 1871 to create a new county with the city of Aiken at its core. The bill was put forward by Barnwell District Representative (later Senator) Charles D. Hayne, who was born a free man of color in Charleston, SC. According to the charter, this new county would consist of portions cut from Barnwell, Edgefield, Lexington, and Orangeburg counties.
With an abundance of originality, the new county was named Aiken. Oh, they tested the water with potential names such as Woodbury and Randolph, but settled on the more reliable option of Aiken. Thus leading to 150 years of confusion as to whether one is referencing the city of Aiken or the county of Aiken. Oh well!
Yorkville enquirer (SC) - January 19, 1871