Being one of the oldest states in the United States, South Carolina has racked up a lot of firsts in the nation. Sure, some of them you know about and could write complete essays on, but I’m sure that there are one or two that will absolutely surprise you. Here are 18 things that South Carolina did first.
1. First European settlement in 1526
Lucas Vasquez de Ayllon brought 601. First European settlement in 15260 people with him to make a settlement somewhere around present day Georgetown. Within a year, most of them were dead including Lucas Vasquez de Ayllon. The ones who lived went back to Santo Domingo.
A small settlement of French Huguenots made the first ship that they sailed from Port Royal to France after being left by their leader.
November, 16, 1700, the first library was established in Charles Towne on St. Philips Street. This library was in operation for 14 years.
Henrietta Dering Johnston came to Charles Towne in 1707 and was the first professional female artist of the time. She was also the first female artist who worked mostly in pastels.
On February 18, 1735, the opera, Flora, was performed in Charles Towne’s courtroom.
The Friendly Society for the Mutual Insurance of Houses Against Fire was founded in Charles Town on February 3, 1736.
April 1737, Dr. John Lining took recordings of the weather from his home three times a day and wrote them down.
In 1762, the first musical society known as The St. Cecilia Society was founded in Charles Towne.
In 1764, it was noted in London’s custom house that 8 bales of cotton arrived from Charles Towne.
It was decided by a committee in 1773 to establish a museum. It was established and was never shut down.
It was founded in Silver Bluff in 1773.
Robert Mills was born and raised in South Carolina. Throughout his life, he created some very beautiful and marvelous pieces and homes that are still standing today.
September 29, 1786: Scottish merchants opened the South Carolina Golf Club in Charleston. It stayed open until 1800.
In 1802, the French botanist Francois Andre Michaux planted the first tea on what is now known as Middleton Place.
Construction of the building began in 1823 and was completed approximately four years later. It has been designed by our very own Robert Mills to house our state records for safe keeping.
On Christmas Day, December 25, 1830, they made their first full run carrying people where they needed to be at 15-25mph.
In 1836, the College of Charleston came under municipal rule become the very first municipal college.
May 6, 1851, Dr. John Gorrie received a patient for a mechanical refrigerator.
Okay, so maybe South Carolina had a head start and another state might have claimed these if we hadn’t had the good fortune of being one of the first settled colonies, but that’s the luck of the draw. And, we still did it first!
God Bless. Dean James RIGHT WING TRIBUNE