1. Why did the British cannonballs bounce of the walls of the American Fort? The walls of the American fort on Sullivan Island, in Charleston Harbor, were made of spongy Palmetto logs. This was helpful in protecting the fort because the British cannonballs bounced off the logs.
2. What modern day agricultural technique was founded in South Carolina? David Robert Coker (1870-1938) conducted his early crop-improvement experiments on the family plantation in Hartsville. Beginning with 30 experimental cotton selections and methodically applying the latest techniques in the scientific breeding of crops, the work of Coker Experimental Farms played a great role in the agricultural revolution in the South.
3. At which famous fort did the first battle of the Civil War take place? The first battle of the Civil War took place at Fort Sumter.
4. South Carolina used to be known as the _?_ state. Before being known as the Palmetto State, South Carolina was known as, and had emblazoned on their license plates, the Iodine State.
5. What famous cheese is made deep into the middle of a mountain? Some years ago, Clemson University made Blue Mold Cheese in the Stumphouse Mountain tunnel successfully for the first time in the South. The Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel was started in 1856 by a railroad company and is bored for more than a mile into the granite heart of fabled Stumphouse Mountain. The coming of the Civil War in 1859 ended the work on the project.
6. What makes South Carolina’s black water stream, Edisto, black? The Edisto River Canoe & Kayak Trail covers 66 miles of the river for which it’s named. The Edisto is reputed to be the world’s longest free-flowing “blackwater” stream. “Blackwater” is a term that not only describes the color of the tannin-rich water, but also refers to the peaceful rate of flow that characterizes such rivers.
7. The South Carolina city, Johnston, is the _?_ capital of the world? Johnston is known as the Peach Capital of the World.
8. What unusual, yet naturally occurring event takes place at Bomb Island every spring? Bomb Island on Lake Murray each spring and summer is the home of a very unusual event. Each year thousands of Purple Martins return to this island to roost for the summer. The island has been declared a bird sanctuary and it is quite a sight to watch these birds return to Bomb Island each day around sunset.
9. What was Clayton “Peg Leg” Bates known for? Fountain Inn is proud of the town’s most famous native son. Clayton “Peg Leg” Bates lost his leg in a cotton gin accident at the age of 12; he overcame his tragedy to become a famous dancer. His signature step was the “Imitation American Jet Plane,” in which he would jump five feet in the air and land on his peg leg, with his good leg sticking out straight behind him. During his career, Bates performed more than 20 different times on the Ed Sullivan television show–more than any other artist.
10. Why is the Upper Whitewater Falls significant? The Upper Whitewater Falls is the highest cascade in eastern America; it descends for nearly 411 feet.