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Beech Island, South Carolina

Beech Island is an Savannah Town.

Beech Island was primarily an agricultural community before the 1950s. Cotton, wheat, corn, and soybean were the major crops. This changed with the construction of Urquhart Station Power Station and the nearby Savannah River Nuclear Project. New highways were built to accommodate the workers commuting to the Nuclear Project. Commerce grew and the community began to change. In the 1960s Kimberly Clark built a large manufacturing facility on what was once farmland creating more jobs. The boom, however, was short lived.

Beech Island's most famous resident was James Brown who lived there for the last few decades of his life on a 60-acre (240,000 m2) estate. Brown is buried in the Thomas Family Home Crypt on Beech Island.[2]

The Cedars, Fort Moore-Savano Town Site, Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site, Oakland Plantation, and Zubly Cemetery are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[3][4]

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Beech Island is also home to most of the television transmitters that serve the Augusta, GA MSA.

See also

  • Beech Island Historical Society
  • U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Beech Island, South Carolina - the island in Georgia
  • U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Beech Island, South Carolina - the community in South Carolina

References

  1. ^ Walter Edgar, Ed.: The South Carolina Encyclopedia, The University of South Carolina Press, Columbia, S.C., 2006, p. 63.
  2. ^ http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GScid=2209675
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  4. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 8/15/11 through 8/19/11. National Park Service. 2011-08-26. 


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