Carolina’s Lost Communities

Session 1 - Resources and The Savannah River Towns

Old Maps:

Robert Mills 1825 Atlas of South Carolina

Other Historical Map Collections

Topographic and Soil Survey Maps

Sanborn Insurance Maps

USGS Geographic Name Information Services (GNIS) - Searchable list of all place names in the United States, including towns, rivers, streams, hills, churches, schools, and cemeteries.

News Archives:

Chronicling America from the Library of Congress - Contains newspapers with searchable text up through 1923.  The last year available increases each year as papers move into the public domain.  Advanced search features include searching by state, by publication, or by phrase. - Commercial service with paid subscriptions.  The collection is more comprehensive than Chronicling America and includes modern papers.

If you do not have a subscription to you can access it free (with some limitations) if you have a current Greenville County Library Card.  You must access the resource through the library’s website.  Click on My Account and login with your library card and PIN.  Select Learning Center, then A-Z Resources.  Scroll down to the link.


Carolana - This is a comprehensive collection of towns in North and South Carolina.  In addition to the history sections, there are lists of towns with post offices and their dates of operation.

Find-a-Grave - This is a user contribution website with a comprehensive database of cemeteries and graves worldwide.  The site is useful for locating abandoned cemeteries and graves associated with old communities.

South Carolina Memory - This site serves as a clearinghouse for digital collections from around the state, including various universities and historical societies.  There are multiple collections including maps, documents, and other ephemera.

South Carolina Picture Project - SCPP seeks to preserve historic spaces from around the state through photography.  Collections are arranged by county. - This was the parent site for SCPP.  SCIWAY provides just about any type of information available about the state, from restaurants and hotels to historical information.

South Carolina Department of Archives and History - This official state website features several online databases, including old military records and census information.  Of particular interest is the School Insurance Photograph Database from the 1920s - 1940s, which had photographs of old schools from across the state, and the state lists of National Register of Historic Places.  

The SC Archives also contain the archeological field study and survey reports for various regions of the state in PDF format.  On this page is a report on South Carolina Country Stores 1850-1950. In the appendices is a set of information from the Robert Mills Atlas and from Dun and Bradstreet reports that lists the number of general merchandise stores for every town listed during that period.

Chicora Foundation - Chicora is a non-profit archeology and preservation group based in Columbia.  Their publications include field reports with information about old communities.

Other Websites Mentioned in the Presentation:

Augusta Canal National Heritage Area Petersburg Tour Boats

Henry Shultz and His Town of Hamburg, SC - Peter Hughes of Augusta maintains this website dedicated to Shultz and Hamburg.  Peter often portrays Shultz as an actor at various events.

RandomConnections - Tom Taylor’s personal blog and website.