Holly Hill Town

Orangeburg County, South Carolina

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Holly Hill administrative offices are located at 8423 Old State Road, Suite #1 Holly Hill, SC 29059.>br>Phone: 803-496-3330.


The Town of Holly Hill [†] was chartered by the State of South Carolina December 19, 1887. The town limits extended one-half mile in every direction from the present post office as a center. The name is said to have originated from the presence of Holly trees and small hills in the area. The construction of a state road between Charleston and Columbia is credited as giving birth to the community, but it was not until the entry of the railroad in 1886 that the point of the town was settled at the crossing of the railroad and the state road. Before the railroad was completed, two stores had been built. A third was erected in 1886, and the original post office relocated therein.

The community did not receive its first industry until 1890. A turpentine still was built about where the water tower stands, and the vast pine forests in the community were tapped for sap to be processed. The industry was operated by J.M. Owens who had a store building on the corner opposite the factory, where today a cottage stands.

† Town of Holly Hill, South Carolina, Comprehensive Plan 2018-2028, hollyhill.sc.gov, accessed January, 2024.

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