Estill, South Carolina

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Estill is a town in Hampton County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 2,425 at the 2000 census.



Estill is located at 32°45′16″N 81°14′18″W / 32.75444°N 81.23833°W / 32.75444; -81.23833 (32.754396, -81.238395).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.5 square miles (9.2 km²), all of it land. Elevation: 114 feet (35 m)[1]


The current Town of Estill traces its roots back to Lawtonville, SC, located 1-mile (1.6 km) to the West. Settled by Benjamin Thornstacle D'Ion Lawton [2]. In 1775, Pipe Creek Church of Regular Baptists was established as part of the Charleston Association of Baptists and later, the Savannah River Association. These organizations were forerunners of today's Southern Baptist Convention. Pipe Creek Church eventually became Lawtonville Baptist Church and was an important part of Lawtonville, SC. Lacking a railroad, Lawtonville was never a large important center of commerce. Nonetheless, during the Civil War, 15,000 soldiers (part of the Unions 15th Corp travelled from Savannah to North Carolina and this included fighting through present day Hampton County with engagements in Lawtonville which was largely leveled. Lawtonville Baptist Church was reduced to its stone steps and its cemetery in January, 1865.

After 1900, a railroad was built approximately 1-mile (1.6 km) East of Lawtonville and the town largely moved to the site of the new railroad. Named for Colonel John Holbrook Estill (who brought the railroad to the new town site), Estill, SC was incorporated on September 8, 1905. [3]. Later the railroad through Estill became the well known Seaboard Air Line, then the Seaboard Coast Line which also marketed itself as the "Family Line System"Family Lines System, and today is CSX (a merger between the Chessie System and Seaboard Coast Line in 1986)[4]. Thanks to the railroad, passenger and commerce greatly assisted in the development of Estill for many years.

Athletics and culture are very important in this small town. Basketball and football at Estill High School is great. The town produced great athletes. Olympic Gold Medalist Lucile Ellerbe Godbold grew up in Estill and brought home six medals from the 1922 Paris games.[4] Cecil Jenkins, the varsity girls basketball team, won 14 consecutive conference championship. JJ Orr, and his boys won their first conference championship in 2007 after a 21 year gap. Music is another important thing in Estill. The Fall Festival in Estill gives these artist and many more some time in the spotlight. Many of the artist sponsor parties and release singles to promote themselves. Miss USA 1994, Lu Parker, grew up in Estill.

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