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“C” is for Caesars Head State Park

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  “C” is for Caesars Head State Park. Located in Greenville County near the border with North Carolina, the park encompasses 7,467 acres. In the mid-nineteenth century, Colonel Benjamin Hagood purchased 500 acres and built a hotel. By the 1920s a highway had been constructed, houses were built, and a small summer community developed at Caesars Head. There are three versions of the origin of the name Caesars Head. One says that a hunting dog named Caesar jumped off the cliff while in pursuit of his prey and his distraught owner named the cliff after; the second says it is a corruption of the Cherokee word “sachem” or chief; and the third says that the prominent monadnock which gives the park its name resembles the profile of Julius Caesar. Caesars Head State Park was established in 1979.

Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar receivedhisA.B.degreefromDavidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.