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“H” is for Hanahan

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“H” is for Hanahan (Berkeley and Charleston Counties; 2020 population 25, 743). Hanahan is an incorporated city of about twelve square miles in the lower part of Berkeley County, with a small portion in Charleston County. The city is primarily a bedroom community to the city of Charleston. In 1917 the community alongside Goose Creek changed its name from Saxon to Hanahan—for James Ross Hanahan, a successful businessman and industrialist. The town was incorporated in 1973, with a government consisting of a mayor, a six-member city council, and a full-time town administrator. Hanahan’s attributes included it accessibility to I-26 and its location as the site of the Goose Creek Reservoir, which was built in the 1930s and later became a one-hundred-acre industrial park. Hanahan’s growth since 1950 has mirrored that of the Charleston metropolitan area.

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Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his B.A. degree from Davidson 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.