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Ascent of Kershaw County High Point on 2014-10-22

Climber: Tom Layton

Others in Party:Charles Zerphey
Date:Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
Peak:Kershaw County High Point
    Location:USA-South Carolina
    Elevation:620 ft / 188 m

Ascent Trip Report

The Henry Brown House (ca 1840) on the summit is part of the Liberty Hill Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. There are several antebellum homes along Liberty Hill that were spared from Sherman's torches.

The gate at the foot of the summit driveway has engraved signs that say "Private Property" and "No Trespassing." Evidently, Ms. Fontaine has not gone into the B&B business, as mentioned in previous trip reports. Looking for permission, I called the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce, but they did not have a contact number.

We drove up anyway, knocked on the front door, and got no answer. So we drove around to the back yard to find laundry on the line near the highest point. Still not seeing anyone, we martinized Kershaw and left the premises.

The summit is a grassy yard surrounded by trees that eclipse what could be a great view across Lake Wateree 400 feet below. On a lower ridge across the road, the ca 1830 mansion of Joseph Cunningham boasts a four-county view (Lancaster, Chester, Fairfield, and Kershaw). Cunningham was said to be SC's first millionaire. SC97 along Liberty Hill is named for one of his grandsons, John G. Richards, who was SC governor from 1927 to 1931.
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