Pig on the Ridge
1st Weekend in November
Click on the link below to walk through downtown Ridgeway,
recipient of the 2011 MASC Achievement Award.
Welcome to Historic Ridgeway
Originally known as New Town, Ridgeway obtained its present name when the owners of the Charlotte and South Carolina Railway decided not to build the railroad on the Camden route, but rather to use the "ridge way." The railroad spurred growth of the town.
The first telegraph line was completed in the Ridgeway area in 1855 with wires being stretched from tree to tree. The telegraph played an important role in the civil war as did the town itself.
The earliest settlers of the Ridgeway area came south in the late 1700's from Virginia after the Revolutionary War. Others came north from Charleston in the early 1800's.
Walking Tour Guides Available at the Visitor's Center
The earliest settlers of the Ridgeway area of lower Fairfield District came in 1799 and were Scotch-Irish Presbyterians. Among some of the earliest homes built in Ridgeway were Valencia which was built in the early 1800's by Edward Gendron Palmer who had moved to the area from Saint James' Parish, Santee, Charleston District. Valley Grove which was built in the early 1800's by Samuel Peyre Thomas of Saint Stephen's Parish, Charleston District. Both of these families were plantation owners.
PUBLIC NOTICE DISCOLORED WATER
Posted by: Connie Shackelford Wednesday, October 30, 2013 .Currently the Town of Winnsboro Water Treatment Plant is currently involved with an unusually high level of manganese in their surface water supply. Due to these high levels you may be experiencing some discolored water.
This condition may have been the result of usually wet summer this year. Due to changes in the weather, the lake has turned over which has produced these high levels of manganese. This is a normally occurring event. This element is commonly found naturally, in rocks and soil. We regret any inconvenience that this may be causing you at this time. We are working diligently to resolve this issue as quickly and safely as possible. This is a situation that has occurred previously over the years. Remedies are being implemented at this time. The Town of Winnsboro has notified the Department of Health and Environmental Control of this situation; and we are keeping them aware of all situations that are occurring.
Even though there are no current health effects with elevated manganese, there are certain unappealing consequences with this element. The water maybe discolored.
Again we wish to thank you for your patience and support with this issue. If there are any questions, please call Winnsboro Water Treatment Plant at (803) 815-3020 or (803) 635-4121. You may also contact SCDHEC, Mr. Lindsey Bounds at (803) 898-3908 with your concerns.
Mr. Otis Williams, Jr.
Assistant Water/Wastewater Supervisor