BRIEF HISTORY OF NEWBERRY
The origin of the name Newberry is unknown. The county was formed in 1785 as a part of Ninety Six District,
and the county seat is the town of Newberry. This part of the
upcountry was settled largely by Scotch-Irish, English, and German immigrants in the
mid-eighteenth century. Germans were so prevalent
in part of Newberry County that it become known
as Dutch Fork, with Dutch meaning Deutsch
(German). Large scale cotton farming replaced
small farms in the nineteenth century, and the
coming of the railroad made Newberry a leading
cotton market. Historians John Belton O'Neall (1795-1863) and
David Duncan Wallace (1874-1951) were Newberry
County natives, as was governor and U. S. Senator
Coleman L. Blease (1868-1942).
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