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Saxe-Gotha Township

Established in 1733, Saxe-Gotha is the name of a settlement in the "Dutch Fork" area of Orangeburg. Earlier, the area was known as the Congarees, and this name was still used in some records for many years. The name was chosen to honor the spouse of a member of the British Royal Family, who was born in an area of Germany known as Saxe Gotha. It is approximately 30 miles north of Amelia Township, beginning near the present site of Sandy Run, South Carolina, and running north on the banks of the Congaree River to just beyond the area where the Broad and Saluda Rivers flow together to form the Congaree.

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