A Culture Lost to Thurmond Lake

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9780692030707: A Culture Lost to Thurmond Lake

Now in hard cover! PEOPLE LOOKED OUT over the rolling hills and prime bottomland along the Savannah River and its tributaries as the waters, backed up by a massive new concrete dam at Clarks Hill, South Carolina, began to swell, slowly inching streams out of their banks between December 20, 1951 and March 2, 1952. Eventually only a few of the highest hilltops remained dry - these becoming tiny islands of piedmont red clay - only specks in a magnificent lake that filled. As the Clark Hill Lake spread out the project swallowed up forever family farmsteads - homes, barns, storehouses, gardens, orchards; cotton plantations; places of worship; cemeteries, numerous ferry sites, roads, bridges; country stores; a number of commercial buildings and residences in the town of Parksville; Finally the bulldozers moved in and razed the landscape - every building. Any semblance of civilization was demolished. Here multitudes had been born, lived, and died - where they had experienced happy times, triumphs, sorrows, accomplishments, failures - to where people had immigrated in, migrated in, and from whence some had left for other parts.

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