Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Purrysburg Township

Marker ID: SCHM 27-3
Location: At Purrysburg Landing on Road 34 at Road 203
County: Jasper
Coordinates: N 32° 16.344    W 081° 07.208
  32.2724    -81.120133
Style: Free Standing **


In 1730, the British Crown instructed S.C. Governor Robert Johnson to layout eleven townships to populate and protect the interior of the province. Purrysburg Township, laid out in 1731, stimulated the settlement of this area; but the growth of Savannah caused the town of Purrysburg to be unsuccessful.

By 1732, Swiss Protestants led by entrepreneur Jean Pierre Purry had begun to arrive here, and by August of the next year, 260 Swiss had settled at Purrysburg Township. Each settler was provided with a specific amount of land, tools, livestock, and provisions by the Royal Assembly.

Erected by Jasper County Bicentennial Committee - 1980