Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Tiller's Ferry

Marker ID: SCHM 28-16
Location: S.C. Hwy. 341 & S.C. Sec. Rd. 28-15, Bethune, SC
County: Kershaw
Coordinates: N 34° 21.784    W 080° 18.394
  34.36306666    -80.30656666
Style: Free Standing **


In 1760 Joseph Tiller received a grant for 100 acres on Lynches River, including this crossroads. James Tiller operated a ferry across the river 1 mi. N before 1806. He operated a toll bridge near the ferry, on the Stagecoach or Camden Road, beginning in 1830. A post office opened at Tiller´s Ferry in 1838, with James Tiller as its first postmaster; it closed in 1903.

In 1865, as Gen. W.T. Sherman´s Federal army advanced NE, Gen. John A. Logan´s XV Corps found its way blocked by a flooded Lynches River. Logan camped and foraged nearby February 25-March 2 before crossing into Darlington County. A skirmish on the other side of the river on February 26 cost Logan´s infantry and Gen. M.C. Butler´s Confederate cavalry a few minor casualties each.

Erected by the Kershaw County Historical Society, 2011