Aiken County Historical Society unveils Hamburg marker
In 1929, the Savannah River flooded, causing the evacuation and demise of a town on the South Carolina side called Hamburg. On Sunday, the Aiken County Historical Society unveiled a marker that will be placed in North Augusta to mark the former trade town.
There used to be two markers on the Aiken-Augusta Highway, one for Hamburg and one for the western terminus of the South Carolina railroad, but drivers couldn’t pull over to look at them, according to Allen Riddick, president of the Historical Society.
The new marker, along with the western terminus marker, will be placed in North Augusta right off the 5th Street bridge.
To commemorate the unveiling for the marker, Peter Hughes, acting as Hamburg’s founder Henry Schultz, detailed the history of Hamburg.
Hughes said, acting as Schultz in 1835, that Hamburg was “quickly rising to become the outstanding upcounty market of South Carolina.” Schultz was born in Hamburg, Germany and moved to the area to escape Napolean’s wars, Hughes said. After dealing with debts and feuds with the City of Augusta, Georgia, Schultz created Hamburg, South Carolina and in 1833, the state relinquished its right and interst in Hamburg.
“Having passed the meridian of life and surmounted more than ordinary difficulties, I have arrived at the end of a magnificent stride of man,” Hughes said as Schultz.
“Not only to have found a town, but to foster and cherish it into a flourishing city for the benefit of the present as well as the future generation. Hamburg is built for time to come, squares are laid out, a dyke to guard the town against floods is made, there are several springs of pure water and the health of the town has proven equal to that of the City of Augusta,” he said.
The new Hamburg marker is the 25th historical marker erected by the Historical Society since it was reorganized in 1999.
“There’s a lot more to do, but this is No. 25,” Riddick said.
Other markers include the Graniteville Cemetery, the Savannah River Plant, World War II P.O.W Camp and more. A full list of the markers can be found on the Aiken County Historical Society website.
“It has a small little capsule of history about an event or place, and you know, if somebody reads it, they may get interested and want to know more about that. Hopefully that would spur a little something in people,” Riddick said.