Hemingway, South Carolina

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Hemingway is a town located in Williamsburg County, South Carolina. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 573.

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Historical Sketch

Hemingway was created from a crossroads community named Lamberts in 1911 by Dr. W. C. Hemingway, in an effort to secure a depot for the proposed Seaboard Airline Railway Company, which was to run from Mullins to Andrews. Land owned by Dr. Hemingway was surveyed and the lots auctioned off. Subsequently the railroad established a Hemingway depot, and the post office name was changed to Hemingway.

With rail access, Hemingway grew into a market town for local agricultural products. Cotton declined after 1921, when the boll weevil arrived, but was already being replaced by flue cured tobacco as the primary money crop for farmers. Other local products were naval stores from the pine forests (later replaced by timbering), corn, soybeans, wheat, and vegetables.

Hemingway is near the Pee Dee River, which was the main commercial route for the area until the coming of the railroad. Snows Island in the river near Hemingway was the site of the Revolutionary War camp of US war hero, General Francis Marion. The river was named by early explorers after the Pee Dee tribe. A major tributary is the Waccamaw River likewise named.

Jobs

Besides agriculture, the manufacture of textiles has been important in the past, with numerous sewing factories, but most of these have closed. Talous, where insectproof suits for sportsmen are sewed, and Hemingway Apparel, are exceptions. Important industries today are Tupperware (plastic kitchenware), House of Raeford (meat products), C-V Unlimited (remanufactured auto parts), Don's Scrap Iron and Metal Co., and Palmetto Paper Tube. Some people commute to Wellman Industries in Johnsonville, South Carolina or to International Paper Company or Georgetown Steel in Georgetown, South Carolina. Williamsburg County runs bus service for workers who commute to nearby Myrtle Beach, which offers jobs in the hospitality industry and construction.

Hemingway has always been associated with Johnsonville, which, though divided by a county line, is only 4 miles north, and are sometimes referred to locally as the twin cities. Hemingway recently completed a new industrial park midway between the two cities, with a deep well and sewer service.


Barbecue Shag Festival

Hemingway is known for the Bar-B-Q Shag Festival held in the spring of each year. This features a cookoff of low country style pork barbecue, and dancing of the official state dance - the Shag.

Geography

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Location of Hemingway, South Carolina

Hemingway is located at 33°45'12" North, 79°26'45" West (33.753422, -79.445767)Template:GR.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.3 km² (0.9 mi²). 2.3 km² (0.9 mi²) of it is land and none of the area is covered with water.

Demographics

As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there are 573 people, 259 households, and 182 families residing in the town. The population density is 251.4/km² (653.2/mi²). There are 278 housing units at an average density of 122.0/km² (316.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 80.80% White, 18.50% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.00% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 0.17% from two or more races. 0.17% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. (The Hispanic population of the area is growing rapidly, and the statistics are probably much lower than present reality.)

There are 259 households out of which 26.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% are married couples living together, 15.8% have a female householder with no husband present, and 29.7% are non-families. 29.3% of all households are made up of individuals and 15.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.21 and the average family size is 2.71.

In the town the population is spread out with 22.3% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 21.3% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 23.7% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 45 years. For every 100 females there are 82.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 75.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $28,250, and the median income for a family is $50,179. Males have a median income of $28,125 versus $20,987 for females. The per capita income for the town is $17,888. 13.1% of the population and 9.9% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 18.2% of those under the age of 18 and 15.6% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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