Driving in to Darlington County
Me and Wayne on the Fourth of July
Driving in to Darlington County
Looking for some work on the county line
We drove down from New York City
Where the girls are pretty but they just want to know your name
Driving in to Darlington City
Got a union connection with an uncle of Wayne’s
We drove 800 miles without seeing a cop
We got rock and roll music blasting off the T-top, singing… 


Theodosia Gordon Collection
This collection came to the Charleston Museum in 2007 and is comprised of books, photographs and memorabilia including postcards, certificates, and a family Bible. The owner of the items, Theodosia Elizabeth Cox Gordon Robinson, was born in 1874 to Thomas Campbell Cox and Elizabeth Singleton. Thomas was twice elected as Darlington County Sheriff and, per family lore, was a member of the Charleston “Mulatto Elite.” Theodosia’s mother died when she was young and she was adopted by her paternal aunt, Julia Cox Gordon. Raised in Charleston, she moved to Washington, D.C. in her early 20s. She married and raised her children there, working for, and eventually retiring from, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Theodosia died in 1947. The images here are just a small portion of the 123 photographs in the collection. While some are identified, many including these shown here, are unknown.

Click here and here to view 1920s textiles from the Cox-Gordon collection

EPHEMERA FRIDAY: Each Friday we post a selection or small collection from our Archives. Some items may be on exhibit, some may be too fragile to display and some may be too unusual to fit into our typical Lowcountry exhibit themes. We will occasionally ask for help identifying people or places in photographs that have come to us with little or no information. We hope you enjoy our selection each week – do let us know if there’s something in particular you’d like to see on EPHEMERA FRIDAY.


I just love it every time Bruce sets up Clarence for a saxophone solo. In Ramrod, he yells yelling, “Big Man!!” In I’m Goin’ Down, he goes, “Rock it now!” And in Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out, well you know.

I think my favorite time is at the end of Darlington County when he says, “Big Man, play that saxophone!” during the fade-out.

Ahhhh Bruce. Ahhhh Clarence. Ahhhh feels!

Nuclear waste, arsenic at SC coal plant raise concern

As Duke Energy examines how to close and stabilize coal ponds throughout the Carolinas, questions are rising about how to handle an unusual cleanup task at coal pond in Darlington County, where nuclear waste once was dumped.

I’ve heard rumors of nuclear waste being hauled to another Duke Energy plant, near Charlotte. I haven’t had a chance to follow up on those rumors, but encourage others to do so in light of this article from The State.


… documents that have surfaced recently show the unlined 55-acre basin has leaked arsenic – and it has the unusual legacy of being a dump site for low-level nuclear waste.


Cover the Boss Week pushes on with this country honky tonk cover of Darlington County. Quaker City NightHawks takes the song from the Born in the USA album and gives it a good honky-tonk bar feel. Keeping the sax solo in the song also gets them brownie points. The song comes off the Dead Man’s Town album, a compilation of artists brought together to cover one song off of Born in the USA.


Even when he’s sick (headcold here), Bruce puts on a show

Darlington County Live