In 1855, the South Carolina Legislature appointed a group of commissioners to select and purchase a tract of land for “the Village of Manning” in the newly formed Clarendon County. According to the Watchmen, a local newspaper of the time, “the Legislature (had) granted a bill of divorce between Clarendon and Claremont (Sumter).”
Railroads, abundant timber, and diverse agriculture allowed Manning to flourish during the late 19th century and into the 20th century. In 1933, Highway 4 was changed to U.S. Route 301 and, Manning and Clarendon County became a preferred route of Washington to Florida motorists. Manning is along the I-95 corridor and attracts retirees looking for various recreational activities and mild climates.
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