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This house in rural Bowman stands as a symbol of resilience within South Carolina’s agricultural community. The small farming village, located southeast of Orangeburg, was established in 1887 when businessman Samuel Dibble purchased land from the family of Reddick A. Bowman. Dibble saw potential in the the logging railroad that traveled through the area on its way from Branchville to Four Hole Swamp near Harleyville. The land that became Bowman was used to harvest timber and grow cotton.

Bowman House

Ann Helms of Spartanburg, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Cotton grew abundantly in Bowman for years, but the prosperity of the cash crop eventually plummeted. After the boll weevil destroyed South Carolina cotton crops in the early twentieth century, the farmers of Bowman turned to dairy farming for commerce. Bowman’s first fluid gallon of milk was shipped for processing on January 1, 1927. Today, the small town is known as the Dairy Capital of South Carolina and produces 14,000 gallons of milk a day, sending them to processing and distributing plants all over the state.


Bowman Info


Address: United States Highway 178, Bowman, SC 29018
GPS Coordinates: 33.290973,-80.620696


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2 Comments about Bowman

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
October 27th, 2014 at 8:11 am

Hi, Bob. You will have to check with the photographer, Ann Helms. If you click on her name below the photo, there is a link to her email address. Thank you for sharing your family history with us!

Robert BowmanNo Gravatar says:
October 26th, 2014 at 9:47 pm

Hello. May I use the picture of Bowman to put on my timeline? The town of Bowman was formed from land bought from my uncle, Reddick Asbury Bowman, I understand. Bob Bowman




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