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Lancaster County is located in the north central area of South Carolina and is approximately 40 miles south of Charlotte, North Carolina and 60 miles north of Columbia, South Carolina. The area was settled in the mid 1700s by Scotch-Irish farmers from Lancaster, Pa who immigrated to America from England. The red rose was the emblem of the House of Lancaster during England's War of the Roses (1455-1485); thus came the nickname of South Carolina's Lancaster, the "Red Rose City." The area has hosted two wars and is home to Andrew Jackson State Park, named after the seventh U.S. president.
The area abounds with landmarks of historical significance. These include Buford's Massacre Site, the site of Col. Buford's 1780 defeat by the British after the fall of Charles Town and Kilburnie, the oldest standing Lancaster residence. Built in the 1820's, the house has been moved to Craig Farm Road and is now a Bed and Breakfast inn.
There is also the Old Presbyterian Church and Cemetery, the first brick church in the region. Built in 1862, it features Gothic revival architecture and is currently the home of the Lancaster County Society for Historical Preservation and is on the National Landmark Register. The Old Lancaster County Jail, used from 1823-1979 as the county jail, is also a national landmark.