State & County Maps of South Carolina

Maps of South Carolina are a great resource to help learn about a place at a particular point in time. Old South Carolina maps are effective sources of geographical information and useful for historical, genealogical and territorial research.

Our collection of South Carolina maps includes many different historic and modern types of maps. The maps date from the 17th century to the present and include:

State Map of South Carolina County Boundaries and Parish Seats
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State Map of South Carolina County Boundaries and Parish Seats
  • South Carolina Township maps, including maps showing the progress of the original government surveys
  • South Carolina Road, Highway and railroad maps
  • South Carolina Maps showing the state’s geological features
  • South Carolina Nautical charts
  • South Carolina timeline of county boundaries changes
  • South Carolina Military maps
  • South Carolina Maps of specific towns, counties, islands, harbors, and bodies of water
  • Colonial era maps of South Carolina
  • Bird’s eye views of South Carolina cities and towns

Historical Maps of South Carolina are a great resource to help learn about a place at a particular point in time. South Carolina Maps are vital historical evidence but must be interpreted cautiously and carefully.

The South Carolina Library from the University of South Carolina at Columbia contains the finest assortment of early South Carolina maps. The South Carolina Department of Archives and History puts out a pamphlet “The Formation of Counties in South Carolina,” which can be procured online. There is no gazetteer for South Carolina.

Old Historical Atlas Maps of South Carolina

This Historical South Carolina Map Collection are from original copies. Most historical maps of South Carolina were published in atlases and spans over 300 years of growth for the state.

Some South Carolina maps years have cities, railroads, P.O. locations, township outlines, and other features useful to the South Carolina researcher.

Jeffery’s 1776 Map of South Carolina – Southern Section

  • Map Title: 1776 Map Of Map Of South And North Carolina With Their Indian Frontiers – Southern Section
  • Map Date: 1776
  • Map Locations: South Carolina and North Carolina
  • Map Description:
  • Map Notes:
  • Map Publication: The American Atlas: Or, A Geographical Description Of The Whole Continent Of America
  • Map Type: World Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Samuel Holland and Thomas Jefferys

Jeffery’s 1776 Map of 1776 Map of North Carolina With Their Indian Frontiers – Northern Section

  • Map Title: Map of North and South Carolina With Their Indian Frontiers – Northern Section
  • Map Date: 1776
  • Map Locations: South Carolina and North Carolina
  • Map Description:
  • Map Notes:
  • Map Publication: The American Atlas: Or, A Geographical Description Of The Whole Continent Of America
  • Map Type: World Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Samuel Holland and Thomas Jefferys

Carey’s 1795 Map of South Carolina

  • Map Title: The State Map of South Carolina Compiled from the best Authorities
  • Map Date: 1795
  • Map Locations: South Carolina
  • Map Description:  
  • Map Publication: Carey’s American Atlas: Containing Twenty Maps And One Chart
  • Map Notes: Uncolored
  • Map Type: National Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Mathew Carey (1760– 1839)

Carey’s 1804 Atlas Map of South Carolina

  • Map Title: The State Map of South Carolina Compiled from the best Authorities
  • Map Date: 1795
  • Map Description:  
  • Map Locations: South Carolina
  • Map Publication: Carey’s American Atlas: Containing Twenty Maps And One Chart
  • Map Contributor: Mathew Carey

Carey’s 1814 State Map of South Carolina

  • Map Title: The State Map of South Carolina
  • Map Date: 1814
  • Map Locations: South Carolina
  • Map Description:
  • Map Publication: Carey’s General Atlas, Improved And Enlarged; Being A Collection Of Maps Of The World And Quarters, Their Principal Empires, Kingdoms, &c
  • Map Notes:
  • Map Type: World Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Henry Charles Carey and Isaac Lea

Carey’s 1822 Atlas Map Of South Carolina

  • Map Title: Geographical, Historical and Statistical Map of South Carolina
  • Map Date: 1822
  • Map Locations: South Carolina
  • Map Description:
  • Map Publication: A Complete Historical, Chronological, And Geographical American Atlas, Being A Guide To The History Of North And South America, And The West Indies … To The Year 1822.
  • Map Notes:
  • Map Type: National Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Henry Charles Carey & Isaac Lea

Finley’s 1827 Map of Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina

  • Map Title: Map of Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina
  • Map Date: 1827
  • Map Locations: Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina
  • Map Description:
  • Map Publication: A New General Atlas, Comprising a Complete Set of Maps, representing the Grand Divisions of the Globe, Together with the several Empires, Kingdoms and States in the World; Compiled from the Best Authorities, and corrected by the Most Recent Discoveries, Philadelphia, 1827.
  • Map Notes: Relief shown by hachures. Prime meridian Washington. Statistical table for state.
  • Map Type: National Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Anthony Finley (1784 – 1836)

Tanner’s 1836 Antique South Carolina

  • Map Title:
  • Map Date: 1836 (Entered 1833)
  • Map Locations: South Carolina
  • Map Description:
  • Map Publication: A New Universal Atlas Containing Maps of the various Empires, Kingdoms, States and Republics Of The World.
  • Map Notes: In full color by county
  • Map Type: World Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Henry Schenck Tanner (1786–1858)

Morse’s 1845 Map of South Carolina

  • Map Title:  Map of South Carolina.
  • Map Date: 1842 (Entered 1842)
  • Map Locations: South Carolina
  • Map Description:
  • Map Publication: Morse’s North American atlas. Containing the following beautifully colored maps
  • Map Notes:
  • Map Type: National Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Sidney Edwards Morse (1794-1871 ) and Samuel Breese (1802-1873)

Colton’s 1856 Map of South Carolina with Plan of Charleston, Vicinity and Harbor

  • Map Title:  1856 Map of South Carolina with Plan of Charleston, Vicinity and Harbor
  • Map Date: 1856 (Entered 1855)
  • Map Locations: South Carolina with Cities of Charleston and Harbor
  • Map Description:
  • Map Notes: In full color by county.
  • Map Publication: Colton’s Atlas Of The World, Illustrating Physical And Political Geography.
  • Map Type: World Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Joseph Hutchins Colton (1800-1893)

Mitchell’s 1880 State and County Map of North and South Carolina with Plan of Charleston

  • Map Title:  1880 State and County Map of North and South Carolina with Plan of Charleston
  • Map Date: 1880 (Entered 1879)
  • Map Locations: North Carolina, South Carolina and Charleston
  • Map Description:
  • Map Publication: Mitchell’s New General Atlas
  • Map Notes:
  • Map Type: World Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Samuel Augustus Mitchell Jr. (1827-1901)

Map of South Carolina County Formations 1747-1987

This Interactive Map of South Carolina Counties show the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county and unsuccessful county proposal from the creation of the South Carolina territory in 1747 to 1987.

South Carolina County Maps of Road and Highway’s

The South Carolina Department of Transportation has prepared a series of county road maps. These maps contain more detailed information about man-made features than the geological survey maps.

In addition to roads and boundaries, these maps include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries. These South Carolina maps are Free to downloade are in PDF format.

External South Carolina Map Resources

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