- Associated Press - Monday, September 28, 2015

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - Researchers are traveling around South Carolina to make sure that current county boundary lines are where they were drawn more than a century ago.

Workers with the South Carolina Boundary Program are checking the boundaries against where they were laid out in 1912 state codes, The Island Packet of Hilton Head reported (https://bit.ly/1L01WAZ).

A dozen county lines are under review, including two on the border of Beaufort County.

Finding the old boundaries is not as easy as walking down a highway, said David Ballard, a researcher with the program and member of the state Geodetic Survey team.

Ballard said some boundary stones set up more than a century ago are no longer around.

“Once we have what we think is a pretty firm hold on what we need to know historically, we go out and look at what we can find in the field, trying to kick the dirt around and see what is still remaining,” program manager Matt Wellslager said. “We’re not making new lines or new boundaries, we’re trying to find out where they were and say without any question, ‘This is the spot.’”

Earlier this summer, one of the stones on the Beaufort County border was found at the bottom of a marsh near Yemassee.

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Information from: The Island Packet, https://www.islandpacket.com


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