Founded in 1819 and named after Governor Thomas Bennett. Bennettsville quickly grew into one of the richest agricultural communities in the entire state. Legend has it that the land was so rich it once sold by the pound instead of the acre.
The State of South Carolina recognized Bennettsville's prominence by officially designating it South Carolina's "first" Great Town. The lifestyle and affluence are captured by Bennettsville's Victorian and Greek revival homes and public buildings.