|Kingstree, South Carolina|
Williamsburg County Courthouse
Location in Williamsburg County, South Carolina
The original town was laid out as Williamsburg by the Lords Proprietors in colonial times. But a lone, unusually large white pine was found along the Black River. Since tall white pines were ideal for use as masts for ships, it was claimed by the Crown on behalf of the king. Thebroad arrow mark was carved into the tree to prevent any colonists from cutting it. Though white pines are native to the Appalachians as far south as Georgia, it is the only tree of King George’s ever found in the South. Over time, the county kept the name Williamsburg, but the county seat became known as The King's Tree, giving rise to its modern name.
Kingstree is located at (33.671243, -79.828635).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2), of which 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.63%) is water.
The Black River is a free flowing river that is surrounded by banks of undisturbed land. The river has plant and animal habitats including endangered species. Some of the endangered species include the American chaffseed and the swallow-tailed kite. The black color of the river comes from tannins that come from cypress trees. The river draws sportsmen because of the variety of fish including bream, red breasted sunfish, large-mouth bass, and catfish.
The Williamsburg County Hometown Chamber Quality of Place Committee was able to get the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources to include a 75 mile stretch of the Black River in the Scenic River Program in 2001.The Black River is South Carolina's longest river and was the seventh addition to the Scenic Rivers.The river is 150 miles long and goes through Williamsburg, Clarendon, Sumter, and Georgetown Counties in South Carolina.