Surveyors to Fix Border between North and South Carolina

North and South Carolina, 1866.

With heavy mechanical instruments, surveyors laid out the border between North and South Carolina several hundred years ago. Vast sections of the border went through thick forests or open farm fields. Hence, at the time, it made sense to mark the border with notches in trees made with hatchets and the occasional rock pile. Since that time of course, those trees and even many of the rocks are no longer there.

Old surveyor's instrument, around the 1700s.Not knowing the exact location of the border wasn’t an issue for a long time; the area between the Carolinas was prodominantly rural. But now, with sharp increases in development, the states and property owners need to know; where exactly is the border?

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