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Eastatoee – In the northwestern section of Pickens County is the sparkling clear stream, Big Eastatoee, on which at present is located the famous Piedmont Nurseries. This nursery is located exactly where the large Sugar Town of the Cherokees was. And about two or three miles north of Sugar Town was Eastatoee Town, where James Beamer, the great Indian trader and friend of Governor James Glen, lived with his Indian wife, his numerous horses, cattle, and slaves. His wife was the daughter of the great chief of the valley.
It was due to die alertness of Beamer and die Governor that Fort Prince George was built in 1753, forcing back the encroaching French and saving a land for the birth of an English nation.
In the days of the Cherokees and their great town of Eastatoee the beautiful and picturesque valley of Big Eastatoee was known as die “Land of the Blue Parakeet.”
(Information from: Names in South Carolina by C.H. Neuffer, Published by the S.C. Dept. of English, USC)
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