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Laurens Co. Teen Finds Stolen Historical Marker

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Jacob Tarrant discovered the historical marker Tuesday in a creek near his Clinton home. Jacob Tarrant discovered the historical marker Tuesday in a creek near his Clinton home.
CLINTON, S.C. -

Mosquitoes and snakes was all Jacob Tarrant expected to find hiking in a creek near Little Acres Road in Clinton.

He never once imagined he would uncover a piece of history.

"I didn't quite know what I found," said Tarrant. "So I dug it up and got it out of the creek."

What Tarrant discovered was a historical marker.

The metal sign was erected in 1961 to mark where Jefferson Davis stopped for the night in Laurens County while serving as President of the Confederate States of America.

According to Elaine Thorp with the Clinton Museum, the marker had been missing since 2008.

"We have been trying to find it and just had no luck," Thorp said.

The marker was originally installed by the Stephen D. Lee Chapter No. 1066 United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Thorp says the city was about ready to start researching how to get a new one.

The state does not provide any money for the maintenance or replacement of historical markers. The cost for one ranges between $1,700 to $2,000.

"It is a very, very important part of our history," says Thorp, "and I think it meant a lot to our ancestors that were living here at that time."

Staff at the Clinton Museum hope to get the Jefferson Davis' Flight marker back to where it belongs in the coming days.

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