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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

"Barnwell District, Aiken town"

Press Bland was an imfluential character in Edgefield County, also a nullifier, and wealthy. He is remembered for having visited Aiken on horseback, wearing his boots and spurs.  At that time Aiken was a small railroad village (about 1836). When ready to depart, inspired by the influence of John Barley Corn, he would mount his horse and ride through the town singing at the top of his voice:

"Barnwell District, Aiken town;
O Lord in mercy do look down!
The land is poor, the people too;
If they don't steal what will they do?
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