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History is that which has
happened and that which goes on happening in time. But also it is the
stratified record upon which we set our feet, the ground beneath us;
and the deeper the roots of our being go down into the layers that lie
below and beyond the ... confines of our ego, yet at the same time
feed and condition it, ... the heavier is our life with thought and
the weightier is the soul of our flesh.... Thomas Mann
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Abbeville Opera House
Burt Stark Mansion [Photos] [History]
mansion from the past, it saw the coming of the Civil War and
endured. Built in the 1830s by southern planter David
Lesley, the mansion is furnished with beautiful southern
antiques and paintings, visitors today, can tour the premises
and see what life was like in the plantation houses of South
Carolina. Located at 400 North Main Street in Abbeville,
A restored 1840
plantation home on Beech Island built by Alfred N. Dicks.
Located at 6198 Atomic Road in Beech Island, SC.
Redcliffe Plantation State Historical Site
The Beech Island
mansion as built in 1859 and was home to cotton planter, James
Henry Hammond and three generations of his descendants.
The home has been restored and is being preserved for future
enjoyment by the state of South Carolina. Located at 181
Redcliffe Road on Beech Island, SC.
Wagener Museum on Facebook
Focused on the
history of Wagener, SC, the museum features historical artifacts
and documents related to the life and times of the community
since the arrival of the railroad in 1887. Located at 12
Short Street in Wagener, SC.
Anderson County Historical Museum
Focus is on the history of Anderson County and
includes exhibits related to the textile industry and the
pioneering history of towns in the county. Located at 202
E. Greenville Street in Anderson, SC.
Historic Belton Train Depot and Museums
The historic Belton Train Depot has been restored
and preserved. Located at 100 North Main Street in Belton,
SC. Inside, visitors will find two museums:
Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame
The South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame is housed
inside the Belton Depot. The Hall of Fame honors South
Carolina's top tennis players and tennis officials.
Trophies, racquets and other tennis memorabilia are on display.
Ruth Drake Museum
Features exhibits on local railroad,
agricultural, textile, genealogical history and rotating
Rivers Bridge State Park
Site of the Civil
War battle of Feb 2-3, 1865, the site commemorates one of the
last stands of the Confederacy near the end of the Civil War.
The park features a Confederate relics museum and monuments.
Located at 325 State Park Road in Ehrhardt, SC.
Agricultural Heritage Center
The center includes three parts: an Agricultural
Heritage Museum, a Discovery Center and a Hands-On Learning
Center where students and visitors can get a better
understanding of the South Carolina agricultural history and its
influence on culture and economics. Located at the Clemson
University's Edisto Research and Education Center on Hwy 78 West
in Blackville, SC.
The museum is devoted to the preservation and
presentation of the rich heritage of Barnwell County.
Located at 9426 Marlboro Avenue in Barnwell, SC.
An online museum featuring historical information
about Barnwell County, SC.
The Williston Museum
Take a trip back in time to the early days in
Williston. Visitors will learn about the heritage and
history of Williston which was once known as the "asparagus
capitol of the world". Located on Springfield Road in
Beaufort Arsenal Museum
An old arsenal
constructed in 1798 which was used by the Beaufort Volunteer
Artillery (BVA). The fort was also used by the U.S. Army
during the Civil War. Today, you will find historic
artifacts and history exhibits of this area. Located at
713 Craven Street in Beaufort, SC.
Coastal Discovery Museum
Parris Island Museum
York W. Bailey Museum at Penn Center
Penn School Was
established in 1862 during the Civil War. The Port Royal
Experiment which took place here was a program where freed
slaves were taught skills and worked on land abandoned by
plantation owners. Penn School played an important role to
many freed slaves from the Sea Islands and is the heart of the
Gullah culture today. The York W. Bailey Museum was named
for a Penn School graduate and the first African-American
physician to serve Helena and the Sea Islands. Tours of
the museum are offered. Located at 16 Penn Center Circle
W. on St. Helena Island, SC.
County Museum & Heritage Center
Devoted to the
history of Berkeley County, the museum features history exhibits
from the Ice Age to the famed "Swamp Fox" Francis Marion's
battles during the Revolutionary War, to the planters who
settled the area. In addition to the historical artifacts
and exhibits, there is a gallery of local arts and handcrafts
and a research library. Located at 950 Stony Landing Road
in Moncks Corner, SC directly across from the
Old Santee Canal Park.
Old Santee Canal Park [History]
Only 30 minutes
away from downtown Charleston, Old Santee Canal Park
commemorates the historical significance of the Santee Canal.
Visitors will get a glimpse of yesteryear in Berkeley County.
The park is located at the end of Stony Landing Road in Moncks
Stony Landing House and Plantation
Erected in 1843 by
John H. Dawson, a Charleston merchant, the house lies along the
Cooper River on Stony Landing Bluff and is furnished with period
reproduction pieces. Open for tours. Located on the
Old Santee Canal Park in Moncks Corner, SC.
Calhoun County Museum and Cultural Center
Sketch of Calhoun County]
Housed inside what was once a pecan plant, the
museum is devoted to the preservation, interpretation and
exhibition of historical documents, artifacts and other items
related to the history of Calhoun County, SC. Located at
313 Butler Street in St. Matthews, SC.
American Military Museum
The museum is
filled with many American military artifacts from all branches
of the service and all wars from the Revolutionary War to recent
times. Located inside the Citadel Mall.
Devoted to the
historical and cultural heritage of African Americans in
Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry, the center
features an archives collection and museum exhibitions.
Located at 125 Bull Street in Charleston, SC.
The Best Friend of Charleston Railway Museum
Located in The
Citadel Mall at 2070 Sam Rittenberg Drive in Charleston, SC.
Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens
Known as one of
America's oldest working plantations, Boone Hall Plantation is
located off of Long Point Road in Mt. Pleasant, SC.
Charles Pinckney National Historic Site [History]
Founded in 1773,
this is known as American's First Museum. Featured are
cultural, historic and natural history collections. Learn
about the rich heritage of the SC Lowcountry. Located at
360 Meeting Street in Charleston, SC.
Citadel Archives and Museum
Focused on the
history of the Military College of South Carolina from it's
founding in 1842 to the present time and features an archives of
historical papers related to the military history and lives of
the cadets who attended. Located at 171
Moultrie Street in Charleston, SC.
Confederate Museum in Charleston
Operated by the SC
Ladies Auxiliary of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the
museum is housed in the historical Charleston City Market
building built in 1841. The museum features exhibits of
historical artifacts of the Confederacy including cannons,
uniforms, arms, flags along with a reference library.
There is also an open air market under the museum. Located
at 188 Meeting Street in Charleston, SC.
Drayton Hall Historic Plantation House
Considered to be
one of the best surviving examples of Georgian-Palladian
architecture in the U.S. today, this plantation home and
surrounding area remains undisturbed by our bustling
civilization. Located at 3380 Ashley River Road in
Island Historical Museum
Operated by the
Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society, the museum is
devoted the preservation of Edisto Island History and the
education of the public about the rich heritage of Edisto
Island. Located at 8123 Chisolm Plantation, Edisto Island,
Heyward Washington House
Joseph Manigault House
The original use
for the Powder Magazine was military storage for loose gun
powder. The small brick building with thick walls and four
groin arches designed to implode in case of explosion was used
from 1713-1770 and even briefly during the Revolutionary War.
It has been restored and is used as a museum which is operated
by The Colonial Dames of America in the State of South Carolina.
It is the only public remaining structure in the Carolinas from
the period of the eight Lords Proprietors. Located at 79
Cumberland Street in Charleston, SC.
Cherokee County History and Arts Museum
Phase 1 of the
museum was opened in May 2008. The museum is still under
construction and when completed, it will house over 20,000
square feet of exhibits, meeting spaces and educational
resources for Cherokee County residents and visitors.
Located at 301 S. Johnson
Street in Gaffney, SC.
Chester County Historical Society Museum
The museum holds
notable collections of historic Native American artifacts,
firearms from the Revolutionary War era to present day, Civil
War period relics and costumes, and the 18th century parlor of
Samuel McAiley which is housed inside a 1914 jail behind the
Chester County Courthouse. The society also maintains a
collection of genealogical materials on many of the Chester
County families. Located at 107 McAiley Street in Chester,
Chester County Transportation Museum
Sponsored by the
Chester County Historical Society, the museum houses early
buggies, wagons, antique autos, a 1925 school bus and a large
collection of historical artifacts and photos related to the
history of transportation in Chester County, SC. Located
at 157 Wylie Street in Chester, SC.
Lando Manetta Mills History Center
Dedicated to the
preservation of the history of the people of Lando South
Carolina and the employees of Manetta Mills, the History center
collects, preserves and displays historic artifacts and items
related to the history of Lando and the people who worked in
Manetta Mills in the mill village of Lando. Visitors will
step back in time when they take the guided tour of the Lando
Manetta Mills History Center and learn what life in Lando was
like throughout the 20th century. Located at 3801 Lando
Road in Lando, SC.
Cheraw's Museums and Historical Sites
Chesterfield County History Museum
Located at 200
East Main Street in Chesterfield, SC.
Southern African American Heritage Center
The museum is
devoted to the collection, documentation and preservation of
African American history in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
Collections include historical artifacts and documents.
Located at 125 Kershaw Street in Cheraw, SC.
Clarendon County Historical Society Museum on Facebook
The museum features historical artifacts related to the history
of Clarendon County and it's early settlers. Located at
102 South Brooks Street in Manning, SC.
Clarendon County Plantations
The Colleton Museum
Housed inside the
old jail, the 2 story neogothic structure resembling a castle,
was built in 1855-56. The museum features a collection of
artifacts and exhibits which explore the history of Colleton
from prehistoric times to the early twentieth century.
Located at 506 E. Washington Street in Walterboro, SC.
The museum is
devoted to the collection, preservation and exhibition of
authentic relics which were made and used by enslaved Africans.
Located at 208 Carn Street in Walterboro, SC.
County Museum features historical artifacts and genealogical
materials related to the history of Darlington County, South
Carolina. Located at 204 Hewitt Street in Darlington, SC.
Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum & Pit Stop
Visitors to the
Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum will learn much about the
history of the Darlington Raceway along with much information
about the stock car racing sport. The museum also holds
the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) Hall of Fame
where you can find photos, memorabilia and exhibits showcasing
the sport of NASCAR racing and the people of NASCAR.
Located at 1301 Harry Byrd Highway in Darlington, SC.
Devoted to the
local history of Hartsville, South Carolina, the Hartsville
Museum is housed inside the historic 1930s Post Office building.
Located at 222 North Fifth Street in Hartsville, SC.
Dillon County Historical Society Museum System
This 1915 office
building of Dr. Henry Edwards has been restored and deeded to
the Dillon County Historical Society. The museum features
documents, photographs and memorabilia related to the heritage
of Dillon County and the surrounding area. Located at 101
S. Marion Street in Latta, SC.
Summerville Dorchester Museum
Dorchester Museum is housed inside a building which was
originally the Water Department and later used as the
Summerville Police Department. The museum is dedicated to
the collection, preservation and exhibition of historical items
and materials related to the early history of Summerville and
Dorchester County. Located in the Summerville Historic
District at 100 East Doty Avenue in Summerville, SC.
Joanne T. Rainsford Discovery Center
County Historic Sites]
The center is in
the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor. Originally
known as Magnolia Grove, the house was built in 1840 by Captain
James Miller, a wealthy planter and captain of Edgefield
militia. Today, the house is home to the Discovery Center.
Exhibits cover the region of four counties: Edgefield,
McCormick, Abbeville and Greenwood Counties. Visitors will
explore the early settlement, natural history, military history
and the importance of cotton in this 4 county area.
Located at 405 Main Street in Edgefield, SC.
Oakley Park Museum
plantation mansion was built in 1835 by Daniel Byrd, a
successful cotton planter of Edgefield. The house is
filled with period antiques and relics and open to visitors.
Located at 300 Columbia Road in Edgefield, SC.
Fairfield County Museum
of the Town and Museum]
Housed inside the
impressive 1830 Richard Cathcart townhouse, the museum offers
visitors a glimpse into the past of Fairfield County through
artifacts, historic farming implements, and antique furnishings.
Located at 231 S. Congress Street in Winnsboro, SC.
South Carolina Railroad Museum
Devoted to the
preservation of railroading history in South Carolina, the
museum is home of the Rockton, Rion and Western Rail Road.
Visitors will see antique railroad artifacts and memorabilia and
get a chance to ride the train. Located at 110 Industrial
Park Road in Winnsboro, SC.
Collections of the
museum include Civil War exhibits, Pee Dee history, SC history,
Pueblo Pottery and many more. The Florence County Museum
is closed until 2014 as it has grown and is moving to a new
location. The new location is at 111 West Cheves Street in
Georgetown County Museum
Visitors to the
Georgetown County Museum will find many rooms of items and
historical artifacts related to the history of Georgetown, South
Carolina which include a Native American collection, exhibits
about slavery, plantation life, military, hunting, fishing and a
study archives. Located at 632 Prince Street in Georgetown, SC.
Museum and Library of Confederate History
Dedicated to the
portrayal of the history of the Civil War in South Carolina, the
museum houses many artifacts and exhibits related to the Civil
War and homelife in the South during that war. Located at
15 Boyce Avenue in Greenville, SC.
Upcountry History Museum
Devoted to the
preservation and presentation of the history of the Upcountry,
visitors will enjoy learning about the rich heritage of this
part of South Carolina. The Upcountry of South Carolina
includes the counties of Abbeville, Greenville, Spartanburg,
Oconee, Pickens, York, Cherokee, Anderson, Union, Laurens,
Chester, McCormick, Greenwood, Newberry and Edgefield.
Located at 540 Buncombe Street in the Heritage Green area of
Downtown Greenville, SC.
The Emerald Triangle Museum & Railroad Historical Center
Museum Online Exhibits]
features 3 floors of exhibits which include a 1900s Main Street
depicting life at the turn of the century in this area of South
Carolina. There are many permanent and traveling exhibits
which vary from a hands-on Discovery Lab of science exhibit to a
Cherokee Indian exhibit. Located in the
Emerald Triangle cultural district at 106 Main Street in
Railroad Historical Center
Visitors can visit
the welcome center to learn about the antique train cars that
are being restored at the site. Located at 908 South Main
Street in Greenwood, SC.
Hampton County Museum
Operated by the Hampton County Historical
Society, the museum features historical artifacts and antique
items from Hampton County's past along with a Family History
Room where visitors will find materials and items to help them
with research. Located at 702 1st St. W. in Hampton, SC.
Horry County Museum
The Horry County Museum is devoted to the
preservation, interpretation and exhibition of the rich history
of Horry County. From prehistoric times to present day,
the exhibits tell the story of local conditions. Exhibits
range from old tools, photographs, farming implements, household
items, local crafts and even items from an old country store.
Walking tours are offered through the Conway historic district.
The museum is housed in an old Post Office building and is
directly adjacent to historical downtown Conway. Located
at 428 Main Street in Conway, SC.
Jasper County Welcome Center & Museum
The Pauline Pratt Webel Museum features a
collection of artifacts and historical items documenting the
people who have called Jasper County lands home. Located
behind the Pratt Memorial Library at 4518 E. Wilson Street in
Camden Archives and Museum [History]
laid out as Fredericksburg in 1732) is the oldest inland town in
South Carolina. There are over 60 pre-1865 sites in
historic Camden. Visitors can stop by the Kershaw County
Chamber of Commerce to pick up a guide book or get one at the
Camden Archives and Museum. The museum itself is housed
inside the Carnegie Library building and features exhibits of
local and regional history along with a research library for
those interested in early history and family research.
Located at 1314 Broad Street in Camden, SC.
Camden Revolutionary War Site [Battle of Camden]
Visitors to the
Camden Revolutionary War historical site may choose a
self-guided or guided tour. Focus is on the Colonial and
Revolutionary War eras in Camden's early history.
Buildings in the museum complex include the restored and
furnished 1785 John Craven House, the 1830 Cunningham House, two
19th century log cabins, the 1795 McCaa House, the Joseph
Kershaw mansion, a blacksmith shop and some reconstructed
military forts. Located at 222 Broad Street in Camden, SC.
Andrew Jackson State Park
The site features a museum of Revolutionary War
artifacts and items related to President Andrew Jackson.
Living history programs are featured throughout the year along
with the annual Andrew Jackson Birthday Celebration.
Visitors will learn about Andrew Jackson's boyhood as he grew up
in the backcountry of South Carolina. There is also an
18th century replica schoolhouse at the site. Located at
196 Andrew Jackson Park Road in Lancaster, SC.
Lancaster County Welcome Center and Museum
County Welcome Center and Museum on Facebook]
Housed inside the
Robert Mills' designed Lancaster County Courthouse, the welcome
center offers a glimpse into the past where visitors can take a
self-guided tour of the grand old restored and renovated
Courthouse. The Welcome Center also provides information
and brochures about Lancaster County destinations. Located
at 100 North Main Street in Lancaster, SC.
Laurens County Museum
While focus is on
the history of Laurens County, South Carolina, the museum also
features exhibits related to the history of America.
Museums exhibits include Laurens Glass Works, antique
agricultural tools and implements, textile mill history, the
Rosemont Room (dedicated to the life of Ann Pamela Cunningham,
who started the first preservationist movement in America with
the restoration of George Washington's Mount Vernon), military
history and many more artifacts and antiques related to the
history of Laurens County. The museum will soon be moving to a
new location located at 108 Public Square which is the
Witherspoon Building just across from the Laurens County
Courthouse. Currently the museum is located at 205 West
Laurens Street in downtown Laurens, SC.
The Button Museum
Dalton Stevens is
the button king, known for his many artistic creations using
buttons, he has opened a museum to display his many artworks.
Located at 55 Joe Dority Road in Bishopville, SC.
County Veterans Museum
Created by the
veterans of Lee County, the museum features military artifacts
and exhibits devoted to the military history of Lee County,
South Carolina. Located in the South Carolina Cotton
Museum at 121 Cedar Lane in Bishopville, SC.
Carolina Cotton Museum
Visitors will learn
about the importance and culture of the cotton industry in South
Carolina through historical artifacts and exhibits.
Located at 121 Cedar Lane in Bishopville, SC.
Lexington County History Museum
Comprised of a
large complex of 30 historic structures, the buildings include
the 1772 Lawrence Corley Log House, the 1774 Heinrich Senn
House, The Hazelius House, the Oak Grove one-room schoolhouse
and other houses, farms and buildings. Located at 231 Fox
Street in Lexington, SC.
Lexington County History Museum Virtual Tour
Visit the John Fox
Farm to learn about "Southern Antebellum Farm Life" and
"Colonial Settlement" in South Carolina's backcountry.
This is an online educational tour.
Carolina Military Museum
military history of South Carolina, the museum features
artifacts and exhibits related to all branches of military
service. Located at 1225 Bluff Road in Columbia, SC.
Carolina State Museum
Learn the story of
South Carolina inside the 1893 Columbia Mill textile building.
4 floors of exhibits and hands-on programs bring cultural
history, natural history, science, art and technology to life
for visitors. Located at 301 Gervais Street in Columbia,
Housed inside the 1886 Marion
Academy Society building which served as the first public school
in Marion, SC. Today, the building has been restored and
features historical artifacts related to the history of Marion
County. Located at 101 Wilcox Avenue in Marion, SC.
Marlboro County Historical Museum
Marlboro County Historical Museum on Facebook
The Marlboro County Historical Society owns and operates the
following historical museums:
Marlboro County Museum
- housed in a 1902 Victorian
dwelling, it features many exhibits including a Victorian
parlor, Indian artifacts, farm implements and tools,
military, textiles, and children's toy room. A hollowed-out
gum log which was the bed of Mason Lee, Marlboro County's
most eccentric citizen, can be seen daily. Located at 123 S.
Marlboro Street in Bennettsville, SC.
Jennings-Brown House -
Built in 1826 by one of Bennettsville’s earliest physicians
Dr. E.W Jones, and is one of only two known houses of the
time period to have painted ceilings. The home is furnished
with antiques and artifacts.
The facility has an examination room dating
back to the 1920's and another for the 1950's. An old
apothecary desk, amputation kit, sterilization machine, as
well as numerous medical instruments, and an x-ray machine
from the 1940's, make this a "must see" on your visit.
Historical photographs of earlier Marlboro County physicians
adorn the walls. Located directly
in front of the Historical Museum.
Academy- This is a two-room
school house used as a private school from 1833-1881.
Educational opportunities were provided for young ladies of
all ages in the community. Nineteenth century school room
furnishings complete this exhibit. The building sits
directly behind the Marlboro County Historical Museum,
adjacent to the Jennings-Brown House.
Dorn Mill and Gin
Established in 1880 by Cyrus McCormick, the gin
is what put the town of McCormick on the map. Cotton took off
and the mill ran until the 1940’s. Now, you’ll find the Dorn
Mill Center has been restored with its original machinery and is
available for tours during the week. The mill center is one of
the most complete historic industrial complexes in the state.
Heritage Gold Mine Park
The Dorn mine was one of the most productive
mines in South Carolina. The mine was struck in 1852 by William
Dorn, who excavated nearly one million dollars in gold before
the vein was exhausted in the late 1850s. Here at the park you
can learn historical facts about the Dorn mine, and they even
offer tours into the mining tunnels. Pan for gold like your
ancestors, and experience the beauty of South Carolina’s gold
mining history. Located at 209 North Mine Street in McCormick,
Newberry County Historical Museum
The museum is housed in the Coppock house built
in 1820 and sits on 5 acres of land overlooking downtown
Newberry. There is an impressive collection of historical
artifacts relating to the local history of Newberry County.
Located at 1503 Nance Street in Newberry, SC.
The Lumney House Museum
The house was built in 1909, and today is owned
and operated by the city of Seneca, but still maintains its
original historical character. The house is available for tours
and is located at 211 West North First Street in Seneca, SC.
Oconee Heritage Center
The Heritage Center brings history back to life
through exhibits, festivals and educational programs, and is
housed in the historic tobacco warehouse built in 1892. The
museum offers a self-guided tour through time of Oconee’s
history even long before it became a county. Located at 123
Browns Square Drive in Walhalla, SC.
Patriots Hall: Oconee Veterans Museum
The museum is housed in “The Old Rock Building”
built in 1933, and offers a chance for citizens and visitors to
see how the contributions of our veterans have helped to shape
the town, and our freedoms. Located at 13 Short Street, directly
behind the Oconee County Courthouse.
Seneca’s Bell Gallery
The Bell Gallery is located in Seneca’s city hall
and features historical photography, stained glass windows, city
memorabilia, and sculptures, providing visitors a unique glimpse
into Seneca’s historical past. The Bell Gallery is located at
221 East North First Street in Seneca, SC.
The Branchville Railroad Shrine and Museum
Branchville is home to the world’s oldest
railroad junction. The junction was built in 1828 and ran from
Charleston to Branchville and was on the route of the country's
first scheduled train. A caboose, a semaphore signal, and
several baggage carts are on display outside. Inside, you will
find numerous artifacts, including a model of the "Best Friend"
steam locomotive. There is also a restaurant on site. Each
September there is a celebration of Branchville’s history at the
Raylrode Daze Festivul. Located at 7204 Freedom road in
The Sally Archives Building
The archive is owned and operated by the
Orangeburg County Historical Society. The archive was
constructed in the 1960’s with seed funds designated by South
Carolina’s first archivist and historian, Alex. S. Salley, Jr.,
who was a native of Orangeburg Genealogical files at the
archives comprise information on more than 1000 Orangeburg
County surnames. Historic documentation files are also
available. There are some historical artifacts pertaining to
Orangeburg County’s past as well.
Central History Museum
Housed inside an historic 1893 house, the museum
contains a collection of historical memorabilia. Located
at 416 Church Street in Central, SC.
Collins Ole Town
A reproduction of
a small pioneer village built from wood and lumber from old
homes and buildings around Central. Many historical items
have been donated by the community to make the town more
authentic. Call for appointment. Located at 228
Lawton Road in Central, SC. Phone: 864-639-2618.
Fort Hill was the home of John C. Calhoun, and
Thomas G. Clemson. This plantation home is furnished with most
of the family’s historical artifacts. Built in 1803 Calhoun
lived here with his wife and children until his death in 1850.
Several years after being donated to the city, and some
restoration, it reopened to visitors in 2003. Fort Hill is
located in the center of Clemson University’s campus.
Built in 1716,
this French Huguenot style house originally stood in what is
known today as Berkeley County, South Carolina. Built by
Paul de St. Julien, the house has seen many successive owners as
late as 1904. The historic house has been moved to its present
location, restored and furnished with period pieces.
Located on the grounds of Clemson University in Clemson, SC.
The Hunt Cabin was home to Ransom Hunt, his wife
and children. Every first Saturday of the month there is an
ongoing program to explore life as it was in the Hunt Cabin in
the early days. At the Hunt Cabin open houses you can learn
about log cabin construction dating back to the 1800’s, learn
about their ways of life, see historical photos and items, and
even enjoy some tasty food. Located at Duck Pond Drive in
Old Stone Church
Presbyterian church built in 1797 by
Revolutionary War hero General Andrew Pickens and overlooks a
historical cemetery where Pickens, his family and others are
buried. Located at 101 Stone Circle in Clemson, SC.
Pendleton Historic Foundation: Ashtabula and
Woodburn is a graceful four story plantation house built in 1830
as a summer home for Charles Cotesworth Pickney. The house is
furnished with antebellum antiques and historical family
artifacts. Also on the grounds is a Victorian carriage house
containing the travelling coach of Thomas Green Clemson, and a
reproduction of a slave house interpreting the life of Jane Edna
Hunter, the African-American activist who founded the Phylis
Wheatley Society, who was born in such a house at Woodburn in
1882. The Woodburn house is located at 130 History Lane in
Ashtabula is a two story plantation house
museum. Built in 1825 it is situated on 10 acres. The house
is furnished with antiques and historical family artifacts.
Located at 2725 Old Greenville Hwy in Central, SC.
Both houses are available for weddings or
grounds rentals and private tours can also be arranged.
Pickens County Museum of Art and History
Housed inside a 1902 gothic "brick castle", the
museum features turrets and a copper-colored tin roof.
Made of hand-rolled bricks, the building served as the Pickens
County Gaol and later the county jail all the way up until 1975.
In 1976, the building became home to the Pickens County Museum of
Art and History. Visitors will enjoy the Hagood Gallery
and the Michelin North America Educational Galleries with it's
treasure trove of Upcountry art, antiques and artifacts.
Located at 307 Johnson Street in Pickens, SC.
Cayce Historical Museum
The museum is devoted to the history of the
midlands area of South Carolina from the time of the first
European settlements. The museum holds exhibits about
early Colonial times, agriculture and transportation through the
years from the 18th century to present time. Located in
the City of Cayce Municipal Complex at 1800 12th Street in
The plantation home was built in 1854. The
antebellum plantation house is an Italianate Revival mansion and
features furnishings and decorative arts from the Victorian
period. Located at 4101 McCords Ferry Road (Highway 601)
in Eastover, SC.
South Carolina Confederate Relic Room & Military History Museum
The museum is devoted to the collection,
preservation and exhibition of South Carolina's military history
dating from Colonial times to the present. The museum was
founded in 1896 and is the third oldest museum in the state of
South Carolina. The museum is located inside the Columbia
Mills Building at 301 Gervais Street in Columbia, SC.
Carolina State Museum
The museum features historical South Carolina
art, cultural SC history, natural history and provides extensive
exhibits. Covering over 14,000 years of South Carolina's
heritage, visitors young and old will find something of
interest. Located beside the historic Gervais Street
Bridge at 301 Gervais Street in Columbia, SC.
Saluda County Historical Museum
This museum houses historical artifacts and
ancestral information pertaining to Saluda County. The museum
contains the pre revolutionary Bonham house, home to war hero
James Butler Bonham, and the Marsh-Johnson house built in 1802.
The theatre was built in 1936 and has been restored to its
original condition. The museum is located at 105 Law Range in
Spartanburg Art Museum
Art Museum features both permanent and traveling exhibits of
art. Located at the Chapman Cultural Center at 200 E. St.
John Street in Spartanburg, SC.
Spartanburg County Regional History Museum
Step back in time to the days of Spanish
explorers like Juan Pardo and learn about the rich textile
heritage of Spartanburg County. Visitors will find a
treasure trove of military exhibits and historical artifacts
along with a gallery of Spartanburg and Piedmont area furniture,
hand crafted quilts, samplers, handmade pottery and other local
works of art. Recently relocated to the Chapman Cultural
Center in the Carlos Dupre Moseley building at 200 E. St John
Street in Spartanburg, SC.
Sumter County Museum
Focused on the history of the Old Sumter
District, the museum is operated by the Sumter County Historical
Society and features a complex of 14 buildings which include the
Williams-Brice House, the Old Carnegie Public Library and the
Carolina Backcountry Homestead. Visitors may visit the
Genealogical and Historical Research Center if they are
interested in family history of the local history of the Old
Sumter District. Located at 122 North Washington Street in
Union County Museum
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They strive to bring the past into the future.
Their mission is to discover, identify and collect the archives,
and genealogical and historical materials which may help to
establish and illustrate the history of Union County, South
Carolina. Located at 127 West Main Street in Union, SC.
Williamsburg Historical Museum
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Learn about the local history of Williamsburg
through the historic photos and artifact exhibits. There are
also genealogical research materials available. Located at 135
Hampton Avenue in Kingstree, SC.
Catawba Cultural Preservation
Houses historical items, such as photographs,
artifacts, and clothing of the Catawba Indian tribes. They also
hold pow-wow events where you can experience traditional Catawba
foods, dance, and clothing. Located at 1536 Tom Steven Rd. in
Rock Hill, SC.
Fort Mill History Museum
The Fort Mill History Museum provides a place
where local history is collected and research is performed so
people may visit and actively participate in the preservation
and enjoyment of the past. Here you can see how the town was
founded, and view artifacts relevant to the town and industries
of the past. There is also a research library in the building.
The museum is located at 310 N. White Street in Fort Mill, SC.
Historic Brattonsville [The
history museum allows visitors to experience life on the Bratton
Plantation, a 775 acre Revolutionary War site. The
plantation has been owned by 3 generations of the Bratton
family. Visitors will arrive first at Hightower Hall, an
1856 plantation house which was first called Forrest Hall.
The house was used in the Mel Gibson movie "The Patriot" and is
available for weddings and other events. An award winning,
living history farm is nearby and allows visitors to experience
the ways of pioneer farming and see animals and livestock which
are historic and rare. Hikers will enjoy 8.5 miles of
backcountry trails. Known as the Walt Schrader Trails,
visitors may trek through the same fields and woodlands as the
early pioneers and Native Americans travelled. Located at
1444 Brattonsville Road just west of Rock Hill in York County,
McCelvey Center [Calander
Housed inside a
lovely building built in 1852, the McCelvey Center has been home
to several educational institutions. The original intended
use was the Yorkville Female Academy, a female boarding school
for women. The building was used for various educational
purposes for over 130 years with only a brief period of closure
during the Civil War. In 1987, the building was turned
over to the York County Culture and Heritage Commission and
today it serves as a community and performing arts center which
seats 560. Located at 212 E. Jefferson Street in York, SC.
Museum of Western York County
features collections of memorabilia and historical items related
to the culture and history of Western York County.
Operated by the Town of Sharon and the Broad River Basin
Historical Society, the museum features 6 galleries, a library
and class room. Located at 3716 Woodlawn Street in Sharon,
The museum is
devoted to not only cultural history but natural history and the
arts. Featuring an impressive exhibit of Catawba Indian
pottery, the Stans African animal collection, the Clifford
collection of African art, local historical artifacts and a
planetarium, visitors both young and old will find exhibits of
interest. Located at 4621 Mt. Gallant Road in Rock Hill,
The White Home
Built in 1839, this was one of the first homes constructed in
Rock Hill, SC. The exhibits and programs tell the story of a
family that was instrumental in the birth and development of
Rock Hill, and has served South Carolina for generations.
Located at 258 E. White Street in Rock Hill South Carolina.
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