History and Heritage

  • If history and heritage are your thing, it’s time to plan a tour of South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast. Our area boasts miles and miles of shoreline, state parks, and opportunities for adventure, and underlying it all are hidden gems of......

  • The act of acquiring things that are no longer perfect has many names. Picking, antiquing, collecting, restoring. We call it junkin’ and pickin’. If you find yourself regularly milling through antique stores and flea markets, searching for a piece of......

  • The Ninety Six National Historic Site is the home of the first Southern land battle of the Revolutionary War in 1775. The original earthen Star Fort constructed in 1781 by British Loyalists was the site of a bloody 28-day battle,......

  • Bethel AME Church in Laurens SC. Organized in 1868, this Romanesque Revival church was built in 1910 by Columbus White, 1857-1945. Two structures he designed and built in the City of Laurens, Bethel AME Church and the Brown-Franklin Building, are......

  • Bettis Academy and Junior College, established in 1881 and closed in 1952, is significant for its role in the primary, secondary, and higher education of African Americans in what is now parts of Edgefield and Greenwood Counties from the late nineteenth through the mid-twentieth century. ...

  • Bettis Academy and Junior College, established in 1881 and closed in 1952, is significant for its role in the primary, secondary, and higher education of African Americans in what is now Edgefield, Aiken, Greenwood, and Saluda Counties from the late......

  • Built in the 1830s, this Greek Revival historic home was the site of the final meeting of the Confederate War Council with President Jefferson Davis on May 2, 1865. Open Friday and Saturday 1:00pm-5pm February-May and September-December. Open Tuesday-Saturday 1:30pm-5pm......

  • The story of Black History Month began in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. That September, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister, Jesse E. Moorland, founded the Association......

  • Cokesbury College was established in 1854. The college and the surrounding Cokesbury community– represent an extraordinary glimpse at an early planned utopian community committed to innovative education for young men, young women and for emancipated slaves. At its peak, it......

  • This area includes a Confederate monument and a granite marker listing the 10 governors and 5 lieutenant governors of South Carolina from Edgefield County. A life_sized bronze statue of Edgefield County’s native son, Senator J. Strom Thurmond, can also be......

  • This historic building currently serves as a genealogical and historical research center focusing on the Old 96 District. It is the headquarters for the Courtesy Center and Archives, the visitor and information center for Edgefield County. Located on Courthouse Square,......

  • At the Diamond Hill Mine you have the rare opportunity to collect your own crystals. Its “unsalted”, meaning everything you will find came from this actual mine. Over millions of years, erosion has occurred to the southern part of the......

  • Willington on the Way in McCormick County, South Carolina is a spot in the road along SC Highway 81 that draws you to the past era of the French Huguenots settling in this region. Stop for a while and visit......

  • Just a stone’s throw from the Georgia line, in Old 96 District, is the town of Edgefield. A town within a county rich in history, natural beauty, and infamy, you’ll find no shortage of things to do in Edgefield SC. ...

  • Take Exit 18 off Interstate 20 off the beaten path and discover Edgefield County, an area covered in history. Over 4,500 years ago, Native Americans along the Savannah River discovered how to create pottery, using Spanish moss, palmetto fibers and......