HISTORY & HERITAGE IN SC

Old 96 District Historic Sites

A trip to South Carolina’s Old 96 District will be like stepping back into a time of events that played an important part in our nation’s history. The Old 96 District was a crucial component of both the Revolutionary War and Civil War. Decisive battles were fought in this area and landmarks still exist that mark the importance of this region in the formation and development of our country. And, let’s not forget the importance the railroad played in our region. A visit to The Museum of Greenwood and the Railroad Historical Center will have you stepping back in time to relive those times when the rail line ran from Greenwood to Spartanburg and carried both heavy freight and passengers.

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284 Caroline St Laurens, SC 29360
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, Bethe...
Laurens County
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HWY 25 Trenton, SC
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,...
Edgefield County
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400 North Main Street, Abbeville, SC 29620, United States
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. Located at the intersection of N...
Abbeville County
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Lake Greenwood State Park 302 State Park Rd. Ninety Six, SC 29666
The Civilian Conservation Corps Museum, part of the John Drummond and Holly Self Drummond Environmental Education Conference Center, is home to an extensive set of interactive exhibits describing t...
Greenwood County
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400 North Broad Street, Clinton, SC, United States
Enjoy a history of Clinton through exhibits and collections.
Laurens County
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210 College Drive Hodges, SC 29653
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 innovativ...
Greenwood County
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Courthouse Square, Edgefield, SC 29824, United States
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 C...
Edgefield County
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104 Courthouse Square, Edgefield, SC, United States
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 an...
Edgefield County
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50-99 Diamond Mine Road, Abbeville, SC
At the Diamond Hill Mine you have the rare opportunity to collect your own crystals. We do not “salt” the piles. Its “unsalted”, meaning everything you will find came from this actual mine. Over mi...
Abbeville County
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200 N Main St McCormick, SC 29385
Built CA. 1898, this steam-powered mill employed a milling process pioneered earlier by inventor Oliver Evans which virtually eliminated manual labor. First known as the McCormick Enterprise Ginner...
McCormick County
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237 N Hospital St, Greenwood, SC, United States
Dr. Mays was born in Greenwood County in 1895 and died in 1984 He served as president of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia from 1940-1967. He was considered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as on...
Greenwood County
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Duncan Creek Cemetery, Clinton, SC 29325, United States
The church was organized in 1752. The present stone building was erected in 1843. Sixteen soldiers of the Revolutionary War are buried in the cemetery. Located approximately two miles north of I-26...
Laurens County
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129 Courthouse Square, Edgefield, SC, United States
Built in 1839, the Courthouse was designed by Robert Mills, a South Carolina architect who is credited with designing the Washington Monument. Located on Courthouse Square, Edgefield. Open Monday-F...
Edgefield County
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405 Main Street Edgefield 29824
The Edgefield County Discovery Center has state-of-the-art exhibits detailing Edgefield County history.This building was originally known as Magnolia Grove and was built in 1840 by Captain James Mi...
Edgefield County
416 Calhoun St. Johnston, SC
Known as the “Peach Capital of the World”, Edgefield county has a long history with the juicy peach.  The Edgefield County Peach Museum, take a  look at the history of the peach, pionee...
Edgefield County
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309 Norris Street Edgefield, SC 29824
Edgefield Methodism is probably as old as Edgefield. Circuit riders conducted services at Edgefield Court House in the late 1790s. After moving to various locations throughout the area, Edgefield U...
Edgefield County
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225 West Main Street, Laurens, SC, United States
Built in 1850, this is the oldest church still in use in the City of Laurens. The church building is open to the public.
Laurens County
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2 Washington St, Due West, SC 29639
This campus is home to several fine historical buildings, the most prominent of which is the Erskine Building built in 1892 and characterized by its dome and two towers.
Abbeville County
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7000 Georgis Rd Gray Court, SC
The Gray Court-Owings Historical Society was organized in February, 2001 with fourteen dedicated members and has grown to thirty members. It was founded to preserve the history and historic structu...
Laurens County
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Hickory Knob State Resort Park
Built in the 1770s, the historic Guillebeau House followed a typical French Creole or Huguenot style. The two bedroom home has been renovated to accommodate guests. Call ahead for a tour or to stay...
McCormick County
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209 N Mine St, McCormick, SC, United States
Pan for gold and discover the history of gold mining in McCormick County in a park setting. Located on SC 28, McCormick. Open May-October every 2nd and 4th Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm. Guided tours may ...
McCormick County
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544 West Main Street, Laurens, SC, United States
Built ca. 1820, this classic example of South Carolina architecture now serves as a museum filled with many fine antiques. Located at 544 West Main Street, Laurens. Open by appointment. Free admiss...
Laurens County
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192 Gettys Rd, McCormick, SC 29835
John de la Howe School is the second oldest institution in the Carolinas, established in 1797 in accordance with the will of Dr. John de la Howe, a French physician who originally settled in Charle...
McCormick County
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100 Hillcrest Square, Laurens, SC 29360, United States
Built in 1838-40 and remodeled in 1911 and again in the 1970’s, this building is a fine example of Greek Revival architecture in the rural South. Located on Town Square, Laurens.
Laurens County
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Downtown Laurens,SC
Laurens Historic District is a national historic district located at Laurens, Laurens County, South Carolina
Laurens County
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205 West Laurens Street, Laurens, SC, United States
A unique glimpse into life as it once was in Laurens County. Exhibits include primary documents, original artwork and memorabilia. Experience life stories from the county via video. Located at 205 ...
Laurens County
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115 South Main Street, McCormick, SC, United States
A restored hotel which now serves as home to MACK (McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah), it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Current exhibits on display. Also contains the A...
McCormick County
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320 Norris Street, Edgefield, SC 29824, United States
Built ca. 1830, it was the home of South Carolina Lieutenant Governor James H. Tillman. It now serves as the headquarters for the Edgefield County Historical Society. The house features a Strom Thu...
Edgefield County
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305 N Main St, Abbeville, SC, United States
Designed by Atlanta architect G.L. Norman, the McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House is an excellent example of the Queen Anne Style, characterized by towers, turrets, multi-faceted roofs, and the utilizat...
Abbeville County
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398 State Park Rd, Clinton, SC, United States
This state park protects a portion of the Musgrove Mill battlefield and scenic Horseshoe Falls on the Enoree River. The park’s interpretive center provides a history of the Revolutionary War battle...
Laurens County
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770 Augusta Road, Edgefield, SC 29824, United States
803-637-3106803-637-3106
The Winchester Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to wild turkey restoration, management and hunting. The story unfolds through exciting displays in the 7200 square foot museum, which...
Edgefield County
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1103 Hwy 248, Ninety Six, SC 29666, United States
Visit the site of the first land battle of the Revolutionary War. Our Visitor Center features exhibits and a videotape about the event. A mile-long trail includes the site of a frontier settlement ...
Greenwood County
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120 N Main St, Ninety Six, SC 29666, United States
Greenwood County
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300 Columbia Road Edgefield, SC 29824
803-637-4027803-637-4027
Oakley Park was built in 1835 by Daniel Bird, a Virginian who came to Edgefield and became a very successful cotton planter. After the War Between the States, it was purchased by General Martin Wit...
Edgefield County
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Savannah Valley Railroad Trail
In the late 1800s, the Savannah Valley Railroad connected travelers and goods to Anderson and Charleston. Today, the old railroad connects recreational enthusiasts with the beauty of the Little Riv...
McCormick County
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Located in McCormick’s historic train depot, SC Wild’s Heritage Center is home of Plantation Quilts and Underground Railroad Secret Quilt Code Collection. This interactive museum house ...
McCormick County
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South Carolina 10, Troy, SC, United States
The grandmother of John C. Calhoun and 22 others were buried in a common grave, marked by 2 large rough stones, after being massacred by Cherokee Indians in 1760. Located on SC117, Troy, a dirt roa...
Greenwood County
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205 Turner Street Abbeville, SC
(864) 366-3118(864) 366-3118
According to tradition, the church was organized in 1867 in a blacksmith shop on Penney Hill. The present church was constructed in 1899 by builder R.H. Humbert. The brick Gothic Revival structure ...
Abbeville County
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302 Jeter Street Edgefield, SC 29824
This church was designed by Mr. John Rudolph Niernsie the architect of the State House in Columbia and built in 1858.
Edgefield County
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106 North Main Street (Greenwood County Veterans Center) Greenwood, SC
The Greenwood County Veterans Center Hall of Heroes Military Museum serves as a public display of United States military memorabilia associated with the experiences of local veterans.
Greenwood County
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106 Main Street, Greenwood, SC 29646, United States
Take a stroll down Memory Lane as you are transported back to the turn of the century with a nostalgic walk down Main Street. Return to the gaslight and horse and buggy days as you explore the hand...
Greenwood County
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908 Main St S, Greenwood, SC 29646, United States
Step inside the past as you tour three restored rail cars from the Piedmont and Northern Railroad. Located at 908 South Main Street, Greenwood. Open April-October third Friday 2pm-4pm; third Saturd...
Greenwood County
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107 Court Square, Abbeville, South Carolina 29620, United States
This building contains five paintings by Wilbur Kurtz of Atlanta, Georgia depicting the history of Abbeville from 1756 to Reconstruction. Located on the Town Square, Abbeville. Monday-Friday 10am-4...
Abbeville County
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Main St, Abbeville, SC, United States
Hand-carved by Dario Franco Rossi, an Italian artist and sculptor, the monument honors soldiers from the Abbeville District who served in the Civil War.
Abbeville County
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200 Church Street, Abbeville, South Carolina 29620, United States
864-366-4600864-366-4600
For more than 125 years, this church has stood as a historical and spiritual landmark. The stained glass Chancel window, given by a church in Greenville and made in England, was delivered to Trinit...
Abbeville County
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212 Church Street Edgefield, SC
Willowbrook Cemetery is the second most historic cemetery in South Carolina, and is overflowing with “residents” who carved their place in local, state, and national history. The oldest marked grav...
Edgefield County
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