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Drayton Hall, Charleston, SC.  Built 1742.  Photo 1936.  The oldest preserved plantation house in America that is open to the public.  

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Historical Museum Guide for South Carolina

A directory of Historical Museums in South Carolina, categorized by county.

Taking a genealogy trip?  A visit to these museums and historical societies will allow you to soak up some local history and culture while you are there.  Visit a historical museum and gain insight into the history of your South Carolina ancestors and the way they lived.

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South Carolina History Museums

Abbeville County

Abbeville Opera House

Burt Stark Mansion   [Photos]   [History]

A beautiful 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, SC.


Aiken County

Granville Plantation

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   [History]

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

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

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:

  1. South 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.

  2. Ruth Drake Museum

    Features exhibits on local railroad, agricultural, textile, genealogical history and rotating exhibits.


Bamberg County

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.


Barnwell County

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.

Barnwell County Museum

The museum is devoted to the preservation and presentation of the rich heritage of Barnwell County.  Located at 9426 Marlboro Avenue in Barnwell, SC.

Barnwell County Virtual Museum 

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 Williston, SC.


Beaufort County

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.


Berkeley County

Berkeley 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 Corner, SC.

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 premises of Old Santee Canal Park in Moncks Corner, SC.


Calhoun County

Calhoun County Museum and Cultural Center 

[Historical 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.


Charleston County

American Military Museum

[Museum History]

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.

Avery Research Center

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]

Charleston Museum

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.

The 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  

[History]  [Drayton Family]

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 Charleston, SC.

Edisto 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, SC.

Gibbes Museum of Art

Heyward Washington House

Joseph Manigault House

The Powder Magazine

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

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

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, SC.

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.


Chesterfield County

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

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


Colleton County

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.

Slave Relics Museum

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.


Darlington County

Darlington County Museum

The Darlington 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.

Hartsville Museum

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

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.


Dorchester County

Summerville Dorchester Museum

[Photo Gallery]

The Summerville 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.


Edgefield County

Joanne T. Rainsford Discovery Center

[Edgefield 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

This beautiful 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

Fairfield County Museum

[History 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.


Florence County

Florence County Museum

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 Florence, SC.


Georgetown County

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.


Greenville County

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.


Greenwood County

The Emerald Triangle Museum & Railroad Historical Center

[Greenwood Museum Online Exhibits]

The museum 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 Greenwood, SC.

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

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

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

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 Ridgeland, SC.


Kershaw County

Camden Archives and Museum   [History]

Camden (originally 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.


Lancaster County 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

[Lancaster 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 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.


Lee County 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.

Lee 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.

South Carolina Cotton Museum

[Virtual Tour]

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

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.

South Carolina Military Museum

Honoring the 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.

South 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, SC.


Marion County

Marion County Museum

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

Marlboro County Historical Museum

Marlboro County Historical Museum on Facebook

The Marlboro County Historical Society owns and operates the following historical museums:


McCormick County

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, SC.


Newberry County

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.


Oconee County

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.


Orangeburg County

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 Branchville, SC.

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.


Pickens County 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

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.

Hanover House

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.

Hunt Cabin

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 Clemson, SC.

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 Houses

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 Pendleton, SC.

  • 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.


Richland County

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 Cayce, SC.

Kensington Mansion on Facebook

[History Timeline]

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.

South 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

Saluda County Historical Museum

Saluda Theatre

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 Saluda, SC.


Spartanburg County

Spartanburg Art Museum

The Spartanburg 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 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 Sumter, SC.


Union County

Union County Museum [Union County Museum Facebook page]

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 County

Williamsburg Historical Museum [Williamsburg Historical Museum Facebook page]

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.


York County

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 Bratton Family]

This living 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, SC.

McCelvey Center  [Calander of Events]

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

The museum 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, SC.

Museum of York County

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, SC.

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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