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Archive for March, 2011

Spartanburg Methodist College Folk Festival

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Spartanburg Methodist College will hold a Folk Festival all-day on April 2, 2011
in CAMAK Auditorium as part of SMC’s Centennial Celebration Events series.

Admission: The event is open to the general public
Times: Doors open at 1PM; Music starts at 2PM.

Matthew Knights Williams – 2-2:45 pm
David Ezell – 3-3:45 pm
Freddie Vanderford Band (included with band
Fayssoux Starling McLean) – 4-4:45 pm and 5-5:45 pm
Bryan Bowers – 6-6:45 pm and 7-7:45 pm
Tony Rice – 8-8:45 pm and 9-9:45 pm

Tickets: Advance tickets are available at and cover admission to all concerts that day. Arm Band will be issued on site.
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Spring Into History at Walnut Grove Plantation

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Walnut Grove Plantation Open for Tours During Spartanburg County Schools’ Spring Break

Roebuck, SC, March 24, 2011 — “Each year in April, as the warm weather returns, Walnut Grove Plantation increases the number of days we’re open,” says Zac Cunningham, director of the historic site located in Roebuck. “This year, the increase occurs the same week as spring break in Spartanburg County schools. Since many families like to have kid-friendly things to do that week, this year we’re offering visitors a chance to visit us and ‘Spring into History.’”

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Spartanburg History Hub March 24th at 6:30

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Spartanburg History Hub & Spartanburg Chautauqua – Thursday, March 24, 2011, 6:30 pm, Barrett Room, Spartanburg Headquarters Library – FREE

The Spartanburg History Hub will be joining Spartanburg Chautauqua at the Barrett Room of the Headquarters Library in downtown Spartanburg to hear President Abraham Lincoln (as brought to life by George Frein). This is a preview of the June Chautauqua event featuring numerous characters from history. We will not follow our usual meeting format, but this is an opportunity we couldn’t pass up!

The Spartanburg History Hub is a network of individuals and organizations committed to Spartanburg County history. It is managed by the Spartanburg County Historical Association and meets one Thursday each odd month except July.

Singin’ Billy Walker Shape Note Singing – March 19th @ Wofford – SC Hall of Fame Induction March 28th at Myrtle Beach

Friday, March 11th, 2011

“Singin’ Billy” Walker Shape-Note Singing set for March 19
Event at Wofford College free, open to public

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Shape-note singers from around the Southeast will gather again at Wofford College on Saturday, March 19, for their annual tribute to Spartanburg resident William “Singin’ Billy” Walker (1809-1875), the man who helped bring musical literacy to remote country churches around the South.

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Candlelight Supper at Walnut Grove Plantation – March 19th

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Contact: Zac Cunningham, Director
Walnut Grove Plantation & Historic Price House
Spartanburg County Historical Association
864-576-6546 (o), 864-576-5048 (f)

Candlelight Supper at Walnut Grove Plantation to Explore Upstate’s Rich Scots-Irish Heritage

Roebuck, SC, March 2, 2011 — Who were the first European settlers to move into Spartanburg County? Historians have long told us they were Scots-Irish. J.B.O. Landrum, an early chronicler of the county’s history, wrote that several families, “doubtless Scots-Irish,” settled along the Tyger River. Writers creating another county history for the Depression-era Work Progress Administration likewise took note of “Scots-Irish Presbyterian settlers” on the Tyger. The Moore Family of Walnut Grove Plantation was one of these first settler families and was, indeed, Scots-Irish. But just who were the Scots-Irish? Or should it be Scotch-Irish? Were they Scottish or Irish? Were they from Scotland or Ireland?

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Piedmont Historical Society – March 10th

Monday, March 7th, 2011

The Speaker will be Mr. Dean Campbell, native of Greenville County, SC. His Topic will be “Dark Corner…Elusive To Exclusive!”
(You may see more on website

Time & Place: Thursday, March 10, 7:00pm in Irwin Conference Room at Spartanburg Co. Headquarters Library, Spartanburg, SC

Hope to see you there. As a reminder, the Treasurer will receive your membership dues for 2011.