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Archive for April, 2011

Taste of the Backcountry – May 7th, 2011

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

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

Taste of the Backcountry to Explore Food, Drink, and Daily Life of 19th-Century South Carolinians

Woodruff, SC, April 26 — In the early 1800s, at the inn and tavern located at the Price House in southern Spartanburg County, Thomas Price served food and drink to travelers passing through the Backcountry along the expanding road network of the young United States. On Saturday, May 7, come experience a taste of the Backcountry and discover the food, drink, and hospitality of Thomas Price’s South Carolina!

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Stone Soup Storytelling Festival, April 29-30, Woodruff, SC

Monday, April 25th, 2011

I think this is great – storytelling and oral histories are said to be a dying art and this is one great way to keep them alive!

For more information contact:
Stone Soup Storytelling Institute
P.O. Box 171, Woodruff, SC 29388
Karyn Page-Davies (


The Official Storytelling Festival of South Carolina

STONE SOUP is a two-day festival celebrating the oral tradition of storytelling.

Beginning Friday morning, a host of storytellers will envelop students from Spartanburg District 4 schools into the world of storytelling.

Events for the public begin on Friday, April 29, at noon with storyteller, Ellouise Schoettler
hosting the Senior Luncheon at the First Presbyterian Church in Woodruff.

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Militia Drill or Tea Party & Fashion Show – Saturday, April 23

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Militia Drill or Tea Party? Why not both!

The Spartanburg County Historical Association Plans Two Exciting Events for Saturday, April 23

Looking for something to entertain guests on Easter Saturday? Have the gentlemen join the colonial militia while the ladies dress up for a tea party! On Saturday, April 23, the Spartanburg County Historical Association presents two events sure to interest everyone in the family.

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Piedmont Historical Society April Meeting

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Due to a change in the schedule of our original speaker for this month we have changes in SPEAKER and DATE.

DATE: April 21 (this is the THIRD Thursday, and not the second as usual)
SPEAKER: Rodger E. Stroup: Curator, South Carolina Railroad Museum
TOPIC: History of Railroads in South Carolina, with special Mention of Spartanburg
TIME: 7:00 pm
PLACE: Spartanburg Westside Branch Library, 525 Oak Grove Rd.

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Hub City Railroad Museum has a New Website!

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Check out the Hub City Railroad Museum’s NEW web site. It looks great and has tons of great information and photos!

Don’t forget to swing by the Magnolia Street Depot to see the museum in person, too! It’s open 10:00-2:00 on Wednesdays and 8:00-2:00 on Saturdays.

If you’re passionate about trains and their associated industries, they can always use volunteers!

Civil War Sesquicentennial Programming – Wofford – April 12/25

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Members of the Foothills Civil War Roundtable, the Spartanburg County Historical Association, and other historical organizations are cordially invited to special events commemorating the Sesquicentennial of the war at Wofford this month.

On Tuesday, April 12 at 7 p.m. in Leonard Auditorium in Main Building, an advanced history class on the war taught by Dr. Tracy Revels will present period music and readings from participants – not generals and politicians but letters and journals from soldiers at the front and loved ones at home.

On Monday, April 25 at 4 p.m, Wofford will welcome a guest lecturer, Dr. Joan Waugh of UCLA (a colleague and friend of Dr. Dan Howe, our Lewis P. Jones Visiting Professor of History). She will speak in McMillan Theater in the Campus Life Building on the topic “U.S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth.” As she has done effectively in her most recent book, she will argue that historians have underestimated Grant, both as a general and as a President.

Admission is free to both events.

Living Green at the Seay House – April 16th

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

You know, it’s always annoyed me when I’ve heard people spout that “only in the last 20 or thirty years have we started to be aware of the fact that we need to recycle and reduce our footprint….” blah blah blah. I remember my great-aunts and great-uncles. They lived through the depression. They saved anything that they could reuse. Milk jugs became water containers, glass and metal jars were reused. Even a barn hinge got reused to fix the car door! Let’s face it our pioneering ancestors may not have called it living green or recycling, but they made do with what they had and made the most of it!

This weekend at the Seay House there’s an event that takes a look at what it meant to reduce/reuse/recycle before it was a popular catch phrase.

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Bloody Bill Cunningham – Nov-Dec 1781

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Jack Parker, author of , will present a PowerPoint presentation on Bloody Bill Cunningham entitled “Bloody Scout” on April 7, 2011 at 7 PM for the Greenville Genealogical Society, at First Christian Church, 704 Edwards Road, Greenville, SC – It’s open to the public, so I thought the Spartanburg History Hub would want to know. Mr. Parker spoke to us last year about actions in Spartanburg County.

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Re-live Andrew Barry Moore’s Childhood at Walnut Grove Plantation on Saturday, April 9

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Another neat event coming up at Walnut Grove Plantation April 9th… here’s the release I received from them:

Roebuck, SC, March 30, 2011 — In 1771, Charles and Mary Moore of Walnut Grove Plantation happily welcomed Andrew, a baby boy, to their family. At this year’s Childhood on the Plantation, experience Andrew Barry Moore’s life as he grew up on the plantation, attended school at nearby Rocky Spring Academy, lived through a Loyalist attack on his home during the American Revolution, went to Dickenson College in far-off Pennsylvania, and returned home to become Spartanburg County’s first college-educated doctor.

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