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Happy Independence Day!

July 4th, 2011

I would like to wish all of you a Happy Independence Day. May you enjoy this day to reflect on the liberty that our forefathers (and foremothers) have fought to protect and pass down through the generations. I have posted a longer essay at my North Carolina Genealogy site with a deeper question: Where is the 4th of July.

Historic Price House to Hold First-Ever Summer Day Camp This Month

June 17th, 2011

Woodruff, SC, June 16, 2011 — “Just after independence, the young United States experienced amazing changes,” says Zac Cunningham, director of Walnut Grove Plantation and Historic Price House. “The frontier moved west and areas once considered the frontier, like South Carolina’s Backcountry, became fully-settled. New roads and transportation methods, like the steamboat, tied the country together as never before. The cotton gin sparked the first cotton boom. People’s lives were drastically changed and so was the natural world around them.”

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Chautauqua at The Library – June 18, 20, 21, 22 & 23

June 17th, 2011

Once again we’re getting the word out for the Spartanburg History Hub. This looks like a REALLY special event!

Many of you joined me at the Headquarters Library in March for a Chautauqua preview with Pres. Lincoln. Well, the full festival starts this weekend. See the overview below and visit for more details. This is a great opportunity to “meet” famous people without leaving your hometown!

Chautauqua starts at the Headquarters Library in Spartanburg on Saturday, June 18, featuring John Muir. The program starts at 2:00 p.m. with period music. Other featured performances are also scheduled: Albert Einstein (Monday, June 20), W.E.B. Dubois (Tuesday, June 21), Frances Perkins (Wednesday, June 22), and Mark Twain (Thursday, June 23). All of these performances begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Barrett Room at the Headquarters.

Seay House Saturday June 18th 10-4

June 14th, 2011

Join us this Saturday at The Seay House, Spartanburg’s oldest home. Located at 106 Darby Road just off Crescent Avenue, this home showcases the dwelling of a local farmstead managed and maintained by three maiden Seay sisters in the late 1800s. Come relax for an hour or two on this historic property! Visit, email, or call 864-596-3501 for more information.

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Hampton Heights Book Release Party – June 5

May 30th, 2011

The Spartanburg County Historical Association & The Hampton Heights Neighborhood Association invite you to celebrate the release of a book about the Hampton Heights neighborhood and the people who have called it home.

Hampton Heights of Spartanburg: Its History, Houses, and People

Sunday, June 5, 2011 – 3:00-5:00 pm

Reception ¨ Book Signing ¨ Self-Guided Walkabout

Willow Oaks Park (Next to 197 West Hampton Avenue)

Park at The Spartanburg Charter School, 385 South Spring Street

In case of rain: Porch of 269 West Hampton Avenue

Author & Hampton Heights resident Linda P. Bilanchone will also be available with her latest work entitled Embracing the Seay House: A Sampler of Its Life & Times ($15)

All book sales support the Historical Association in its mission to preserve and share Spartanburg’s history.


To purchase a copy of the book, bring cash or check to the party on June 5 or send the information below with payment ($30 per book – add $6 per book if you would like it mailed to you) to:

SCHA, PO Box 887, Spartanburg, SC 29304

You may also purchase with cash, check or credit card in the History Museum in The Chapman Cultural Center, 200 East St. John Street, Spartanburg.


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Planning for Summer Camps?

May 27th, 2011

Once again – I’m sharing announcemnents that I received from the Spartanburg History Hub mailing list….

Do you have your summer plans in place? What will your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews & neighbors do with their time? Why not register them now for one or more of our camps? Here’s a list of all of our camps with dates, ages, and locations. Scroll down for more details and registration contact information.

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Lunch & Learn Spartanburg – The American Legion Post 28 Military Museum Tour – May 27th

May 25th, 2011

May 27, 2011; 12:30-1:30

Join the Regional History Museum for an hour each month to learn interesting pieces of Spartanburg’s history from various speakers. Bring your lunch and learn from experts! This month, we are taking a field trip to the American Legion Post 28 Military Museum in Duncan Park. They have an amazing collection of uniforms, weapons, and other military artifacts spanning America’s military history from WWI to the present. Meet us there at 12:30!

· $5 All

· American Legion Post 28 Military Museum, 94 W. Park Drive, Spartanburg

· 864-596-3501 or

Walnut Grove Plantation’s Law & Order: Backcountry Investigates How Settlers Kept Peace on South Carolina’s Frontier

May 25th, 2011

In 1760s South Carolina, frontier outlaws rustled cattle, stole horses, robbed travelers, and broke into homes. Far from the nearest law enforcement, Backcountry citizens known as Regulators, who perhaps included Charles Moore of Walnut Grove Plantation, took matters into their own hands and formed well-armed militias to confront lawlessness and disorder.

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Spartanburg History Hub – May 26th 7pm

May 25th, 2011

Dr. Paul Grady – The History of Rev. Reid & Reidville

Be sure to join us THIS Thursday at 7:00 pm for our bi-monthly meeting of the Spartanburg History Hub! We’ll lead off with introductions, announcements, and project information from Hub members, then Dr. Paul Grady, professor of history at USC Upstate, will share the history of Reidville and the man and schools that were the heart of that community for almost fifty years. The town was founded around an idea that the Rev. Robert H. Reid, at the time a relatively young, recently-hired minister at Nazareth Presbyterian Church, conceived of in 1857. He envisioned and brought to fruition two schools: the Reidville Male High School and the Reidville Female College. Dr. Grady will discuss the environment in which he conceived them (not coincidentally close to the founding of Wofford in Spartanburg), the reasons that Reidville was a perfect choice at the time, and the changes after the Civil War that caused their ultimate failure while other areas of Spartanburg grew to prominence instead of Reidville. We’ll end promptly at 8:00 as usual, but you’re welcome to stay and chat after that if you wish!

Spartanburg History Hub: Dr. Paul Grady – The History of Rev. Reid & Reidville
Thursday, May 26, 2011 – 7:00-8:00 pm
Barrett Room, Library Headquarters

Taste of the Backcountry – May 7th, 2011

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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