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Main Street Trolley Holiday Lights Tour in Spartanburg

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Main Street Trolley Holiday Lights Tour Partners with the Hub City Train Museum

Holiday Lights tour of the central city of Spartanburg

SPARTANBURG, South Carolina – November 29th, 2010 – Not since the mid-1920’s, has a vintage trolley car rolled down the streets of Spartanburg. This year, Main Street Trolley is proud to introduce our 5th annual “Holiday Lights”, trolley tour of Spartanburg. On board, enjoy hot chocolate, Christmas music and some historic story telling while enjoying our very best local Christmas light displays. “This year we wanted to celebrate not only today’s vibrant light displays around town, but include an exclusive evening tour of the decorated Hub City Train Museum”, says Bryan Henke of Main Street Trolley.

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Hub City Bookstore Sale

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

If you’re in the Spartanburg area and there’s a history book reader on your Christmas giving list make sure you catch this one!

Plan to shop for all your local history needs at The Hub City Bookstore on Saturday, Dec. 11, 10:00-9:00. They will give 10% back to us if you request it at check out. They’re stocked up on South Carolina books PLUS: Tom Craig, Mike Hembree, Deno Trakas, and Phillip Stone will be signing their local history books from 2-5 pm!

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Spartanburg – Dickens of a Christmas – Now Cancelled

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010


UPDATE — CANCELLED — original post follows update…

“Dickens of A Christmas” canceled / TREE LIGHTING set for THURSDAY, Dec. 2, at 6:30 p.m., Denny’s Plaza

Most of you know that because of weather concerns, “A Dickens of A Christmas” scheduled for tonight has been canceled. “Dickens” will not be rescheduled this year.

However, Denny’s and the Spartanburg Downtown Association will host the Denny’s Tree Lighting beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at Denny’s Plaza. The Spartanburg Community Band will perform. There will be children’s activities – including ornament making and cookie decorating – in the lobby of the Denny’s building. Hot cocoa and cider will be available.

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Celebrate a Historic Christmas with the Spartanburg County Historical Association

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

The Spartanburg County Historical Association offers area residents a
chance to learn about Christmas in times past with holiday-themed events this December.

First, there is “Christmas in Early America” at both the Historic Price House on Saturday, December 4, and at Walnut Grove Plantation on Saturday, December 11. Take a break from the modern holiday hustle and bustle to experience a more modest early American Christmas. Tour each site’s historic home to see the simple wreaths, greenery, fruits and berries used by the Prices and the Moores to mark the holiday season.

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Reminder about the Hub City Railroad Museum

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

They are located in Spartanburg…

Magnolia Street Station
298 Magnolia Street
Spartanburg, South Carolina 29306

Open Wednesdays 10AM to 2PM and Saturdays 8AM to 2PM.

(I assume that means even this Saturday!) Admission is free although donations are appreciated!

Spartanburg History Hub Happenings for November and December

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Wow it looks like the folks in Spartanburg are going to be busy! There are quite a few happenings coming up related to the History Hub and the historical society. Wow – kudos to them for having so many interesting and engaging events ongoing!

First up is Thursday the 18th…

The next meeting of the Spartanburg History Hub is scheduled for Thursday, November 18, 7:00 pm in the East Wing Conference Room of the Chapman Cultural Center. (That’s the wing which houses Ballet Spartanburg, The Music Foundation, and the Science Center. Go upstairs to the Science Center and turn right just before the Center’s doors. We’ll have signs.)

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Old Candles Needed for Walnut Grove Plantation

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Received the following today and passing it along for the folks at Walnut Grove in Spartanburg:

As the holidays approach, you’re probably getting decorations out of the attic. After the holidays pass, you likely dread putting so much back in the attic. Well, we can help with the candles! If you find candles melted and misshapen, set them aside for us. All those stubs of candles from holiday meals, candlelight services, and advent wreaths are perfect for our needs. We’ll recycle them into new candles. This is your chance to support the Historical Association and save the world, one candle at a time! 🙂

As many of you know, our most popular living history activity for school groups on field trips at Walnut Grove is candle-making. The wax these students use to make their candles comes from old candles that we melt down and we’re running low. We need more candles!! If you have some you can give, please drop them by Walnut Grove in Roebuck or the History Museum in the Chapman Cultural Center downtown. We accept candles year-round, so keep us in mind!

Let me know if you have any questions or if you need pick up service – we can work it out.


Becky Slayton, Executive Director
Spartanburg County Historical Association, 864-278-9664

Spartanburg History Hub Meeting September 23rd @ 7PM

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Passing along the following from the Spartanburg History Hub-

The next meeting of the Spartanburg History Hub is scheduled for Thursday, September 23, 7:00 pm in the Barrett Room of the Spartanburg Library Headquarters.

There is no charge for attending meetings of the Spartanburg History Hub and we’ll wrap up promptly at 8:00 pm. There will be the opportunity for introductions and brief announcements. Feel free to bring fliers or brochures so you can give a short announcement and interested parties can pick up the detailed information afterward. Debra Hutchins, Local History Librarian in the library’s Kennedy Room will be leading the presentation and discussion. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to pick her brain about local history and the Kennedy Room!

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FestiFall at Walnut Grove Plantation – October 1-3, 2010

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Relive the American Revolution at Walnut Grove Plantation’s Annual FestiFall Reenactment Held the First Weekend in October

Roebuck, SC, September 13, 2010 — Hear the muskets fire! Feel the cannon roar! See the American Revolution come to life during FestiFall at Walnut Grove Plantation! Late in the War for Independence, William “Bloody Bill” Cunningham, a Loyalist militia captain and deserter of the American cause, attacked Walnut Grove Plantation, killed three Patriot soldiers, and sparked a skirmish with local militia. At FestiFall, experience a re-enactment of this raid on Walnut Grove by Captain Cunningham and his desperate band of Tories. Witness the brave heroine, Kate Barry, warning her husband Andrew and his Patriot troops of the attack. Although her valiant actions can’t save Captain Steadman and his friends, they do save the Moore family home from being burned by its attackers. Relive the saga of our struggle for independence and be transported back to colonial days!

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Lunch and Learn Series – Spartanburg – Mr. Ross E. Beard on “David ‘Carbine’ Williams and His Weapons Innovations”

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

The Spartanburg Regional History Museum presents
Mr. Ross E. Beard on
“David ‘Carbine’ Williams and His Weapons Innovations”

September 24, 2010
12:30– 1:30

The Spartanburg Regional History Museum welcomes Mr. Ross E. Beard, Jr., to our September Lunch & Learn Spartanburg. Mr. Beard is an author, firearms expert, collector and biographer of David Marshall “Carbine” Williams, the inventor of the famous World War II carbine rifle and many other important weapons innovations. Mr. Beard will have copies of his book available.

Bring your lunch
Limited seating

Contact us to reserve seating


Chapman Cultural Center
Moseley Building 1st Floor Meeting Room
200 East St. John Street
Spartanburg, S.C. 29306