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Campfire at the Historic Price House

Friday, August 13th, 2010

This Friday, August 13th (Tonight!) Gates open at 7:30….

Contact: Zac Cunningham, Director
Walnut Grove Plantation & Historic Price House
864-576-6546 (o), 864-576-4058 (f)

Historic Price House Offers Friday Campfire Focused on Frontier Religion.

Woodruff, SC, August 6, 2010 — Bring the family, gather ‘round the fire, toast marshmallows, and hear exciting stories of the Upstate’s past! The Spartanburg County Historical Association’s third Friday Campfire of the season is on Friday, August 13. Mike Justiss of Tryon will discuss “Loyalty, Faith, and Rebellion: Religion in the Southern Colonies during the American Revolution” while portraying a traveling Methodist preacher from the late 1700s. This month’s campfire takes place at Historic Price House located at 1200 Oak View Farms Road near Woodruff. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. for self-guided tours of the site and the campfire program begins at 8:30 p.m. Admission is adults $5.00; ages 6-17 $3.00; ages 5 & under free and includes s’mores and cold drinks. Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets. Bug spray encouraged. The event is rain or shine!

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Colonial Gardening Day at Walnut Grove Plantation

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

This is coming up tomorrow – 11am to 4PM at Walnut Grove Plantation!

Walnut Grove Plantation to Hold Colonial Gardening Day on July 24.

Roebuck, SC, July 19 — The corn fields, wheat fields, and vegetable gardens of 18th-century Backcountry farms and plantations served as crucial food sources for settlers. Walnut Grove Plantation’s Colonial Gardening Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 24 relives the days when frontier farmers and aspiring planters had to grow their own food! Tim Foster, Walnut Grove’s gardener, and his assistant gardeners will share plants, techniques, and tastes of the colonial-era garden.

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Preservation Trust of Spartanburg Welcomes New Executive Director

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

I received this note from the Spartanburg History Hub:

We are pleased to share with the History Hub the following article introducing Heather Morrow, new Executive Director of the Preservation Trust of Spartanburg. Their website is

There is a full writeup at the Herald-Journal.

Congratulations to Heather Morrow and the Preservation Trust of Spartanburg!

Spartanburg History Updates – Biltmore Wine Label – Peach History and Battle of Cedar Spring

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

I’ve got a couple of updates to pass along from the notes from the Spartanburg History Hub…. First up is tomorrow! July 11th…

Cedar Spring Baptist Church invites you to our remembrance of the 230th Anniversary of the 1st Battle of Cedar Spring. The celebration is planned for Sunday, July 11, 2010, during the 11:00 am worship service. A covered dish luncheon will follow the service. For more information, call the church at 585-5526.

The next item on the list is the voting for the Biltmore Estates Holiday wine label. It seems a Spartanburg native is in the running to have her design chosen (online voting – her design is currently in the lead!)

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Lunch and Learn Spartanburg for June 25th

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Lunch & Learn Spartanburg

June 25, 2010

12:30-1:30 pm

Spartanburg Regional History Museum presents Dr. Lawrence Allen Heavrin: An Autobiography – A model for setting down the records of one’s life

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A Couple of Spartanburg History Related events June 19th

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

A couple of competing events on the 19th of June – but they both look like they would be worth visiting (maybe make it to both?)

First up is a Walnut Grove Plantation event that looks at law and order on the frontier:


Contact: Zac Cunningham, Director

Walnut Grove Plantation & Historic Price House

864-576-6546 (o), 864-576-4058 (f)

Special Event at Walnut Grove Plantation to Explore Frontier Law & Order

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Spartanburg County History Autobiography

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

The following was forwarded to me last month and I wanted to share it here:

LAWRENCE ALLEN HEAVRIN AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY a two volume book is now available for purchase online. Tom Johnson, PHD, Librarian Emeritus University of South Carolina, Columbia has written the following review.

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Downtown Spartanburg Walking Tour Saturday May 29, 2010, 10am to 11:30am

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Another great event in Spartanburg coming up this Saturday!

Downtown Spartanburg Walking Tour

Begins at Regional History Museum, 200 E. St. John St., Spartanburg
Saturday, May 29, 2010 – 10:00 to 11:30 am

Admission: $10 adults, $5 students
Limited to 30

Downtown walking tours begin at the Regional History Museum and proceed to East Main Street, through Morgan Square, down Magnolia Street and back along St. John Street. Participants will see historic photographs depicting historical views of downtown Spartanburg from while standing where they were taken. Additionally, we’ll hear fascinating and often humorous stories about downtown and its occupants. Downtown has changed a lot since 1787, and there is no better way to see it than by standing in the places where history happened! Tours will be canceled in the case of inclement weather. Custom tours for school and civic groups also available.

To make reservations or for more information, contact Brad Steinecke at 596-3501 or by emailing

Spartanburg History Hub May 27th at 7PM

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Received this reminder via email:

The next meeting of the Spartanburg History Hub is scheduled for Thursday, May 27, 7:00 pm at 234 S. Spring Street, Spartanburg, behind the main post office. (This is one of the Preservation Trust’s renovated Hampton Heights homes and you can wander through it.) Parking is limited at the house, but you can park behind the National Beta Club office/Southside Baptist Church back lot a block or so down the street. If you have questions, feel free to call or email me.

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. Jack Parker will be with us from Camden to talk about and autograph his new book, Parker’s Guide to the Revolutionary War in South Carolina ( Special thanks to members Bob & Christine Swager for luring him to Spartanburg by offering accommodations at their “B&B!”

Each of us involved with history has a unique set of skills, experiences, and resources related to preserving and promoting history. If we combine our strengths, we will take Spartanburg County’s history community to the next level which will benefit us as well as our communities at large. This Hub is designed to bring people and organizations with a commitment to Spartanburg County history together to share what they’re doing, hear what others are doing, and facilitate learning and collaboration. The Hub won’t work if you don’t come!

Please feel free to forward this email to anyone you think may be interested or send me their contact information and I will send an invitation. Also, please let me know at any time if you would prefer not to receive Hub emails.

I look forward to seeing you on the 27th!

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

Spartanburg Downtown Airport – Lunch and Learn Series

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

The Spartanburg Downtown Airport will be the topic of discussion at Lunch & Learn Spartanburg on Friday, May 21, 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Spartanburg Regional History Museum at the Chapman Cultural Center. The speaker will be Maj. Gen. Darwin H. Simpson, Director of the Spartanburg Downtown Airport, which recently broke ground on a $4.5 million renovation project. The Spartanburg Downtown Airport was South Carolina’s first airport. This will be the first facelift for the facility in its 75-year history. Attendance is only $5, and you are welcome to bring your lunch. The meeting will be in the first-floor conference of the Moseley Building at the Chapman Cultural Center. It is being presented by the Spartanburg County Historical Association. For more information or reserve seating, please call 596-3501 or email