History & Genealogy
Lancaster, SC 29720
Created as a memorial to the seventh president of the United States, the park features an Andrew Jackson Museum that details his boyhood in the South Carolina backcountry in the 18th century and a birthday celebration held each March in his honor. The museum is open on Saturdays and Sundays, 1–5 pm and by appointment. Other popular features include living history programs, an 18th-century replica schoolhouse, campground and picnic facilities, a fishing lake and nature trails. Hours of operation: 8am-6pm, daily from Nov.1-March 31; 9am-9pm daily April 1-Oct. 31. Museum hours: Sat & Sun, 1pm-5pm, M-F by appointment or when staff is available. Schoolhouse hours: Mid-March to November, Sat: 1pm-5pm and Sun: 2pm-5pm. Office hours: 11am-noon, daily. Self-guided tours of the park museum and schoolhouse are available during the hours when these facilities are open. Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife. Park entrance fee charged for ages 16 and older.
Clinton, SC 29325
This is the site where Gen. Sumter defeated the hated Col. Banastre Tarleton. This large battle was important for lifting backcountry morale and for encouraging Gen. Greene to send Continentals into the region, who two months later turned the tide of the Revolutionary War at Cowpens. Situated along the Tyger River in Union County, this beautiful property is home to a 2.5-mile segment of the Palmetto Trail that provides tremendous recreation potential along the river. Open daily from dawn until dusk.
Camden, SC 29020
Visit the home built by Bonds Conway, believed to be the first African American in Kershaw County to buy his freedom. The house, circa 1812, currently serves as the office of the Kershaw County Historical Society. Groups welcome with prior arrangements. Open to the public Thursdays, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Other times by appointment.
Rembert, SC 29128
This is a working history “town” with an onsite water powered grits mill with 100+ year old equipment and other restored buildings including The Boykin Mill Store, The Swift Creek Church and The Mill Pond Steakhouse Restaurant. The Broom Place has handmade brooms, and gifts and crafts by local artisans.
Camden, SC 29020
Found here is a treasure trove of artifacts that encourage visitors to discover history, depth and diversity of the region’s culture. The museum’s exhibits relate the stories of centuries past, while its archives is one of the state’s premier genealogical research facilities Free of charge and open Mon-Fri: 8 am-5 pm, and Sat: 10 am-4 pm.
Camden, SC 29020
Featuring more than 60 historic sites, this National Register designated district is the essence of Camden. From cottages to spacious mansions, the district is the reflection of Camden's 250-year-old history ranging from the Revolutionary War era to the antebellum South to the winter residences established in the early 1900s. A self-guide book is available for purchase. Guided tours are also available.
Camden, SC 29020
Experience the excitement of Kershaw County's nationally renowned steeplechase races, the Carolina Cup in the spring and the Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup in autumn. A viewing stand welcomes visitors for early morning Thoroughbred workouts. The National Steeplechase Museum is on the grounds of Springdale Race Course and features the history of steeplechasing through archival and interactive exhibits. Kershaw County is also home to extensive racehorse training facilities, horse farms and many equine events such as fox hunting, horse shows and polo matches. Call for racing information and museum tours.
Rock Hill, SC 29730
The center maintains a living treasure of tremendous worth. Experience Rock Hill’s Native American Culture and share in the many traditions of the YEH ISWA H’REH – The People of the River. Housed in the old reservation schoolhouse, the craft store features Catawba pottery, jewelry, books and crafts. The exhibits include bark and 20th century dwellings, hunting scenes and pottery collections. Follow the nature trail, an original wagon trail, to discover the scenic natural history of the Catawba reservation. The archives provide researchers the opportunity to view historic records, documents and photos. Craft classes and custom programs are available upon request. Make plans to attend our Catawba Crafts Fair, held annually in November to find one of a kind, jewelry, children’s toys, our famous Catawba Pottery just in time for Christmas. This is also an opportunity to see a live performance from Catawba drummers and dancers.
Cheraw, SC 29520
One of the first in South Carolina to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The district's 213 acres contain more than 50 antebellum homes and churches and numerous Victorian ones. A free self-touring guide may be obtained at the Chamber of Commerce.
Cheraw, SC 29520
Part of the original town plan, the green is the site of a remarkable collection of 19th century public buildings all surrounded by charming turn-of-the-century commercial buildings. The Town Hall (c. 1858), Market Hall (c. 1837), and the Inglis-McIver Law Office (c.1830) join the Cheraw Lyceum Museum built around 1820 which houses exhibits on Cheraw's history (Free admission). The keys for the museum may be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce office, Mon.-Fri. A Pee Dee River Artifacts Museum Room is just adjacent on the north side; the Theatre on the Green (c. 1920) on the south side of Market Street. Cheraw.
Chester, SC 29706
Located in the old 1914 Chester County Jail, the museum includes notable collections of Native American artifacts and firearms from the Revolutionary Era to the present, period costumes, relics of the Civil War, including the Chester Gun, the world’s only firing Confederate-made 10-lb Parrott Rifle, the Henry O. Nichols Photography Collection, ghost tours, and much more. Memberships are available. Gift items for sale. Hours are 10 am–3 pm, TUESDAY – SATURDAY. Admission: $5 Adults, $3 seniors and students. Blue Star Museum members, active duty military and families admitted free year round. Private group (maximum fee: $50) and individual tours by appointment. (Downtown Chester--behind the courthouse).
Richburg, SC 29729
Largest genealogical society in the state with over 750 members. Has information for conducting research in Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster, Union and York counties. No paid researchers. Tue: 8 am - 12 pm. Located in the Richburg Town Hall Building.
Chesterfield, SC 29709
Has information for conducting research on South Carolina, specifically Chesterfield and surrounding counties; the Southeast; plus North Carolina, Virginia and Pennsylvania. No paid researchers. Sat: 9 am-3pm. Located in the Chesterfield Visitors Center (Old Chesterfield County Courthouse).
Winnsboro, SC 29180
Fairfield Archives & History. Sponsored by the Fairfield County Historical Society, the genealogy library is an excellent source for research and historical materials about Fairfield County and the families that have resided in or passed through the county on their way South and West. A large and diverse collection of materials, including legal documents and personal records, is available to the public. Research assistance is provided by volunteers and is available both in person and through the mail. Appointments are recommended for in-person research. Tue-Fri: 10 am-5pm; Sat: 10 am-3 pm.
Winnsboro, SC 29180
These genealogical records are located on the 2nd floor of the Fairfield County Museum, Archives & History. This library is an excellent source for research and historical materials about Fairfield County and the families that have resided in or passed through the county on their way South and West. A large and diverse collection of materials, including legal documents and personal records, is available to the public. Research assistance (sponsored by the Fairfield County Genealogy Society volunteers) is available Tue–Thu: 10 am–5 pm, Mon, Fri, and Sat: by appointment only. Sun: by appointment for reunions only. Please call ahead to ensure a volunteer is available. Queries can be e-mailed in. There is a small fee for non-members of the society. Find us on FaceBook.