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Aiken County 150th Anniversary Exhibit Reception

May 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

wedding dress photo

Aiken County Celebrates 150 Years with New Exhibit

Cut from existing portions of Barnwell, Edgefield, Lexington, and Orangeburg counties, Aiken County was created via a legislative act on March 10, 1871. However, the history of the cities, towns, and communities within Aiken County’s borders extend far beyond the year of 1871.

This year, in celebration of Aiken County’s 150th anniversary, the Aiken County Historical Museum gave its County History exhibit a makeover. The exhibit presents museum visitors a window into the lives of people who lived and worked in our area from the days of Native Americans to the modern era of the Savannah River Site.

Some of the unique artifacts featured in the renovated Aiken County History exhibit are a door lock that was unearthed at the Fort Moore archaeological dig, an 1877 teacher’s pay document signed by Prince Rivers and Samuel B. Spencer (two men who helped in the founding of Aiken County), the telephone switchboard that transmitted the concerns of Ellenton’s citizens after the announcement of the Savannah River Project in 1950, and a wedding dress worn by a Scottish immigrant who was married in Graniteville in 1883. These objects tell the stories of those who have come before us.

The public is invited to peruse the renovated exhibit on Thursday, May 13th from 6 pm to 8 pm. A curator’s tour of the exhibit will begin at 6:30 pm. The exhibit reception is free and open to the public. Face masks will be required.

This exhibit is made possible by three organizations – the South Carolina Humanities, Aiken County through Accommodations Tax funds, and the Friends of the Aiken County Historical Museum. The South Carolina Humanities is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to inspire, engage and enrich South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage.

For more information, please call the Aiken County Historical Museum at (803) 642-2015 or email us at museum@aikencountysc.gov. You can also visit the Museum’s website for the 150th Anniversary at www.AikenCounty150.org to find the “Exploring Aiken County” videos and an upcoming events calendar.


May 13
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Aiken County Historical Museum