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Aiken in Aiken County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Aiken County Museum

 
 
Aiken County Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 10, 2013
1. Aiken County Museum Marker
Inscription. Life in Aiken
The coming of the railroad was a major factor in the birth of Aiken. The all-important cotton crop and Graniteville fabrics could get to market. Add to life in Aiken a lady lonesome for her wealthy friends up North and you have the beginning of the Winter Colony in the 1930s, and 40s. With the Winter Colony came hunting and horseback riding, polo, golf, and tennis - a lifestyle that changed the area.

Banksia
(An early photo of Banksia included)
This museum, "Banksia",was built in 1931 and named for the little yellow rose that climbs serpentine walls surrounding the house. With the passage of time, the Museum remained a centerpiece. After a stint as a boarding house, Banksia was used as the first home of the University of South Carolina at Aiken. It served the needs of the people as the public library and, when the library moved to its current home, it became the Museum you see here now. It chronicles the good times and the bad - a tribute to life in Aiken.

Life in Aiken took a radical change in November of 1950 when the announcement was made of the Savannah River Plant - the "Bomb Plant" being built. Change occurred overnight. Over 30,000 men and their families descended upon the county. Trailer parks sprang up everywhere, schools were on double
Life in Aiken image. Click for full size.
By Aiken County Museum Marker, `
2. Life in Aiken
shifts. This Museum was even used as a boarding house. (Pictures included)
 
Erected by South Carolina Heritage Corridor.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the South Carolina Heritage Corridor marker series.
 
Location. 33° 33.267′ N, 81° 43.52′ W. Marker is in Aiken, South Carolina, in Aiken County. Marker can be reached from Newberry Street SW near 1st Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located at the Museum along the parking circle, south lawn. Marker is in this post office area: Aiken SC 29801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Aiken County Courthouse Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); Transit Of Venus Observatory Structure, 1882 (within shouting distance of this marker); The One Room Schoolhouse (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hitchcock Woods (about 400 feet away); Coker Spring (about 600 feet away); Hofmann (approx. 0.2 miles away); Whitney Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Aiken Institute (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Aiken.
 
Regarding Aiken County Museum. The Museum is housed in a 1930's Winter Colony mansion named "Banksia". Its 3.5 acre grounds are also home
Banksia image. Click for full size.
By Aiken County Museum Marker, `
3. Banksia
to
a 1890's one-room schoolhouse and a log cabin built in 1808. The purpose of the Aiken County Historical Museum, under the direction of the Aiken County Historical Commission, is to collect and preserve historical material relating to Aiken County, to display and interpret such information to the public. There is no charge to visit the Museum. Hours are Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 - 5:00; Sunday 2:00 - 5:00.
 
Also see . . .
1. Aiken County Historical Museum. 17,500 square feet of amazing Aiken County history in changing exhibits and the following permanent exhibits: The County Room/The “War” Room The Pottery Exhibit The Savannah River Site The Golf Exhibit The Sports Room The Military Exhibit The Winter Colony Room The Hamburg/North Augusta Room The Agriculture Room The Moody Drugstore The Public Safety Room The “Displaced” Exhibit The Circus Room The Nature Room The Musicians of Aiken County The Ladies of Aiken County The Ergle Cabin The China Springs One-Room Schoolhouse (Submitted on February 14, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. The Winter Colony's Double Legacy. Aiken's leading attractions include Hitchcock Woods and Hopeland Gardens. (Submitted on February 14, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Aiken County Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Aiken County Museum Marker, `
4. Aiken County Museum Marker
"Pleasure of the sport" (left) and "Polo is still enjoyed today" (right)
Life in a trailer park image. Click for full size.
By Aiken County Museum Marker, `
5. Life in a trailer park
workers at "Dupont's first safty meeting" image. Click for more information.
By Aiken County Museum Marker, `
6. workers at "Dupont's first safty meeting"
Over 30,000 men and their families descended upon the county, the Savannah River Plant - the "Bomb Plant" being built.
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Aiken County Museum, " Banksia" northeast entrance , and marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 10, 2013
7. Aiken County Museum, " Banksia" northeast entrance , and marker
Aiken County Museum North entrance image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 10, 2013
8. Aiken County Museum North entrance
Banksia" Aiken County Museum, east entrance image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 24, 2008
9. Banksia" Aiken County Museum, east entrance
Banksia has 32 rooms, 15 bathrooms and a ballroom.
Aiken County Museum, The China Springs One-Room Schoolhouse mentioned image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 10, 2013
10. Aiken County Museum, The China Springs One-Room Schoolhouse mentioned
Aiken County Museum , Ergle Cabin built in 1808 , as mentioned image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 10, 2013
11. Aiken County Museum , Ergle Cabin built in 1808 , as mentioned
Aiken County Museum -"Banksia", north side view from nearby South Boundary Avenue SW image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 10, 2013
12. Aiken County Museum -"Banksia", north side view from nearby South Boundary Avenue SW
"Banksia", Aiken County Museum image. Click for full size.
South Carolina Department of Archives and History, circa 1984
13. "Banksia", Aiken County Museum
Included in and a part of The National Register of Historic Places: Aiken Winter Colony Historic District II (added 1984 - - #84000498) Roughly bounded by RR track, Colleton and 3rd Aves., Laurens, South Boundary, and Marion Sts. , Aiken
Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
Architectural Style: No Style Listed
Area of Significance: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Entertainment/Recreation
Period of Significance: 1925-1949, 1900-1924, 1875-1899
Historic Function: Domestic, Recreation And Culture
Current Function: Domestic, Recreation And Culture
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 530 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   13. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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