GREENVILLE, S.C., Oct. 19, 2021 – The South Carolina Historical Society (SCHS) is pleased to announce its annual Fall Tour, this year showcasing both the textile crescent of Greenville, S.C. on Oct. 29 and the historic churches of Beaufort, S.C. on Nov. 13. This is the first year the SCHS has offered the tour in two locations, offering guests the opportunity to explore historic structures in both the upstate and the Lowcountry.
“We’re thrilled to offer our first ever Fall Tour in two different areas of the state,” said Faye L. Jensen, Ph. D., CEO of the SCHS. “Both Greenville and Beaufort are rich with South Carolina history, and we hope these self-guided tours will encourage people of all ages to learn more about facets of the state they may not have known before.”
As South Carolina’s oldest historical society, the SCHS has hosted its annual historic tours in cities throughout the state since the 1950s. Previous tour locations include Beaufort, Camden and Aiken.
Part one of the 2021 tour begins in downtown Greenville, S.C. on Friday, Oct. 29 at 9:30 a.m. with a self-guided driving tour of the area’s 16 historic cotton mills, including: Carolina/Poinsett, Franklin, Southern Weaving, Monaghan, Riverdale, Union Bleachery, Simpson/American Spinning, and more. Once known as the “Textile Center of the World,” guests will learn about the fascinating history of the entrepreneurs who built these mills in the early 1900s, as well as the industry’s lasting impact on the upstate of South Carolina. In addition to the driving tour, guests will also be able to walk into many of the mills and speak with knowledgeable docents to learn more. Historian and author Don Koonce will provide an opening lecture before the event at the Upcountry History Museum.
Part two takes place in Beaufort, S.C. on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 9:30 a.m. with a self-guided walking tour of six historic churches. The churches include: The Parish Church of St. Helena, the Baptist Church of Beaufort, Wesley Methodist Church, St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Tabernacle Baptist Church, and First African Baptist Church. Dr. Larry Rowland, coauthor of the three-volume “History of Beaufort County,” Dr. John McCardell, southern historian and retired vice-chancellor of Sewanee: The University of the South, and Dr. Stephen Wise, noted historian and director of the Parris Island Museum, will give an opening lecture and will answer questions at the conclusion of the tour.
Tickets for each tour for SCHS members are $40 per person or $70 per couple; for non-members, tickets are $50 per person or $90 per couple. These prices are per tour. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit schistory.org/event/fall-tour-2021 or call (843) 723-3225, ext. 122.
ABOUT THE SOUTH CAROLINA HISTORICAL SOCIETY:
Founded in 1855 and headquartered in Charleston, S.C., the South Carolina Historical Society (SCHS) is the state’s oldest historical society and its largest private repository of documents, books, manuscripts and maps about South Carolina history. The SCHS is a non-profit organization with the mission to expand, preserve and make accessible its invaluable collection, and to encourage interest and pride in the rich historical legacy of South Carolina. The SCHS headquarters, the Fireproof Building, underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation and now serves as The South Carolina Historical Society Museum. For more information, visit: schistory.org.
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