Barnwell Co. Museum turning 40
he Barnwell County Museum staff and volunteers are T gearing up for the 40th anniversary of the museum, which opened to the public on June 22, 1978.
Anyone interested in donating artifacts pertaining to the history of the old Barnwell District (including present day Allendale and Bamberg counties) should contact the museum to make an appointment. The Effie Mae Fuller Community Center, located behind the museum, is available as a community rental space for family reunions, business meetings and other private events. Events for 2017 include a Black History Month program in February, a historic church tour in the spring, the Centennial of World War I in April, Jewish Heritage Month in May, second annual “Spirits Alive: Folk Tour” in October, and the Annual Donor Reception at the Historic HolmanFuller House Museum in December. Throughout the year the museum will focus on educational outreach for 3rd, 8th, and 10th grade levels, featuring the subjects of archeology, art and U.S. History. Featured exhibits will include the Centennial of World War I and the 75th Anniversary of World War II. The museum is seeking information regarding Barnwell, Bamberg, and Allendale County veterans of WWI and WWII. The museum is collaborating with Barnwell District Genealogical and Historical Chapter (a chapter of the South Carolina Genealogical Society) to preserve and record the history of Barnwell District (Barnwell, Bamberg, and Allendale counties). The museum manager’s office, genealogy research center, and collection of William Bartram prints are located in the Anne Hagood Gallery of the Effie Mae Fuller Community Center. The museum is working to repair the old German Prisoner of War guard shack, commonly known as the Old Police Station that sits on the Circle in downtown Barnwell. Chief Rueben Black and the Barnwell Police Department participated in “No Shave November” in 2016 to raise money to conserve the building.
Musical performers dress up as colonial people to promote a traveling Revolutionary War display that came to the museum.
The police station’s history dates back to 1944 when it was built by Charles C. “Carl” Cheek with the assistance of German prisoners of war who helped draw up the plan and worked on construction. Before it became the police station, the structure was used as a guard house during World War II for the prisoner of war camp at the corner of Hagood Avenue and Park Street in Barnwell. “We are close to reaching our fundraising goal and would love to see the guard shack restoration complete in time for the annual Barnwell City Tree Lighting and visit from Santa in 2017,” said Jerry Morris, chairman of the board. Donations are needed and can be sent to the Barnwell County Museum, Attn: Preservation Campaign, P.O. Box 422, Barnwell, S.C. 29812. The museum is open Tuesday through Thursday from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and by appointment. Contact the museum at (803) 259-1916, barnwellmuseum@ gmail.com or www.facebook.com/BarnwellCountyMuseum.
New museum shares Blackville’s heritage A
n effort started a number of years ago came to fruition in 2016 with the opening of the Blackville Heritage Museum at 655 Main Street, Blackville. Myrtle Quattlebaum, members of the Blackville Area Historical Society (BAHS) and local dignitaries broke ground Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the site to begin construction of the building. The museum building is now complete and houses a collection of artifacts. “We want the museum to be an asset not only to the Town of Blackville but also to the whole surrounding area. Each one of you is a part of Blackville’s history,” she said. As part of an ongoing project, she invites residents to share their genealogies and artifacts to be placed in the museum. BAHS members are arranging the displays and getting ready for a formal grand opening in 2017 at a date to be announced. In the meantime, the museum is ready for visitors. Two special contributions to the museum are a pair of antique cars. “The cars were donated by the Frank J. and Lucy C. Hartzog Memorial Foundation, Inc. to the Blackville Area Historical Society. They are a 1926 Ford Model T and a 1931 Ford Model A. They were both completely restored by the late W. S. “Buck” Guess Jr. of Blackville. He was the husband of Ms. Arie B. Guess, a long-time school teacher and guidance counselor, who still resides in Blackville,” said Quattlebaum. 20 • Information Please 2017 • The People-Sentinel
The Blackville Heritage Museum is now open and includes items that were in the kitchen of the old Shamrock Hotel. BAHS members said they hope these are the first of many contributions to the museum to document Blackville’s history and highlights.. The museum is open on Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment by calling (803) 284-3267, (803) 284-2525 or (803) 300-1578.
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