Town of Blackville
Cities of Barnwell Co.
Who’s in charge Clerk City Hall: Mayor: Michael Beasley Harriett McKnight 5983 Lartigue St. (803) 284-2444 www.townofblackville.com
lackville is a town with dreams and a future. Public officials and residents want a re-blossoming of their community. But they aren’t just sitting around waiting for those dreams to come true – they’re working at it. A unified Blackville Town Council has its government on track to grow with improved infrastructure and partnerships with business and property owners. The town is working with the Blackville Community Development Corporation to eliminate blighted areas and create a town of 2,034 residents that shows its pride in every aspect. “Appreciation” is a word heard over and over at council meetings and community events – people are appreciated for their participation in making Blackville a place for business, industry and residents to succeed. Blackville is a place that loves festivals. The Music and Arts Festival, the Taste of Blackville (April 15, 2017) and holiday celebrations draw people from all over to this community of 9.035 square miles. The town also hosts several restaurants, some of which are known far and wide for their food and special offerings. Blackville has three public schools and one private school – Blackville-Hilda High, Blackville-Hilda Middle School, Macedonia Elementary and Jefferson Davis Academy.
The Together Sisters organization hosts an annual Halloween party for local children as an alternative to trick-or-treating.
Nearby Blackville is Healing Springs, a fresh-water springs considered to have healing properties. Residents and tourists have been coming there for centuries to sip the water on-site and fill jugs for savoring later. Healing Springs was “deeded to God” and is cared for by one of many churches which make up the spiritual backbone of the community. To the west of town is the Edisto Research and Experiment Center, a major Clemson Extension research facility. Blackville hosts a library, a community building and this year opened a new museum (see story on page 20). Community leaders aren’t content to sit still – industries are being actively sought for its industrial park. Blackville residents invite everyone to be a part of their vision.
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A guide to Barnwell County, SC