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Aiken - Aiken County Historical Museum

433 Newberry Street, SW
803-642-2015

History:
Aiken County has reinvented itself many times during its more than 300 years of history. From the earliest farming settlements at Silver Bluff, the coming of the railroad, the establishment of the Winter Colony and the equine industry, the building of the Savannah River Site and the more recent development as a retirement area, and location of a highly-rated campus of the University of South Carolina, county residents have seized opportunities to explore new paths.

The Historical Museum is the place to experience the many facets of the county. Located in an historic building in the heart of the Winter Colony district, the Museum provides an insight into the county for adults and children by offering rotating exhibits, educational tours, and children’s exhibits.

Banksia is named for the Banksia rose and is actually two houses joined together on a 3.5 acre lot. The older section is wood and dates from 1840. The large brick section was built in 1931. While the rest of the country was reeling from the Depression, Richard Howe of New York paid $85,000 to build Banksia, which was designed by Willis Irvin. Mr. Howe was 61 years old at the time. Formerly a vice president of International Harvester, Mr. Howe was married into the Deering family. An avid horseman, Mr. Howe used Banksia as his winter home. Look for his initials above the door.



Reviews

Lucia Maria Calve

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Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018
Beautiful setting for an in depth museum! It explores the many people who contributed to the unique historical tapestry that is Aiken and their effect on our world. Must return, since it takes more than an afternoon to take in its many exhibits.

Nikki Fair

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Friday, Feb. 2, 2018
Such a neat place.

Scott Macklin

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Monday, Nov. 27, 2017
Bloody Mary's and Bagels 9:00 AM Thanksgiving day

Christian Baratto

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Monday, March 12, 2018
Great museum!

Dean Goff

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Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017
Great store good people

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