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Society Youth Duck Hunt

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Saluda County Historical Society Youth Duck Hunt Attracts Record Number Of Hunters


Members of the SCHS, the Barnes Family, and guides welcomed twenty-three youth and their supervisors from Saluda, Lexington, Aiken, Greenwood, and Greenville counties on a brisk February 6th morning at Padgett Pond in Saluda County to participate in a Federal sanctioned youth duck hunt.

According to the SC Migratory Game/Bird Hunting Guidebook, the following rules applied: Federal Youth Day, February 6, 2016; only hunters 15 years of age or younger may hunt waterfowl (ducks and geese) on this day; the youth(s) must be accompanied by an adult of a least 18 years of age, who is not allowed to carry a gun or hunt, and does not have to have a license.

The youth and their supervisors/guides were placed in duck blinds along Clouds Creek and Padgett Pond provided by the Randy Barnes Family and the Windy Hill Rod and Gun Club. The young hunters were provided with many opportunities to harvest ducks and geese. Even though the number of waterfowl harvested was small, many young hunters were introduced to safe hunting practices, the beauty of the area, and the areas hunting heritage.

After the hunt, the youth and their adult supervisors were treated with a pancake breakfast provided by the SCHS and prepared by Delynn Barnes, Randy Barnes, and Gene Berry. The youth consumed a mountain of pancakes and breakfast meats.

Joining the invited youth by the Barnes Family and SCHS were five youth with their adult supervisor from the National Wild Turkey Federation with their headquarters located in Edgefield. These youth were participating in one of the Federation’s youth program.

The Saluda County Historical Society, chartered in 1987, has as its mission to study, preserve, and make accessible the history of Saluda County and to use that history as a basis for a better understanding of the present and as a means for shaping the future.

Both the SCHS and the NWTF share common goals in understanding and preserving our hunting heritage.


Clouds Creek Massacre

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Saluda County Historical Society meeting on Thursday night, November 12, 7 pm in the Saluda County Museum and Theater

Dear Historical Society Members:

This will be a treat!! Charles Andrews of Cumming, Ga will be here to help us understand the Clouds Creek Massacre. I consider him one of the very few experts on that topic! Charles has been digging into his family’s past for years beginning with - how could his great grandfather Waldo have been born in Edgefield Court House, SC?

The Clouds Creek Massacre is one of those interesting topics that I never heard of until about 10 years ago and the Massacre happened in almost my back yard, not in another state. I was talking to Charles, after hearing him speak, and told him I thought I had a relative at the Massacre and Charles knew the relative’s first name! Wow!

Many of Charles’ relatives made the trek down the Atlantic Coast to SC and settled here for a few generations and then moved on. He traces such familiar families as Lamars, Butlers, Bonhams, Smiths and Lipscombs as his ancestors.

Bloody Bill Cunningham was the leader of a heinous band of Loyalists who caused this Massacre. The sir names of the persons murdered are many and familiar to you whose families trace their history to the Edgefield area before the American Revolution.

You can see the tomb stone markers honoring Capt. James Butler and others erected by the Star Fort Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter and others on “find a grave”.

Type in “find a grave” + Capt James Butler.

Hope to see you.

Judy Dancy Duncan


Society Tours

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Society Tours

The Saluda County Historical Society offers tours of the following Historical Sites:

The Saluda Theater and the Saluda County Museum
The Bonham House
The Marsh-Johnson House

Regular Adult Admission

Theater and Museum, and either Historic House: $5.00 (per person)
Theater and Museum, and both Historic Houses: $8.00 (per person)

Admission for Society Members, Students and Seniors

Theater and Museum, and either Historic House: $3.00 (per person)
Theater and Museum, and both Historic Houses: $5.00 (per person)

Admission for Children under 5



Call 864.445.8550 between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM to set up your tour.


Who is James Butler Bonham?

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Portrait of Bonham and Travis

When the James Butler Bonham trophy was being discussed as an annual trophy to be awarded to the winner of the University of South Carolina – Texas A&M game, Coach Steve Spurrier of USC indicated he didn’t know who Bonham was.

Coach Spurrier is not alone. The man revered by history-loving Texans as almost a saint is a stranger to most South Carolinians including many in his native Saluda County – formerly a part of Edgefield County.


Tour Flat Grove

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The Saluda County Historical Society would like to welcome you to Flat Grove, the birthplace of Alamo hero James Butler Bonham. The exterior of the house has been restored, and we are in the process of cleaning and restoring the interior. Some of the rooms have been furnished with period furniture. Come see what life would have been like for the Bonhams in the early 1800s.

Tours start at the Saluda County Museum --105 Law Range in Saluda. A diorama of the Alamo and other items relating to the Alamo and to the Bonhams are on display. A guide will lead you to the Bonham House. The tour will cost $5.00 per person for adults and $3.00 for seniors and school age children.

Call 864.445.8550 between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM to set up your tour.


Mount Willing Books

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Charles Andrews
Bela Padgette Herlong
Carol Hardy Bryan

We’ve worked for fifteen years researching and amassing the history of Mount Willing, which was once a part of the royal colony of South Carolina, then of Ninety Six District, of Edgefield County/District, and today of Saluda County. Chapman, in his history of Edgefield County, published in 1897, stated that Mount Willing was one of the four population centers of the area from the Revolution to the War Between the States.


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