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Annual Hunt

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SCHS Annual Benefit Deer Hunt Successful

The 15th Annual Saluda County Historical Society Benefit Deer Hunt was held at Padgett Pond and the adjacent farm of the Randy Barnes Family in Saluda County on Saturday, November 14th was quite successful with 20 hunters from Lexington, Saluda, Edgefield, Newberry, and Richland Counties participating.

Hunters gathered for a half-day or full-day hunt on a brisk fall morning under ideal conditions. Guides provided by the Randy Barnes Family and the Windy Hill Rod and Gun Club at Padgett Pond placed the hunters in stands on the two properties where participates harvested 4 deer, three does and a buck. Mid-day, members of the Saluda County Historical Society provided hunters and guest with a full breakfast and those hunting also in the afternoon were invited to watch the USC/Florida Football Game before returning to the stands for the afternoon hunt.

The SCHS presented the Randy Barnes Family with two framed duck prints for their generous participation in the benefit deer and duck hunts held over the past fifteen years. The combined efforts of the Randy Barnes Family and Windy Hill Rod and Gun Club have raised over thirty thousand dollars in donations for either the Ridge Choral Society or the SCHS.

A January Duck Hunt will be held on beaver ponds owned by the Randy Barnes Family and the head waters of Padgett Pond in Saluda County on January 16, 2016 in Saluda County to benefit the SCHS. The number of hunters will be limited depending upon hunting conditions and duck availability. A morning hunt will be held with breakfast before and after the hunt. Guides and transportation will be provided from Padgett Pond. The cost of the hunt is $100. Interested hunters may contact: C. E. Berry, Jr. at 803-685-5020, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by mail at 500 Samuel Padgett Road, Ridge Spring, SC 29129 if interested.


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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