Aiken County Historic Sites

Aiken County Historical Museum

Aiken County Historical Museum

433 Newberry Street, SW, Aiken, SC 29801
Tuesday - Saturday 10 am-5 pm
Sunday - 2 pm-5 pm

Named 'Banksia' after the Banksia Rose, which graces the brick wall near the entrance, the museum is actually two houses joined together with the older section dating to 1840. The large brick portion was built in 1931 as a Winter Colony home by Willis Irvin for Mr. Richard Howe, who married into the Deering family. His initials are above the door.

The grand home, with 32 rooms, fifteen bathrooms and one ballroom, has been a boarding house, a college campus and a public library.

Permanent exhibits include Aiken County history, the story of Ellenton, education, ecology, and the Winter Colony. Throughout the year, there are at least ten additional special exhibits.

Also on the museum property is a one room schoolhouse, circa 1890's, the Ergle log cabin from the early 1800's, William Gregg's buttery, a working watering trough, and a 1800's heliometer.

William Gregg Buttery, Aiken Historical Museum
William Gregg Buttery

Redcliffe State Historic Site

Redcliffe Historical Site, Aiken County181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island

Redcliffe's August 2014 Newsletter

Hours of Operation:
Grounds: 9am-6pm, Th-M
Office Hours: 11am-noon, daily
Tours: Th-M: 11am, 1pm, 3pm

Park admission is free.

House tours:
$5, age 16 & up
$3, SC Seniors
$4, youth ages 6-15

Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet.

National Register of Historic Places

The former home of South Carolina Governor James Henry Hammond and three generations of his descendants. Together, Redcliffe and the Hammonds weathered war, political upheaval and economic calamity. James Henry Hammond's great-grandson, John Shaw Billings, began restoring the mansion to its 19th-century grandeur in 1935. Mr. Billings, once the editor of Time, Life, and Fortune magazines, donated the estate and its collections in 1973 to the people of South Carolina. The gift ensured that his family's beloved homeplace would be preserved.

Redcliffe Barn
Redcliffe Historic Barn Restoration

Other Aiken Historic Sites

ft. Moore

Ft Moore, Silver BluffNational Register of Historic Places

During the late 1600's, the Savano, Creek, Yuchi, Cherokee and Chickasaw Indian tribes traded with settlers at Savano Town, near present day Beech Island. The Savano Indians occupied the bluff until shortly after 1716. At that time, Fort Moore at Savano Town and the Congaree Fort near Columbia was constructed in order to control the Indians and monopolize the southern skin trade.

Aiken State park

Aiken State Park

Constructed in the 1930s by an African American branch of the Civilian Conservation Corps, Aiken State Park continues to host their construction and work.

Find out more about Aiken State Park

The Center for African American History, Art & Culture

African American Cultural Center, Aiken803-649-2221

The Center for African American History, Art & Culture in Aiken will be a vehicle to showcase and enhance the Aiken African American population's involvement in the arts and a forum for celebrating both Aiken's diversity and its sense of community. The center is under construction in the historic Immanuel Institute.