Aiken County

Aiken County Historical Museums

One-hundred and fifty years ago, a group of Black, White, and Biracial men from
various backgrounds came together to form a new county. This new county would
be cut from segments of Barnwell, Edgefield, Lexington, and Orangeburg counties.
The result is what we know today as Aiken County.

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.

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Redcliffe State Historic Site
181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island, SC 29842
Grounds: 9am-6pm, Daily
Office Hours: 11am-noon, daily
Tours: Th-M: 11am, 1pm, 3pm
11am tour subject to cancellation due to school groups.
Please contact the park if interested in the 11 am tour.
Park admission is free.
House tours:
$7.50, age 16 & up
$5, SC Seniors and students (age 6-16)
Children age 5 and under are free.
*Admission fees subject to change.


Savannah River Site Museum
224 Laurens Street, SW, Aiken, SC 29801
Wednesday – Saturday 10 am-4 pm

The SRS Museum became an extension of the Aiken County Historical Museum in 2015 when the SRS Heritage Foundation partnered with Aiken County to obtain the former Dibble Library on Laurens Street for the sole purpose of creating a museum for the interpretation and preservation of the history of the Savannah River Site and its role in the Cold War. The Foundation has responsibility for the museum’s displays and activities.



144 Old Jackson Hwy., Beech Island

This 1800’s barn was built by Luther Hankinson out of bricks from his own factory in Hamburg, SC. Recently renovated, it serves as an Agricultural Museum and Gift Shop. Stop by and discover the importance of agriculture in Aiken County!



12 Short St. Wagener, SC
803-564-3412 or 803-564-3507
Museum Hours: Friday 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday 10 am – 2 pm and Sunday 2 pm – 5 pm

Journey back in time to the era of the family farm and “The Swamp Rabbit” train. Enjoy artifacts and documents of the community since the coming of the railroad in 1887.



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.