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Larkes of Beech Island Event
February 29 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pmFree
Our History and Our Future: The Larke Family of Silver Bluff and Beech Island
On Saturday, Feb. 29, at 2 pm the Aiken County Historical Museum will host the Larke family of Beech Island in an insightful program about Aiken County. Different from most, this program will interweave oral histories and photographs of places and people of Silver Bluff, Kathwood, and Beech Island. Moderating the program will be George McDaniel, Ph.D., who works with Audubon South Carolina, which owns and operates Silver Bluff nearby.
The Larke family, many of whom live in Beech Island, have centuries-old roots going back to when Silver Bluff was a prosperous plantation owned by Gov. James Henry Hammond of Redcliffe. There their ancestors were enslaved, working its fields, building its buildings, and more. When freedom came in 1865, they remained in the region, continuing to work at Silver Bluff and in Beech Island and founding a school as well as a church, St. Catherine’s CME.
The program’s format will allow the public to hear directly from family members, whose recollections about Aiken County will be sparked by historical photographs. Questions from the audience will be encouraged, as will visits to Silver Bluff, which is open to the public, so people can actually see the sites where these stories took place.
This event is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required. The Aiken County Historical Museum is located at 433 Newberry Street SW, Aiken, SC 29801. Our hours of operation are Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 2 pm to 5 pm. For more information, please call (803) 642-2015.