Abbeville County Historical Society

Abbeville County Historical Society Founded in 1957, Abbeville County Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to preservation of the areas history.
Our organization is dedicated to preserving the history, culture, and architecture of Abbeville County. The Abbeville County Historical Society is headquartered in the historic McGowan-Barksdale-Bunday House at 305 North Main Street in Abbeville, South Carolina. We invite you come see the house and our impressive collection of historical items that represent the history of our County.We would also like to extend an invitation for you to join the Abbeville County Historical Society and help with our mission of preserving local history. We encourage interest and pride in the rich history of our county and ask your support in the important mission to explore, preserve and learn. Warmest Regards, Robert Speer President, Abbeville County Historical Society

Founded in 1957, the Abbeville County Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation of materials and architecture that have historical significance to Abbeville County. The mission of the Abbeville County Historical Society is to share all that is preserved with Abbeville County residents and County visitors for the present and future. The current focus of the Society is to continue it’s efforts of preservation and restoration of the McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House, which serves as the Abbeville County Historical Society’s Headquarters. The house, a true architectural treasure, was graciously deeded to the Society by Mr. J.D. Bundy, of Monroe, North Carolina, in 1989.

Mission: Founded in 1957, the Abbeville County Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation of materials and architecture that have historical significance to Abbeville County.

Phase I of the Railroad Museum on the lower level of the McGowan House is 80% complete. We have now begun construction o...
05/29/2019

Phase I of the Railroad Museum on the lower level of the McGowan House is 80% complete. We have now begun construction of Phase II of the Railroad Museum. Fresh concrete was just poured today. We hope to be finished with the museum and open before the holidays. Thank you to Robert Weichmann and his incredible crew for all their hard work!!

We had so much fun Saturday and a great turn out! Thank you to David James for coordinating such a awesome event and to ...
04/02/2019

We had so much fun Saturday and a great turn out! Thank you to David James for coordinating such a awesome event and to our wonderful sponsors for all your donations and support! We're looking forward to seeing you all again next year!

Be sure to register for the Tour de Ville Bike Ride Saturday March 30th, 2019! Forecast is calling for amazing sunny wea...
03/23/2019

Be sure to register for the Tour de Ville Bike Ride Saturday March 30th, 2019! Forecast is calling for amazing sunny weather. Come out and enjoy the beautiful course through Abbeville and enjoy a free tour of the McGowan House. Catered lunch on the porch provided by Down Home Delights after the ride!

On Friday, March 1, 2019 a tornado touched down in Abbeville that caused damage in some neighborhoods. One area hit was ...
03/15/2019

On Friday, March 1, 2019 a tornado touched down in Abbeville that caused damage in some neighborhoods. One area hit was the historic Upper Long Cane Cemetary. We would like to share photos of the damage. There is a committee working to figure out if some markets can be repaired. As you can see from the photos, some have major damage and most likely will need to be replaced. There is no insurance that covers this type of damage. If you would like to help, please message us.

City of Abbeville
09/19/2018

City of Abbeville

Calling all local Abbevillians! Abbeville's own, Shelley Reid, has written a Historical Drama about one of Abbeville's Greatest Hero's; Major Thomas Dry Howie. If you have never been to the Opera House or it has been a while since your last visit, there has never been a better time to see a production and learn about our community's amazing history! This is a work of art for Abbeville, about Abbeville, and performed in Abbeville! #AllAboutAbbeville

City of Abbeville
08/04/2018

City of Abbeville

Interested in Preserving Abbeville's amazing Historic Structures? The Friends of Trinity Abbeville, Abbeville County Historical Society, and Abbeville County Historic Preservation Commission are all groups working hard to preserve our community's amazing Historic Structures! Contact these groups today to see how you can help!

Please help restore one of Abbeville County's most treasured structures. 100% of all donations go directly to the restor...
06/30/2018

Please help restore one of Abbeville County's most treasured structures. 100% of all donations go directly to the restoration of Trinity Episcopal Church!!

What a view of Trinity's Steeple from a 50 ft lift. Donations maybe made by going to Trinity's webpage www.trinityabbeville.org. Your donation will go directly into the Restoration of Trinity account. Thanks for helping save Trinity

Work on the old Belk Simpson building is coming right along. The new paint color looks great, as does the framed windows...
06/20/2018

Work on the old Belk Simpson building is coming right along. The new paint color looks great, as does the framed windows and crown molding across the top. We can't wait to see the inside.

The old Belk Simpson Building is being restored. Thank you Marco and your team for taking on this huge project and savin...
06/13/2018

The old Belk Simpson Building is being restored. Thank you Marco and your team for taking on this huge project and saving this building. Check out the molding they added yesterday at the top and the new paint color is coming along nicely!! If you happen to walk down Trinity Street, please be sure and tell these guys "thank you" and let them know what a great job they are doing.

The Abbeville County Historical Society fully supports the the restoration of Trinity Episcopal Church. Please help supp...
05/11/2018
Friends of Trinity Abbeville

The Abbeville County Historical Society fully supports the the restoration of Trinity Episcopal Church. Please help support this cause by making a donation today to save one of Abbeville's most iconic structures.

Friends of Trinity raises funds for the restoration of Trinity Episcopal Church, an 1860 church of historic and architectural significance in Abbeville, SC

Thanks to all the riders as well as everyone that came our to support the Tour de Ville Bike Ride 2018! It was a great s...
04/29/2018

Thanks to all the riders as well as everyone that came our to support the Tour de Ville Bike Ride 2018! It was a great success and we were thrilled to host this event. We would especially like to thank David James for all the hard work he did, this would not have been possible without him. Also a big thanks to Aubrey Cheek and Merry Trask. We are very grateful to everyone that contributed to this event and to the preservation of the Historical Society, most importantly all of our awesome sponsors!! Thank You!! https://www.facebook.com/andrew.hartsfield/videos/10155252032607181/?t=16

Preschool students visit the Historic 1888 Queen Anne McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House. Their special treat was to see the ...
12/15/2017

Preschool students visit the Historic 1888 Queen Anne McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House. Their special treat was to see the Caboose at the Frank Pursley Railroad Park.

Abbeville County Historical Society presents its 4th Annual Taste of Christmas Events beginning on November 4th. It’s ...
10/28/2017

Abbeville County Historical Society presents its 4th Annual Taste of Christmas Events beginning on November 4th. It’s always an exciting time for those fortunate enough to get tickets to the events! Tickets on sale at Urban 2 Country.

Taste of Christmas Tickets on sale and are going fast. See Andrew at Urban 2 Country to purchase your ticket.
10/13/2017

Taste of Christmas Tickets on sale and are going fast. See Andrew at Urban 2 Country to purchase your ticket.

ACHS has set the following dates for The Taste of Christmas- Saturday, Nov 4th, Wednesday, November 8th, and Saturday, N...
09/06/2017

ACHS has set the following dates for The Taste of Christmas- Saturday, Nov 4th, Wednesday, November 8th, and Saturday, November 11th. These events begin at 9 AM. Tickets are on sale at Urban-2-Country. Tickets always sell out two weeks prior to the events so be sure to get your tickets ASAP.

Abbeville County Historical Society Board Member, Bill Rogers, recently welcomed the new owner of the Historic Morse Wei...
04/14/2017

Abbeville County Historical Society Board Member, Bill Rogers, recently welcomed the new owner of the Historic Morse Weir House, Selena Goodwin-Hay to Abbeville. She will be opening the house to visitors as the house will become a Bed and Breakfast.

8th grade students tour The General's House - McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House on Thursday, April 13.
04/13/2017

8th grade students tour The General's House - McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House on Thursday, April 13.

Photos from Abbeville County Historical Society's post
12/30/2016

Photos from Abbeville County Historical Society's post

Merry Christmas!  The McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House is now closed for the winter season.  Scheduled to reopen  in March.
12/18/2016

Merry Christmas! The McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House is now closed for the winter season. Scheduled to reopen in March.

This photo is for Donna Pursley.  The Okra Tree was back for the third year by popular demand atThe McGowan-Barksdale-Bu...
12/18/2016

This photo is for Donna Pursley. The Okra Tree was back for the third year by popular demand atThe McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House. Thanks for sharing.

This photo is for Betty at Deason's.  A beautiful night view at The McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House.
12/18/2016

This photo is for Betty at Deason's. A beautiful night view at The McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House.

This one is for Sandy Wilson.  A night view at The McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House.
12/18/2016

This one is for Sandy Wilson. A night view at The McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House.

Abbeville County Historical Society hosted three events for The Taste Of Christmas and a Southern Christmas Evening to r...
12/13/2016

Abbeville County Historical Society hosted three events for The Taste Of Christmas and a Southern Christmas Evening to raise funds to go toward preservation efforts of the 1888 Queen Anne House. A C H S thanks all who supported theses events. All were very successful! Thank you Ruth Burton for your outstanding leadership and hard work in making these events special. Thanks to all ACHS Board Members for your hard work. Merry Christmas from Abbeville County Historical Society!

Caboose 5759 at the Frank Pursley Railroad Park will be adorned with Christmas Lights for the upcoming Christmas Season....
12/02/2016

Caboose 5759 at the Frank Pursley Railroad Park will be adorned with Christmas Lights for the upcoming Christmas Season. The ceremony to officially light up the Caboose is set for Dec. 2nd at 6:30 pm. Andrew Hartsfield has created the Caboose Decor. It is going to be spectacular!

The Caboose lights will be officially cut on for the Christmas Season during a ceremony Friday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 pm.  The ...
11/30/2016

The Caboose lights will be officially cut on for the Christmas Season during a ceremony Friday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 pm. The public is invited to attend.

Preservation Efforts continue at Abbeville County Historical Society Headquarters.  The 1850's Gothic Servant Quarters i...
11/30/2016

Preservation Efforts continue at Abbeville County Historical Society Headquarters. The 1850's Gothic Servant Quarters is getting new Ginger Bread Trim due to funding via a grant. Also, the work is being done by master craftsman Carl Poretto and his son, Paul.

ACHS presents a Taste of Christmas. All events are sold out. Tours are available on Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm or by ap...
11/09/2016

ACHS presents a Taste of Christmas. All events are sold out. Tours are available on Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm or by appointment.

The Taste of Christmas begins Saturday, Nov. 5th.
11/03/2016

The Taste of Christmas begins Saturday, Nov. 5th.

A Magical Christmas begins with The Taste of Christmas at The McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House on Nov. 5th. The event is sold out. ACHS thanks each participant as all proceeds go toward preservation of the house. Tours are available by appointment or each Saturday from 1:00-4:00. PM.

A Magical Christmas begins with The Taste of Christmas at The McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House on Nov. 5th.  The event is s...
11/01/2016

A Magical Christmas begins with The Taste of Christmas at The McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House on Nov. 5th. The event is sold out. ACHS thanks each participant as all proceeds go toward preservation of the house. Tours are available by appointment or each Saturday from 1:00-4:00. PM.

Taste of Christmas is going to be magical this year at The Historic McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House. Events are booking up...
10/19/2016

Taste of Christmas is going to be magical this year at The Historic McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House. Events are booking up. Only a few tickets left. Pictured is the okra tree back by popular demand

Dr. Bailey is an extremely talented musician.  The music she presented was phenomenal and she presented the history on t...
10/17/2016

Dr. Bailey is an extremely talented musician. The music she presented was phenomenal and she presented the history on the women who originally composed the music. What a treat to those in attendance.

Abbeville County Historical Society
10/16/2016

Abbeville County Historical Society

Dr. Bailey will be performing at Abbeville Presbyterian Church at 3 pm. A reception will follow at ACHS Headquarters following the concert. See your the concert and reception at The Historic McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House.

Dr. Bailey will be performing at Abbeville Presbyterian Church at 3 pm. A reception will follow at ACHS Headquarters fol...
10/16/2016

Dr. Bailey will be performing at Abbeville Presbyterian Church at 3 pm. A reception will follow at ACHS Headquarters following the concert. See your the concert and reception at The Historic McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House.

Taste of Christmas tickets are selling . . . Be sure to purchase your ticket before they sell out.  Maybe purchased at U...
10/04/2016

Taste of Christmas tickets are selling . . . Be sure to purchase your ticket before they sell out. Maybe purchased at Urban 2 Country. Three dates to choose from - Nov. 5, 9, or 12.

10/04/2016

Last years Taste of Christmas scenes. This years events will be even more spectacular. Tickets are available now at Urban 2 Country.

The Taste of Christmas Events at The McGowan-Barksdale Bundy House Tickets are on sale at Urban 2 Country.  The dates ar...
10/04/2016

The Taste of Christmas Events at The McGowan-Barksdale Bundy House Tickets are on sale at Urban 2 Country. The dates are Nov. 5th, Nov. 9th, and Nov. 12th. Tickets are usually sold out at least two weeks prior to the events. This years events will be fascinating.

Tickets go fast for these events. Always have a waiting list for tickets.
09/30/2016

Tickets go fast for these events. Always have a waiting list for tickets.

Tickets are now available for Abbeville County Historical Society's annual Taste of Christmas fund raising events. All proceeds go toward preservation efforts of the Historic 1888 Queen Anne House - The McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House.. ACHS is a nonprofit organization. Tickets maybe purchased at Urban-2-Country.

The Taste of Christmas tickets are already being purchased. Each year the events are sold out weeks in advance   This ye...
09/09/2016

The Taste of Christmas tickets are already being purchased. Each year the events are sold out weeks in advance This years events are going to be spectacular.

Tickets are now available for Abbeville County Historical Society's annual Taste of Christmas fund raising events. All proceeds go toward preservation efforts of the Historic 1888 Queen Anne House - The McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House.. ACHS is a nonprofit organization. Tickets maybe purchased at Urban-2-Country.

Abbeville County Historical Society
09/09/2016

Abbeville County Historical Society

Tickets are now available for Abbeville County Historical Society's annual Taste of Christmas fund raising events. All proceeds go toward preservation efforts of the Historic 1888 Queen Anne House - The McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House.. ACHS is a nonprofit organization. Tickets maybe purchased at Urban-2-Country.

Tickets are now available for Abbeville County Historical Society's annual Taste of Christmas fund raising events.  All ...
09/09/2016

Tickets are now available for Abbeville County Historical Society's annual Taste of Christmas fund raising events. All proceeds go toward preservation efforts of the Historic 1888 Queen Anne House - The McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House.. ACHS is a nonprofit organization. Tickets maybe purchased at Urban-2-Country.

Abbeville County Historical Society is gearing up for A Magical Christmas which will be featured at The Taste of Christm...
08/24/2016

Abbeville County Historical Society is gearing up for A Magical Christmas which will be featured at The Taste of Christmas Events on Nov. 5th, Nov. 9th, and Nov. 12th. The society is already receiving requests for tickets.

Please share this to help get the information out  Abbeville County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization.  Fun...
07/24/2016

Please share this to help get the information out Abbeville County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization. Funds made from these events go toward preservation efforts of The famous Queen Anne House - McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House

This is the time of year Abbeville County Historical begins implementing plans, gathering materials, coordinating the many tasks that go into making The Taste of Christmas highly successful events. Every year has been sell out events with a large waiting list. Photos show a sample of what is on the horizon for November.

This is the time of year Abbeville County Historical begins implementing plans, gathering materials, coordinating the ma...
07/24/2016

This is the time of year Abbeville County Historical begins implementing plans, gathering materials, coordinating the many tasks that go into making The Taste of Christmas highly successful events. Every year has been sell out events with a large waiting list. Photos show a sample of what is on the horizon for November.

Work is in progress at the 1850's Gothic Style Servant Quarters at The Historic 1888 Queen Anne House. A grant is fundin...
06/03/2016

Work is in progress at the 1850's Gothic Style Servant Quarters at The Historic 1888 Queen Anne House. A grant is funding preservation of this historic cabin. Once completed this Cabin will have a solid foundation. Carl Poretto is in charge of restoring the cabin.

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305 N Main St
Abbeville, SC
29620

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Founded in 1957, the Abbeville County Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation of materials and architecture that have historical significance to Abbeville County.

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Saturday 13:00 - 16:00

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(864) 366-8193

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