Belton Area Museum Association

Belton Area Museum Association This page highlights events, exhibits, genealogy programs, and activities of the Belton Area Museum Association and encourages discussion about historical topics of interest to our community. Check out what's new at the historic Belton Train Depot!
We are a non-profit umbrella organization comprised of three museums located in the Historic Belton Train Depot. The Ruth Drake Museum houses our permanent collection of local artifacts and the Genealogy and Reference Room. The South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame is home to the portraits of all inductees chosen by the South Carolina Tennis Association, and of related tennis mementoes. The North End Gallery contains our temporary exhibits, which change periodically and consist of items loaned by the community. The museum office and the gift shop are also located in the Gallery. We also rent the Depot’s center section for private parties and events. The Center Section Performance Hall in the historic Belton Train Depot is available for rental 7 days a week. Weekend rentals (Fridays and Saturdays) are full day, requiring a $200 deposit and $400 payment. The rental fee includes tables and chairs to seat 120 comfortably, or 200 limited by fire code if cocktail style event. Tablecloths can be rented for $5 each. If everything is left in good order, then the $200 deposit is returned. Quite a good deal compared to other venues across Anderson County. During the week, rentals can be made for an hourly rate. Please contact the museum at 338-7400 during the above mentioned hours to check to see if the date you are wanting is available.

07/03/2019

"Handmade" will be the final exhibit for the year, opening Sept. 8 at the historic Belton Depot. As a tie-in activity for the duration of the exhibit, would you like to participate in once-a-week classes in the traditional arts? If so, what type of classes? Woodworking, quilting, stained glass, needlecrafts, basket weaving, suggestions??? How much would be reasonable to charge for instructors' fees and supplies?

Deadline extended til July 5.
07/01/2019

Deadline extended til July 5.

BAMA is pleased to announce two opportunities for kids, aged 7 - 12, to enjoy STEAM summer camps at the Belton Depot.

As part of the exhibit Epidemics: Diseases Gone Wild, there will be summer camps examining germs, both bad and good ones. Camps will last from 10 AM - noon each day.

July 16 - 18-Germs: The Bad Guys
Using safety practices, campers will discover the germs (inactive examples) behind the diseases that people and plants experience, learn safe hygiene practices that can prevent diseases, and utilize laboratory equipment to make the unseen world come to life.

July 23 - 25-Germs: The Good Guys
Using safety practices, campers will discover the germs that help keep our bodies running smoothly, grow bacteria that create the foods we eat, and utilize laboratory equipment to make the unseen world come to life.

Each camp will have speakers from the medical field and the opportunity for genetic investigation. Cost is $45 for BAMA members and $55 for non-members.

Please call Abigail Burden, BAMA executive director, at 338-7400 or by email at [email protected] to register your child today!

Registration deadline is July 2 and spaces are limited.

BAMA is pleased to announce two opportunities for kids, aged 7 - 12, to enjoy STEAM summer camps at the Belton Depot. As...
06/20/2019

BAMA is pleased to announce two opportunities for kids, aged 7 - 12, to enjoy STEAM summer camps at the Belton Depot.

As part of the exhibit Epidemics: Diseases Gone Wild, there will be summer camps examining germs, both bad and good ones. Camps will last from 10 AM - noon each day.

July 16 - 18-Germs: The Bad Guys
Using safety practices, campers will discover the germs (inactive examples) behind the diseases that people and plants experience, learn safe hygiene practices that can prevent diseases, and utilize laboratory equipment to make the unseen world come to life.

July 23 - 25-Germs: The Good Guys
Using safety practices, campers will discover the germs that help keep our bodies running smoothly, grow bacteria that create the foods we eat, and utilize laboratory equipment to make the unseen world come to life.

Each camp will have speakers from the medical field and the opportunity for genetic investigation. Cost is $45 for BAMA members and $55 for non-members.

Please call Abigail Burden, BAMA executive director, at 338-7400 or by email at [email protected] to register your child today!

Registration deadline is July 2 and spaces are limited.

2000!  Thanks so much for joining in this community! Let's share and get 3000 members before the end of this month so ev...
06/20/2019

2000! Thanks so much for joining in this community! Let's share and get 3000 members before the end of this month so everyone can learn about the wonderful things happening at the Belton Depot!

Getting ready for this Sunday's opening of Epidemics:Diseases Gone Wild. Thanks to Dawn Mulligan, we have on display a r...
06/19/2019

Getting ready for this Sunday's opening of Epidemics:Diseases Gone Wild. Thanks to Dawn Mulligan, we have on display a re-creation of Dr. McIlwain's delivery room. How many of you were born there? #epidemicsdiseasesgonewild #beltonareamuseumassociation #gobelton #mcilwainclinic

06/18/2019

Needed for display June 23 to Aug. 24 at Belton Area Museum Association: photographs of medical professionals from Belton and Honea Path, uniforms and accessories, memorabilia from medical practices, antique or vintage medical equipment, plaster human body torso with organs, vintage posters of health notices, etc. If you have any items that can be put on display for this new exhibit, please bring them by the museum tomorrow or Thursday, 9 am-2 pm. Or call 338-7400 to arrange pick up. Thanks so much! And join us for the opening celebration and community health fair Sunday, June 23, 3 -5 pm. #epidemicsdiseasesgonewild #beltonareamuseumassociation #healthfair #needartifacts #gobelton

Can't forget chiropractors and optometrists who have helped Belton citizens over the years: Chiropractors:Dr. William Ke...
06/15/2019

Can't forget chiropractors and optometrists who have helped Belton citizens over the years:

Chiropractors:
Dr. William Keown
Dr. Lisa Liddle
Dr. Jarad Haggard
Dr. J. C. Neel

Optometrists:
P. L. Thompson
Dr. Clayton Richardson
Dr. Carroll
Dr. Eric Richardson
Dr. Steve Chandler

Any stories about these people you can share?
#optometrists #chiropractors #epidemicsdiseasesgonewild #beltonareamuseumassociation #gobelton #belton

Belton also had its share of dentists.  Tell us some stories about these men:  Dr. R. L. ParkerDr. W. H. BannisterDr. Ro...
06/14/2019

Belton also had its share of dentists. Tell us some stories about these men:
Dr. R. L. Parker
Dr. W. H. Bannister
Dr. Roy Welborne
Dr. Ron Tysl
Dr. John Hartness
Dr. Thomas Burriss
Dr. Jim Curtis
#dentists #gobelton #epidemicsdiseasesgonewild #beltonareamuseumassociation

Belton Area Museum Association's cover photo
06/13/2019

Belton Area Museum Association's cover photo

Belton Area Museum Association's cover photo
06/13/2019

Belton Area Museum Association's cover photo

Belton has been blessed by many dedicated people in the medical field.  Here is a list of doctors from the 20th Century....
06/13/2019

Belton has been blessed by many dedicated people in the medical field. Here is a list of doctors from the 20th Century. Can you tell any stories about them?
Dr. J. M. Holcombe
Dr. W. C. Bowen
Dr. C. G. Todd
Dr. W. R. Haynie, Sr.
Dr. W. R. Haynie, Jr.
Dr. Weathersby
Dr. Willis Martin
Dr. W. L. McIlwain
Dr. Robert Folk
Dr. Leonard Douglas, Sr.
Dr. Bill Kay
Dr. Bennett
Dr. Kenneth Waggett
Dr. Tony McAlister
Dr. Len Douglas, Jr.
Dr. Ken Heller
Dr. Joe Martin
#beltonareamuseumassociation #epidemicsdiseasesgonewild #medicalpractice #belton

06/10/2019

Today, I was told of a lady who remembered the 1919 flu epidemic. She said that neighbors would make community pots of soup and leave them on the porches of those families who were ill. Now, that's taking care of each other. What stories do you have of illnesses in your family where the community rallied to help? #epidemicsdiseasesgonewild #beltonareamuseumassociation
#community

06/03/2019

Well, the end of the exhibit A Little Bit Country has come and gone. If you lent your items for display, please drop by the museum this week (Wednesday thru Friday 9 -2, Sat. 10-noon) to pick them up or call so we can arrange an alternative. Many thanks to our sponsors #OldStoneTractorCo, #BeltonMetalCo, #PickensRailway, #AndersonCounty and #CityofBeltonHTAX. It's been a great and fun exhibit!
Next up--Epidemics:Diseases Gone Wild, opening June 23! Keep checking back for more info.

Belton Alliance
05/31/2019

Belton Alliance

We hope to see you there!!! Belton needs you!!!

Epidemics: Diseases Gone Wild will open with a reception and community health fair on Sunday, June 23, from 3-5 pm at th...
05/29/2019

Epidemics: Diseases Gone Wild will open with a reception and community health fair on Sunday, June 23, from 3-5 pm at the Belton Depot.

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the worldwide Spanish Flu epidemic that made its way to rural Anderson County by spring of 1919, this exhibit will explore the cultural and medical repercussions of this 20th Century epidemic and celebrate the medical advances in all areas of the health care industry since then.

We are looking for artifacts to put on display, so if you have vintage or antique items involving the dental, medical, ocular, chiropractic, or laboratory occupations, please bring them to the depot June 5 - 15 during museum hours (Wednesday through Friday 9 to 2 or Saturday 10 to 12) or call 338-7400 to arrange pick up.

05/16/2019

Before the end of this last exhibit, we'd like to record your memories of growing up in the country. What vivid memories can you share? What type of food did you eat? What chores did you have? What animals were essential to life in the country?

Three weeks are left in this exhibit A Little Bit Country.  If you haven't seen it yet, drop by Wednesday - Friday, 9 - ...
05/13/2019

Three weeks are left in this exhibit A Little Bit Country. If you haven't seen it yet, drop by Wednesday - Friday, 9 - 2 or Saturday 10 - noon and spend some time reminiscing.

05/12/2019
Pics and Memories For Historic Belton SC

Pics and Memories For Historic Belton SC

Whenever you have a birthday, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or Christmas gift to give, consider giving a membership to the Belton Area Museum Association, the Belton Center for the Arts, and/or a subscription to the BHP News Chronicle. They all provide a connection through their newsletters or news articles to the hometown that you love. Don't know how to give a membership or subscription? I can post membership forms if you are interested. Thanks, Ann Wood, for making this suggestion.

Hometown Strangers free community concert was well attended. Sorry YOU missed it!!!
05/10/2019

Hometown Strangers free community concert was well attended. Sorry YOU missed it!!!

05/10/2019

Hometown Strangers rock! Thanks for a wonderful concert!

05/10/2019

Hometown Strangers tonight, 6:30

The Hometown Strangers concert will go on rain or shine. We will move indoors in the center section of the depot if nece...
05/10/2019

The Hometown Strangers concert will go on rain or shine. We will move indoors in the center section of the depot if necessary. Come on out tonight for some great country tunes! #rhythmbytherails #oldstonetractorco #beltonmetalco #pickensrailway #cityofbeltonhtax #andersoncountyatax
#freecountrymusicconcert

The museum has lost one of its most ardent supporters, Charlie Bill Martin. Charlie Bill was key in saving the depot fro...
05/08/2019
View Charlie Martin's Obituary on IndependentMail.com and share memories

The museum has lost one of its most ardent supporters, Charlie Bill Martin. Charlie Bill was key in saving the depot from demolition in the 1970s, oversaw the fundraising campaign to renovate it to house the SC Tennis Hall of Fame, the Ruth Drake Museum, and the Anderson County Library in the 1980s, along with Dick Gaillard brokered the deal to have Pickens Railway donate the property to the Belton Area Museum Association in 2002 (putting up their own money for capital to ensure the deal with Anderson County was successful), and faithfully served on our board, brought in artifacts from his extensive collection of rare and interesting items for temporary exhibits, gave of his resources to support the museum's programs, and served as go-to for all questions about Belton history and its characters. His smile and enthusiasm, his breadth of knowledge, his humble spirit will be greatly missed. Much sympathy to June, Dodd and Jennifer, Danny and his entire extended family. We love you, Charlie Bill!

https://m.legacy.com/obituaries/independentmail/obituary.aspx?n=charlie-martin&pid=192804065&referrer=0&preview=True

Charlie Martin Belton - Charlie Martin, husband of June Dodd Martin, passed away May 4th, 2019 at the Rainey Hospice House in Anderson, SC. Charles

The Hometown Strangers will light up Friday evening, May 10, at the Historic Belton Train Depot with a FREE community co...
05/04/2019

The Hometown Strangers will light up Friday evening, May 10, at the Historic Belton Train Depot with a FREE community concert beginning at 6:30 pm. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and sit under the setting sun as they perform country covers and original tunes. Nuttin Finer Food Truck will be serving up boiled peanuts, hot dogs, and walking tacos along with Pepsi products, sweet tea and lemonade. Come on out for this great hometown event. #freeconcert #beltondepot #hometownstrangers #oldstonetractorco #beltonmetalco #betterinbelton
#pickensrailway #nuttinfiner

Home School students enjoyed extracting DNA from strawberries as part of the Science of Plants class.
04/26/2019

Home School students enjoyed extracting DNA from strawberries as part of the Science of Plants class.

SC Chili Cook-off Championship
04/16/2019

SC Chili Cook-off Championship

Saluda Valley Country Club pulled out all the stops for the 2nd Annual BAMA Chili Pepper Golf Tourney on Friday, April 1...
04/16/2019

Saluda Valley Country Club pulled out all the stops for the 2nd Annual BAMA Chili Pepper Golf Tourney on Friday, April 12. Many thanks to the golfers who participated, the hole sponsors and the donors for making it a wonderful day for the players. The day started with a Chick Fil A breakfast and ending with crowned champions.

Winners included 1st place team (Patton O’Dell, Daniel Mitchum, Jordan Lurie, Wes Hardy), 2nd place team (Marshall Keys, Anthony Pitts, Charlie Bagwell, Danny Kelly), 3rd place team (Walter Smith, Roy Mac Haggard, Bill Pitts, Austin Green) and 4th place team (Hack Clinkscales, Johnny Lee Smith, Skip Hunter, Les Cole). Closest to the hole winner was Charlie Bagwell and longest drive winner was Hack Clinkscales. During the putting contest, Patton O’Dell sank a hole in one, but instead of taking the purse, he generously donated it back to BAMA.

“We would like to thank all those who donated prizes or sponsored holes at the tourney,” stated BAMA Executive Director Abigail Burden.

This list includes hole sponsors Clemson Downs, McDougald Funeral Home, SouthState Bank, Belton Comprehensive Dentistry, Sullivan-King Mortuary, and Trehel Corporation. Donors included Commercial Bank, UPS Store, Anderson County, Visit Anderson, BB and T, Falcon’s Lair, Saluda Valley Country Club, Cobb’s Glenn, Boscobel, Piedmont Automotive, Smithfields Country Club, Southern Oaks Golf Club, Palmetto Insurance-Keys Agency, Golf USA, Outback Steakhouse, Town Square Chiropractic, Carolina Parakeet Teas, Southern Charm Salon and Spa, Sam’s Club, X-Mart/Larry Kirby, TTi, Saluda Quick Stop, and Chick Fil A.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/beltondepot/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2436559876355286

2nd Annual Chili Pepper Golf Tourney
04/16/2019

2nd Annual Chili Pepper Golf Tourney

04/15/2019
Anderson County, S.C.

Anderson County, S.C.

The Belton Area Museum Association hosted a celebration of all things country, with their Little Bit Country exhibit open now until June 1. Something to see and experience for all ages.

What a great event Saturday in downtown Belton, SC! The 10th annual SC Chili Cook-off Championship brought over 50 amate...
04/15/2019

What a great event Saturday in downtown Belton, SC! The 10th annual SC Chili Cook-off Championship brought over 50 amateur and professional cooks from all over the country to compete and since the weather turned out fine, over 4000 people joined us for tasting the great recipes, judging the cooks, enjoying the rockin' sounds of the Combo Kings, participating in the Hot Chili Eating Contest, showing off their vintage cars, visiting the museum exhibits, purchasing great art and cheering on the winners. Thanks to Matt and Tonya Lusk and crew for making this one such a premiere event. #scchilicookoffchampionship #chilifestival #fattmatt #bestbuy #commercialbank #darbymetalworks #trehel #ups #sullivankingmortuary #mcdougaldfuneralhome #southstatebank #beltoncomprehensivedentistry #clemsondowns #betterinbelton #tti #chickfila

Today's the day! They are lighting up the fires for the 10th annual SC Chili Cook-off Championship! Come on down for fun...
04/13/2019

Today's the day! They are lighting up the fires for the 10th annual SC Chili Cook-off Championship! Come on down for fun, food, and healthy competition! Tastings start at 11, $5 for 5 tastings, $15 for unlimited tastings from over 50 professional and amateur cooks. Combo Kings start playing at 12, Hot Chili Eating Contest at 1, museum tours and car show all day! You can't miss it!!! #scchilicookoffchampionship #chili #chilieatingcintest #betterinbelton #carshow #foodandfun

The sun peeped out from the clouds to provide the golfers with a gorgeous day to enjoy the 2nd annual Chili Pepper Golf ...
04/13/2019

The sun peeped out from the clouds to provide the golfers with a gorgeous day to enjoy the 2nd annual Chili Pepper Golf Tourney at beautiful Saluda Valley Country Club today. Here are some photos. Winners and more details to follow. And don't forget to join us Saturday in downtown Belton for the 10th annual SC Chili Cook off Championships! #chilipeppergolftourney #saludavalleygolfcourse #golf #beltonareamuseumassociation

TTI just informed us that they will be donating this wonderful portable propane powered grill (9STG1150HD STOK Gridiron ...
04/08/2019

TTI just informed us that they will be donating this wonderful portable propane powered grill (9STG1150HD STOK Gridiron grill) for the Chili Pepper Golf Tourney raffle. $5 a ticket nets you a chance to win this wonderful grill, great for taking camping or serving up tailgate food on the go. Value $189.00. Tickets will be available at the golf tourney and at the Plant Sales Booth on Main Street during the festival on Saturday. Check it out! #chilifestival #tti #raffleticket #beltonareamuseumassociation #scchilicookoffchampionship

Untitled Album
04/08/2019

Untitled Album

South Carolina Chili Cookoff
04/08/2019

South Carolina Chili Cookoff

Saturday April 13th, 10am-4pm. Join us for the SC State International Chili Society Chili Cookoff. Still accepting amateur cooks, ICS cooks and a few vendors. If interested, please email me at [email protected] or visit our website at www.SCchilicookoff.com.

It was an amazing opening celebration of the exhibit "A Little Bit Country" at the historic Belton train depot today wit...
03/31/2019

It was an amazing opening celebration of the exhibit "A Little Bit Country" at the historic Belton train depot today with almost 300 people in attendance. The BHP FFA brought beautiful flowering plants to sell and had an array of farm animals for children to pet and love on. Thanks to Gus's greenhouse, children took home planted seeds to watch grow. Ronnie and Bryan Mattison brought a vintage tractor and restored Cub Cadet for enthusiasts to enjoy. Dan and Isabell Boob showed people how to make soap, and Toby Chandler and Glenn Stevens explained how to grow laying hens. Emily Chandler shared perfect home decorating tips, while Donna Siemon offered tastes of teas with seasonal flavors. Keith Raines and cohorts gave out info on beekeeping and we crowned a new Sweet Tea Queen for serving up the best sweet tea around, Abby Lackey! Thanks to #oldstonetractor #beltonmetalcompany #pickensrailway #cityofbeltonhtax #andersoncountyatax #acehardwareofwilliamstonandhoneapath and #gushomecenter for sponsoring this exhibit. #alittlebitcountry #countrylife #bhpffa #farmanimals #carolinacotton #carolinaparakeet #sweetteacontest #andersonbeekeepersassociation #vintagefarmequipment #fifthwheelfarm

Drawing on the relics of yesteryear, we invite you all to enjoy the opening celebration of the exhibit "A Little Bit Cou...
03/30/2019

Drawing on the relics of yesteryear, we invite you all to enjoy the opening celebration of the exhibit "A Little Bit Country" at the historic Belton train depot today from 3 - 5 PM. Lots of free family fun! Thanks to #oldstonetractor #beltonmetalcompany #pickensrailway #cityofbeltonhtax #andersoncountyatax #acehardwareofwilliamstonandhoneapath #gushomecenter for sponsoring this exhibit. #alittlebitcountry #countrylife #bhpffa #farmanimals #carolinacotton #carolinaparakeet #sweetteacontest #andersonbeekeepersassociation #vintagefarmequipment #fifthwheelfarm

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100 N Main St
Belton, SC
29627

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Current hours of operation are Wednesday-Friday 9-2 and Saturday 10-12 (or by appointment) Admission is free but donations are welcome!

Opening Hours

Wednesday 09:00 - 14:00
Thursday 09:00 - 14:00
Friday 09:00 - 14:00
Saturday 10:00 - 12:00

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(864) 338-7400

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