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.
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The 7th annual Rummage and Craft Sale will be held Saturday, March 21, at the Belton Rec Center  (old Armory Building) o...
01/14/2020

The 7th annual Rummage and Craft Sale will be held Saturday, March 21, at the Belton Rec Center (old Armory Building) on Blue Ridge Avenue. We listened to your comments and have changed the time to 10 AM - 3 PM. Yard sale items, craft vendors and food sales are all encouraged. Vendors are welcome to secure space by filling out this following form and returning with fee to BAMA. Last year we had over 500 people attend, and we hope to have even more visitors during this one-day event this year. It's a great chance to clean out those closets, share your talents, and enjoy a little more spending money. Booth fees are $20 for 10x10 spaces and you can rent multiple spaces. Limited to 50 vendors, so send in your application today!

New Years Resolution #2: Join the museum!Memberships begin at $10 for a student to up to $1000. And what do you get? 1. ...
01/14/2020

New Years Resolution #2: Join the museum!

Memberships begin at $10 for a student to up to $1000. And what do you get?

1. Supporting an organization that helps preserve our history through innovative exhibits, school field trips, and educational presentations
2. Receiving the quarterly newsletter telling about events, exhibits and activities in advance
3. Racking up discounts in our gift shop
4. Preserving an historic building, the Belton Train Depot

Your patronage helps support events and activities like these 2019 recap photos reveal. And planned activities for 2020 will provide even more fun for you and your family!

Join today by calling 338 7400 or emailing [email protected]

01/12/2020
Photos from Belton Area Museum Association's post

Almost 50 attended today's opening of Artesania: The Folk Art of Mexico. It was fun learning the Mexican Hat Dance, cutting paper banners, viewing the exhibit, tasting great Mexican cuisine, and of course, the favorite among the children in attendance, hitting the pinata!

01/12/2020
Tomorrow from 3 to 5 pm, BAMA will be hosting a celebration of our newest exhibit Artesania: The Folk Art of Mexico. Thi...
01/11/2020

Tomorrow from 3 to 5 pm, BAMA will be hosting a celebration of our newest exhibit Artesania: The Folk Art of Mexico. This is your personal invitation to enjoy the wonderful exhibit filled with treasures from Mexico, learn the Mexican hat dance, and sample authentic Mexican cuisine. Kids will have a chance to take a swing at a pinata and make some fun paper crafts. Hope to see you all tomorrow at the depot! #mexico #artesania #folkartsofmexico #beltonareamuseumassociation

Belton Area Museum Association's cover photo
01/08/2020

Belton Area Museum Association's cover photo

New Year's Resolution #1:  Attend more community events with my familyHere's your chance:  Sunday, from 3 - 5 PM, join u...
01/08/2020

New Year's Resolution #1: Attend more community events with my family

Here's your chance: Sunday, from 3 - 5 PM, join us at the historic Belton Train Depot for the opening celebration of Artesania: The Folk Art of Mexico!

There are beautiful items on display that many people have brought back to Belton from their travels in Mexico over the years. Included are pottery, pewter, fabric crafts, paper mache, photographs, musical instruments, wood carvings and more.

View these hand-crafted items while enjoying food with a Mexican flare, prepared by our BAMA board.

Children can make paper crafts like the children of Mexico do for various holidays, and the BAMA Teen Board will be leading games that children play in that country.

It is free to attend, thanks to the patronage of the Anderson County ATAX fund and the City of Belton HTAX fund.

See you Sunday!!!

#artesania #beltonareamuseumassociation #folkart #familyfun #Mexicancrafts

Belton Area Museum Association's cover photo
01/08/2020

Belton Area Museum Association's cover photo

Belton Area Museum Association's cover photo
12/18/2019

Belton Area Museum Association's cover photo

12/18/2019

Thanks so much to our sponsor All About Fabrics/Phoenix of Anderson for supporting the year-end exhibit Handmade. It was a very popular exhibit. If you loaned any of your items for display, please come by the museum this week from 9 - 2 to pick up your artifacts (or call 338-7400 to make other arrangements).

And if you have any artifacts to display that are of Mexican folk art origin (yarn art, tapestries, pottery and vases, bead work, prayer bowls and other religious icons, masks, figurines, paper mache items, home décor, wood carvings, toys, clothing, tiles, furniture, etc.) please bring by the museum and share with us to put on display. Opening of Artesania: The Folk Art of Mexico will be coming soon: January 12! Save the Date!

You and your family are invited to start a new family tradition. This wonderful gingerbread house (built by BAMA board m...
12/08/2019

You and your family are invited to start a new family tradition. This wonderful gingerbread house (built by BAMA board member Anthony Pitts) will remain outside under the eaves of the depot. Bring some Elmers glue and some candy and continue decorating it throughout the holiday season (as long as critters or weather doesn't compromise it). Make sure to take pics and share with our page!

Christmas in Belton, what a great family event! There are so many hands involved in its preparation and execution, so in...
12/08/2019

Christmas in Belton, what a great family event! There are so many hands involved in its preparation and execution, so instead of naming everyone, enjoy this huge shout out that comes with an even greater heart-hug for loving this city!

12/07/2019

Come on down to decorate the gingerbread house!

12/03/2019
It's Christmas in Belton! It takes lots of hands to decorate around the depot and the city square in preparation for Sat...
12/03/2019

It's Christmas in Belton! It takes lots of hands to decorate around the depot and the city square in preparation for Saturday's events. Many thanks to Mayor Tiffany Ownbey, City Administrator Alan Sims, Council Member Eleanor Dorn, and Events Planner Lori Maness; Fire Chief Brad Maness and firemen Brad Stevens, Michael Epps, and Ryan Sams; City Public Works Department Head Bo Barnes and employees Kenneth Greenlee, Bill Groves, William Gunnells; business persons David Jones and Debbie Major-Hughes; bucket truck company owner Nathan Brown and operators Aaron Dasher and Wesley Skinner; BAMA director Abigail Burden and board members Matt Mundy and Alison Darby; BAMA Teen Board members Abby Lackey, Emeli Bagwell, Wyatt Nalley, Ethan Harper, Neil Maes; community volunteer extraordinaire Norma Hughes-Smith; Belton Beautification Committee members Lee Harris, Betsy Chapman, Tracy Wood, Frances Russell, Terry Ann McKinley Snipes, Gloria Eaves, Debbie Brazzell, Jean Martin, and Jill Carpenter; David and Sandy Mayberry and Sammy Campbell of May-Lan Farms; and Deion Latimer and BHP FFA students.

City of Belton South Carolina
12/02/2019

City of Belton South Carolina

Calling all Churches, businesses,schools, civic organizations or families we would like to invite you to join us in decorating The Lane of Lights in downtown Belton! Show off your Holiday spirit and creativity by decorating an assigned location around the walking track. Please contact Lori Maness for more information (864)617-9992!

Christmas celebrations will be in full swing next week. Make plans to attend the Christmas in Belton events the first we...
11/26/2019

Christmas celebrations will be in full swing next week. Make plans to attend the Christmas in Belton events the first weekend in December. On Saturday, Dec 7: Christmas Parade (3:30), Cookies and Cocoa with Santa (4:30-6), Santa Market (2-6), Children's Gingerbread House Decorating (2-6), Lighting of Christmas Tree and Carols (5). On Sunday, check out the BCA's Christmas Tour of Homes.

11/25/2019
Belton-Honea Path

Congrats to these State Champs! We love to see our Bears make history! #bhphscheer #statechamps #bearsmakehistory

Winner, winner, Thanksgiving Dinner! During a soggy morning yesterday, 122 shooters competed for great prizes at the 5th...
11/24/2019

Winner, winner, Thanksgiving Dinner! During a soggy morning yesterday, 122 shooters competed for great prizes at the 5th annual Turkey Shoot at Toney Creek Plantation. Many thanks to our sponsors #SportsmansWarehouse, #Vulcan #NationalWildTurkeyFederation, #ACEHardwareofWilliamstonandHoneaPath #DrJarodHaggard #BandBPawn #McCallsProduce, #Ingles, #BiLo, and #AgPro. Winners included Blaze Santos, Jody Alewine, William Krause, Brad Gruwell, James Kelly, Alison Darby, Noah Wilson, and Bryen Morgan. #bamaturkeyshoot #toneycreekplantation

11/23/2019

Going on now through 12:30, come on down to the Turkey Shoot! $5 and $10 rounds, great prizes! #SportsmansWarehouse

11/22/2019

The Turkey Shoot is on, rain or shine! Thanks to Toney Creek Plantation, we will have shelter from the drizzle, so bring your raincoats and come participate, beginning at 8:30 AM!

We have great prizes each round including the following:

From #SportsmansWarehouse:
Sportsman's Grill (value $599.00)
2 Personal Lost Creek Coolers (value $99.99 each)
2 sportsmans mugs (value $30)
2 sportsmans cups (value $36)
2 sportsmans large cups (value $50)
2 sportsmans xlarge cups (value $60)

From #NationalWildTurkeyFederation:
2 Passes for the Palmetto Shooting Complex (value $200)
Turkey, Cutter, and Crow Callers (value $30)

From Jarod Haggard and Kelli Hembree:
2 CWP Class Passes (value $150)

From #BandBPawn:
Child's Crickett Rifle ($100)

From #BiLo:
Turkey (value $20)
Ham (value $20)

From #Ingles:
Turkey (value $20)

From #McCallsProduce:
2 pounds sausage (value $10)
2 pounds sausage (value $10)

From #ACEHardware:
2 boxes Shotgun Shells (value $25)

And lots of promotional items including hats, coozies, and magazines.

And t-shirts will be available for sale too for $15 each!

11/19/2019
Anderson County, S.C.

It's finally gaining steam-The SC Museum of Natural History. We have been working behind the scenes this year to get this awesome project off the ground, with the help of our City Council, Belton Alliance, County Council, SC National Heritage Corridor, SCDNR, SC Dept of Education, and more giving us endorsements to pursue such a grand idea. With the help of Rep. Jay West and Sen. Mike Gambrell, we hope to be breaking ground next year! Look for great things to be happening in Belton!

The Anderson County Council announced support for the City of Belton and the Belton Area Museum Association's efforts to establish a SC Museum of Natural History in the Belton area.

What else makes the South and Southerners special?
11/18/2019

What else makes the South and Southerners special?

What makes the South to you? 💞

Lots of fun next Saturday. Join us!!! #sportsmanswarehouse #turkeyshoot #toneycreekplantation #oldfashionedthanksgivingf...
11/15/2019

Lots of fun next Saturday. Join us!!! #sportsmanswarehouse #turkeyshoot #toneycreekplantation #oldfashionedthanksgivingfun #beltonareamuseumassociation

11/12/2019

To all our veterans, we truly appreciate you. Thanks to Marshall Primary School for the great program yesterday.

Thanks to Melanie Kyle for teaching our recent wreath making class. Here are just a few pictures of the great work that ...
11/11/2019

Thanks to Melanie Kyle for teaching our recent wreath making class. Here are just a few pictures of the great work that was created. Update: due to deadline restraints, the candle making class has been canceled.

The Huguenot story is very interesting, and the blood of those brave souls who left everything in Europe for religious f...
11/04/2019

The Huguenot story is very interesting, and the blood of those brave souls who left everything in Europe for religious freedom in America courses through many a South Carolinian today. Dr. Tim Drake will share stories of their first settlements and the hardships they endured in the lowcountry wilderness during this presentation. Come learn more about the Huguenots of SC on Nov. 14, 2019, 7 pm at the historic Belton Train Depot. #huguenots #genealogy #tracingourroots #familytreesandme

Trick or Treat on Main Street (moved to the Belton Rec Center) was a hit, in spite of the rain! Thanks to our teen board...
11/01/2019

Trick or Treat on Main Street (moved to the Belton Rec Center) was a hit, in spite of the rain! Thanks to our teen board members for representing us so well!

Congratulations to the Washington Nationals, and most importantly to Belton's own successful coach/manager Matthew LeCro...
10/31/2019

Congratulations to the Washington Nationals, and most importantly to Belton's own successful coach/manager Matthew LeCroy (Holly Reid LeCroy). His 11 years with the Nationals organization has groomed players to obtain this great historical feat!

YOUR WASHINGTON NATIONALS ARE 2019 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS!

City of Belton South Carolina
10/31/2019

City of Belton South Carolina

**For Immediate Release**

In the event of rain on October 31st, Trick or Treat on the Square Event will be moved to the Belton Community and Recreation Center at 700 Blue Ridge Ave. The event will start at 5:30 and will last until approximately 7-7:30pm. Hopefully this will allow our community to still have a fun (candy-filled) Halloween! Any questions please contact Lori Maness at 617-9992 or call Belton City Hall at 338-7773.

Deadline to sign up for burlap wreath making class is this Friday, Nov. 1. The class will be held next Thursday, Nov. 7,...
10/31/2019

Deadline to sign up for burlap wreath making class is this Friday, Nov. 1. The class will be held next Thursday, Nov. 7, 6 pm at the historic Belton Train Depot and will be taught by talented Melanie Kyle. Sign up by calling 338-7400. #handmade #wreaths #holidays #betterinbelton

Last night's 3rd Annual Ghost Tour was a great success, thanks to the BHP Drama Club who made the stories come to life!
10/26/2019

Last night's 3rd Annual Ghost Tour was a great success, thanks to the BHP Drama Club who made the stories come to life!

10/24/2019
Anderson County, S.C.

Thanks, Anderson County!

Over 2,000 children enjoyed interactive and hands-on instruction in the skills and artistry of their ancestors showcased at the Belton Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival.

Weddings are better at the Historic Belton Train Depot. Check out dates, availability, and pricing for 2020! Congratulat...
10/19/2019

Weddings are better at the Historic Belton Train Depot. Check out dates, availability, and pricing for 2020! Congratulations, Mr. And Mrs. Dylan Fant! #weddingsatthedepot #weddingvenue #betterinbelton #rusticweddings

Wreath Making Class will be Thursday, Nov. 7, 6 pm at the historic Belton Train Depot and  taught by talented Melanie Ky...
10/19/2019

Wreath Making Class will be Thursday, Nov. 7, 6 pm at the historic Belton Train Depot and taught by talented Melanie Kyle. Sign up by calling 338-7400 during museum hours Wednesday thru Friday, 9 til 2, Saturday 10 til noon. #handmade #wreaths #holidays #betterinbelton

The deadline for the  soap making class is tomorrow. Taught by Dan and Isabel Boob of 5th Wheel Farm, the class is limit...
10/10/2019

The deadline for the soap making class is tomorrow. Taught by Dan and Isabel Boob of 5th Wheel Farm, the class is limited to 15 people, and cost is $20. Just a few more slots available for Thursday's class, Oct. 17. Call 338-7400 tomorrow between 9 and 2 to register! #handmade #betterinbelton #beltonareamuseumassociation #beltondepot #soapmakingclass

Thanks to the patronage of Randy Hovis of Waste Connections, councilman Ray Graham of Anderson County and Jane Mudd repr...
10/10/2019

Thanks to the patronage of Randy Hovis of Waste Connections, councilman Ray Graham of Anderson County and Jane Mudd representing Foothills Community Foundation who each gave checks to support this year's Heritage Days at the Depot. We could not provide quality programs for our community without this financial assistance. #wasteconnections #andersoncountysc #foothillscommunityfoundation #heritagedaysatthedepot

"Miss" Sara was a Belton treasure. If it was known, and even if sometimes a secret, she was keeper of the collective com...
10/10/2019
Obituary for Sara (Norris) Sharpe | Cox Funeral Home

"Miss" Sara was a Belton treasure. If it was known, and even if sometimes a secret, she was keeper of the collective community memory. Her vast knowledge, her gentle heart, her embracing love for all people, and her enthusiasm for life will be greatly missed. After each of our phone conversations, she always ended with "I love you, and thank you for what you do for Belton." 1000-fold I wish that back to her!!!

Obituary for Sara (Norris) Sharpe | Sara Norris Sharpe, 101, widow of James Floyd “Hawk” Sharpe of Belton died Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at her residence. ...

10/08/2019
Anderson County, S.C.

The Belton Area Museum Association hosted a Farm to Fork event that toured local farms and finished the day with SC's Chef Ambassador Heidi Trull of Grits and Groceries leading cooking demonstrations. Thanks to #happycowcreamery #possumkingdomkreamery #cityscapewinery #hurricanecreekfarms #callahamorchards #gritsandgroceries

The Belton Area Museum Association hosted a Farm to Fork event that toured local farms and finished the day with SC's Chef Ambassador Heidi Trull of Grits and Groceries leading cooking demonstrations.

Heritage Days at the Depot 2019 is history, literally! Thanks to all our presenters for a fabulous three days. Your posi...
10/06/2019

Heritage Days at the Depot 2019 is history, literally! Thanks to all our presenters for a fabulous three days. Your positivity, love for your craft, and grit in the face of adverse conditions truly blessed our community. Thank you, friends, for sharing your heritage skills and traditional arts to over 7000 people here in the upstate. #beltonstandpipeheritageandartsfestival #heritagedaysatthedepot #traditionalarts #heritageskills

It's festival day!  Come on out and enjoy the artisans at the Depot from 10:30 - 3:30 today.
10/05/2019

It's festival day! Come on out and enjoy the artisans at the Depot from 10:30 - 3:30 today.

It's festival day!!! Windy, but cool. Come on out today and enjoy the longest running fall festival in Anderson County!

Another scorcher, but a fantastic educational experience for over 700 area school children who came to today's 15th annu...
10/05/2019

Another scorcher, but a fantastic educational experience for over 700 area school children who came to today's 15th annual Heritage Days at the Depot, thanks to the dedicated artisans, amazing volunteers and museum staff, and most importantly our sponsors who fund this event for our community to enjoy: #beltonsc #asd2 #andersoncountysc #southcarolinaarts #schumanities #webbcraftfamilyfoundation #foothillscommunityfoundation #wasteconnections #darbymetalworks #commercialbank #chickfila #hardees #mcdonalds #samsclub #kfc #subway
#betterinbelton #beltonareamuseum

Festival Week! Combo Kings, Belton Depot, tonight, 6:30-9 pm. Come join us!
10/01/2019

Festival Week! Combo Kings, Belton Depot, tonight, 6:30-9 pm. Come join us!

Address

100 N Main St
Belton, SC
29627

General information

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

Telephone

(864) 338-7400

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The Faces of BAMA

Thousands of faces make up the above mosaic of the historic Belton Train Depot.

These faces mark the people who believe this museum, this historic place, is a special location for remembering the past, embracing the present, and celebrating the future.

Friends and family, yours included, join together for new experiences at this hometown landmark.

It is a place where people come together and share the treasure that is our heritage. It is a place where adults can hear and see time-honored traditions. It is a place where children experience the thrill of learning new concepts and old-time skills. It is a place where multi-generations share the common bonds of kinship and community. It is a place where everyone is welcome, everyone is important, and every story deserves to be heard.

Being a part of this museum means BAMA can continue to provide meaningful, inspiring experiences to you, your family, and thousands of other people who visit Belton.

Thank you for being among the faces of the museum.

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Belton parade 2019
Such a good event! The kids loved it!
Come on down today to shop and enjoy the holiday season in downtown Belton!
Please consider donating today of all days since Facebook will match all donations today only #givingTuesday.
BAMA will be giving out treats on the square. Come spook us tomorrow night!