Easley Area Museum

Easley Area Museum The Easley Area Museum is a non-profit museum located in historic downtown Easley, SC.
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Easley Area Museum's cover photo
11/12/2019

Easley Area Museum's cover photo

10/30/2019

Ghost Tour Weather Update:
With nasty weather in the forecast for both Wednesday and Thursday evenings (30th and 31st October), we will be rescheduling ghost tours scheduled for these nights. We will be in touch with ticket-holders later today to find times that work best for you. 👻 ☔️ 👻 ☔️

We are excited to announce our first round of Ghost Tours for 2019!Tour Dates:Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 (8:30 p.m.)T...
10/11/2019

We are excited to announce our first round of Ghost Tours for 2019!

Tour Dates:
Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 (8:30 p.m.)
Thursday, October 31, 2019 (8:30 p.m.)
Friday, November 1, 2019 (8:30 p.m.)

Tours are $8 per person and are being sold in person at Easley Area Museum on a first come, first served basis during our normal business hours only (1:00-5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday) EAM accepts cash and checks only.

***We cannot reserve tour spots via Facebook or Messenger.***

We may schedule additional tours as needed depending on demand.

Easley Area Museum Easley Downtown Business Association Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce

A big thanks to everyone who came out for our 2nd annual Low Country Boil fundraiser event!  Special thanks to Easley Co...
10/04/2019

A big thanks to everyone who came out for our 2nd annual Low Country Boil fundraiser event! Special thanks to Easley Combined Utilities for sponsoring the event, and to everyone who volunteered their time to make it a wonderful evening!

A big thanks to everyone who came out for our 2nd annual Low Country Boil fundraiser event! Special thanks to Easley Combined Utilities for sponsoring the event, and to everyone who volunteered their time to make it a wonderful evening!

It may still feel like summer outside, but it’s starting to look like Halloween at Easley Area Museum! We’re excited to ...
09/30/2019

It may still feel like summer outside, but it’s starting to look like Halloween at Easley Area Museum!

We’re excited to display this fun collection of antique and vintage Halloween decor in our entrance hall through the end of October. 🎃

In 1792, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney deeded 60 acres of land in the South Carolina upcountry to the commissioners of the...
09/27/2019

In 1792, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney deeded 60 acres of land in the South Carolina upcountry to the commissioners of the newly created Washington District (which encompassed the majority of modern Pickens, Oconee, and Anderson, Counties, and the western edge of Greenville County). The site became the home of the short-lived courthouse town of Pickensville, now encompassed within the south side of the City of Easley, South Carolina.

One of the leading families of colonial South Carolina and the early republic, the Pinckneys of Charleston were witnesses to—and often active participants in—many of the defining customs and transforming events of the early national South.

With support from the NHPRC, the Papers of the Revolutionary Era Pinckney Statesmen focuses on three members of the Pinckney family who participated as military, political, diplomatic, and economic leaders in South Carolina and the nation during and after the American Revolution: brothers Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (1746–1825) and Thomas Pinckney (1750–1828) and their cousin Charles Pinckney (1757–1824). The Pinckney men were members of closely interrelated South Carolina coastal planter and merchant families that historian George Rogers has described as a "vast cousinage."

All served as officers in the American Revolution, as state and national political leaders in the creation of an independent United States, as key figures in the post-independence emergence of the first political party system in the South, as diplomats in important posts (London, Paris, and Madrid) in the development of early national foreign relations, and as distinguished national political and military leaders in the early national period. Charles Cotesworth Pinckney was also twice nominated by the Federalist Party (1804, 1808) as its presidential nominee. Thomas served as Governor of South Carolina and was a Federalist candidate for president in 1796. Cousin Charles also served as Governor of South Carolina, as well as the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

You can find out more about the Pinckney Papers project at https://www.sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/artsandsciences/history/research/pinkney_papers_projects/. A digital edition, Eventually comprising over 3,000 documents, will be fully searchable and interoperable with the other titles in Rotunda’s American Founding Era collection and includes the complete contents of the previously released The Papers of Eliza Lucas Pinckney and Harriott Pinckney Horry.

You can check out their progress on Rotunda at https://rotunda.upress.virginia.edu/founders/PNKY.html

09/17/2019

After much wailing and gnashing of teeth, our 1822 Welsh tall case clock is working!

It's #ThrowbackThursday! Today we look back to the early days of public education in Easley. Privately funded day school...
08/29/2019

It's #ThrowbackThursday! Today we look back to the early days of public education in Easley. Privately funded day schools had been present in the Easley area since the Pickensville-era, well before present Easley was developed. However, by the time Easley was chartered in 1874, Rev. Charles Robinson was teaching a school in the Mount Olivet Methodist Episcopal Church building (now Easley First United Methodist Church) in Easley's developing downtown. Two years later, the citizens of Easley constructed the town's first proper schoolhouse, the "Easley Academy." However, it was short-lived and was replaced with a more substantial two-story building in 1880. By the mid-1890's, the Easley school had adopted the graded system whereby students were divided into grade-levels based on age and ability. From this point, the Academy name was dropped in favor of the Easley Graded School. As Easley expanded at the turn of the twentieth century, so too did its academic buildings. In 1903 construction began on a new Easley Graded School at the corner of Main and Russell Streets. This new brick building, designed by Avery Carter of Spartanburg, was the most substantial public building constructed in Easley up to that time. The site of the 1903 Easley Graded School is now home to the 1940 U.S. Post Office, next door to Joe's Ice Cream Parlor.

To be continued....

City of Easley, South Carolina; Easley Downtown Business Association; Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce

With students back in school this week, we thought we’d share this cool early 1990’s aerial photograph  of Easley High S...
08/23/2019

With students back in school this week, we thought we’d share this cool early 1990’s aerial photograph of Easley High School (now home of Gettys Middle School).

Easley Area Museum's cover photo
08/21/2019

Easley Area Museum's cover photo

We're working with a company in Georgia to restore an old "Tin Lizzie" parade car that was owned by Enoch Pepper of Pepp...
06/12/2019

We're working with a company in Georgia to restore an old "Tin Lizzie" parade car that was owned by Enoch Pepper of Pepper's Feed Seed and Hardware. It was made in McDonough, GA, in the late 1950s or early 1960s. This is one of the older ones because it has wheels with wooden spokes. One is badly damaged and will be perhaps the biggest challenge in the restoration process. It's been stored in a warehouse in downtown Easley for about 40 years. Once restored, the car will be on display at the Museum and hopefully used in the Easley Christmas Parade, etc. The restoration is expected to be completed by December.
Here are some "before" photos.

A fun “Night at the Museum!” Thanks to Joanna and Bill Griese for hosting eight of their friends at the museum tonight! ...
06/01/2019

A fun “Night at the Museum!” Thanks to Joanna and Bill Griese for hosting eight of their friends at the museum tonight! They had a private tour of our collections, some food and beverages and a walking tour though downtown Easley, led by our resident historian Chad Stewart. It was a great way to spend a Friday in Easley!

Do you have any vintage Easley Green Wave memorabilia hiding in the attic?
03/13/2019

Do you have any vintage Easley Green Wave memorabilia hiding in the attic?

12/17/2018
A little bit of Easley history came back to life today. The “E” from the floor of the 1939 gym at the old EHS has been i...
12/14/2018

A little bit of Easley history came back to life today. The “E” from the floor of the 1939 gym at the old EHS has been installed in the lobby of the new school.

We have good news! We have rescheduled our annual Christmas by Candlelight for Thursday, December 20, 2018, at 5:30-7:30...
12/13/2018

We have good news! We have rescheduled our annual Christmas by Candlelight for Thursday, December 20, 2018, at 5:30-7:30 p.m. This was originally scheduled for 12/8 but had to be rescheduled because of inclement weather.

Please stop in and enjoy some hot wassail, Christmas treats, and a healthy dose of some local Christmas cheer!

Admission is free (but donations are welcome). 🎄

City of Easley, South Carolina
12/10/2018

City of Easley, South Carolina

Easley is looking like a winter wonderland ❄️

Since the weather is now predicted to deteriorate earlier in the day than initially expected, the Easley Christmas Parad...
12/08/2018

Since the weather is now predicted to deteriorate earlier in the day than initially expected, the Easley Christmas Parade of Lights has been cancelled. EAM will also be rescheduling Christmas by Candlelight for a later date. Please be safe this weekend.

12/07/2018
Christmastime at Tiny Town

Does everyone know about Easley's famous folk Christmas attraction, Tiny Town? This vintage video sheds light on its creators and the story behind the lilliputian community that comes to life every December.

(Thanks to Vince Ducker for the wonderful video.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5u-nSeZRnz4

A family tradition celebrating Christmas every year by sharing Tiny Town with the community. This is a small village with stores, dolls, houses, and much mor...

As the Nation mourns the loss of its 41st President, George H.W. Bush, we look back to his 1988 visit to Easley--specifi...
12/03/2018

As the Nation mourns the loss of its 41st President, George H.W. Bush, we look back to his 1988 visit to Easley--specifically Buck's Drive-In--with Governor Carroll Campbell. (Greenville News, 26 February 1988).

It’s #ThrowbackThursday once again! This lighted Santa Claus (c. 1968) is owned by one of our board members and was orig...
11/29/2018

It’s #ThrowbackThursday once again! This lighted Santa Claus (c. 1968) is owned by one of our board members and was originally purchased from Winfield’s Department Store in downtown Easley. Do you still have any vintage Christmas treasures purchased in Easley, or photographs of old Easley stores at Christmas? Please share them in the comments!

City of Easley, South Carolina; Easley Downtown Business Association

Happy Thanksgiving, Easley!
11/22/2018

Happy Thanksgiving, Easley!

EAM thanks the wonderful volunteers who help bring Christmas magic to our little corner of Pendleton Street! 🎄
11/14/2018

EAM thanks the wonderful volunteers who help bring Christmas magic to our little corner of Pendleton Street! 🎄

Our mid-century tree is a guest favorite. It features old fashioned multi-colored lights, bubble lights, and glass ornam...
11/09/2018

Our mid-century tree is a guest favorite. It features old fashioned multi-colored lights, bubble lights, and glass ornaments dating from the 1940’s through the 1960’s.

This mantel features reproductions of patriotic Christmas cards from the World War II era.
11/09/2018

This mantel features reproductions of patriotic Christmas cards from the World War II era.

Gettys Middle School
11/08/2018

Gettys Middle School

We are excited to invite you to a historic evening tonight as our football team honors Easley Junior High School, Clearview-Simpson School, and the 30th anniversary of EJHS’ undefeated championship team of 1988. Regular adult admission is $5 and GMS student prices for this game will fall back to 1988 prices and be $1. Game time is 6 PM. We hope to see you there!

GMS would like to thank Easley High School’s National Junior Honor Society and Sonya Boyles for their support of our Easley Junior High School’s tribute uniform that we will wear tonight at 6pm at EHS. We will look to close out our final football game of 2018 against Glenview and another Gettys Championship year! We could not honor our history without this tremendous support from Easley High!

Congratulations to Head Coach Twon Austin (#63 in '88!), Coach Adams, Coach Hemingway, Coach Blassingame, Coach Ferguson, Coach Williams, Coach Hagood, and Coach Brooks on an outstanding season. Thanks for all of your support in producing Gettys Greatness!

So it begins.....
11/07/2018

So it begins.....

Easley Area Museum's cover photo
11/03/2018

Easley Area Museum's cover photo

Easley Area Museum's cover photo
10/20/2018

Easley Area Museum's cover photo

It’s starting to look like Halloween at Easley Area Museum! We’re displaying a local collection of Halloween memorabilia...
10/13/2018

It’s starting to look like Halloween at Easley Area Museum! We’re displaying a local collection of Halloween memorabilia with examples dating from the 1930’s through the 1970’s.

10/10/2018

Because of expected rain and wind, our Lowcountry Boil and Backyard Party Fundraiser has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 18th at 6:30 pm ... same time, same place.
We have had a wonderful response and we hope you'll join us on the 18th!

Join us on October 11 (moved to OCTOBER 18) for our first FUNDRAISER - a lowcountry boil and backyard party! There will ...
09/21/2018

Join us on October 11 (moved to OCTOBER 18) for our first FUNDRAISER - a lowcountry boil and backyard party! There will be food, drinks, live music, a silent auction and more! Call to reserve your spot now! 864.380.2050

It's #ThrowbackThursday! Today we take a look back at downtown Easley's first church, First United Methodist Church. The...
09/20/2018

It's #ThrowbackThursday! Today we take a look back at downtown Easley's first church, First United Methodist Church.

The first church in the area of what would eventually become downtown Easley was the Mount Olivet Methodist Episcopal Church. The congregation, which was chartered in 1847, took its name from the Methodist-Episcopal meeting ground just north of Pickensville called Mount Olivet (present West View Cemetery) where camp meetings were held throughout the year. The church's first structure was a brush arbor which was replaced in 1878 by a substantial wood-frame church with steeple. The new building was made possible by a settlement reached between the congregation and the railroad, which had illegally made a deep cut through Mount Olivet hill while creating the main rail-line in the early 1870's. (You can still see this troublesome cut in the hill across the street from the Colony Theater.)

With the creation of Easley in the 1870's, the church grew and eventually changed its name to First Methodist Church of Easley to distinguish itself from other Methodist churches in the region. By the late 1920's the congregation had grown tired of holding services in such close proximity to passing trains and purchased property to the south on West First Avenue. A new church was complete by 1930 after which time the original Mount Olivet property was sold to the City of Easley. Although the original church building is gone, the churchyard survives as West View Cemetery.

The West First Avenue property was expanded in 1955, and again in 1961, at which time the present sanctuary was completed. The present church was designed by Henry McDonald, an architect from Brevard, North Carolina. FUMC completed an extensive renovation of the church in 2017.

Easley First United Methodist Church; Easley Downtown Business Association; You know you're from Easley, SC when...

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So far, we have featured Easley's three "First" churches on Throwback Thursday. If you have historic photographs and information for other Easley churches, send us the info and you may see them featured in the future!

It's #ThrowbackThursday! Today we look back at some of Easley's early postal workers. This image from the 1910's shows A...
09/13/2018

It's #ThrowbackThursday! Today we look back at some of Easley's early postal workers. This image from the 1910's shows A.G. King, postmaster, at left, and John Ragsdale inside the rural delivery wagon at right. There has been an active U.S. Post Office in the Easley area since Pickensville was granted one on April 1, 1795! The Pickensville office was officially transferred a few miles north to the young town of Easley on October 11, 1875. US Postal Service; Easley Downtown Business Association; #LocalHistory; #Easley

Easley Rotary Club
09/12/2018

Easley Rotary Club

A single white rose adorned the place where Easley’s Gentleman, Rotarian Alfred B. Robinson, usually sat during Easley Rotary Club meetings. Mr. Robinson , who passed away September 10, 2018, was a member of Easley Rotary Club for 68 years. Fellow Rotary members have been asked to serve as Honorary Pallbearers for this gentleman known to many as “Mr. Alf.” http://hosting-15913.tributes.com/obituary/show/Alfred-Burgess-Robinson-106412368?f_e=1

It's #ThrowbackThursday! Today we're taking a look back at one of Easley's most iconic traditions, the Easley High Schoo...
09/06/2018

It's #ThrowbackThursday! Today we're taking a look back at one of Easley's most iconic traditions, the Easley High School bell.

Below is an article about the history of the bell that ran in souvenir Green Wave Football programs in 2012.

Easley High School; Easley First United Methodist Church; City of Easley, South Carolina; Downtown Easley Ehs Gameday

Easley Area Museum
08/12/2018

Easley Area Museum

Today we remember the life of an Easley legend, Joe Lesley, owner of Joe's - the Easley Ice Cream Parlor.

Joe met no stranger and he was a master at remembering the names and family relationships of everyone who crossed the doorstep of his ice cream parlor. His personality and that of his family set the atmosphere for the whole establishment. Over nearly half a century their place of business evolved into Easley’s collective kitchen table where family, old friends, new friends, and strangers gathered to grab lunch and fellowship in the shadow of old photographs and mementos from the city’s past—an atmosphere that can’t be bought or replicated.

After a visit or two to the humble little brick building on Main Street everyone there knew your name and most likely how you prefer your iced tea which was often ready by the time you found a table. Within a few weeks it’s likely you would be stuck—or blessed depending on your outlook—with a new nickname for use while there. Joe had a particular way with kids; he loved them and they loved him back. The countless children led to the ice cream counter over the past four decades by Papa Joe are now lifelong customers. Joe could be depended on for a handshake, a comforting hug, and genuine concern for you and your family. He was a big guy who was unafraid to say “I love you” out loud and mean it. When a member of his family-of-regulars was going through one of life’s trials, he would be one of the first to call to offer a few words of support.

Joe’s success in business didn’t result from a secret chili recipe (although I’m sure it didn’t hurt) but was instead the result of the way he treated people—each man, woman, and child who sat down in the booths at Joe’s soon became a family friend. Joe was special, a man who made his community and the people in it better. He went about life with a special brand of genuineness all his own. In a world dominated by political, social, and religious divisions, personalities like Joe Lesley are rare. Easley is a better place because he was here.

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201 S. Pendleton Street
Easley, SC
29640

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Saturday 13:00 - 17:00
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00

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