Fountain Inn Museum

Fountain Inn Museum Fountain Inn History Museum is located in the upstate of SC. Our mission is to share and record our regional history in a "hands on" approach.
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Located in Southern Greenville County - Fountain Inn served as a stage coach stop during the first half of the 19th century before the emergence of the Charleston & Western Carolina Railroad. The History Museum is housed in a new 2200 square ft facility built like an old train depot right next to the RR line.

February 15, 1998, this day in History,  Dale Earnhardt Sr. wins his first Daytona 500.
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Dale Earnhardt Sr. wins his first Daytona 500

February 15, 1998, this day in History, Dale Earnhardt Sr. wins his first Daytona 500.

On February 15, 1998, after 20 years of trying, racing great Dale Earnhardt Sr. finally wins his first Daytona 500, the National Association for Stock Car Auto

February 14, 270, this day in History, St. Valentine was beheaded. Valentine, who was a holy priest in Rome in the days ...
02/14/2020
St. Valentine beheaded

February 14, 270, this day in History,
St. Valentine was beheaded.

Valentine, who was a holy priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II, was executed.

On February 14, around the year 270 A.D., Valentine, a holy priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II, was executed. Under the rule of Claudius the

February 13, 1920, this day in History, League of Nations recognizes perpetual Swiss neutrality.
02/13/2020
League of Nations recognizes perpetual Swiss neutrality

February 13, 1920, this day in History, League of Nations recognizes perpetual Swiss neutrality.

The League of Nations, the international organization formed at the peace conference at Versailles in the wake of World War I, recognizes the perpetual

February 12, 1973, this day in History, Release of U.S. POWs begins.
02/12/2020
Release of U.S. POWs begins

February 12, 1973, this day in History, Release of U.S. POWs begins.

The release of U.S. POWs begins in Hanoi as part of the Paris peace settlement. The return of U.S. POWs began when North Vietnam released 142 of 591 U.S.

February 11, 1990, this day in History, Nelson Mandela released from prison
02/11/2020
Nelson Mandela released from prison

February 11, 1990, this day in History, Nelson Mandela released from prison

Nelson Mandela, leader of the movement to end South African apartheid, is released from prison after 27 years on February 11, 1990. In 1944, Mandela, a lawyer,

February 10, 1996, this day in History, World chess champion Garry Kasparov loses game to computer.
02/10/2020
World chess champion Garry Kasparov loses game to computer

February 10, 1996, this day in History, World chess champion Garry Kasparov loses game to computer.

On February 10, 1996, after three hours, world chess champion Garry Kasparov loses the first game of a six-game match against Deep Blue, an IBM computer capable

February 09, 1971, this day in History, Satchel Paige nominated to Baseball Hall of Fame.
02/09/2020
Satchel Paige nominated to Baseball Hall of Fame

February 09, 1971, this day in History, Satchel Paige nominated to Baseball Hall of Fame.

On February 9, 1971, pitcher Leroy “Satchel” Paige becomes the first Negro League veteran to be nominated for the Baseball Hall of Fame. In August of that year,

February 08, 1968, this day in History, Three protestors die in the Orangeburg Massacre.
02/08/2020
Three protestors die in the Orangeburg Massacre

February 08, 1968, this day in History, Three protestors die in the Orangeburg Massacre.

On the night of February 8, 1968, police officers in Orangeburg, South Carolina open fire on a crowd of young people during a protest against racial

February 07, 1964, this day in History, The Beatles arrive in New York.
02/07/2020
Beatles arrive in New York

February 07, 1964, this day in History, The Beatles arrive in New York.

On February 7, 1964, Pan Am Yankee Clipper flight 101 from London Heathrow lands at New York’s Kennedy Airport—and “Beatlemania” arrives. It was the first visit

February 06, 1820, this day in History, Freed U.S. slaves depart on journey to Africa.
02/06/2020
Freed U.S. slaves depart on journey to Africa

February 06, 1820, this day in History, Freed U.S. slaves depart on journey to Africa.

The first organized immigration of freed slaves to Africa from the United States departs New York harbor on a journey to Freetown, Sierra Leone, in West Africa.

February 5, 1934, this  day in History, Henry Louis Aaron Jr., the baseball slugger who broke Babe Ruth’s legendary reco...
02/05/2020
Hank Aaron is born

February 5, 1934, this day in History, Henry Louis Aaron Jr., the baseball slugger who broke Babe Ruth’s legendary record of 714 homers, is born in Mobile, Alabama.

On February 5, 1934, Henry Louis Aaron Jr., the baseball slugger who broke Babe Ruth’s legendary record of 714 homers, is born in Mobile, Alabama. Aaron began

February 04, 1913, this day in History, Civil rights icon Rosa Parks is born.
02/04/2020
Civil rights icon Rosa Parks is born

February 04, 1913, this day in History, Civil rights icon Rosa Parks is born.

Rosa Louise McCauley—known to history by her married name, Rosa Parks—is born in Tuskegee, Alabama on February 4, 1913. A lifelong Civil Rights activist, Parks'

February 03, 1959, this day in History, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and “The Big Bopper” die in a plane crash."The Day t...
02/03/2020
Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and “The Big Bopper” die in a plane crash

February 03, 1959, this day in History, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and “The Big Bopper” die in a plane crash.

"The Day the Music Died".

Rising American rock stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson are killed when their chartered Beechcraft Bonanza plane crashes in

February 2, 1887, this  day in History,  Groundhog Day, featuring a rodent meteorologist, is celebrated for the first ti...
02/02/2020
First Groundhog Day

February 2, 1887, this day in History,
Groundhog Day, featuring a rodent meteorologist, is celebrated for the first time at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

On February 2, 1887, Groundhog Day, featuring a rodent meteorologist, is celebrated for the first time at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

January 31, 1865, this  day in History, the U.S. House of Representatives passes the 13th Amendment to the Constitution,...
01/31/2020
House passes the 13th Amendment

January 31, 1865, this day in History, the U.S. House of Representatives passes the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery in America.

On January 31, 1865, the U.S. House of Representatives passes the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery in America.The amendment read, “Neither

January 30, 1835, this  day in History,  Andrew Jackson becomes the first American president to experience an assassinat...
01/30/2020
Andrew Jackson narrowly escapes assassination

January 30, 1835, this day in History,
Andrew Jackson becomes the first American president to experience an assassination attempt.

On January 30, 1835, Andrew Jackson becomes the first American president to experience an assassination attempt. Richard Lawrence, an unemployed house painter,

January 29, 1977, this day in History,  the mini series "Roots" premieres on television.
01/29/2020

January 29, 1977, this day in History, the mini series
"Roots" premieres on television.

January 28, 1986, this day in History, The space shuttle Challenger explodes after liftoff.
01/28/2020
The space shuttle Challenger explodes after liftoff

January 28, 1986, this day in History, The space shuttle Challenger explodes after liftoff.

At 11:38 a.m. EST, on January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and Christa McAuliffe is on her way to becoming the

January 27, 1945, this day in History, Auschwitz is liberated.
01/27/2020
Auschwitz is liberated

January 27, 1945, this day in History,
Auschwitz is liberated.

On January 27, 1945, Soviet troops enter Auschwitz, Poland, freeing the survivors of the network of concentration camps—and finally revealing to the world the

January 26, 1945, this day in History, the most Decorated U.S. soldier of WWII,  Audie Murphy, is wounded.
01/26/2020
Audie Murphy’s World War II Heroics, 70 Years Ago

January 26, 1945, this day in History, the most Decorated U.S. soldier of WWII, Audie Murphy, is wounded.

Seventy years after U.S. soldier Audie Murphy went “To Hell and Back” and earned the Medal of Honor, learn the story behind one of the most astonishing battlefield actions of World War II.

Who wants to guess what this is?  I will post the correct answer next Saturday.
01/25/2020

Who wants to guess what this is? I will post the correct answer next Saturday.

January 25, 1924, this day in History, the First Winter Olympics take place.
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First Winter Olympics

January 25, 1924, this day in History, the
First Winter Olympics take place.

On January 25, 1924, the first Winter Olympics take off in style at Chamonix in the French Alps. Spectators were thrilled by the ski jump and bobsled as well as

January 24, 1781, this day in History, Light Horse and Swamp Fox raid Georgetown, South Carolina
01/24/2020
Light Horse and Swamp Fox raid Georgetown, South Carolina

January 24, 1781, this day in History, Light Horse and Swamp Fox raid Georgetown, South Carolina

On January 24, 1781, Patriot commanders Lieutenant Colonel Light Horse Henry Lee and Brigadier General Francis Swamp Fox Marion of the South Carolina militia

New ExhibitA 50 Year RetrospectiveEurope in PhotographsA street photographer's perspective yields a unique view of Europ...
01/23/2020

New Exhibit
A 50 Year Retrospective
Europe in Photographs

A street photographer's perspective yields a unique view of European
cultural changes. Photographer Don Nickson catches both the whimsical and
the serious sides of everyday life. Museum hours: 1 - 6 PM Thursday and
Friday, 9 AM - 2 PM Saturday. Free Admission.

January 22, 1998, this day in History, Ted Kaczynski (Unabomber) pleads guilty to bombings.
01/22/2020
Ted Kaczynski pleads guilty to bombings

January 22, 1998, this day in History, Ted Kaczynski (Unabomber) pleads guilty to bombings.

In a Sacramento, California, courtroom, Theodore J. Kaczynski pleads guilty to all federal charges against him, acknowledging his responsibility for a 17-year

January 21, 1793, this day in History,  One day after being convicted of conspiracy with foreign powers and sentenced to...
01/21/2020
King Louis XVI executed

January 21, 1793, this day in History, One day after being convicted of conspiracy with foreign powers and sentenced to death by the French National Convention, King Louis XVI is executed by guillotine in the Place de la Revolution in Paris.

One day after being convicted of conspiracy with foreign powers and sentenced to death by the French National Convention, King Louis XVI is executed by

January 20, 1981, this day in History,  Iran Hostage Crisis ends.
01/20/2020
Iran Hostage Crisis ends

January 20, 1981, this day in History, Iran Hostage Crisis ends.

Minutes after Ronald Reagan’s inauguration as the 40th president of the United States, the 52 U.S. captives held at the U.S. embassy in Teheran, Iran, are

On January 19, 1809, this  day in History, poet, author and literary critic Edgar Allan Poe is born in Boston, Massachus...
01/19/2020
Edgar Allan Poe is born

On January 19, 1809, this day in History, poet, author and literary critic Edgar Allan Poe is born in Boston, Massachusetts.

On January 19, 1809, poet, author and literary critic Edgar Allan Poe is born in Boston, Massachusetts. By the time he was three years old, both of Poe’s

January 18, 1778, this day in History, Captain Cook reaches Hawaii.
01/18/2020
Captain Cook reaches Hawaii

January 18, 1778, this day in History, Captain Cook reaches Hawaii.

On January 18, 1778, the English explorer Captain James Cook becomes the first European to travel to the Hawaiian Islands when he sails past the island of Oahu.

January 17, 1781, this day in History, the Battle of Cowpens, South Carolina.
01/17/2020
Battle of Cowpens, South Carolina

January 17, 1781, this day in History, the Battle of Cowpens, South Carolina.

Relying upon strategic creativity, Brigadier General Daniel Morgan and a mixed Patriot force rout British Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton and a group of

January 16, 1919, this day in History, Prohibition is ratified by the states.
01/16/2020
Prohibition is ratified by the states

January 16, 1919, this day in History, Prohibition is ratified by the states.

The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, prohibiting the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes,” is ratified

January 15, 1929, this day in History, Martin Luther King, Jr. born.
01/15/2020
Martin Luther King, Jr. born

January 15, 1929, this day in History, Martin Luther King, Jr. born.

On January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. is born in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of a Baptist minister. King received a doctorate degree in theology and in

January 13, 1968, this day in History, Johnny Cash performs at Folsom Prison.
01/13/2020
Johnny Cash performs at Folsom Prison

January 13, 1968, this day in History, Johnny Cash performs at Folsom Prison.

In the midst of depression and a steep decline in his musical career, legendary country singer Johnny Cash arrives to play for inmates at California's Folsom

January 13, 1968, this day in History, Johnny Cash performs at Folsom Prison
01/13/2020
Johnny Cash performs at Folsom Prison

January 13, 1968, this day in History, Johnny Cash performs at Folsom Prison

In the midst of depression and a steep decline in his musical career, legendary country singer Johnny Cash arrives to play for inmates at California's Folsom

January 12, 1932,this day  in History, Hattie Wyatt Caraway becomes first woman elected to U.S. Senate.
01/12/2020
Hattie Wyatt Caraway becomes first woman elected to U.S. Senate

January 12, 1932,this day in History, Hattie Wyatt Caraway becomes first woman elected to U.S. Senate.

Hattie Ophelia Wyatt Caraway, a Democrat from Arkansas, becomes the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate. Caraway, born near Bakerville, Tennessee, had

January 10, 1843, this day in History, Franklin James, the lesser-known older brother of Jesse, is born in Clay County, ...
01/10/2020
Outlaw Frank James born in Missouri

January 10, 1843, this day in History, Franklin James, the lesser-known older brother of Jesse, is born in Clay County, Missouri.

Franklin James, the lesser-known older brother of Jesse, is born in Clay County, Missouri. Frank and Jesse James were both legends in their own time, though

January 9, 2007, this day in History, Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs unveils the iPhone.
01/09/2020
Steve Jobs debuts the iPhone

January 9, 2007, this day in History, Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs unveils the iPhone.

On January 9, 2007, Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs unveils the iPhone—a touchscreen mobile phone with an iPod, camera and Web-browsing capabilities, among other

January 08, 1867, this day in History, African American men gain the right to vote in Washington, D.C.
01/08/2020
African American men gain the right to vote in Washington, D.C.

January 08, 1867, this day in History, African American men gain the right to vote in Washington, D.C.

On January 8, 1867, African American men gain the right to vote in the District of Columbia despite the veto of its most powerful resident, President Andrew

January 7, 1955, this day in History,  Marian Anderson became the first African American to perform with the New York Me...
01/07/2020
Marian Anderson

January 7, 1955, this day in History, Marian Anderson became the first African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera.

Deemed one of the finest contraltos of her time, Marian Anderson became the first African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1955.

January 06, 1838, this day in History, Samuel Morse demonstrates the telegraph.
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Samuel Morse demonstrates the telegraph

January 06, 1838, this day in History, Samuel Morse demonstrates the telegraph.

On January 6, 1838, Samuel Morse’s telegraph system is demonstrated for the first time at the Speedwell Iron Works in Morristown, New Jersey. The telegraph, a

January 05, 1920, this day in History, New York Yankees announce purchase of Babe Ruth (The Bambino).
01/05/2020
New York Yankees announce purchase of Babe Ruth

January 05, 1920, this day in History, New York Yankees announce purchase of Babe Ruth (The Bambino).

On January 5, 1920, the New York Yankees major league baseball club announces its purchase of the heavy-hitting outfielder George Herman “Babe” Ruth from the

For fun, who knows what this is?  I will post the correct answer next Saturday.
01/04/2020

For fun, who knows what this is? I will post the correct answer next Saturday.

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102 Depot St
Fountain Inn, SC
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Thursday 13:00 - 18:00
Friday 13:00 - 18:00
Saturday 09:00 - 14:00

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Where are the 3 South Carolina Historical Markers in Fountain Inn?
My Great Great Grandfather Andrew Jackson Brown's (1816-1901) restored 1844 Griswold cotton gin is on display at Fountain Inn Museum. Attached is a photo of his personal property as provided for probate purposes. Note that of the total of $72.50, $30.00 was the value of his cotton gin.
If you did not make it to the Museum Gala last night, you really missed a great time of fun, food, fellowship! Cucina 100 did an excellent job of low country boil....Auction was so much fun! We are already working on next year's Gala! Make plans N O W !
Thanks Kitcy, would love to see it.
Congratulations Randall Frye!