Pendleton Historic Foundation

Pendleton Historic Foundation The Pendleton Historic Foundation preserves and restores two historic properties in Pendleton, South Carolina: Woodburn and Ashtabula. The Pendleton Historic Foundation [PHF] was founded in 1960’s to ensure the preservation of Woodburn Historic House.
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While the funds were being raised to restore Woodburn, the Mead Paper Company donated Ashtabula Historic House and an additional 10 acres of land to the Foundation, similarly ensuring its preservation for future generations. As a result of these efforts, PHF now owns and operates two of the Upcountry’s largest homes as historical museums for the enjoyment and educational needs of our community. Come experience the buildings, the artifacts, and the memories they’ve left behind at these two unique historic sites. We also host free and low-priced special events! Lectures, kid-friendly presentations, and more are held on-site year round, so "Like" us to keep up with our educational programs! Call us at (864) 646-7249 to learn more, or visit our website www.pendletonhistoricfoundation.org. --- Ashtabula and Woodburn are open to the public by reservation only during the spread of COVID-19. Call (864) 646-7249 to reserve your tour time for any Sunday in the coming months; Please allow a few days between your booking call and your tour date to insure a tour guide. Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for students, $3 for kids ages 6-14, and children under 5 are admitted free. Prepayment is required via credit card to limit cash-handling and a face mask should be worn at all times for the safety of our guests and volunteers. --- Directions to Ashtabula: 2725 Old Greenville Hwy, Central, SC 29630 From I-85, take exit 19B (US76). Turn onto US76 N towards Clemson and Pendleton. Continue for approximately 8 miles to the intersection with Bus. SC 28. There will be a traffic light at this intersection and a shopping center. Turn right onto Bus. SC 28 (Mechanic St). and continue on Mechanic St. for approximately one mile to the Pendleton town square. At the traffic light on the town square, turn right onto SC 88 (E. Queen St.) and follow signs for SC 88 (Greenville St.) and Ashtabula. The gate to Ashtabula will be on the left approximately 3 miles from town square. Directions to Woodburn: 130 History Lane, Pendleton, SC 29670 From I-85, take exit 19B (US76). Continue for approximately 9 miles to the traffic light at Woodburn Rd. The campus of Tri-County Technical College will be on the right. Turn left at this intersection, and look for the sign for Woodburn at the corner after turning across US76. The large sign marks the entrance to History Lane. Turn right onto History Lane and continue to the end where the gate of Woodburn is located.

Open with service changes

08/29/2020
August's Concert on the Green

Please enjoy our first of three Concerts on the Green from wherever you are! Featuring Ella & Mary and Amongst the Trees.
Our next shows are September 26th and October 31st! These events are free to attend, socially distant, and masks are encouraged!

Did you know that PayPal has a monthly donation option? You can support the Pendleton Historic Foundation at any amount,...
08/24/2020

Did you know that PayPal has a monthly donation option? You can support the Pendleton Historic Foundation at any amount, once a month, for as long as you like!

Visit pendletonhhistoricfoundation.org and use the yellow Donate button to get started.

The Pendleton Historic Foundation is the Community Bag this month at Bi-Lo!Drop by the Pendleton location today and show...
08/19/2020

The Pendleton Historic Foundation is the Community Bag this month at Bi-Lo!
Drop by the Pendleton location today and show your support by purchasing one of these floral, reusable bags! ♻️🌸

It's here! It's here!🧵Our #custom PHF logo #fabric is HERE! In partnership with our friends at Village Alterations in #P...
08/10/2020

It's here! It's here!
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Our #custom PHF logo #fabric is HERE! In partnership with our friends at Village Alterations in #Pendleton, we're now offering branded #facemasks! #membersonly
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Would you like a #free #mask that supports the work of the #pendletonhistoricfoundation? Become a member today! Find out how at pendletonhistoricfoundation.org/become-a-member

Ashtabula Historic House
07/29/2020

Ashtabula Historic House

The mowers are cooling down after a warm days work at Ashtabula. Come see our gorgeous rolling acres for yourself. Call (864) 646-7249 to reserve your tour time today!

Another beautiful day at Woodburn Historic House. Call us today to book a tour of our newly repainted home.(864) 646-724...
07/29/2020

Another beautiful day at Woodburn Historic House. Call us today to book a tour of our newly repainted home.

(864) 646-7249

Pendleton Historic Foundation
06/29/2020

Pendleton Historic Foundation

Woodburn's repaint is nearly finished and we're OPEN for tours by reservation!
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Call (864) 646-7249 today to schedule a tour of the home and grounds!

Woodburn's repaint is nearly finished and we're OPEN for tours by reservation!▪️Call (864) 646-7249 today to schedule a ...
06/29/2020

Woodburn's repaint is nearly finished and we're OPEN for tours by reservation!
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Call (864) 646-7249 today to schedule a tour of the home and grounds!

We celebrated our first wedding of the year Woodburn Historic House this weekend!If you or someone you know would like t...
06/22/2020

We celebrated our first wedding of the year Woodburn Historic House this weekend!

If you or someone you know would like to tour the site and book the grounds for an event of your own, give us a call!

You can reach our coordinator at (864) 650-0003 or our office at (864) 646-7249.

Join us as Woodburn undergoes all of the amazing repairs and changes we've got planned!We are open for tours by reservat...
06/09/2020

Join us as Woodburn undergoes all of the amazing repairs and changes we've got planned!

We are open for tours by reservation and if you'd like an inside look at restoration, please give us a call at (864) 646-7249.

05/27/2020

Remember, PHF is a registered recipient of AmazonSmile contributions! So while you're shopping online, consider rounding up your purchase total to support educational programming at Ashtabula and Woodburn.

05/26/2020
Rick Owens Historic Paint Colors

In honor of National Preservation Month, we invited preservationist and PHF board member Rick Owens to tell you more about our traditional paint colors. #thisplacematters
Stay tuned here for more fun videos and progress reports about Woodburn's 2020 restoration.

We rehomed our bees just before the rain came down! 🐝🍯 Good luck little guys! Thank you for visiting Woodburn! 🍯🐝
05/22/2020

We rehomed our bees just before the rain came down! 🐝🍯 Good luck little guys! Thank you for visiting Woodburn! 🍯🐝

We've put a beautiful mahogany finish on the front door of Woodburn based on our recent paint analysis.We cannot wait to...
05/21/2020

We've put a beautiful mahogany finish on the front door of Woodburn based on our recent paint analysis.

We cannot wait to welcome you back to see it in the coming weeks!

05/18/2020
Powell & the Pocket Watch

Here's Powell with a "small world" story that you won't believe!
Stay tuned here for more videos each week from PHF's historic homes.

The painting at Woodburn is coming along beautifully! Remember to Follow PHF on Facebook to continue seeing our home upd...
05/13/2020

The painting at Woodburn is coming along beautifully!
Remember to Follow PHF on Facebook to continue seeing our home updates!

05/11/2020
Jordan and the WBN Medicine Box

Join our team of PHF staffers and volunteers on mini-tours through Woodburn all month! This time, it's Jordan with an intersting story about minding your P's & Q's.

The Pendleton Historic Foundation is thrilled to announce a BIG change at Woodburn Historic House:According to a recent ...
05/01/2020

The Pendleton Historic Foundation is thrilled to announce a BIG change at Woodburn Historic House:

According to a recent paint analysis, we've uncovered some of Woodburn's historic colors! [The sample is featured below.] Our team will be repainting the whole house for a more accurate interpretation of the site!

In the future, when it becomes safer to gather, we would love for you to come by and see Woodburn as you've never seen it before! Please stay tuned here for our progress and our tour dates.

04/05/2020

Today was the original date for the 2nd annual "Jazz Brunch!" at Woodburn to benefit the Pendleton Historic Foundation.
The brunch will be held at a later date and will still feature Pendleton’s own Dean Pratt and friends. Check out his page
and be amazed by this transplanted talent! We are so lucky to have him among us!

Stay safe and stay positive.There are businesses, run by good people, out there who can be here for you both in your tim...
03/26/2020

Stay safe and stay positive.
There are businesses, run by good people, out there who can be here for you both in your time of need.

please share & tag anyone who may be in need in this time. 💗

When we get through this, we are going to need you!
03/26/2020

When we get through this, we are going to need you!

We want YOU to become a PHF Tour Guide!

No experience needed, we'll teach you everything you need to lead a top-notch tour. Please call (864) 646-7249 if you'd like to know more or visit our website www.pendletonhistoricfoundation.org/volunteer.

Rearranging your wedding plans?Woodburn Historic House is a beautiful and unique venue with openings this summer and fal...
03/25/2020
Events & Weddings

Rearranging your wedding plans?

Woodburn Historic House is a beautiful and unique venue with openings this summer and fall!

Give us a call today to ask about our event package or visit our website to learn more https://www.pendletonhistoricfoundation.org/events-weddings/

From April through October, the grounds of Woodburn and Ashtabula are available for rental for a minimum of 3 hours and up to 8 continuous hours per day.

Friend of the Foundation, Dean Pratt will be performing this Friday at Viva Wine Bar in Pendleton.You can also catch Dea...
02/26/2020

Friend of the Foundation, Dean Pratt will be performing this Friday at Viva Wine Bar in Pendleton.

You can also catch Dean at our Jazz Brunch this April. For more information, visit www.pendletonhistoricfoundation.org/event-calendar.

Thrilled to have Dean Pratt and his trio playing at VIVA PENDLETON this Friday 6-9pm
Dean Pratt has been collecting records, CDs, books, air checks, and tapes featuring jazz, Big Bands, and the Swing Era for six decades. A trumpet player who has been on the road with the best of the Big Bands, and leads his own big band in Manhattan, The Dean Pratt Big Band, Pratt is also frequently called upon by authors for information about the genre, and interviewed as an authority in the field by such networks as NPR. His vast personal jazz collection (some 12,000 LPs, and 10,000 CDs) has also served as an aid in assisting his clients in their search for those who may owe them royalties. Pratt has served as producer, compilation producer, and liner note author for a number of Buddy Rich CDs, including the legendary drummer’s reissues on Pacific Jazz/Blue Note. He has as well acted as conductor, music coordinator, and liner note author for several projects by DMP Records, on which he also made his debut as a vocalist. He is producer, conductor, and liner note author for his own CDs: Groovy Encounters, published by Amosaya Records; and 16 Men & A Chick Singer Swingin’: Pratt Brothers Big Band Featuring Roberta Gambarini, published by CAP Records. Pratt makes his home in South Carolina, but commutes regularly to New York City to rehearse his band.

We want YOU to become a PHF Tour Guide!No experience needed, we'll teach you everything you need to lead a top-notch tou...
02/26/2020

We want YOU to become a PHF Tour Guide!

No experience needed, we'll teach you everything you need to lead a top-notch tour. Please call (864) 646-7249 if you'd like to know more or visit our website www.pendletonhistoricfoundation.org/volunteer.

Our mirror is done! Matt McClellan, you are a true craftsman!
02/05/2020

Our mirror is done! Matt McClellan, you are a true craftsman!

1860 mirror restoration complete. Thanks to the Pendleton Historic Foundation for entrusting McClellan Woodwork with such a special piece! It will soon be on display in the Ashtabula historic house.

12/19/2019
Liberty Hall Bed and Breakfast - Pendleton, SC

Visit our friends at historic Liberty Hall this winter or any time of the year! You'll enjoy gorgeous suites and spectacular food, just a short walk from the Pendleton Village Green!

Liberty Hall, originally built in 1840, is a newly renovated Bed and Breakfast located in Pendleton, SC.

Thank you to everyone who participated in Christmastime in Olde Pendleton! It takes a huge amount of effort from so many...
12/15/2019

Thank you to everyone who participated in Christmastime in Olde Pendleton! It takes a huge amount of effort from so many people to put on an event like this and we could not do it without each and everyone of you!

Thank you to the homeowners and churches that served as sites on the tour: Pendleton United Methodist Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Dale & Jackie Reynolds, Chris & Mary Bess Johnson and Carol Finley.

Thank you to the talented souls who helped decorate: The Pendleton Garden Club, Dee Brands, Roger Chapman, Jo McConnell, Jackie Reynolds, Mary Bess Johnson and Carol Finley.

Thank you to the 45 volunteers who worked during the event as docents and greeters.

And last but not least, thank you to everyone who came out for the Tour. Your support is critical and we could not accomplish our mission without you. Our grand old ladies, Woodburn and Ashtabula thank you!

Our volunteers and our friends in the Pendleton Garden Club have done a wonderful job decorating Ashtabula for the "Chri...
12/13/2019

Our volunteers and our friends in the Pendleton Garden Club have done a wonderful job decorating Ashtabula for the "Christmastime in Olde Pendleton" homes tour!

Come see for yourself tonight from 6p-9p or tomorrow from 11a-4p and don't forget to stop by the Methodist Church first to get your tickets!

The sixth and final stop on the "Christmastime in Olde Pendleton" tour is our own Ashtabula Historic Home. Lewis Ladson ...
12/05/2019

The sixth and final stop on the "Christmastime in Olde Pendleton" tour is our own Ashtabula Historic Home.

Lewis Ladson Gibbes and his wife Maria Drayton Gibbes, both of prominent Charleston families, began construction of the large clapboard house in 1825. Our brick annex predates the main house, built about 1790 on 320 acres of land granted to Mr. Thomas Lofton.

See this home traditionally decorated for Christmas with candles, pine needles, fruit and magnolia leaves! For tickets go to pendletonhistoricfoundation.org/event-calendar or call (864) 646-7249 for more information.

The fifth stop along our "Christmastime in Olde Pendleton" tour is Saint Paul's Episcopal Church.The sanctuary was compl...
12/04/2019

The fifth stop along our "Christmastime in Olde Pendleton" tour is Saint Paul's Episcopal Church.

The sanctuary was completed in 1823. In 1848, Floride Calhoun raised $300 for the hand-pumped Jardine organ which is still in use today. The windows are hand blown glass and the inscription above the alter is original; come see for yourself!

For tickets, visit pendletonhistoricfoundation.org/event-calendar or call (864) 646-7249 for more information 🎄

Pendleton Historic Foundation
12/03/2019

Pendleton Historic Foundation

Stop number four on the "Christmastime in Olde Pendleton" tour is The Gaillard House.

It is believed to have been built by William Henry Drayton Gaillard around 1840 but this home has made its mark on modern Pendleton by acting as a school house run by Louise Aull in the 1950s and 60s. Many of our townsfolk went to kindergarten in this house! Were you in her class?

Join us on the 13th & 14th for a walk through this house and more! Buy tickets today on our website https://www.pendletonhistoricfoundation.org/event-calendar/ or call (864) 646-7249.

Stop number four on the "Christmastime in Olde Pendleton" tour is The Gaillard House.It is believed to have been built b...
12/03/2019

Stop number four on the "Christmastime in Olde Pendleton" tour is The Gaillard House.

It is believed to have been built by William Henry Drayton Gaillard around 1840 but this home has made its mark on modern Pendleton by acting as a school house run by Louise Aull in the 1950s and 60s. Many of our townsfolk went to kindergarten in this house! Were you in her class?

Join us on the 13th & 14th for a walk through this house and more! Buy tickets today on our website https://www.pendletonhistoricfoundation.org/event-calendar/ or call (864) 646-7249.

Our third stop along the "Christmastime in Olde Pendleton" tour of homes is the Johnson Home.This house was built in 193...
12/02/2019

Our third stop along the "Christmastime in Olde Pendleton" tour of homes is the Johnson Home.

This house was built in 1932 by Walter H. Aull and wife Ethel Davidson Aull. The property is believed to have been a part of the original Mi Casa acreage, home of John C. Calhoun’s wife Floride after the former Vice President's passing. Stop in and ask PHF Board member, Mary Bess Johnson how her family has preserved its unique history!

Get your tickets today at pendletonhistoricfoundation.org/event-calendar or by calling (864) 646-7249 for more information.

Our second stop on the "Christmastime in Olde Pendleton" tour of homes is Glen Haven. The house is believed to have been...
12/01/2019

Our second stop on the "Christmastime in Olde Pendleton" tour of homes is Glen Haven.

The house is believed to have been built by John C. Campbell c.1890 as a 2-bedroom center-hallway house. Come along with us on December 13th & 14th to learn more about how the house was moved from its original location!

Get your tickets at pendletonhistoricfoundation.org/event-calendar today :)

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Ashtabula Plantation 2725 Old Greenville Hwy
Pendleton, SC
29670

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Woodburn and Ashtabula Historic Homes are national treasures located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in beautiful upstate South Carolina. The families who built and lived in, or on the grounds of, these two homes had a hand in shaping the history of the Carolinas and the South as a whole. Come experience the buildings, the artifacts, and the memories they left to future generations at these two very different historic sites.

Call us at (864) 646-7249, email [email protected], or visit our website www.pendletonhistoricfoundation.org to learn more.

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Ashtabula and Woodburn are closed for the winter season. The houses will re-open for guided tours on Sundays starting April 1st from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Private tours can be arranged at any time, for groups of 6 or more people. Reservations are required.

Admission per home is $10 for adults, $5 for students, $3 for kids ages 6-14, and children under 5 are admitted free; cash or checks only please.

Due to changing temperatures and wedding/event schedules at each home, please call to verify that we are open, and/or check our page and website for updated information.

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Directions to Ashtabula: 2725 Old Greenville Hwy, Central, SC 29630:

From I-85, take exit 19B (US76). Turn onto US76 N towards Clemson and Pendleton. Continue for approximately 8 miles to the intersection with Bus. SC 28. There will be a traffic light at this intersection and a shopping center. Turn right onto Bus. SC 28 (Mechanic St). and continue on Mechanic St. for approximately one mile to the Pendleton town square. At the traffic light on the town square, turn right onto SC 88 (E. Queen St.) and follow signs for SC 88 (Greenville St.) and Ashtabula. The gate to Ashtabula will be on the left approximately 3 miles from town square.

Directions to Woodburn: 130 History Lane, Pendleton, SC 29670:

From I-85, take exit 19B (US76). Turn onto US76 N towards Clemson and Pendleton. Continue for approximately 9 miles to the traffic light at Woodburn Rd. The campus of Tri-County Technical College will be on the right. Turn left at this intersection, and look for the sign for Woodburn at the corner after turning across US76. The large sign marks the entrance to History Lane. Turn right onto History Lane and continue to the end of the road to Woodburn’s front gate.

We host free and low-priced special events throughout the year like socials, lectures, kid-friendly presentations, and more; "Like" us to keep up with our events!

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