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Lucinda Horne

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The Saluda County Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Saluda County Historical Society are sponsoring a unique program on Sunday, November 2 at 3:00 p.m. in the Saluda Theater on the Courthouse Square. Mrs. Brenda Carpenter member of the Edgefield U.D.C. Chapter, will portray Lucinda Horne, an honorary member of Company "K", Fourteenth South Carolina Volunteers, from Edgefield District.


Who is James Butler Bonham?

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Portrait of Bonham and Travis

When the James Butler Bonham trophy was being discussed as an annual trophy to be awarded to the winner of the University of South Carolina – Texas A&M game, Coach Steve Spurrier of USC indicated he didn’t know who Bonham was.

Coach Spurrier is not alone. The man revered by history-loving Texans as almost a saint is a stranger to most South Carolinians including many in his native Saluda County – formerly a part of Edgefield County.


Tour Flat Grove

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The Saluda County Historical Society would like to welcome you to Flat Grove, the birthplace of Alamo hero James Butler Bonham. The exterior of the house has been restored, and we are in the process of cleaning and restoring the interior. Some of the rooms have been furnished with period furniture. Come see what life would have been like for the Bonhams in the early 1800s.

Tours start at the Saluda County Museum --105 Law Range in Saluda. A diorama of the Alamo and other items relating to the Alamo and to the Bonhams are on display. A guide will lead you to the Bonham House. The tour will cost $5.00 per person for adults and $3.00 for seniors and school age children.

Call 864.445.8550 between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM to set up your tour.


Marsh-Johnson House Interior Restoration Project

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Wayne Shaw, Third Generation Construction, LLC, Dr. Bela Herlong, Chairman of the Board, Saluda County Historical Society, Andrew Shaw and Daniel Patterson, Third Generation Construction, LLC, stand in front of a door from the Mount Willing House built in the 1770s.


The Saluda County Historical Society continues its efforts to restore the inside of the Marsh-Johnson house in order to make it a house museum that is safe for visitors.

The Marsh-Johnson House, an excellent example of a plantation plain house, has withstood the elements for over 200 years in its own little corner of Saluda County, symbolizing the owner’s prosperity and status in the Carolina upcountry in the 18thand 19th centuries.


Marsh-Johnson House Restoration

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The Marsh-Johnson House, an excellent example of a plantation plain house, has withstood the elements for over 200 years in its own little corner of what is now Saluda County. This house symbolized the owner's prosperity and status in the Carolina upcountry in the 18th and 19th centuries.

1st Day of Siding

1st Day of restoration, note long walls and clapboard inside shed rooms. The shed rooms were added in the middle 1960s from boards removed from the torn down “ell” and separate dining room and kitchen.
An ell is an extension of a building which is at right angles to the main part of the building.
The file on the M-J house from the 1990s, when the Historical Society first received the house, mentions the ell. Someone came by and remembered where the ell was located.


Mount Willing Books

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Charles Andrews
Bela Padgette Herlong
Carol Hardy Bryan

We’ve worked for fifteen years researching and amassing the history of Mount Willing, which was once a part of the royal colony of South Carolina, then of Ninety Six District, of Edgefield County/District, and today of Saluda County. Chapman, in his history of Edgefield County, published in 1897, stated that Mount Willing was one of the four population centers of the area from the Revolution to the War Between the States.


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