The Beginning of Historic Preservation. . .





Abbeville County Historical Society has moved forward with its preservation efforts of the Historical 1888 Queen Anne House built by Statesman General Samuel McGowan.  The photos represent the beginning efforts in restoring the beautiful home which is on the National Register of Historic Places.  This home was considered to be the “finest private residence in the up-country” according to a newspaper account of the day.

Restoration efforts are continuous today.   The home  is presently being painted on the outside.  Today it is one of Abbeville’s Favorite Tourist Attractions.  It is known as Abbeville’s Best Kept Secret.

Chili Cook-Off Scheduled For Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Chili Cook-Off will be held on  Saturday, September 26th at the McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House located at 305 North  Main Street in Abbeville.  Cooking time will begin promptly at 9 AM.  Judging will take place at  2 PM.  Winners will be  announced following the Auction.

Anyone interested in participating in the Chili Cook-Off may call 864 378-2884 to obtain a copy of the Entry Form and Rules. You may also download a copy of the form here.

In addition, an  Auction will be held at 2 PM.  Items will consist of Antiques, Bric-A-Brac and Flea Market.  Donations  for the Auction can be made by calling 864 378-0772.

Tours of The Caboose and The McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House will be held on Saturday, September 26 from 10 AM – 1 PM  Only.

Proceeds from these events go toward Preservation of The McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House.

The event is open to the public.

Vietnam Veterans Visit Exhibit


 Veterans of the Vietnam War visited the exhibit of relics of the Vietnam War on Saturday, April 18th.  Pictured are Foster McLane, John Robert Alexander and Larry Pursley.  The exhibit consisted of a slide show, uniforms, photos and many other items.

Bertram Hayes-Davis Guest Speaker


Abbeville County Historical Society Board Members, Harriett Simpson and Bill Rogers welcome Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Hayes-Davis to Abbeville.  Davis spoke about his Great=Great Grandfather, Jefferson Davis, to more than 60 in attendance at the McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House on the evening of April 8th.

Francis Salvador – Paul Revere of the South


Dr. Stefan Wiecki, Professor of History at Presbyterian College, presented a program on Francis Salvador.  Salvador was the first Jew to serve in the  Revolutionary War.  He ended up losing his life as he was shot two times and scalped by the Cherokee Indians.  His ride through the dangerous Indian Territory  exceeded the miles covered by Paul Revere’s ride.  Dr. Wiecki’s presentation brought home to Abbeville the significance of our  revolutionary history.

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