McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House

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.

1940’s Vintage Coffee Set Donated


A Vintage 1940’s Haus Dresden After Dinner Coffee Set  was donated  to Abbeville County Historical Society recently.  Mr and Mrs. Roger Bird made the donation to ACHS.  Mr. Bird was in the Military and stationed in Germany when he purchased the beautiful coffee set.  ACHS is very excited about receiving  this acquisition.


Elliptical Window To Be Restored


Preservation efforts  continue to be made at the McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House.  Soon the beautiful elliptical window will be  removed to be restored.  ACHS is very grateful to donors that make these preservation efforts possible.

A Taste of Christmas at the McGowan House

Abbeville County Historical  Society had its  first Taste of Christmas on Wednesday, November 5th.  The event was  very successful with 44 in  attendance for the fund raiser breakfast.  Participants were served in grand style a breakfast consisting  of shrimp and grits, a breakfast  casserole, fruit, muffins, ham biscuits, Charleston  coffee mimosas, and  orange juice.  Christmas demonstrations of floral arrangements and napkin folding was presented by ACHS Board Member, Frances Lewis.  Those in attendance learned how to  fold a linen napkin into a Christmas Tree. The grand  finale was touring the McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House fully decorated for the Christmas Season. Another session  will be held on November 8th and it is a booked event.  Tours are  open to the public on Saturday afternoons through December 13th from 1-4  pm.


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Grand Opening Ceremony for Caboose No. 5759


Caboose 5759 has come full circle since its beginnings in 1963.  Its service area began between Richmond, Virginia and Birmingham, Alabama and primarily was staffed by crews  of men working on the railroad from Abbeville during the first five years.  The service area for Caboose No. 5759  expanded several times due to mergers of the railroad systems. What was thought to be its final resting place took place in May of 1994 when it was brought to Abbeville in grand style and placed at the Abbeville Depot.  As fate would have it, the depot was closed and the caboose was left idle.

Thanks to a number of concerns folks, work to preserve this piece of history continued behind the scenes and culminated with the moving of the caboose to the Abbeville County Historical Society Headquarters on December 3, 2013.  Since then, twelve retired railroad men have spent a great deal of their time giving the caboose a new face lift and constructing a beautiful display platform. In the near future a wrought iron fence will also be added to further enhance its beauty.

On Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 3 pm, the caboose will be reopened.   Everyone is invited to this Grand Opening Ceremony at the ACHS Headquarters, which is located in the McGowan-Barksdale Bundy House at 305 North Main Street, Abbeville, South Carolina.  Tours will  be given to all who wish to view the interior of the caboose. Visitors are also encouraged to tour the McGowan-Barksdale Bundy House and the Seaboard Coastline Railroad Room inside the house.

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