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.

Dr. Connie McNeil Receives Recognition


Abbeville County Historical Society presented Dr. Connie McNeil an award for her extraordinary work in Genealogy.  Pictured are Bob Speer, Chairman of the Society, Dr. McNeil and Bill Rogers who made the presentation to Dr. McNeil.

Toast of Christmas

Abbeville County Historical Society has added a new event to the Christmas Season –  A Toast of Christmas.  It will be held at the McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House at 305 North Main Street, Abbeville, SC on Saturday, December 13th from 5:30 – 8:30 pm  This event is a follow-up to the Taste of Christmas which sold out.  Tickets for the Toast of Christmas are $25 per person with all proceeds going toward the preservation efforts of the McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House.  Tickets may be purchased from any ACHS Board Member, the Chamber of Commerce in Abbeville, or by calling 864 378-2884.

A Taste of Christmas

Are you ready for A Taste Of Christmas?    Abbeville County Historical Society is gearing up for a spectacular Taste  of Christmas.  There will be a continental  breakfast, Christmas Table Decorating Ideas, Napkin Folding with hands-on participation, and end with a tour of The Generals’ House.  There will be limited seats available per session.    Participants may choose either the  first session which  will be on Wednesday, Nov. 5th OR the second session  on Saturday, Nov. 8th.  Tickets are $25 per person.   All proceeds going to the preservation of the beautiful 1888 Queen Anne Victorian House.  Tickets may be purchased at the Abbeville Chamber of Commerce or by calling 864-378-2884.

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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