Edgefield County Historical Society 



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The Society will celebrate its 75th Anniversary with a Gala Reception on Friday evening, September 12, 2014 at its headquarters, Magnolia Dale, at 320 Norris Street in Edgefield.  The event, which will be “black tie optional,” will begin at 7:00 and feature cocktails and a light supper with musical accompaniment.  The public is invited.  Tickets are $50.00 per person and can be obtained by calling the Society at 803-637-2233.


The Edgefield County Historical Society was founded in 1939 and is one of the oldest societies in the State. Its headquarters are at Magnolia Dale in Edgefield which it has owned since 1960. It also owns the Joanne T. Rainsford Discovery Center which is operated by the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor and operates three living history projects: the Old Edgefield Pottery, the Village Blacksmith and Carpenter’s Stand.

     The Historical Society works with various partners, including the Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society, the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor and other historical societies throughout the region.



    During its long history it has promoted the study of the history of Edgefield County and the genealogy of its people. It has been responsible for the preservation of a number of historic sites and buildings and the marking of numerous historical sites throughout the County. It sponsors a weekly history class which provides the opportunity for interested members and guests to build upon their knowledge of history of the Region. The class is currently engaged in writing a brief history of Edgefield for visitors. In addition, the Society hosts events in Historical settings for all to enjoy.


Living History Programs: The Carpenter's Shop


Old Edgefield Pottery