White Plains

“One of the most substantial houses in the Springville community.” White Plains is a square, frame, weatherboard-clad residence with a low-pitched hip roof. The foundation, once brick piers, has been infilled with cement block. The house, which is said to have been constructed ca. 1822, has undergone several periods of significant remodeling. The first, in…

A Unselfish Letter to Santa in 1927 from Swift Creek.

When reading the “Letters to Santa” we see the innocence of childhood in its purest form.  Their undertones can express a range of emotions from sadness to funny stories. Notes sent to Santa are an unlikely lens through which to understand the past, offering a peek into the worries, desires and quirks of the times…

THE OLD SHOEMAKER

A Christmas Story from the French of DeCoppet   Not long ago there lived in the city of Marseilles an old shoemaker, loved and honored by all his neighbors, who called him “Father Martin.”  One Christmas eve Father Martin, who had been reading the story of the three wise men who brought their gifts to…

DARLINGTON COUNTY CHRISTMAS – Old Letters to Santa

In Darlington County of more than a half-century ago, there was a popular Christmas custom that persisted for a number of years, but eventually died out and may soon be entirely forgotten. It was the practice of the county newspapers to publish “Letters to Santa Claus” written by children of Darlington County. The Darlington County…

Darlington Square Almost Wiped Out By Fire!!

DARLINGTON NEWS, March 3, 1892 IN ASHES! Darlington’s Disastrous Fire. TWENTY-THREE BUILDING DESTROYED. GREATEST CONFLAGRATION THAT HAS EVER VISITED DARLINGTON   Over One-Hundred Thousand Dollars’ Worth of Property Swept Away in a Few Hours – A Detailed Description of the Flames’ Wild Havoc – A Diagram Showing the Burned District. The Cry of “FIRE!” ringing…

Augustus Fulton & Elizabeth Sarah Hart Edwards Come Home to Darlington County

We at the Darlington County Historical Commission are thrilled that Nancy Silliman Bryant brought the Edward’s home to Darlington.   The Historical Commission is proud to announce the addition of two portraits to our collection.  The portraits were donated by Nancy Silliman Bryant, the great-great granddaughter of A.F. & Elizabeth Edwards.  She is a native…