Museum Musings

In 1826, John Walker, an English chemist and druggist from Stockton on Tees, discovered through lucky accident that a stick coated with chemicals burst into flame when scraped across his hearth at home. He went on to invent the first friction match. Until the first half of the nineteenth century, the process by which fire […]
This photograph, circa 1902, shows Hartsville’s first Black School at the corner of Sixth Street and Marion Avenue.  The photo is courtesy of T.B. & Lovis Thomas.  It was printed in the Hartsville Messenger on January 29, 1999 and was a part of a Black History Month Special. Darlington County Historical Marker Marker ID: SCHM […]
Early this morning, while working on a map file at the  Commission, a Commission staffer and a volunteer came across 17 fragments of parer filed away in plastic sleeves.  The cashe was immediately brought to my attention and the priorities of the day immediately changed.  The fragments were removed from their plastic protectors and I […]
Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 (The News & Press Website) By Samantha Lyles, Staff Writer, slyles@newsandpress.net A relic of Darlington’s racing past will soon be on display at the Darlington County Historical Commission, thanks to a donation by a local citizen. Hartsville native Tommy Jordan has raced cars and motorcycles from coast to coast, […]
Thanks to our new website, we are posting unidentified photos from within our collections here at the Historical Commission.  We are counting on more people discovering photographs they haven’t seen before, even family pictures. Most exciting for the Commission staff is the help the community is giving us with identifying people in the photos, using […]