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The Piedmont Historical Society, South Carolina

Dedicated to the Preservation and Sharing of Historical and Genealogical Resources and Research

The Piedmont Historical Society was founded in 1978 and chartered in 1981 under the laws of the State of South Carolina for the purpose of collecting, preserving and publishing historical and genealogy records of upstate South Carolina and other areas of the state.


Meeting Schedule


Date and Time: August 13 at 7:00pm
Place: Hoechst-Celanese Room in the Main Library in downtown Spartanburg
Speaker: Jeanne Lowe Tucker
Topic: "History of Oak Grove Baptist Church, Established 1850" This will include the interesting facts about their early beginnings, stories of some of the people involved, and their struggles in hard times. This month the Church is 165 years old. In all that time they had only 33 Senior Pastors. One of them was my first cousin.

September Meeting:
Date and Time : September 10 at 7:00pm
Place : Hoechst-Celanese Classroom, Main Library downtown. Spartanburg
Speaker : Raymond "Bo" Brown
Topic : "Dinner In the Diner - how the Southern served the South " The history of dining car service on the Southern includes China, Silver Holloware, and Flatware, Linens, Menus, and Uniforms from 1894-1979. Bo will share a little on how Hayne Car Shop was instrumental in dining car service. His grandfather worked there from 1926-1970.



We are interested in the these counties,
which comprise the South Carolina Piedmont
Abbeville Anderson Cherokee Chester
Edgefield Fairfield Greenville Greenwood
Laurens McCormick Newberry Oconee
Pickens Spartanburg Union York

**Please Note** When South Carolina became a state in 1785, the governmental units were called counties and remained so named until 1800 when the designation “County” was changed to ‘District”. In 1868 the name “District” was changed back to “County”, which name has been in use since then. The name of the governmental area changed at these dates but not its function.

Earlier, alternate designations for this area include
Cambridge District Camden District Craven County Ninety Six District
Pendleton District Pinckney District St. Mark's Parish Washington District

For the era prior to 1785, don't forget to check records filed in Charleston (or Charles Town) as that was the seat of colonial government and the place where legal documents were recorded. Prior to the early 1800's, North Carolina also claimed the northern portion of the South Carolina Piedmont. So, some of the early records will be found in Tryon County and Mecklenburg County as well as the colonial and state records of North Carolina.

Piedmont Historical Society Officers
Acting President Acting Treasurer Webmaster
Jeanne Lowe Tucker
Dr. James L. Reid
Ted Zajac


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