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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 & TIME - October 13, 2016, 7:00 pm
PLACE - The Jeanne Harley room, Upper Level   in the Main Library downtown Spartanburg, SC
SPEAKERS - Dr Melissa Walker, Dr George Dean Johnson, Jr Professor of History, Converse College
TOPIC - "Women Of the American Civil War - Seamstress, Soldier, Spy"
Women on both sides of the War performed a range of services for their countries.They made uniforms, raised money for gunboats, tended the crops, treated the wounded, spied on the enemy, and yes, they even disguised themselves as men and joined the ranks. Dr Walker will share the stories of some of these amazing women.

DATE & TIME - November 10, 2016 at 7:00 pm
PLACE - Hoechst- Celanese Room in Main Library downtown Spartanburg, SC
SPEAKER - Dr Andrew Myers, Professor of History, American Studies, USC Upstate
TOPIC - "Cherokee Springs Hotel"
Dr Myers will describe the origins of the Cherokee Springs Hotel and the various activities that took place there during its peak years of the 1870s. In addition, he will tell about the interesting men who owned and operated the place. He will discuss the rumors that spread across the entire South during 1907 that Booker T Washington wanted to convert the hotel into a school for African Americans. Finally, he will explain how construction of the Clinchfield Railroad brought about the hotel's demise.

For Your Information - Dr Myers' presentation is part of a chapter that he is writing for the second volume of Recovering the Piedmont Past, which he is co-editing with Timothy P. Grady. Melissa Walker, who co-edited the first volume with Paul, is writing the introduction this time. They expect the volume to be out by the end of 2017. (This is exciting! JLT)

Remember everyone is invited to our meetings....everyone is WELCOME!
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A Bragg Line -  A report provided by a faithful member of the Piedmont Historical Society, Dr. Dan Olds, a retired Physics Professor from Wofford College. This will be permanently listed in the "Surname Studies" tab.


Michael Gaffney Documentation: A newspaper article provided by Dr. James Reid and an estate file provided by Betty Jean Dill.


John B. Easterwood  - This is a Family study done by Betty Jean Dill with the support of the PHS.  This Easterwood family was found in several of the family studies conducted by the PHS and this study completes the picture.  This study will be at the "Surname Studies" tab.


Mr. Tim Linder, President of Linder Family Association, suggested that the Piedmont Historical Society reprint from the Winter 2013-2014 issue of the Linder Quarterly pages that pertain to Spartanburg County, SC. He granted permission to post those pages on this website. Readers who would like to know more about the Linder Family Association, which has over 300 members across the country, and about the Linder Quarterly may contact:

Tim Linder, President

Bonnie Dailey, Editor

The Piedmont Historical Society hereby thanks the Spartanburg County Public Libraries for permission to post on this website the picture of 1884 Morgan Square in downtown Spartanburg. This image is from the digital collection of Spartanburg County Public Libraries. A copy of this image (and of others in the collection) can be obtained by contacting:

Charity Rouse, MLS
Local History Librarian

151 South Church Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306
Email:  Phone: 864.596.3508
Phone: 864.596.3508

We at PHS wish to thank our skillful and talented Web Master for executing the transfer of the original Linder pages to the website. Way to go, Ted!

Please click here to access the Winter 2013-2014 issue of the Linder Quarterly.




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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