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October 2022 Meeting Information

At our meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m., our speaker will be Ren “Warrior Wolf” Herdman, a tribal member of the Appalachian Cherokee Nation, a 501c3 educational tribe located in the Appalachian region of Virginia and a descendant of Jesse Brock, a Cherokee who fought on behalf of the Patriots in the Revolutionary War. She will be speaking on “Native America: Different Tribes, Different Journeys” which highlights the tribal differences between the Eastern Woodland Indians and Plains Indians.

Baab Book Available for Order

The second edition of Bill and Bea Baab’s Augusta on Glass, a history of Augusta, Georgia soda water manufacturers, patent medicine men, area potters, beer brewers and more, is available from Amazon at $40 (free shipping). To order the book, go online to and search under books for Augusta on Glass and the information should be available.

Hammond Cemetery Update

This is the latest update on moving forward on the cemetery land acquisition from the State of South Carolina from Treasurer Turner Simkins. He said the Hammond Cemetery Association, Inc. has applied to the IRS for nonprofit status and are waiting for approval. They were about to have everything completed and begin final budgeting and fundraising for the expansion improvements and closing with the Central Savannah River Land Trust when they got word that the National Park Service needed to get involved.

Turner was notified that because Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site is on the National Register of Historic Places, the National Park Service will have to sign off on the project. He said the expansion site has to be tested for archaeological evidence and get federal approval. He has no idea how long this process will take. You can email Turner at

Country Store Opened for Tour


The Beech Island Country Store was completed in time for the Spring 2019 tour and everyone who stopped by to take a look loved it. The old Coke machine, counter, signs, display case, and newly built shelves full of old store items nearly filled up the inside. Over the summer of 2019 we moved in some more items and still have many more items to fill up the building.

Coke machine


On the outside, we have a restored kerosene tank. We still have an ESSO gas pump from the late Jim Prior’s farm that we need to get restored and placed out front. The society received $1,000 in contingency funds from Aiken County Councilman Danny Feagin. That money, will be used to restore the gas pump and maybe have a sign made.




Risher Cabin And Upper Pond

Map Location – #14 (See map below)

Owned by The Silver Bluff Audubon Center

Kathwood Road, Jackson, SC 29831

Located on 50 acres of pine forests and 2 ponds, this old clubhouse’s main part was at least 50 years old when Ellenton-Jackson resident Eldon Risher bought it in 1957. The property included the old clubhouse and an upper pond from the Christopher Hammond estate. Risher later built a 2-acre pond in front of the old wooden clubhouse. The canal which runs behind the clubhouse was dug to run water from Hollow Creek, which was diverted in the early 1900s at the upper pond, through Kathwood Lake to a spillway that powered a cotton gin, cotton seed oil mill, grist mill and flour mill. After Risher died in 1991, the Silver Bluff Audubon Center purchased the property in 1992 and uses the cabin for meetings and interns.

Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site

Map Location – #3 (See map below)

181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island, SC 29842

RedcliffePlantationThis four-story Greek-Revival plantation home was constructed in 1859 by Augusta, Ga., contractor William Goodrich for SC Gov. James Henry Hammond. The mansion is the centerpiece of a 400-acre country estate that was originally supported by at least three working plantations in the area totaling 14,000 acres. Hammond and three generations of his descendants used the estate for relaxation, entertaining and agricultural experimentation. John Shaw Billings, Hammond’s great-grandson, was the last owner of Redcliffe, and he donated the house and its collections to the State of South Carolina in 1973. Redcliffe contains approximately 4,000 pieces of artwork, books, furnishings and textiles that belonged to four generations of Hammonds.
TOUR TIMES: 11 a.m. & 1 & 3 p.m. ONLY!

First Baptist Church of Beech Island

Map Location – #1 (See map below)

170 Church Road, Beech Island, SC 29842

firstbaptistchurchOrganized Jan. 21, 1832, and dedicated September 1832 as the Beech Island Baptist Church, this two-story, Greek-Revival structure predates the Civil War. This church was constructed with an upstairs slave gallery that wrapped around three sides of the sanctuary and could accommodate from 40 to 50 slaves who accompanied their plantation owners to church services. The land, lumber, carpenters and labor to build the church were donated by several of the church’s 22 original members. In 1962, the name was changed to First Baptist Church of Beech Island.