UNION — The newest edition of a book chronicling the history of Union County not only brings that history up to present but also contains new information about events covered in previous editions.
The fourth edition of “The Narrative History of Union County South Carolina” by Dr. Allan D. Charles tells the story of Union County from its beginnings in the 18th century to 2013. The new edition not only brings the story of Union County up to date, but according to its author has been updated throughout based on new information about events covered in previous editions including the settling of Union County.
“This one is completely updated to 2013,” Charles said Saturday morning. “There’s not only a new chapter, but the other chapters have been updated as well.
“We have got new historic material that has come to light in the years since the third edition and because of this some of the stories have been changed,” he said. “All the appendices have been updated and all that has happened since the third edition has been added to the individual chapters. So it is a considerably larger book with 60 additional pages.”
Charles said that one of the changes made due to new information concerns the site of the first settlement in what eventually became Union County.
Originally, Charles said it was believed that the first settlement what is known as the Old Presbyterian Meeting House in 1751 near the Fairforest Creek. Charles said Saturday that while the settlement was established in 1751, it was actually on what is now Cedar Grove Road across from Fowken Farm and later relocated to the Fairforest Creek site. This is one the changes incorporated into the new edition.
Charles made these remarks while signing copies of his new book at the Union County Museum. The event was sponsored by the Union County Historical Society to which Charles has donated the copyright of his book. All funds from sales of the book will go to the society which owns the museum and the historic Cross Keys House.
The museum received more than 1,100 copies of the book last Tuesday, but even before Saturday’s book signing a number of copies had already been purchased.
“We through about two cases yesterday,” Museum Director Ola Jean Kelly said Saturday. “Some were bought on eBay, some by telephone, and some walk-ins.”
Assistant to the Director Peter Triggiani said that some of the books were purchased by residents of Mississippi, Kentucky, Utah, and Washington state.
One of those attending’s Saturday’s event was Bannie Kennedy who picked up five signed copies. Kennedy said he got copies for each of his three sons, a copy for his brother, and a copy for himself.
“I think it’s a comprehensive picture of Union County’s history,” Kennedy said.
Frank Hart and his wife, Nell, picked up 13 signed copies, which he said include copies for his five children, her four children, and copies for his brothers.
“Wonderful, it’s tremendous,” Hart said of the book. “I think it is great for Union County to have a person of Dr. Charles’ caliber and dedication for Union County and its history. We are delighted that we are able to present these books to our family which avails them of the history of our great county.”
For those who were unable to attend Saturday’s book signing, copies are still available for sale at the museum which reopens Thursday. For more information call 864-429-5081.
Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at email@example.com.