January was a busy month for the Union County Museum which received more than 200 registered visitors from throughout South Carolina and 19 other states.
Director Ola Jean Kelly said there were a total of 229 individuals who visited the museum and signed its guest register in January. In addition to Union County residents who came to learn about their community and its history, Kelly said visitors came from a number of other South Carolina communities as well as from outside the state.
“From places outside Union County, we welcomed 26 visitors who came from Clifton, Columbia, Cowpens, Florence, Greenville, Hartsville, Lexington, Rock Hill, Simpsonville, Spartanburg, Sumter and Woodruff,” Kelly said. “Our 19 out-of-state visitors were from Connecticut, District of Columbia, Louisiana, North Carolina, New York, Ohio and Vermont. There were no international visitors to register.”
Kelly said the museum’s visitors were quite pleased with the museum and what it had to offer about the history of Union County. A visitor from Charlotte found the museum itself “interesting,” while one from Hartsville said it was “great.”
The museum staff also made a positive impression with a visitor from Woodrfuff describing them as “wonderful people, with great knowledge,” while a visitor from Columbia called them “wonderful and very hospitable.”
One visitor was a former Union resident now living in Columbia who described the museum as “amazing.” The former Union resident said it was their “first time here. I definitely will be back.”
In addition to its displays on the main floor, the museum has a downstairs meeting room which it makes available to clubs, school groups and other organizations looking to hold meetings or special events. The meeting room also features some displays of photos and artifacts from Union County’s past.
Kelly the groups that used the meeting room in January included the DAR, Union Music Club, Youth Leadership Union, Class of 1962 Reunion Committee, and the Dow-wat-chers Investment Club.
Kelly said the museum has a number of upcoming events planned including Living History V at the Cross Keys House. Like its predecessors, Living History V will feature a reenactment of Confederate President Jefferson Davis’ visit to the Cross Keys House in 1865. In addition to the reenactment, the two-day event will also feature lectures and displays. Living History V will be held April 28-29.
On April 27, a special event will be held for the eighth grade students of Union County as part of Living History V. Kelly said the county’s eighth grade students are studying South Carolina history in-depth and the April 27 event is to allow them to see the history they are studying brought to life. She said there will be events for the students that will not be the following two days.
In previous years, the Living History program has presented blacksmiths, nurses of the period, a bonnet maker, and Kelly said for fun, the students were taught one year to dance the ‘Virginia Reel,” a popular dance of the 19th century.
For more information about the Union County Museum, its meeting room and other events call (864) 429-5081 or go online at www.unioncountymuseum.com.