Society’s Gospel Concert Set for March 23
The society will hold its annual James Goodman Memorial Gospel Music Concert on Saturday, March 23, from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Matlock Baptist Church Fellowship Hall located at 980 Main St. in Jackson, SC. Tickets will cost $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Local singing legend Flo Carter and her daughter, Cookie Dodson, will be performing along with other local gospel singers.
This year’s concert will be the fourth one held in memory of society member and president James Goodman, who died on Feb. 14, 2015. A novelist, poet and singer, Goodman loved gospel music, and the society felt this could be an annual tribute to a founding member who gave so much to the society. Please mark your calendars and buy your tickets early for this well-attended concert. More information will be in the March newsletter.
13th Annual Historic Beech Island Tour Set for April 27
The 13th Annual Historic Beech Island Tour will be held Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and will include stops at Beech Island’s historic homes, churches and cemeteries along with other interesting and historic places. An old-fashion barbecue lunch, also sponsored by the society, will be served at the Visitors Center from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost of tickets for the day-long, self-guided, driving tour will be $25 for adults, $20 for seniors (60 & up) the day of the tour and $20 for adults and $15 for seniors in advance. Children up to age 18 are free. Barbecue pork or chicken dinners will cost $10. Tour brochures and more information will be in the March newsletter. Please plan to volunteer or attend and support the society. Volunteers are allowed to tour free.
Welcome to Beech Island Historical Society Web Site
The Beech Island Historical Society is devoted to collecting, preserving and presenting the history of our country and, particularly, the rich history of the Beech Island, SC area.
First discussed by a group of 14 interested individuals in the winter of 1985, the group held their first meeting on March 19, 1985 at the All Saints Episcopal Church. Under the leadership of its first president, Harold Maness, the society became a non-profit corporation under SC law on September 9.
The very next year the society held the Beech Island Tricentennial Celebration at Redcliffe State Park which drew more than 10,000 visitors. Since then the society made it a yearly event known as Beech Island Heritage Day which was held for 20 consecutive years.
The society voted to end Heritage Day in 2006. In 1991, the heirs of George McElmurray, one of the society’s charter members, donated to the society one acre of land, a four-room meeting hall and a large warehouse. The society dedicated its building to the late George McElmurray and the Beech Island Historical Society History and Visitor’s Center was opened for visitors and tourists.
On April 3, 1998, the society won the Progress Award for the Visitors and History Center building at the Confederation of Local South Carolina Historical Societies in Columbia, SC. Presently, the society has grown to a membership of over 300. Meetings are held monthly from September to March on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm at the society’s meeting hall. These meetings are open to the public.
The Beech Island Historical Society meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. September through March at the society’s office at 144 Old Jackson Highway. The public is invited to attend.