Meetings of the Beech Island Historical Society have been cancelled until further notice due to the pandemic. When this pandemic is over and it is safe to meet, the society will resume meeting at our headquarters at 7:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month. We hope to meet in January, if possible. If there is any change it will be in the next newsletter and on our web page: beechislandhistory.org.
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 Amazon.com and search under books for Augusta on Glass and the information should be available.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 we have moved in some more things and still have many more items to fill up the building.
Everything was going great before the tour until our AC compressor went out the day before, but we were lucky that the weather was great on tour day and we did not need AC. During the summer, Mark Plunkett installed another compressor at a reduced cost.
On the outside, our restored kerosene tank was installed in time for the Spring 2019 tour. We still have to get the ESSO gas pump from the late Jim Prior’s farm restored and placed out front before we can hold our store dedication and grand opening. In August, the society received $1,000 in contingency funds from Aiken County Councilman Danny Feagin. That money, will make it possible to get the gas pump restored and maybe have a sign made.