CENTRAL – The public is invited to the Reunion of Upcountry Families March 10-12.
The free event will include cemetery tours, workshops devoted to family history and a large display of photos and other items from local families of the Old Pendleton District, which became present-day Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties.
Families whose heritage goes back to the Old Pendleton District are urged to participate in the March 12 reunion display at Southern Wesleyan University by buying a table and displaying family photos, old family Bibles and other historical memorabilia.
To reserve a table, contact Kenny Blakeney at 864-898-0840 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a $20 cost to reserve a table, payable to the Central Heritage Society, 416 Church St., Central, SC 29630.
Group tables are also available to organizations that will enhance or contribute to genealogical research or information in the Upcountry. Examples of groups include Pickens County Library, Pickens County Genealogical Society, SAR, DAR, UDC, SCV, etc. For details or to reserve a group table, contact Brenda Meyer at email@example.com.
The event kicks off at 1:30 p.m. March 10 at Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Library in Easley with a computer class on genealogy, an open house at 5 p.m. and a 7 p.m. presentation to be announced.
On March 11, there will be a tour of McKinney Chapel and also the Anderson and Nimmons cemeteries, located in the Eastatoe Valley. Also planned is a tour of Old Pickens Church and cemetery and a tour and dinner at Collins Ole Towne in Central. Cost for the meal is $20.
From 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. March 12, Southern Wesleyan University will host historic displays from area families as well as local genealogical and historical associations in The Founders, located on the lower level of the University Dining Commons building. There will also be a tour of the Faith Clayton Genealogical Collection at Rickman Library, also on Southern Wesleyan’s campus. There will also be presentations about “Procuring Land in South Carolina” with Dr. A.B. Pruitt and “Finding your Revolutionary War Ancestors,” presented by genealogist Sue Dillon of Carmel, Ind.
For details, contact the Birchwood Center at (864) 898-0840 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, more information can be found online at www.100yearreunion.com or on the Reunion’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ReunionOfUpcountryFamilies.
This story courtesy of Southern Wesleyan University.