A Community Rich in History, Tradition and Character
At Aiken Regional Medical Centers, we're proud to be part of a community that's rich in history, character and tradition. Join us as we explore 20 fascinating tales of Aiken's past. You'll be surprised how much there is to learn about your hometown of Aiken, SC.
To purchase the DVD and booklet of the complete set of 30 second spots contact the Aiken County Historical Museum at 803-642-2015. All proceeds go to the museum.
The Iselins: Winter Colonists and Philanthropists
Charles and Hope Iselin were from New York but spent many winters in Aiken. In addition to Hopeland Gardens, this philanthropic couple was an active participant in the town's growth.
Edgewood: Witness to History
A plantation home that now sits on the University of South Carolina Aiken has been in three different locations since it was built in 1829.
The Immanuel Institute
Reverend W.R. Coles came to Aiken in 1881 to open a school that would help prepare the children of freed slaves for the working world.
Fred Astaire and Aiken
Fred Astaire and his family spent a lot of time in Aiken relaxing, golfing and training thoroughbred racehorses here.
A member of the Palmetto Gold Club, Bobby Knowles developed the scoring system that is used at professional tournaments today.
The Legacy of Coker Spring
Since prehistoric times, Coker Spring has been an important source of water for people and animals living in what is now Aiken.
Aiken's 1953 Gas Explosion
A natural gas explosion in 1953 leveled almost an entire block of Laurens Street, between Hayne and Richland avenues.
The Boulevards of Aiken
The story of Captain William White Williams, his daughter, a railroad and how Aiken came to be.
The Yellow House and the Battle of Aiken
General Joseph Wheeler defended the Village of Aiken in one of the last battles of the American Civil War.
From the Cotton Fields to a General
The story of a young girl from Aiken who became the first African-American female promoted to general in the U.S. Air National Guard.
Two Wooden Hotels—Two Disastrous Fires
In an eerie coincidence, fire destroyed two elite hotels in Aiken—on the same date, 15 years apart.
William Gregg and Aiken's First Peaches
Peach trees once covered thousands of acres in Aiken.
Aiken and the Transit of Venus
In 1882, scientists determined that Aiken was the optimal viewing site for a rare astronomical event.
The Asparagus Capital
At one time, Aiken was one of the biggest U.S. producers of asparagus.
Aiken and the Hope Diamond
One of the most famous diamonds in the world could often be seen in Aiken before it went to the Smithsonian Institution.
The Avenue of Oaks on South Boundary
The canopy of live oaks on South Boundary are of Aiken's most striking features.
Suffrage and Mrs. Salley
A key crusader for women's right to vote lived right here in Aiken.
A Woman with a Vision: Martha Schofield
Today, a white bell tower is all that remains of the original Schofield School in Aiken.
Memorial Gate and the Blessing of the Hounds
Every year on Thanksgiving weekend, people flock to Aiken for the Blessing of the Hounds ceremony and foxhunt.
Aiken Musicians: The Rhythm of the Town
Through the years, many well-known musicians have called Aiken home.