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At Aiken Regional Medical Centers, we're proud to be part of a community that's so 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.
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.
Read about this couple and the lasting mark they left in their second town. >
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.
Find out why this house was always on the move. >
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.
Read more about this important school and what it means for Aiken. >
Fred Astaire and his family spent a lot of time in Aiken ... relaxing, golfing and training thoroughbred racehorses here.
On what steps did Astaire dance down many mornings? >
A member of the Palmetto Gold Club, Bobby Knowles developed the scoring system that is used at professional tournaments today.
How did Bobby bring scoring up to par? >
Since prehistoric times, Coker Spring has been an important source of water for people and animals living in what is now Aiken.
What did this spring mean to Aiken? >
A natural gas explosion in 1953 leveled almost an entire block of Laurens Street, between Hayne and Richland avenues.
Read about the disaster and the effect it had. >
The story of Captain William White Williams, his daughter, a railroad and how Aiken came to be.
What was the outcome when Alfred met Sara? >
General Joseph Wheeler defended the Village of Aiken in one of the last battles of the American Civil War.
What happened on Park Avenue? >
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.
Who soared to great heights? >
In an eerie coincidence, fire destroyed two elite hotels in Aiken—on the same date, 15 years apart.
What sparked that twist of fate? >
Peach trees once covered thousands of acres in Aiken.
Why will searching for peach trees now be fruitless? >
In 1882, scientists determined that Aiken was the optimal viewing site for a rare astronomical event.
What crossed their field of vision? >
At one time, Aiken was one of the biggest U.S. producers of asparagus.
What dethroned “King Asparagus?” >
One of the most famous diamonds in the world could often be seen in Aiken before it went to the Smithsonian Institution.
When did Aiken become Hope-less? >
The canopy of live oaks on South Boundary are of Aiken's most striking features.
Who planted the trees that are famous but not poplar? >
A key crusader for women's right to vote lived right here in Aiken.
Who elected to fight for her rights, and what was her role in this important campaign? >
Today, a white bell tower is all that remains of the original Schofield School in Aiken.
For whom did that bell toll? >
Every year on Thanksgiving weekend, people flock to Aiken for the Blessing of the Hounds ceremony and foxhunt.
Why does Hitchcock Woods go to the dogs? >
Through the years, many well-known musicians have called Aiken home.
Who lived here in perfect harmony? >
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