Aiken County Historical Museum

Aiken County Historical Museum The Aiken County Historical Museum, founded in 1970, is located within the walls of a 17,500 sq.ft. Winter Colony cottage named Banksia. Our exhibits feature the history of our county from the Native American era to modern day. Admission is free.

The Friends of the Aiken County Historical Museum is a non-profit organization whose purpose is the advancement of the study and the appreciation of local history through promotion and financial support of the operations and activities of the museum.

Aiken Historical Museum

Check out this gem from 2012 we just "re-found" on YouTube!

On Friday, March 23, 2012, the Aiken Historical museum was open for tours in Aiken, South Carolina.

Coffee and Tea with the County: Business Exhibit

Today's Coffee and Tea with the County features the Museum's Business Exhibit. In this episode we discuss general stores, Minnie Pearl, Dr. C.C. Johnson's pharmacy, and the Green Book.

Many thanks to the Garden Club of Aiken for installing these gorgeous plant identification signs in the beautiful Claudi...

Many thanks to the Garden Club of Aiken for installing these gorgeous plant identification signs in the beautiful Claudia Lea Phelps Garden. We even have a variety of Sacred Lily named for Mrs. Phelps.

Object Exploration: Face Jug

Face jugs are a unique aspect of our shared past with the old Edgefiled District. Check out this modern interpretation by Gary Dexter of an historic art form that took hold in our area due to the influence of enslaved African potters.

Coffee and Tea with the County: Graniteville

We closed out this week with a "Coffee and Tea with the County" chat in the Graniteville exhibit. Join us as we talk about "dope wagons" and the first commercial peach farmer in SC.

South Carolina State Parks

Our Executive Director, Lauren Virgo, partnered with Ranger Chelsea Stutz from Redcliffe Plantation. Thank you so much, Ranger Chelsea, for the invitation to Redcliffe to talk about the preservation of family heirlooms. #MuseumFromHome #ConnectAiken

Today Ranger Chelsea from Redcliffe Plantation is joined by special guest Lauren Virgo from the Aiken County Historical Museum to teach you how to care for and preserve family heirlooms! Some very interesting and helpful information you can use on your own family keepsakes!


Collecting the Pandemic


Feeling the Monday blues? Check out this colorful Banksia Book reading in our Circus Room! (We're not open yet, by the way. Leah just likes to recite our hours...) #MuseumFromHome #ConnectAiken

Coffee and Tea with the County: Blacksmith Exhibit

Time for another Coffee and Tea with the County. Today we're in front of the Blacksmith exhibit and, just a reminder, we've been working in isolation for a while now and you'll have to forgive our silliness. 😄


Listen as Leah reads the next page in our Banksia Book: the Blacksmith!

NACAC's "Springfest" 2020 Exhibit at the AHCNA

The Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta has posted a virtual tour of their SpringFest temporary exhibit showcasing the works of local artists. Check it out!

Join us on a video tour of the North Augusta Cultural Arts Council's (NACAC's) "Springfest" 2020 Exhibit at the Arts & Heritage Center of North Augusta (AHCN...

South Carolina State Parks

Our fellow Aiken County historic site, Redcliffe Plantation, has posted two videos about the history of their site with more videos to come. So, check them out!

Ranger Chelsea is here today from Redcliffe Plantation! Today she is going to host a shortened version of one of their Discover Carolina school programs and show you inside one of the original slave cabins at the plantation. Watch the video below and learn what life was like back then.

Before we close for two weeks, we need to clear off our gift store shelves. So, this weekend only, everything in the sto...

Before we close for two weeks, we need to clear off our gift store shelves. So, this weekend only, everything in the store is 50% off (excluding books). The gift store is open Saturday, December 28 from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm and Sunday, December 29 from 2 pm to 5 pm.

Help us clear our shelves before we close to clean them! 🙂


433 Newberry St SW
Aiken, SC


(803) 642-2015


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Great time !! Great job!!!
Dear sirs, Thank you again for the tour and hospitality you gave us on our way to Atlanta. It was a pleasant and very educational stop! Best regards, Albert (Netherlands).
I just wanted to say thank you for allowing photographers to use your grounds to take magical images. I was there on Saturday. It was my first visit to shoot there and you all are just so gracious. So on behalf of my clients, and myself....thank you.
A few cast from the Banksia Spooky Tours.
Hi. I just wanted to ask if anyone in Aiken might recognize this and tell me where it was. I haven't any more info than the photo. Thanks.
And one more.
If you weren't here today you missed an appearance by Governor Wade Hampton.
Would you post a photo of the Ergle house that's on your grounds.
FESTIVALS EVERYWHERE EXCEPT IN PERRY, SC. There is some interest in the start up of an Indian Head Festival since the recent installation of The Indian Head Historical marker on John Nunn Hwy on the outskirts of Perry. Recently rediscovered history of The Indian Head on Goodland Swamp Creek and Hernando DeSoto's exploration of Goodland Swamp in 1540 certainly bring to life historically the area of Perry. So move over Springfield and your Frog Festival, Sally with the chitlins strutting, Wagener and their Wagons, not to mention Pelion and Gilbert with their peanuts and peaches. It is Perry's time. Email me if you can offer suggestions and particularly assistance. [email protected]