Just off the Courthouse Square, Buncombe Street is one of the most historic sections of the Town of Edgefield.
The Edgefield Preservation Association is hosting A Tour of Buncombe Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 22. The tour will extend a mile from the Village Blacksmith Shop to Pottersville.
The tour will include the newly restored blacksmith shop, St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Cemetery, Halcyon Grove, the home of S. C. Governor Andrew Pickens; Willow Hill, built by A.B. Addison and now the site of Kemp Antiques; the Brook-Tompkins House, home of Whitfield and Preston Smith Brooks; Lily Cottage, better known as the Charlie Mathis house and known for its lovely flower gardens; Holmewood, the home of Francis Hugh Wardlaw, who drew up the Ordinance of Secession; the Adams-Mims House, built by Thomas John Adams and the home of the Mims family for over 100 years; Carroll Hill, built by James Parsons Carroll and has the only floating staircase in Edgefield; and historic Pottersville.
This tour will be the first of its kind in Edgefield and will offer a unique experience to look inside a few of the very special places along Buncombe Street. Advance tickets for the tour are $20 per adult. Children under 12 are free. Tickets at the door are $25.
This is a walking/driving tour, but transportation will be available between the sites. Tickets are limited. Proceeds from the tour will benefit EPA projects, including Willowbrook Cemetery and the Edgefield Chain Gang Building and Cemetery Restoration.
In addition, a lunch fundraiser will be held at the Tompkins Library from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Advance Tickets are $10 per person or $15 at the door. This homemade meal includes a barbecue sandwich, potato salad, dessert and drink. Tickets are also limited for the lunch. Proceeds from the lunch will assist with the Battle of Aiken School Day.
All tickets are available for purchase at the Tompkins Library, 104 Courthouse Square.
For more information, call Tonya Guy at 803-637-4010 or visit the Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society online at OEDGS.org.