Beech Island Historical Society

Welcome to THE Beech Island Historical Society

The Beech Island Historical Society is devoted to collecting, preserving and presenting the history of our country and, particularly, the rich history of the Beech Island, SC area.


Saturday, April 27, 2024
10:00 am – 5:00 pm


Tour Information

Low-heeled, comfortable walking shoes are recommended, and we ask that no pictures be taken inside homes
(unless owners grant permission).

BBQ LUNCH

An old-fashioned barbecue lunch, sponsored by the Beech Island Historical Society, will be served from 11 am – 1 pm at the Beech Island Historical Society’s History & Visitors Center at 144 Old Jackson Hwy (Map #7)

Eat-in or take-out. BBQ (chicken or pork) dinners will cost $15

Ticket Information

Tour ticket prices are $25 the day of the tour and $20 in advance for adults, $20 for senior citizens (age 60 & up) and $15 in advance. Children & Students (under age 18) are free. Tickets the day of the tour can be purchased at the Beech Island Historical Society History & Visitors Center (Site #7) at 144 Old Jackson Highway 803-867-3600. Advance tickets can be purchased from the Beech Island Historical Society or at any of the following locations:

Beech Island, SC
Beech Island Appliance Service – 1516 SandBar Ferry Rd. (803) 827-0421

Augusta, Ga.
Historic Augusta – 415 Seventh Street (706) 724-0436

North Augusta, SC
Arts & Heritage Center of North Augusta
100 Georgia Ave. (803) 441-4380

Jackson, SC
Jackson Municipal Complex
106 Main Street (803) 471-2228

Aiken, SC
Aiken County Parks, Recreation & Tourism Visitors Center
133 Laurens Street NW (803) 642-7557

Or by mail from:
The Beech Island Historical Society, Inc.
144 Old Jackson Highway
Beech Island, SC 29842

For more information, call:

The Beech Island Historical Society at 803-867-3600 & leave a message or call Jackie Bartley at 706-833-3651 or email: bdbartley@comcast.net

Make checks payable to the Beech Island Historical Society
Add $1 for postage & handling.


Beech Island Visitor Center

The Beech Island Historical Society is devoted to collecting, preserving and presenting the history of our country and, particularly, the rich history of the Beech Island, SC area.

First discussed by a group of 14 interested individuals in the winter of 1985, the group held their first meeting on March 19, 1985 at the All Saints Episcopal Church. Under the leadership of its first president, Harold Maness, the society became a non-profit corporation under SC law on September 9.

Beech Island Barn

The very next year the society held the Beech Island Tricentennial Celebration at Redcliffe State Park which drew more than 10,000 visitors. Since then the society made it a yearly event known as Beech Island Heritage Day which was held for 20 consecutive years.

The society voted to end Heritage Day in 2006. In 1991, the heirs of George McElmurray, one of the society’s charter members, donated to the society one acre of land, a four-room meeting hall and a large warehouse. The society dedicated its building to the late George McElmurray and the Beech Island Historical Society History and Visitor’s Center was opened for visitors and tourists.

On April 3, 1998, the society won the Progress Award for the Visitors and History Center building at the Confederation of Local South Carolina Historical Societies in Columbia, SC. Presently, the society has grown to a membership of over 300. Meetings are held monthly from September to March on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm at the society’s meeting hall. These meetings are open to the public.