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16th Annual Historic Beech Island Tour Saturday, April 27

The society’s 16th Annual Historic Beech Island Tour to be held Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. will feature 13 historic and interesting places to visit. Among them will be the beautifully restored Bowers-Galphin home of Dr. Charles G. Larke. Built in 1833 by plantation owner David Bowers and completed by his son Benjamin, this three-story house was home to the Bowers Family and three generations of the Galphin Family, including Dr. Milledge Galphin.

Other tour sites include:
A vacation home on the Savannah River, the River House owned by Sarah and LeRoy Simkins, Jr., and the private Jarrett Museum owned by Kenny Jarrett.

This spring fundraiser for the Beech Island Historical Society also will include 10 other historic and interesting places:

  • The First Baptist Church of Beech Island
  • Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site
  • The society’s Visitors Center museum
  • The Beech Island Agricultural Museum and Country Store
  • Silver Bluff Missionary Baptist Church
  • The Meyer Brothers’ Swiss settlers’ site
  • The Zubly Cemetery
  • The Silver Bluff Audubon Center
  • Risher Cabin
  • The site of 1700s George Galphin’s trading post and Revolutionary War battle.

Advance tickets are $20 and $15.
Children under 18 are free.

A barbecue lunch will be served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased on the day of the tour at the Beech Island History & Visitors Center at 144 Old Jackson Highway for $25 for adults and $20 for seniors

Advance tickets can be purchased at 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:

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