If you're history and culture lovers like us, The Barbados Carolina Legacy Foundation has organized a trip of a lifetime for you. From customized tours to lectures and special events, this opportunity is completely tailor-made for those interested in the strong ties between the Carolinas and the island of Barbados.
British settlers from Barbados settled the Carolina colony in 1670 and ultimately transplanted a system of governance, architecture, and a cultural legacy that can still be seen and felt today. If you have enjoyed the nostalgia that Charleston exudes, then you have already bore witness to the result of the influence of Barbados over the centuries. Experience the deep connection between these two nations by participating in a journey to where it all began; the island of Barbados.
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As the rocking chair historians in Central, SC have told it, Billy's mother was known to sleep in graveyards, shielded from the wind by a tall headstone. And from here, she herself one night departed. Left behind were the infant Billy and his older brother. Adeline Weems heard the baby crying amongst the gravestones and reportedly rescued, then raised both children.
Billy was obviously no ordinary person. In fact, he soon decided that he was a horse.
As he grew up he began to earn his meals with his wheels...a wagon that he used to carry freight parcels, passengers and their luggage to and from the train depot. Billy was a loved and respected part of the community of Central and still is today.
by Tom Taylor
Eastern ghost towns are quite different from their western counterparts. Out west things are much further apart, so you can find towns that have been totally abandoned, where no one lives. In our part of the world the population density is much higher. While a town may have died out, there might still be an active community in the area. Another difference between eastern and western ghost towns is that eastern towns can be consumed by vegetation, making it difficult to spot them among the kudzu and other encroaching vines.
Starr is a town located in rural Anderson County, named so after an engineer for the Savannah Valley Railroad. The Shiloh School was built sometime in the late 1800s and served the children of Starr (once known as the little community of Holland Store) with three rooms, heat by fire, and no indoor plumbing. Today the school is barely standing and abandoned on private property in the middle of an active cow pasture, but is still brimming with the memories of children from decades ago.
Photos by Vanessa Kauffmann