Area Events & Happenings

Musgrove Mill battle event

CLINTON – Musgrove Mill State Historic Site will offer a guided hike early on the morning of Aug. 19 to commemorate the American Revolutionary War battle that occurred on Aug. 19, 1780 near the home of Edward Musgrove, a colonial settler to the backcountry of South Carolina.

The guided hike of the Battlefield Trail will begin at 8 a.m. Participants should meet at the visitor center by 7:45 a.m. to drive to the trailhead on Horseshoe Falls Road. Admission will be $2 and registration is required.

The hike is a moderate hike and will last two hours. Participants should be prepared for the weather, wear close-toed shoes and bring water.

A formal Revolutionary War Battle Commemoration Ceremony led by local chapters of the Sons of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Revolution, and Children of the American Revolution will take place at the Visitor Center location at 10 a.m.

The ceremony will honor the participants of the Battle at Musgrove’s Mill. South Carolina Sen. Daniel B. Verdin III will be the guest speaker. Following the ceremony, there will be an ice cream social at the Visitor Center. This event is free. Seating is limited, so please bring lawn chairs for the event.

Contact Musgrove Mill State Historic Site at 864-938-0100, e-mail or go to for more information or to register.

Genealogy, family history drive

CHAPIN — The Dutch Fork Genealogy Society is holding a genealogy book and family history drive.

Drop off is Sept. 4 at the Chapin Labor Day Festival at the Genealogy Society booth. Donations also can be dropped off at the Chapin Branch of the Lexington County Library in the Society’s drop box or mailed to the Dutch Fork Chapter, SCGS P.O. Box 481, Chapin, SC 29036.

Items can include autobiographies, biographies pertaining to the Dutch Fork and Newberry County, family histories and genealogies of local families, pedigrees and/or compilations of family group sheets of local families (originals or copies), local histories for The Dutch Fork, Lexington, Richland and Newberry counties and county record books, i.e. federal and state census records for the Dutch Fork, land records, community/business, vital records and naturalization records.

Other items being sought include military records; records from history, history encyclopedias, any indexes that pertain to these records, well organized collections of genealogical and research materials, copied pages of family bibles or the Bible itself if you wish it to be protected and available for family researchers.

The group is also looking for local church histories, photos or copies of Newberry and and Dutch Fork Families and homes, cemetery records, local newspapers of genealogical value, probate or will records, maps pertaining to the towns, counties and state and how to books on genealogy.

Other than books, they will also accept various formats, including microfilm, print, or digital.

Setting the Pace run/walk

CLINTON – The Whitten Center Parents’ Club will host its annual Setting the Pace 5K and 10K Run/Walk on Sept. 30 at the SCDDSN – Whitten Center facility.

Setting The Pace is mapped out on paved roads throughout the campus. Runners/walkers in the 5K will remain in the heart of the scenic residential area of the facility.

Race day registration begins at 7 a.m. The race will start at 8 a.m. Both the 5K and 10K courses are certified, and official times are clocked and posted by RMSSports. Online registration is available at, or call the Volunteer Services department at Whitten Center at 864-938-3407 for registration forms.

To get information on getting involved at Whitten Center, contact Tara Glenn, director of Volunteer Services and Staff Development, at 864-938-3407 or

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