Reunion of Upcountry Families highlights family history

April 17, 2014

EASLEY — The public is invited to the Reunion of Upcountry Families from April 24 through April 26.

The free event will include cemetery tours, workshops devoted to family history and a large display of photos and other items from local families of the Old Pendleton District, which became present-day Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties.

The event kicks off at 1:30 p.m. April 24 at Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Library in Easley with a computer class on genealogy. Also planned that afternoon is “Beginning Genealogy for Children,” a kid-friendly presentation geared toward third- through sixth-graders.

At 7 p.m., Dr. Tim Drake will give a presentation on 18th century and 19th century burial customs.

From 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. April 25, there will be a tour of historic family and church cemeteries, including Oolenoy Baptist Cemetery, Holly Springs Baptist Cemetery, Saluda Hill Baptist Cemetery and Soapstone Cemetery. At 3 p.m. there will be a tour of the Pendleton District Commission Archives at 125 E. Queen St. in Pendleton.

At 7 p.m., there will be a presentation on the Reconstruction in the Upcountry at Folger Fine Arts Auditorium on the campus of Southern Wesleyan University in Central.

On April 26, Southern Wesleyan University will host historic displays from area families as well as local genealogical and historical associations in The Founders, located on the lower level of the University Dining Commons building.

The reunion is being sponsored by the Birchwood Center for Arts and Folklife, along with Southern Wesleyan University, the Faith Clayton Genealogy Center, the Old Pendleton District Genealogical Society, the Pickens County Historical Society, the Pickens County Museum of Art and History, Anderson Genealogical Society, the Central Heritage Society, the Pendleton District Commission and Pickens County Accommodation Tax Grant.

Family tables are still available at $20 each.

For details, contact the Birchwood Center at 864-898-0840 or email Also, more information can be found online at or on the Reunion’s Facebook page,