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Open this page for a complete physician listing and information about Aiken Regional Medical Centers. See inside for a listing of our comprehensive services.

World-class treatment. And a neighborly feel. That’s why we are Aiken’s choice for real personal healthcare.

Physicians are on the medical staff of Aiken Regional Medical Centers, but, with limited exceptions, are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Aiken Regional Medical Centers. The hospital shall not be liable for actions or treatments provided by physicians.


Aiken Regional Medical Centers (ARMC) is a 230-bed acute care hospital that serves Aiken and its surrounding counties. The hospital, which opened in 1917, has been at its current location since 1976. Aiken Regional Medical Centers is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS), a King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-based company that is one of the largest healthcare management companies in the nation. More than 120 physicians representing 40-plus specialties are on the medical staff at Aiken Regional Medical Centers. Ninety-two percent of the medical staff are board certified, many in multiple specialties.

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Physicians are on the medical staff of Aiken Regional Medical Centers, but, with limited exceptions, are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Aiken Regional Medical Centers. The hospital shall not be liable for actions or treatments provided by physicians.


SOME OF THE FINEST PHYSICIANS IN THE AREA ARE RIGHT HERE, AT AIKEN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTERS. ALLERGY

Ayaz Chaudhary, MD

OBSTETRICS/ GYNECOLOGY

292-7262

Cindy G. Besson, MD

David S. Keisler Jr., MD

William E. Durrett Jr., MD

648-7888

(Gynecology only) 648-0803

Afsar M. Waraich, MD

James F. Boehner, MD

649-4699

649-7535

PEDIATRICS

644-9200

GERIATRICS

Robert D. Boone, MD

BARIATRIC SURGERY

648-7888

Matthew Clark, MD

279-7666 Gregory H. Esselman, MD

649-0003 Anthony E. Harris, MD

648-7897 Davor G. Sklizovic, MD

Luciano Fiszer, MD

GASTROENTEROLOGY

Raymond D. Hesse, MD

HEMATOLOGY

649-7535 Gasnel E. Bryan, MD

648-0874

PAIN MANAGEMENT Russ Daniel, MD

644-4264 642-6500 Jonathan C. Collins, MD

642-9204 Susan M. Goldberg, MD

641-KIDS (5437)

Jessica Kobleur, MD

THORACIC AND VASCULAR SURGERY Thomas P. Paxton, MD

641-4874 L. Dieter Voegele, MD

641-4874

UROLOGY Jonathan H. Anderson, MD

649-3903 Richard P. von Buedingen, MD

648-7815

Brandon L. Daniels, MD

641-KIDS (5437)

Sitki M. Ergul, MD

644-1970

Timothy R. Kinsey, MD

641-5751

641-7850

Lloyd B. Daniels, MD

641-KIDS (5437)

CARDIAC SURGERY

T. Mark Meyer, MD

649-4117

Jose Luis, MD

VENOUS DISEASE

648-7888

Judith L.B. Hoover, MD

649-0578

Thomas P. Paxton, MD

649-7746

Paula A. Luther, MD

641-5544

Jessica Keller, DO

642-9204

649-7535

Victoria M. Stoeppler, MD

Oletha R. Minto, MD

649-0578

WOUND CARE/ HBO THERAPY

649-7535

John B. Tiffany, MD

ONCOLOGY

642-9204

641-5751 Edward J. Rapp, II, MD

Thomas P. Paxton, MD

641-4874 L. Dieter Voegele, MD

INFECTIOUS DISEASES Gerald Gordon, MD

641-4874

649-5300

CARDIOLOGY

INTERNAL MEDICINE

Ansermo L. Arthur, MD

641-4874 David W. Cundey, MD

641-4874 Gregory L. Eaves, MD

641-4874 Weems Pennington, III, MD

641-4874

William T. Besson III, MD

648-7888 Marc H. Brickman, DO

648-7774 Alyssa M. Degnan, DO

649-5300 Gerald Gordon, MD

649-5300

Sitki M. Ergul, MD

641-7850 Ahmad N. Gill, MD

641-7850

Stephen Shlaer, MD

226-0104

Donald Townsend, MD

Phuong To, DO

641-KIDS (5437)

644-1027

T. Mark Meyer, MD

PODIATRY

COLON AND RECTAL SURGERY

Raymond D. Hesse, MD

648-7888

(Allied Health)

648-7888

OPHTHALMOLOGY

George Sich III, DPM

648-1171 Edward J. Jakubs Jr., MD

648-1171 Virginia B. Winburn, MD

648-1171

DERMATOLOGY Richard S. Chesser, MD

641-0049 John R. Cook, MD

648-7888 Thomas McCullough , MD

648-7888 T. Mark Meyer, MD

648-7888 Frank J. Mondschein, MD

649-5300 Randy D. Watson, MD

648-7818 Danijela S. Zotovic, MD

R. Lee Grantham, MD

642-1000 Nini S. Patheja, MD

642-6060

ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY David S. Hudson, DMD

Margaret H. Fitch, MD

NEPHROLOGY

649-3909

Francis J. DiBona, MD

ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY

ENDOCRINOLOGY

648-0718

Ty W. Carter, MD

FAMILY PRACTICE

648-0718 Devesh R. Patel, MD

706-722-6900

James L. Bland, MD, JD

Douglas A. Stahura, DO

641-1404

648-0718

Mae Jean Englee, MD

Hy C. Sussman, MD

663-9224

648-0718

Ann M. Kulik, MD

NEUROLOGY

648-8804 Leopoldo M. Muniz, MD

642-3505 Howard G. Royal Jr., MD

649-6941 Henry S. Tam, MD

648-4224 Bela K. Udani, MD

648-8804 F. Michael Vasovski, DO

649-4446 Ray B. Vaughters Jr., MD

649-2501

PSYCHIATRY John A. Allen, MD

649-1177

648-3130

649-3668

642-3801

648-7888

Sindu Garg, MD

Mackie J. Walker, DPM

642-6060

644-8900

R. Bauer Vaughters, MD

648-6988

Daniel J. Smith, MD Enoch N. Tsai, MD

649-0563 Douglas E. Holford, MD

649-0563 R. Vaughan Massie, MD

649-0563 Clark D. Moore, MD

649-0563

643-2090 Jack L. Ratliff, MD

643-2090

642-0277

641-4874

David S. Keisler Jr., MD

James L. Hagan, MD

Dean A. Page, MD

226-0104

David H. Gibbs, MD

643-7311

PLASTIC/ RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY

Asif Hashmi, MD

Idris S. Sharaf, MD

Prakash N. Maniam, MD

Holly Clark, MD

641-5906 Merry A. DeLeon, MD

641-5906 David A. Steiner, MD

642-3801

PULMONOLOGY/ CRITICAL CARE Frank J. Mondschein, MD

649-5300 Nicholas J. Sanito, DO

643-1090 Miroslav B. Zotovic, MD

643-1090

RADIATION ONCOLOGY

Adam C. Schaaf, MD

Mark P. Ezekiel, MD

HOSPITAL-BASED PHYSICIANS ANESTHESIOLOGY Guy J. Caiafa, MD Robert P. Cassingham, MD Benjamin S. Ulmer Jr., MD

EMERGENCY MEDICINE Stephen A.D. Grant, MD F. Martin James, MD Stephen J. Platte, MD Clifford D. Staggs, MD Douglas M. Weddle, MD Edward W. Yeh, MD

HOSPITALIST Lacey McNeely, MD Kashif Naseem, MD Sidney F. Rhoades, MD Chioma V. Udogu, MD

INDUSTRY HEALTH Gaines L. Entrekin, MD

644-4264

641-7850

OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE

Timothy J. Shannon, MD

Jed Howington, MD

649-0563

641-7850

Don Pennington, MD, Cardiology

Melvyn L. Haas, MD

OTOLARYNGOLOGY

SURGERY

642-6500

Gregory H. Esselman, MD

A. Jill Buchanan, MD

Khaled F. Kamel, MD

649-0003

648-1318

642-6500

Anthony E. Harris, MD

Frank Y. Chase, MD

648-7897

648-1318

Davor G. Sklizovic, MD

Wayne T. Frei, MD

644-9200

648-1318

Richard A. Eisenberg, MD

642-6500

Michelle Lyon, MD

644-4264

R. Babu Mummaneni, MD

642-6500

NEUROSURGERY James D. Dillon, MD

Robert C. Terry, MD

648-1318

PATHOLOGY Alan D. Pierce, MD Trent D. Trzpuc, MD Robert L. Williams, MD

RADIOLOGY Alfonso Gay, MD Ronald P. Robinson, MD Robert F. Searles, DO Anthony L. Toomer, MD

226-0130

Physicians are on the medical staff of Aiken Regional Medical Centers, but, with limited exceptions, are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Aiken Regional Medical Centers. The hospital shall not be liable for actions or treatments provided by physicians.


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THE ART OF HORSES by Jamie Johnson Turner

The equine industry contributes to Aiken’s economy and also enriches the area’s cultural environment. One simply has to drive through Aiken’s renowned Horse District and see these majestic animals in the Southern sunshine to see how they could easily gallop away with an artist’s imagination. Photographers, painters and sculptors alike all credit Aiken’s horses as their muse. Meet five local artists who share their love of horses through various artistic forms and explain why they enjoy doing what they do.

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THE CHARM, GRACE AND ELEGANCE OF AIKEN’S PAST

Welcome to historic Aiken with its majestic mansions, beautiful parkways, and intriguing folklore. Beginning with the railroad in the 1830s to the War Between the States in the 1860s and the Winter Colony starting in the 1870s, Aiken’s road to notoriety has left many notable landmarks. Take a historic tour and discover all the sites and stories that make Aiken the popular, thriving community it is today.

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30 Housing Options

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32 Quality of Life

50 Retirement

38 Health Care

52 Relocation Information

42 Employment

57 Business Directory

ABOUT THE COVER Aiken and horses have been synonymous for more than 140 years, and the city’s long love affair with these majestic beauties shows. Street signs are adorned with horse graphics, and the revered Horse District boasts well maintained, dirt streets. Perhaps Aiken’s equine influence can best be portrayed in this photo of the quintessential horse running free in a pasture. cover phot ography by M e g h e n B e n g e

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orses have been a part of Aiken’s history for more than 140 years. The temperate climate, supportive community, and comfortable cost of living have all attributed to Aiken becoming a leading equine community. Based on a 2008 study commissioned by the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce and completed by the University of South Carolina Aiken’s School of Business, the equine industry’s annual impact on Aiken County surpasses $72 million with more than 1,800 jobs provided. Not only does the equine industry contribute to Aiken’s economy, it also enriches Aiken’s cultural environment. One simply has to drive through Aiken’s renowned Horse District and see these majestic animals in the Southern sunshine to see how they could easily gallop away with an artist’s imagination. Photographers, painters and sculptors alike all credit Aiken’s horses as their muse.

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Mike Kleiman

is one such photographer. Retiring to Aiken from New Jersey, Kleiman found his inspiration one day while driving down South Boundary. He turned onto the corner of Grace Avenue and Marlboro Street, and, according to Kleiman, saw the most gorgeous Friesian horse that he had ever seen; he just had to take a picture of it. Of course, he was a solid black horse, so photographing him was difficult. Kleiman returned to the same corner a week later armed with his camera and determination, but the horse was not there. Determined to find the Friesian, he turned up Orangeburg Street, and there was his inspiration! After that, Kleiman spent a couple of years in the Horse District, visiting the Aiken Training Track, and honing his photography skills. After six years, horses remain his inspiration. When asked why, he replies, “Horses are magnificent creatures. Their beauty and power grab my brain. They all have their own distinct personalities.” Kleiman is a member of the Aiken Artist Guild and is on the organization’s Board of Governors. He enjoys photographing other subjects, but horses remain his favorite.

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Meghan Benge

is an equine photographer with more of an abstract style. She began riding horses when she was around six years old and by age 13 was taking photographs of them. In 2009 she received her bachelor of fine arts in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design. “Horses in general are expressive and beautiful, so they are kind of a natural subject, especially when you have a strong emotional connection. For me, it was a pretty easy mix of two interests.” The subjects of many of her photographs are her two Welsh ponies that she trains for competitions. Benge admires the art of Keith Carter, Jack Spencer and Franz Marc; she is also interested in other artists, such as Frida Kahlo and Mary Ellen Mark. When asked where she draws her inspiration, she replies, “From the horses, how friendly and adaptable they are, their individual personalities and spirit.” Benge has had her work displayed at the Aiken Center for the Arts on multiple occasions, as well as a few group shows in Savannah, Georgia. She has been published in Art Horse Magazine, The Chronicle of the Horse, and the Equine Chronicle.

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Ginny Southworth earned a bachelor of science in Photo Communication from Syracuse University and was trained in both commercial and documentary style photography. She grew up in a small town in New York, and after graduation, moved to a larger city in Florida. She missed the small town atmosphere and yearned to get back to it. Aiken, with its small town charm and equine events, seemed to be the perfect fit. Southworth relocated to Aiken and went to work for the Aiken Standard as a photographer. “The beauty of working for a smaller paper is that you have the opportunity to shoot a greater variety of photography assignments and to learn so much about the community.” Southworth grew up riding horses and had opportunities to show and foxhunt as a child. Her inspiration comes from the beauty of a horse in motion and light. According to Southworth, “My photography is not only about the object being photographed but also how the light falling on that subject makes it special.” She has been in several Aiken art shows throughout the years, and her national exposure comes from work submitted to magazines. Southworth has had images in The Bloodhorse, Sky Magazine (Delta Airlines), New York Times, Washington Post, and many other publications. She also has produced two photography books on Aiken. Southworth teaches photography at the University of South Carolina Aiken, and as a part of teaching, has earned a master of fine arts in Photography from the University of South Carolina. “If you want to get better at something, then teach. My students have always been a great form of inspiration to me. I enjoy the idea of passing along my love of photography to others.”

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Gretchen Hash-Heffner

is an artist who has been painting horses since she was a child in southeastern Pennsylvania. She describes her art as “abstract realism;” the horses are realistic, but they are painted in abstract colors. While she does use other colors, Hash-Heffner primarily uses the calming palate of blues, greens, and purples. According to her, they remind her of cool, calm water, and she loves the way they interact with each other. She grew up around horses; in fact, ‘horse’ was her first word. Hash-Heffner says that horses are peaceful and constant; they’re good for you. “They give back as much as you give.” She and her husband have four horses on their Wire Road farm, including Edgar, the 19-year-old thoroughbred that attracted her to Aiken six years ago. Hash-Heffner carries her camera with her all the time and takes a lot of pictures; some pictures speak to her and “just have to be painted!” While she paints mostly in acrylics and watercolors, she also does silverpoint and plein air painting (painting on location). She does a lot of work with the Aiken Artist Guild, and her paintings have been on display at the Aiken Center for the Arts, Medical College of Georgia, and several other local venues. Her goal is to create affordable art that everyone can enjoy.

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Barbara Nelson

is a sculptor who is an animalier, meaning she sculpts many different animals. However, because of her love of horses and her hobby as a show jumper, foxhunter, and former eventer, she is drawn to horses. Nelson has a bachelor of science degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Massachusetts. Her background in anatomy, combined with her equine familiarity, give her the tools she needs to create sculptures with physical and behavioral accuracy. She and her husband own the 80-acre Gray Fox Farm, located east of Aiken between Highway 302 and Shaws Creek; they also have the Shaws Creek acreage in conservation reserve. Nelson is Field Master with the Whiskey Road Fox Hounds and competes in show jumping on the local Progressive Show Jumping (PSJ) circuit. Her artistic inspiration has come from many places over the years. Locally, she is inspired by her work as a board member of the Aiken SPCA, and by her enthusiasm when someone asks her to memorialize their special pet by creating a sculpture of it.

Mike, Meghan, Ginny, Gretchen and Barbara are all artists with different styles, but they all have something in common: a love, appreciation and respect for horses. The thriving equine industry in Aiken fuels their inspiration and imaginations. Their art, and the art of many others, adds to the beautiful tapestry and rich quality of life that is Aiken.

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Where to Purchase Art

Mike Kleiman (908) 331-2031 web.me.com/aikensflame Aiken Center for the Arts 122 Laurens Street, SW Aiken, SC 29801 (803) 641-9094 www.aikencenterforthearts.org The Art and Heritage Center 100 Georgia Avenue North Augusta, SC 29841 (803) 441-4380 http://artsandheritagecenter.com/ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art in the Afternoonâ&#x20AC;? November event held at Cedar Creek Development Aiken, SC 29803

Meghan Benge www.meghanbenge.com Aiken Center for the Arts 122 Laurens Street, SW Aiken, SC 29801 (803) 641-9094 www.aikencenterforthearts.org

Ginny Southworth M. Smart Custom Framing (Inside Tea Garden Gifts) 131 Laurens Street, SW Aiken, SC 29801 (803) 642-4235

Gretchen Hash-Heffner (610) 960-2407 www.gretchenhashheffner.com Aiken Center for the Arts 122 Laurens Street, SW Aiken, SC 29801 (803) 641-9094 www.aikencenterforthearts.org

Barbara Nelson (803) 642-6368 www.BarbaraNelson.net Folly 116 Laurens Street, SW Aiken, SC 29801 (803) 226-0550

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the charm, grace and elegance of Take a tour of historic Aiken. Start at the Chamber of Commerce and follow the red path to discover all of Aikenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wonderful historic sites. The following pages contain detailed information about each site. (Homes are private unless otherwise noted.)

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o those of you desiring more than a casual glance, welcome to historic Aiken. Come and experience our town with its beautiful parkways and shaded streets, its double avenues and historic mansions. Enjoy a bit of our intriguing folklore, learn about Aiken’s historic railroad and the Winter Colony influence. The South Carolina Canal and Railroad was established in 1828. William Aiken, president of the Railroad Company and one of South Carolina’s leading cotton merchants, hired Horatio Allen, a distinguished engineer who later built the Brooklyn Bridge, to build a railroad from Charleston to Hamburg, South Carolina, a site on the Savannah River. Work began in 1830 and on October 2, 1833, the first train arrived in the newly established town of Aiken, named in honor of the first railroad president. In 1834, engineers Alfred Dexter and C. O. Pascalis laid out the town with its wide streets and parkways, and Aiken was chartered in 1833. Aiken attracted many visitors, particularly wealthy Charlestonians who spent their summers at the “place of retreat from the heat and malaria of unhealthier regions.” In 1865, as the War Between the States neared a conclusion, Confederate General Joseph Wheeler took his position in the town of Aiken to oppose Sherman’s raid and put an end to the Union advance

westward. It was one of Sherman’s rare defeats along the way. Aiken recovered quickly from the War and in 1870 began to attract wealthy Northerners, who were lured to the area by opportunities for equestrian sports, thus establishing Aiken’s celebrated “Winter Colony.” Among those who wintered here was Thomas Hitchcock, who with the Whitneys established the tract of land known as Hitchcock Woods for public use. The restorations experienced in houses and churches reflect the wealth and sophistication of the population during the Winter Colony era and illustrate its impact on the community. Hayne Avenue, Colleton Avenue, South Boundary (pictured below) and Whiskey Road are old, fashionable residential avenues which attracted both local residents and winter visitors to build beautiful homes. Historic downtown Aiken continues to serve as a vibrant business hub for the community and provides a unique identity and charm for the area. Most of the sites on the Historic Tour were chosen for their historic or architectural significance. The spirit and dedication of the townspeople to the preservations of our historic heritage are evident in this tour. All historic sites are identified by a brass numbered plaque.

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OLIVEROS COTTAGE 121 Chesterfield Street, N Once an exclusive boarding house operated by the Oliveros family, this large house was built prior to 1885. It catered to wealthy Northerners and often accommodated overflow guests from the Willcox Inn. For many years after World War II it was home to scores of disabled veterans.

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HILL HOUSE 303 Newberry Street, NW This house, built in the early 1900s, is an excellent example of a Queen Anne shingle style Victorian. The early inhabitants of the Hill House were the families of Charles Hill and Robert and Mary Powell. These families worked together in Aiken’s first car dealership. Across the parkway to the left is the former site of the steel observation tower built for viewing the Transit of Venus in 1882. From this tower, a team of German astronomers observed the planet of Venus passing between the sun and the earth. Remnants of the iron observatory can now be viewed on the grounds of the Aiken County Historical Museum. Also on your left, across the parkway, is the Henderson House built by Edward Palmer Henderson in 1893. The current owners occupying this house are fourth and fifth generation Hendersons.

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THE FORD HOUSE (circa 1885) 602 Barnwell Avenue, NW The Ford House was started in 1885 by Arthur P. Ford, who contracted with James M. Curtis to build the house. It was completed in 1886 at a total cost of $1,613. Ford was publisher of the Aiken Recorder in the 1880s, but achieved greater literary fame with the publication of his Civil War memoirs, Life in the Confederate Army and Some Experiences and Sketches. One of the previous owners of the house was Mrs. Robert Carter whose daughter, actress Joanne Woodward, visited her often.

AIKEN PREPARATORY SCHOOL 619 Barnwell Avenue, NW Aiken Prep School, with its college prep environment, was founded in 1916, by Louise Hitchcock, wife of American polo pioneer Thomas Hitchcock. Once a boarding school for boys, it now is coeducational and serves 3K12th grade students.

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IDYLWOOD (circa 1923) 718 Hayne Avenue, SW This Italian Renaissance style was designed by Architect Willis Irvin, and built circa 1923 by a winter visitor, Mr. Pitkin. It features a two-story wing with a French window and balcony on the second floor. Across Hayne Avenue from Idylwood is a brick wall behind which once stood a house that was rented to Mrs. Evelyn Walsh McLean, who owned the Hope Diamond, which she kept in a silk stocking in a dresser drawer.

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IDYL HOURS (circa 1890) 707 Hayne Avenue, SW This typical winter colony cottage was designed by a northern architect, Mr. Dinsmore, for Senator & Mrs. Platt from New York. After the Senator’s death, Mrs. Platt married William Atwater, an aviator who flew on one of the Wright brothers’ first planes. The home was then purchased in 1905 by Herman Hahn, who owned and operated Hahn & Company, a high quality, old-fashioned grocery store.

ROSE HILL (circa 1900) Barnwell Avenue (between Greenville and Florence Streets) This Dutch colonial revival structure was the home of Colonel Sheffield Phelps’ family. The Garden Club of South Carolina, which was organized by the late Mrs. Phelps, held its first meeting on the grounds where a profusion of camellias, as well as exotic trees and shrubs, greeted guests. Today, Rose Hill offers accommodations, dining, and special events.

WILDS COTTAGE (circa 1924) 739 Hayne Avenue, SW Dr. Harry Wilds, a local family physician, and his wife built this residence circa 1924. It was designed by architect Deverreaux, a Northern family friend of the Wilds.

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MORRISON-WRIGHT COTTAGE (circa 1900) 704 Hayne Avenue, SW This house, with its paired Corinthian columns, exquisite woodwork and secret doorways and widow’s walk, was built by Dr. Wright, who practiced medicine in Aiken and throughout Horse Creek Valley. This home was rented to the famed Cabots of Boston as a winter residence for 12 seasons.

10 PINE KNOLL 305 Lancaster Street Built in 1930 for W.S. Reyburn and designed by Willis Irvin, this beautiful home contributes to the character of the historic district. Its 20 rooms include 7 bedrooms, 7 baths, patterned floor in the dining room, original plaster and moldings in the parlor and a secret door in the foyer - all reflecting the stately manner of the home.

11 THE AIKEN GOLF CLUB (circa 1925) 555 Highland Park Drive, SW This short, narrow, rolling golf course was developed by the Highland Park Development Corporation. The clubhouse was originally the laundry for the Highland Park Hotel, which sat across the street. The hotel, which was built in 1870 and burned in February 1898, welcomed many winter residents who later returned to build the homes you are seeing today.

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12 ST. THADDEUS EPISCOPAL CHURCH

18 DEODARA (circa 1869)

125 Pendleton Street, SW Built in 1842 and remodeled in 1926, this is the oldest church building in Aiken. Directly behind the sanctuary are interred the botanist Henry Ravenel, the poet James Matthews Legare, many other important South Carolinians, and both Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the 1865 Battle of Aiken. Mead Hall Episcopal School, founded in 1955, is part of the church campus.

13 CROFT BLOCK (circa 1884) 143 Laurens Street, SW This block of handsome two-story brick stores is a fitting memorial to George W. Croft, one of the town’s most distinguished prominent citizens who was a lawyer and later a U.S. Congressman during the late 1800’s. One of George Croft’s crowning achievements was sponsoring legislation in the General Assembly to prohibit child labor in South Carolina cotton mills in the 1800s.

14 TOOLE BUILDING 153 Laurens Street, SW This was built in 1867 by W. Perroneau Finley, Aiken’s first attorney, who began his practice here in 1837. He was originally from Charleston and was at one time President of the College of Charleston. This was the first brick building on the town’s main street with solid brick walls. Toole & Toole purchased the property in 1965 and continues the practice of law here.

15 FARMERS & MERCHANTS BUILDING (circa 1912) 167 Laurens Street, SW A bank has occupied the corner of Laurens Street and Park Avenue since 1889. The Farmers & Merchants Bank was organized and chartered in 1906. This building was erected in 1912 and combined with the Chatfield Building, which was built in 1898. Over its 75-plus years, the Farmers & Merchants Bank had only three presidents, all members of the McNair family.

16 MORGAN CIRCLE This circle with its cast iron Victorian fountain was named for Thomas R. Morgan, who was Mayor of Aiken in 1889 and 1900. His main interest was city beautification, especially encouraging plantings in our parks.

211 Park Avenue, SW Now a funeral home, this facility was built by William McGeorge who said, “at a cost of some $10,000, this house grew up under my hands until it became like a little hotel.” It has sixteen large rooms with an open fireplace and a closet in each. It was given the name Deodara for the giant cedars that once grew on the property.

19 EUBANKS HOUSE (circa 1860) 204 Park Avenue, SW Built for druggist Dr. W. H. Harbors, this became the home of former public school teacher John Eubanks in 1903. It is one of the oldest houses in downtown Aiken.

20 THE MUNICIPAL BUILDING 214 Laurens Street, SW Designed by architect Willis Irvin and built in 1938, the Municipal Building was extensively remodeled in 1987. This site has been occupied by several public buildings, including a brick police station and jail and an opera house where Will Rogers gave a benefit performance.

21 THE ALLEY Originally a row of stables and blacksmith shops, the Alley now features restaurants, shops, and offices in the renovated buildings.

22 AIKEN CLUB ROOM AND COURT TENNIS BUILDING

146 Newberry Street, SW The Aiken Club, an exclusive private men’s club, was incorporated in 1898, and the court tennis facility was constructed about 1902. The sport had its roots as far back as medieval Europe. This building is one of only nine courts in the United States and is still in use today.

23 EFRON HOUSE & GARAGE 139 Laurens Street, NW Built circa 1895, this was the home of the Efron family, who ran a garage behind the house as well as a limousine and taxi service. The house was beautifully restored in 1988. The house and garage are now the home of the Carriage House Inn.

17 OLD POST OFFICE 203 Laurens Street, SW This fine example of Palladian architecture was built in 1912. The handsome brick office, with high metal dome and decorative rail around the roof, was especially designed to fit into a corner of the town’s main square. The interior features 16’ ceilings with woodwork and cabinets of solid oak.

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24 HOTEL AIKEN

30 UNCLE JOHN’S CABIN (circa 1925)

235 Richland Avenue, W The building was constructed 1898 by Henry Hahn. Purchased by the Holley family in 1929, the hotel was refurbished as a modern fireproof hostelry with 50 bedrooms with private baths. Owned and managed by the Holley family for 50 years, the hotel is now under new ownership.

25 HENDERSON HOTEL (circa 1929) 107 Chesterfield Street, S This structure was a hotel built by a committee of local citizens concerned with the comfort of Aiken’s growing list of visitors. The grand opening was on January 1, 1930. The early hotel dining room served exquisite food and was a showcase of dining finery. In 1960, the property was converted to a banking facility.

26 RAILROAD The Aiken section of the railroad track, which ran from Hamburg, S.C. on the Savannah River to Charleston, was originally on Park Avenue. A portion of the original road bed still exists in Hitchcock Woods. The track was moved when this ‘cut’ was dug in 1853. When the 136-mile track was laid in the 1830s, it was the longest railroad in the world. When surveying for the railroad, two miles were laid out on each side of the track, with squares 4 acres in size and streets 150 feet wide. These plans helped in the development of Aiken’s 176 beautiful parkways.

27 JOYE COTTAGE

129 First Avenue Originally a simple house, this home was purchased from Miss Sarah Joye and expanded into a more than 60-room vacation ‘cottage’ in 1897 by William C. Whitney, a New York banker who served in Grover Cleveland’s cabinet as Secretary of the Navy. After a few years in a deteriorating state, new owners have now lovingly restored this building to its original grandeur. They have bequeathed the home to the Julliard School of Music.

28 JOYE COTTAGE STABLE (circa 1897) 100 First Avenue Originally quarters for 30 horses, this has been beautifully converted to a private residence without losing the historic value and style of a stable.

29 BANKSIA 433 Newberry Street, SW The Aiken County Historical Museum now occupies this site, purchased by Richard Howe to build a new home. He had the original right wing, built prior to 1860, moved and built an addition designed by architect Willis Irvin. What began as an unpretentious Victorian cottage on five acres ended with thirty-two rooms, fifteen baths and a full-sized ballroom. It is open to the public, except on Monday.

467 Newberry Street, SW This winter cottage once used as a guest house by the Hitchcocks is still a private residence. President Dwight Eisenhower visited in this cottage.

31 BLACK STABLES (The Pink House) 217 Easy Street, SW This home was built for the Bayard Warren family circa 1930. The stables were named Black Stables because the roof was painted black. The stables, which were built before the house, face Third Avenue. The architect for the Pink House, a charming ‘Creole style’ home, was Julian Peabody, a son-inlaw of the Hitchcocks. Peabody was also the architect for the Seymour Knox and Devereaux Milburn homes and others in Aiken.

32 SQUASH COURT (circa 1897) Corner of Easy and Chesterfield Streets Now a private residence, this building was once a part of the Joye Cottage complex. Architect Thomas Hastings designed the Squash Court in 1904 for William Collins Whitney. One court remains today as it was in 1904 and features a 28’ ceiling.

33 COKER SPRINGS Coker Springs Road (challenging for buses). This historic site was part of an original land grant to Ephraim Franklin in 1791. It served as the primary watering source for the Town of Aiken until about 1890 and was a gathering place for servants to do the laundry. The spring is covered with a springhouse constructed in the 1800s and restored in 1972.

34 HOPELANDS / THOROUGHBRED RACING HALL OF FAME Dupree Place This public garden, the 14-acre winter estate of Mr. and Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin, was given to the City of Aiken by Mrs. Iselin to be maintained for public enjoyment. The main house was demolished in 1970, and noted landscape architect Robert Marvin made additions to the garden. During the summer, free concerts and theatrical productions are presented here. The grounds include the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and a Carriage Museum. The Hall of Fame features champion thoroughbred flat racers and steeplechase horses trained in Aiken. The brick wall encircling the estate was constructed circa 1930.

35 SANDHURST 215 Dupree, SW Built in 1902 during Aiken’s heyday as a winter resort by the Sands family of New York, Sandhurst, with its Corinthian columns, broad verandas and high ceilings, has been occupied by some of the Winter Colony’s most prominent families. Its original 11-acre tract included stables and two paddocks. The home is now commercial property.

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36 RYE PATCH 100 Berrie Road, SW This winter estate was given to the City of Aiken by the family of the late Mrs. Dorothy Knox Goodyear Rogers. The outbuildings included stables, paddock, guest cottage, laundry house, garage and clay tennis courts. The brick wall was constructed in 1928 (some say to keep outsiders from being able to look in and see the Duke of Windsor when he visited). The Goodyear family donated the beautiful rose garden on these grounds.

37 PALMETTO GOLF CLUB AND COURSE

275 Berrie Road, SW In 1892, Thomas Hitchcock laid out four holes to begin the Palmetto Golf Course. Three years later, five more holes were added, and W.C. Whitney later donated land to complete the 18 holes. The course was designed by Alistair McKenzie, who was the most famous architect of all the early courses in the United States. The early greens were not ‘greens’, but sand.

38 RIDGELEY HALL

332 Berrie Road, SW Built in 1918 for Mr. and Mrs. Winthrop Rutherfurd of New Jersey and thought to be designed by Julian Peabody, the son-in-law of Thomas Hitchcock, this building is constructed of red brick laid in Flemish bond and has a slate mansard roof encircled by a parapet.

39 GREEN BOUNDARY CLUB (circa 1928)

780 Whiskey Road, S In 1956, Mr. Seymour H. Knox, Sr. and a small group of Aiken friends decided to create a supper club by purchasing the Georgian-style residence of Mr. and Mrs. William B. Wood, known as “Green Boundary.” Since cooks were given Thursday nights off by Winter Colony residences, the new club would provide a place to dine with friends. The beautiful home, originally a winter estate called “Sunshine” was designed by Willis Irvin and built for William Zeigler in 1927. Mr. Zeigler was Chairman of the Board of Royal Baking Powder Company. The Green Boundary Club continues as a private supper club today.

40 FERMATA CLUB (circa 1920s)

841 Whiskey Road, S Fermata is a musical term meaning “to pause or rest”. This is the site of what was once the Fermata School of Girls founded in 1920 for the education of the children of the Winter Colony residents by Marie Eustis Hofmann, the wife of the internationally famous pianist Josef Hofmann. Fire destroyed the main building of the Fermata School in the 1940s. The gymnasium is now used as a clubhouse.

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41 WHITEHALL (circa 1928) Whitehall Place This home, built for Col. Robert R. McCormick, publisher of the Chicago Tribune, was known as architect Willis Irvin’s masterpiece. The structure won a design award at the South Architectural and Industrial Art Exhibit in Memphis not long after it was built. Its large windows, columns, and reserved moldings are representative of the Colonial Revival style. The residential section surrounding the home was once part of this estate.

42 WHITNEY POLO FIELD AND TRACK (circa 1882)

Magnolia Street (on the right) This field, named for W.C. Whitney, was first used for polo in 1882, six years after the game was introduced into the United States. It was deeded in the early 1900s by Mr. Whitney to a board of trustees to be used for the purpose of playing polo and is still being used today.

43 DEVEREAUX MILBURN HOUSE (circa 1929)

627 Magnolia Street, SE Built in 1929 for polo champion Devereaux Milburn, this imposing Regency style residence was designed by prominent New York architect Julian Peabody. Designed on a grand scale and featuring classic detailing, the residence reflects the grace and elegance of the era in which it was built. The pink, H-shaped stuccoed residence also features a stable and a onestory outbuilding.

44 NANDINA (circa 1925)

638 Magnolia Street, SE This home was built for S.A. Warner Baltazzi, an Olympic pistol team member and a great horseman. The grounds are graced with formal gardens and a stone tea house at the end of the garden path. The adjoining structure was formerly the Baltazzi carriage house containing 16 stables.

45 GEORGIAN COURT (circa 1929) 621 Magnolia Street, SE Georgian Court, a two-story Colonial Revival residence named for its type of architecture, was built for Robert Hassler, inventor of the spring shock absorber. The property originally consisted of the entire block on Magnolia Lane. Unusual features of the house are the underground bowling alley and indoor tennis court.

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46 GRACE ESTATE

52 THE AIKEN TRAINING TRACK

515 Magnolia Street, SE On this 15-acre tract known as ‘Two Trees” once stood the winter home of New York industrialist W. R. Grace. ‘Two Trees” was named because only two trees stood on the former Hassler polo field on which it was built. It was built in 1930 and burned several years ago. Among previous owners is singer Andy Williams.

47 CHINABERRY (circa 1824) 441 York Street, SE This was the main house on a large plantation owned by Captain W. W. Williams. Legend has it that Captain Williams bargained that if the railroad were allowed to come through Aiken he would allow his daughter Sara to marry Alfred Andrew Dexter, the young engineer sent to build this section of the railroad. The Chinaberry property is the only known surviving landmark in Aiken preceding the founding of the town in the mid 1830s.

48 PARDUE HOUSE 422 York Street, SE W. H. Pardue built this home in 1929. Designed by Scroggs and Ewing of Augusta, Georgia, for the Pardues, the home perfectly exemplifies Colonial Revival detail and proportion. The original framed blueprints are dated May 21, 1929. A pool and sunroom have been added.

49 WILLIAMS CEMETERY

Between Grace Avenue and Homestead Lane This property, known as the Williams Cemetery Plot, was the family burial ground of the William White Williams family who lived at Chinaberry. The cemetery is the burial site of Confederate and Union soldiers as well as members of the Williams family.

50 WINTHROP POLO FIELD

Corner of Grace Avenue and Sumter Street In the 1920s, W. Averill Harriman, Governor of New York, owned the entire block bounded by Sumter, Mead, Grace and Marion streets. In the 1930s, F. Ambrose Clark exercised his thoroughbred racehorses on this field. Adam Winthrop purchased the field in 1960 to use as a polo field. In 1998, the Aiken County Open Land Trust purchased the field to be used as a multiequestrian area and continues to manage the controlled use of the property, still known as the Adam Winthrop Polo Field.

51 HABERSHAM HOUSE (circa 1927)

726 Grace Avenue, SE This home was built for Kenneth Schley, Master of the Essex Hunt. It was later purchased by Mr. and Mrs. F. Ambrose Clark, heirs of the O.N.T. Thread & Singer Sewing Machine fortune.

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620 Two Notch Road, S Constructed in 1941 by the late Fred H. Post and his son William, the Aiken Training Track complex was established for training flat racers and is considered to be one of the finest tracks in the country. Trainers from well-known stables have been training at the track since its founding, and champions are still being trained at the facility today.

53 TIP TOP TOO (circa 1928)

516 Marion Street Extension This home was built by the Pinkerton family, descendants of the founder of the famous detective agency, and owned during World War II by Lucy Mercer Rutherford.

54 FORD CONGER FIELD Audubon Street, SE Built by F. Ambrose Clark, this is the site of the annual Aiken Steeplechase, a part of the Triple Crown (three successive equestrian weekend events held in March). The first Steeplechase Meet in Aiken was held March 14, 1930 in Hitchcock Woods.

55 McGHEES’ MILE (circa 1936)

620 Banks Mill Road, SE This complex was constructed in 1936 by Dunbar Bostwick to train standardbred horses (trotters and pacers). Bostwick has been credited to a large degree for reviving the interest in harness racing and was responsible for introducing Aiken as a training center to many renowned owners and trainers of standardbred horses.

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450 East Boundary Street, SE Once the center of a cotton plantation that included more than 300 acres, Crossways is thought to have been built around 1815 by John E. Marley. In the 1890s it was the home of South Carolina Governor John Gary Evans, and its balcony was the location of his inaugural speech in 1894. It was the winter home of Arthur Young, Scottish-born founder of the internationally renowned accounting firm, from 1927 until his death in 1948. It is now a commercial property.

57 VICTORIAN HOUSE (circa 1880)

494 Powderhouse Road, SE This beautifully restored two-story residence, classified as Folk Victorian, was built by the Burckhalter family, one of Aiken’s oldest families, in the late 1880s. The detached carriage house is simple in form, but elaborate in detail. The house is said to have originally been the residence on a dairy farm.

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58 LOLLIPOP COTTAGE 704 South Boundary Avenue, SE Built in 1890 by the Bradley family, this is a good example of a Sand Hill cottage so common to South Carolina. The house was built on top of an old roadbed known as the road to Orange Grove. Originally the cottage had four major rooms, a central hallway running the length of the house, and a spacious front porch. The house features many original windowpanes including one in the master bedroom which bears the initials of Mary H. Bradley, the original owner. This cottage was named for the hand-carved lollipop fence that surrounds the property.

58 NAWANDA (Circa 1928) 319 South Boundary Avenue, E Designed by architect Willis Irvin and built for S. Griswald Flagg form Pennsylvania, this was once owned by a member of the Rutherford family. It reflects the influence of colonial revival and contributes to the character of the District.

59 JASMINE COTTAGE

129 Colleton Avenue, SW Located directly across from The Willcox and built circa 1895, this home was owned by the family of Ernest Wiehl, the internationally celebrated chef of The Willcox. His wife likened the color of the house to a favorite flower and named it “my little Jasmine Cottage”. The house features a fireplace in each room, Hitchcock ceilings and other fine Victorian features. After several years of unoccupied decline, recent owners have restored this landmark to its original standards.

60 AIKEN INSTITUTE Colleton Avenue / Whiskey Road The northern end of this large 2-story brick building was built circa 1891 by John Staubes. The southern portion was erected in 1914, and two wings were added to the southeast side of the annex around 1930. It was used as a public school until it reopened as the Aiken County Public Library in 1990.

61 POPOVER (circa 1929) 316 York Street, SE This was originally the servants’ wing of a house facing Fairfield Street. Separated from the main house and moved in 1960, it was adapted to private use in a unique and charming way in 1972. The front foyer was once the laundry room, and the adjoining guest house was called the “Potting Shed”.

62 MOUSETRAP (circa 1927) 225 Colleton Avenue, SE This charming cottage was built by two Aiken sisters who sold it immediately to Mr. E. M. Byers for a winter residence. Mr. Byers, a confirmed bachelor, played day and night - riding, playing tennis and partying. Workmen confirm the house to be extremely well built. There are seven chimneys. Inside the chimneys is a whorled effect done with the brick to draw the smoke upward, a design patented by Benjamin Franklin.

63 ASTOR HOUSE 325 Colleton Avenue, SE This imposing home in the early 1900s was acquired from the Astor family of New York by Perroneau Finley Henderson, a distinguished Aiken attorney who lived here for many years. The home faces the site of the former Vanderbilt home across the street. This intersection was occupied (perhaps at different times) by two of America’s wealthiest families.

64 UNION STREET 316 Union Street, SE Built in 1905, this charming cottage was the guesthouse for Tommy Leiter’s home, “One Acre Farm”. There are four fireplaces, 10’ ceilings, wide heartof-pine plank floors, and beautifully proportioned plaster walls. The wrought iron gate with its corn stalk design was brought from Charleston.

65 ONE ACRE FARM (Pre-1909)

405 Colleton Avenue, SE This 2-1/2 story rambling frame house, once owned by Marshall Field heir Tommy Leiter, had extensive remodeling by members of Aiken’s winter colony. Behind the house is a stable that was converted to three guest suites.

66 COACH HOUSE (circa 1890)

427 Colleton Avenue, SE This 2-story weatherboard house has four chimneys and a truncated hip roof with plain-boxed cornice. In the center of the five-bay facade is an entrance with semicircular fanlight, broken-pediment, and fluted pilasters. There is a one-story porch across the central three bays of the facade.

67 REST PERIOD (circa 1900) 505 Colleton Avenue, SE The Post family’s ties with Aiken date to 1912, when Fred Post of Long Island brought his first polo ponies to Aiken. Shortly after buying Rest Period, then a modest home, the family began extensive additions, including a south wing added in 1930. The home was the setting for the 1939 marriage of their daughter, Frances, to Ricardo Santos Santamarina, son of the vice president of Argentina before Peron came to power. Mrs. Santamarina, who had attended the Fermata School, met her husband while playing polo.

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68 SUMTER COTTAGE (circa 1890) 523 Colleton Avenue, SE This rambling 2-1/2 story weatherboard farm house with its irregular plan has an elevator and 12 main spacious rooms, and is built with cross ventilation in mind. Brick walkways, pebble spread trails and swept paths lead you around an exquisite garden and yard to a water lily pond.

69 SEVEN GABLES

335 Sumter Street, SE This charming 100-year-old cottage houses 12 rooms, heart-of-pine floors, 11’ ceilings and 3,000 square feet of living space. In 1920 the house was moved from Colleton Avenue to Sumter Street and remodeled. Not seen from the front of the house is a wooden pergola between two back wings of the house where yellow jasmine grows profusely. The yard has been completely landscaped with 29 varieties of camellias by the present owners.

70 SCANTY SHANTY (circa 1920) 607 Colleton Avenue, SE The front elevation of this 1-1/2 story weatherboard house is distinguished by a gabled porch with Tuscan columns and a central dormer. The oldest part of the house was built in the 1800s with other wings added in the early 1900s. An L-shaped garage/stable, circa 1925, stands at the southern end of the property, which also has a beautiful garden.

71 BOX STALL (circa 1899) 621 Colleton Avenue, SE Built for Martha Staubes Gyles and Judge Herbert Gyles, this house is irregular in plan and has 3 large brick interior chimneys with corbelled caps. This was once the home of Nancy Potter Bourne, a wealthy socialite who was a Ponds face cream model.

72 HOME PLACE (circa 1875)

338 Horry Street, SE This residence, originally called “Home Place,” was built around 1875. It was once owned by Nancy Legendre, the daughter of a German baroness, and Mr. Newbold, publisher of The Washington Evening Star. There are four fireplaces, one up and three down and four bedrooms. The original heart-of-pine floors are in excellent condition and enhance the historic character of this home.

73 LET’S PRETEND (circa 1880) 312 Horry Street, SE Edward Palmer Henderson built this rambling, weatherboard, Colonial style cottage. The charming, livable home was once owned by noted novelist Gouverneur Morris of New York, who entertained here the famous author Richard Harding Davis.

74 SHOTGUN HOUSES (circa 1900)

233, 229, and 225 Kershaw Street, NE These are examples of African-American folk architecture. The small rectangular dwelling with gabled entrance and porch was designed for maximum use of available space.

75 COTTAGES 1 76 COTTAGES 2 77 COTTAGES 3 418 and 410 Colleton Avenue, SE & 402 Colleton Avenue, SE - “Wits End” John Staubes, a local builder who owned this entire block, added a number of houses on this street. The Staubes family came from Germany in the early 1800s. These three houses are good examples of the Aiken cottages being built by the Staubes family during this time.

78 ELM COURT / VANDERBILTS (mid-1850s) 306 Colleton Avenue, SE In the mid-1850s, William Gregg, Jr., son of the founder of the Graniteville Company, built a large frame house with a broad veranda on this site. In 1872, the house became Aiken’s first courthouse and jail. William K. Vanderbilt purchased the home in 1914 and named it “Elm Court”. Many famous people visited the Vanderbilts during the 13 years they owned the property. Fire destroyed the original house on January 25, 1970.

79 THE WINDOWS (circa 1850)

244 York Street, SE Formerly known as “Holly Trees,” this house was built circa 1850 by Dr. William Percival who lived here with his family. Mrs. Brooks Thayer, a wealthy recluse, later purchased the house and named it “Windows.” In order to protect her anonymity, Mrs. Thayer also bought the small house next to her large one, hoping the public would be unsure of where she was staying. This home has had many interesting tenants and guests including George Herbert Walker, donor of the Walker Cup, the coveted golfing award.

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80 YORK HOUSE 253 York Street, SE Built in 1850 and believed to be one of the oldest houses in Aiken,York House served as an inn for most of its early years. The owner in 1892 advertised that it had been “thoroughly overhauled” and that its table was “the best”. At one time it was occupied as a winter residence by Mabel Brady Garvan, sister of ‘Diamond Jim’ Brady. In the mid 1900s the inn’s 30 rooms were converted into seven apartments.

81 NORWOOD HOUSE (circa 1890) 114 Colleton Avenue, SE This charming 100-year-old residence was rented yearly to the same winter visitor, an antique dealer who wore a patch over one eye. Local legend says that each time he was seen, the patch would be on the other eye.

82 THE WILLCOX 100 Colleton Avenue, SW This elegant inn flourished in the early 1900s as a gathering place for many eminent winter visitors, including Elizabeth Arden, Harold Vanderbilt, The Duke of Windsor and Governor Averill Harriman of New York. It was established in 1898 by caterer Frederick S. Willcox. The Willcox reputation was built on its ambiance, impeccable service and excellent cuisine. It continues today as an inn with a restaurant and spa.

83 THE NOOK (circa 1900) 337 Newberry Street, SW Dr. and Mrs. B.H. Teague built this home, which has six corner fireplaces and one out-building, which was the kitchen in the original plan. Their daughter, Elizabeth Teague, one of Aiken’s most important citizens, lived in this house during her most productive years as a teacher and writer.

84 HITCHCOCK WOODS West End of South Boundary This beautiful 2,000-acre preserve is closely associated with Aiken’s early history as a winter resort and a center of sporting activity. Originally, Hitchcock Woods was part of a much larger tract of land purchased by Thomas Hitchcock and William C. Whitney. In 1939, Hitchcock and his daughter, Helen Clark, established the Hitchcock Foundation. The aim of the Foundation was, and is, to protect and maintain Hitchcock Woods for the recreational use and enjoyment of the people of Aiken. This urban forest is used for all types of equestrian activities and is available to the public as a haven for nature lovers. The woods can be seen by horseback or walking, but automobiles, bicycles and other vehicles are not allowed.

85 LEGARE-MORGAN HOUSE 241 Laurens Street, SW This restored, one-story clapboard cottage was once owned by the family of James Matthews Legare, a well-known South Carolina poet, artist, and inventor. The original part of the house was built in 1837 and purchased in 1871 by Thomas C. Morgan, a British Naval officer.

86 DIBBLE MEMORIAL LIBRARY 224 Laurens Street, SW Henry M. Dibble, a prominent Aiken banker, founded the first library. It was housed in a single room in the office building of the old Bank of Aiken. On this site, Aiken’s first library building was erected in 1927, designed by Murray Hoffman of New York and established by friends and relatives of Mr. Dibble, who had died in 1921.

87 AIKEN COUNTY COURTHOUSE

109 Park Avenue, SE Constructed in 1881 on a lot originally known as ‘The Courthouse Square,’ the building was of red brick. In 1934, architect Willis Irvin prepared plans for remodeling, at which time the cupola was changed to house the town clock, a weathervane was placed on the pinnacle, and the exterior was stuccoed. Original doors and brass locks are still in use in the main building which was extensively renovated in 1987 when an addition was built.

88 ST. MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS CATHOLIC CHURCH THE CHAPEL OF ST. CLAIRE

100 Block of Park Avenue, SE The cornerstone for this Semi-Gothic style building was laid in the autumn of 1905. Within the church stands the life-size bronze statue of the Virgin and Child by Gustave Dore; which won third prize in the world competition of sculpture in Paris in 1880. The plan for the Chapel of St. Claire, which dates to August 7, 1879, was drawn under the direction of Mlle Celestine Elizabeth Eustis, who commissioned artist M. Lorin of France to paint on glass the scene of St. Claire pleading for the Lord to repel the Saracens who were advancing toward Assisi.

89 H. CHRISTIAN HAHN (circa 1890)

120 Chesterfield Street, S There were no bathrooms in the original house plans, but many were added in its early years along with a glassed-in sun porch downstairs and a sleeping porch upstairs. There was a full stable and big barn on the property for the horses, and wagons used to deliver groceries for Hahn and Company on Laurens Street.

90 HEART’S DESIRE (circa 1890) 108 Chesterfield Street, S This charming residence features seven fireplaces, even one in the bathroom. Originally, there was a cistern on the side porch. A goat was kept in the yard to pull the children in a red wagon.

91 FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH

500 Block of Richland Avenue, E The Rev. John Phillips, a local African-American minister, realized the need for a building for worship and secured this location. Construction began in 1866. In August 1893, a fire completely destroyed the church and all church records. The loyal congregation immediately began rebuilding, working from early morning until late at night. The new church was completed in December 1893.

92 SCHOFIELD NORMAL AND INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL

710 Barnwell Avenue, NE After arriving in Aiken in 1868 to begin her life’s work of providing educational opportunities for the black community, Martha Schofield opened her school in 1870. The cupola now standing on the school property is the only remaining section of the original school. Miss Schofield’s house was moved from Kershaw Street to 710 Barnwell Avenue, adjacent to the school site, where it still stands. She entertained here many Northern visitors who gave support to her school.

93 ALL SAINTS ANGLICAN CHURCH

110 Fairfield Street, N This building was built as an Episcopal black mission church in the early 1930s and was financed by the Episcopal diocese of Upper South Carolina and the Winter Colony residents, who were anxious to have a church for their servants. The mission was disbanded and the building was acquired by the Anglicans in 1976. The interior style is Carpenter’s Gothic by local craftsmen; the windows feature painted and fired medallions and borders in a field of German antique glass painted by local artist Nancy Wilds. This modified Sand Hill Colonial style building features unusual dormers on the front, which are quaintly called ‘Pigeon Houses.’

94 WESLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (circa 1885) 228 Richland Avenue, E This church building is a good example of the ‘meeting house’ form of sanctuary. The original 24-member congregation paid Mr. I.A. Givens $3,000 for the construction of the building. Many volunteers from the community assisted. The original pulpit, pulpit chairs, pews, communion table and altar rail are still in use.

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95.7

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Housing

(29.27%) 80.8

Utilities

(10.22%) 97.8

Transportation

(9.86%) 97.7

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(4.23%)

94.6

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(31.11%)

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Atlanta, GA

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f you’re looking for a

Aiken is the ideal place to

place that offers all the

come and spend a day, a

amenities you’ll ever

week, or a lifetime.

need, a place that offers a

Aiken offers a uniqueness

perfect balance between

often unheard of in

the charm and grace of

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Quality of Life

and a progressive approach

place for all ages and

to business go hand-in-

officials, community

for all seasons. It has

hand to offer something for

leaders, retirees, young

been named 100 Best

almost every lifestyle.

professionals, parents and

Communities for Young

One of Aiken’s greatest

students is the foundation

People, One of 21 Best

assets is its people –

upon which Aiken draws

Towns for Boomers, and

individuals from diverse

its strength.

One of a Dozen Distinctive

backgrounds who are

Destinations.

dedicated to the economic

public and private

and overall well-being

entities have successfully

impeccable beauty,

of the community. This

implemented numerous

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strong commitment from

programs that have

unparalleled quality of life,

business people, public

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HEALTH CARE

The URS Center for the

With more than 120

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of-the-art theatre located

230 beds, Aiken Regional

in historic downtown

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tastes, from drama to

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comedy and musicals. In

and the Joint Pain Center.

addition to the playhouse,

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in Augusta, Georgia, and

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renowned singers,

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Aiken each year.

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located on the campus of

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a 687-seat theater known

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health, physical therapy,

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occupational therapy,

cultural events open to

sports medicine, behavioral

the community, including

health, and exercise

the annual cultural series

programs to name a few.

featuring traveling theater companies and performers.

ART & CULTURE The Aiken community

The University’s 100,000-square-foot

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residents and visitors alike

entertainment facilities,

support the arts with an

features everything from

enthusiasm that could

internationally known

rival most any large city.

music stars to comedians,

Visual and performing

musicals, and even

arts thrive year round and

professional bull riding.

touch many cultures and

The University also

lifestyles, while showcasing

brings in renowned

local, national and

writers each year during

international talent.

its Distinguished Writers

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arts provide exciting

Department of English, the

entertainment and often

event features free public

give local citizens an

readings by novelists, short

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Outdoor musical

opportunity to learn a new

landmarks, is the site

when wealthy northerners

entertainment is also

skill or enhance an existing

of the Center for African

traveled by way of personal

popular in the area. The

one.

American History, Art &

railway cars to spend their

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winters in Aiken.

Hopelands Gardens

History and culture

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will enjoy learning about

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Aiken’s science and

features various musical

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the cultural legacy of the

engineering history. The

entertainment from bands

educational experiences.

African-American Diaspora

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of the Savannah River

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technical and scientific achievements, sociological impacts, and ecological accomplishments. When it comes to outdoor fun and entertainment, Aiken boasts a variety of festivals, such as the annual St. Mary’s Chocolate Festival, Mead Hall Strawberry Festival, and Aiken Bluegrass Festival. The Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce presents the Aiken’s Makin’ Arts & Crafts Show every

The Aiken Center for

Historical Museum, once

Americans to Aiken and

September. This event

the Arts and numerous

served as the original

neighboring regions.

attracts more than 30,000

galleries feature works

campus of the University

of local, as well as

of South Carolina Aiken

is a replica of Aiken’s

international and national,

and as the community’s

historic railroad depot. It

artists. Artist shows

library. The museum

houses the City of Aiken’s

and receptions flourish

offers an exciting historical

Visitor’s Center, as well

throughout the year and

view of Aiken and features

as displays depicting the

offers exciting outdoor

offer a unique mix of art

ongoing displays and

relationship between the

activities for visitors and

media.

shows that bring history

founding of Aiken and the

residents of all ages.

Participation in the arts

The Aiken Train Museum

people annually to Aiken’s historic downtown.

RECREATION Every season in Aiken

Fun and diverse activities

to life. The grounds have

history of the railroad –

is highly encouraged in the

been developed into an

from the popular legend

abound year round in

area through art education

arboretum and nature

of a bride whose “hand

Aiken and surrounding

and enrichment classes.

trail.

was given in marriage” in

towns. One of the biggest

exchange for a railroad

draws for many is the

arts classes are available

Building, one of Aiken

stop to the establishment

numerous equestrian

and give all citizens the

County’s most historic

of the “Winter Colony,”

activities and events.

Both visual and performing

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The area boasts of

testify to the sports

international polo matches,

popularity, and the area

foxhunting, horse shows,

bustles with activity every

and carriage and pleasure

year during the Masters

riding. Busy horse farms

Golf Tournament in nearby

and stables dot the area,

Augusta, Georgia.

and equestrian activities

For many residents and

are so popular that the

visitors, tennis, softball,

City of Aiken has unpaved

baseball, volleyball and

streets made of hard clay

soccer play a close rival to

to protect the horsesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

golf. Municipal and county

hooves.

recreation departments

Long known as a premier

offer numerous competitive

horse training center

sports opportunities for

that has produced such

people of all ages. Citizens

winners as Sea Hero,

Park in Aiken plays host to

Kelso, Summer Squall,

local, regional and national

and Good Time, Aiken

sporting events that attract

is home to the Aiken

thousands of people to the

Training Track, the Ford

area each year.

Conger Steeplechase

For those who enjoy

Track, and numerous polo

nature and walking, the

fields. Horse enthusiasts

area offers numerous

celebrate Aikenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rite of

public parks, walking trails

spring every March with

and tranquil gardens.

the Triple Crown. The

Hopelands Gardens, a

popular three-weekend

14-acre public treasure,

equestrian event, which

features garden paths that

includes flat races,

wind among 100-year-old

the national-circuit

magnolia and oak trees.

Steeplechase, and polo,

For the more adventurous,

draws families, friends and

Hitchcock Woods, a 2,000-

businesses together for

acre woodland preserve

fun, food and festivities.

nestled in the heart of

Another popular activity

downtown Aiken, has

that thrives in Aiken is

numerous trails and paths

golf, which is a major draw

that provide hours of

for many who move to the

hiking, horseback riding,

area. Simply stated, the

and bird watching.

area is a golferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paradise!

For the real outdoor

With several private and

enthusiast, camping,

public courses available,

boating, and water sports

golf enthusiasts take to

abound at nearby lakes

the links year round.

and state parks. And every

Tournaments flourish

season the Aiken area

throughout the year and

comes alive with numerous

cater to experienced golfers

exciting festivals and

as well as the novice.

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The Health Care System

center, a behavioral health

also includes two nursing

sciences center, plus the

facilities – the 100-bed

Cardiovascular Institute of

Kentwood Nursing

Carolina and the Cancer

Facility, which includes 20

Care Institute of Carolina,

personal-care beds, and

are among ARMC’s top-

the 149-bed Westwood

notch facilities.

Nursing Facility, which

In addition, The Surgery Center of Aiken, located

includes 20 beds for Alzheimer’s patients.

near the hospital campus,

University has won

offers outpatient surgery.

the National Research

Also serving the area

Corporation’s Consumer

is the Medical College of

Choice Award 11 years in

Georgia (MCG) system, a

a row. It has also been

teaching- and research-

awarded the prestigious

based hospital, which is

Magnet Designation by

located a short distance

the American Nurses

away in Augusta, Georgia.

Credentialing Center,

MCG facilities include

recognizing quality

the 478-bed MCGHealth

patient care and nursing

Medical Center, the

excellence.

MCGHealth Medical Office

40

Augusta, Georgia-based

In addition to hospital

Building with more than

and physician care, a

80 outpatient practice sites

comprehensive range

in one convenient setting,

of health care services

the Specialized Care Center

can be found in Aiken

housing a 13-county

County, including

regional trauma center

home health, physical

and the 154-bed

therapy, occupational

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therapy, sports medicine,

When it comes to health

behavioral health and

care, the Aiken area is

exercise programs to name

well prepared to serve the

a few.  Special interest

needs of its citizens from

programs and support

newborn through the

groups are also available,

senior years. As research

as well as educational

and new technologies

programs.

unfold on the medical

Comprehensive care

horizon, one can be sure

facilities, adult day

the health care providers

services and assisted-living

will be there to bring the

communities complement

best care and technological

the many medical services

advances to Aiken County.

available and support the diverse health care needs of area citizens.

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Lots of career opportunities!

AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA

F

or more than 175

environmental restoration,

years, Aiken and

some of the most

Aiken County have

advanced businesses and

progressed because they

industries call the Aiken

have changed with the

area home. The range

economic times . . . and

and diversity of these

it shows. Aiken has been

companies provide a stable

named the “Best Place in

working environment and

the South to Locate Your

strengthen Aiken County’s

Company” (small market).

economic base.

Many factors played into

cour tesy Econ omi c Dev elop men t Part ners hip

Employment

Savannah River

this distinguished honor,

Nuclear Solutions, LLC,

including the area’s strong,

the largest employer in

area, including Savannah

diverse economy.

Aiken County and one

River Remediation, LLC,

From everyday products,

of the largest in South

at the Savannah River

such as over-the-counter

Carolina, plays a major

Site, Kimberly-Clark

medicines and paper

role in the area’s economy

Corporation, Shaw AREVA

products, to cotton cloth,

at the Savannah River

MOX Services, and

tires, automotive parts,

Site, which includes the

Bridgestone have invested

diesel engines, vending

Savannah River National

heavily in Aiken County

machines and materials

Laboratory. Several other

and contribute significantly

for nuclear defense and

large employers in the

to economic prosperity.

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Kimberly-Clark

Aiken County recognizes

trained work force and

in Augusta, Georgia, and

Corporation is a Fortune

the value of its economic

numerous incentives to

Columbia Metropolitan

500 company as are

base and works closely

potential business and

Airport in Columbia, South

Carlisle Tire and Wheel,

with existing industries

industry. Aiken Technical

Carolina, the Aiken area

ASCO (Emerson Electric),

to help ensure their

College and the University

is blessed with excellent

Pepperidge Farm, and

success and longevity.

of South Carolina Aiken

transportation access.

Owens Corning.

The testament of these

are instrumental in

efforts shows â&#x20AC;&#x201C; several

preparing students

Municipal Airport

strong global presence

existing industries have

for the business and

accommodates corporate

with several international

significantly expanded

technical needs of local

jet service, and the

companies, such as

their operations in recent

employers. In addition,

area offers two railway

Bridgestone (Japan),

years.

their Continuing Education

companies, bus lines, and

programs support new

motor freight lines that

The area also enjoys a

In addition, the Aiken

Tognum America

Another industry that

(Germany), Rieter

boosts the economic base

technological needs

provide transportation

Automotive Systems North

and draws considerable

brought on by an ever

services. Add to this the

America (Switzerland),

community support is the

changing market.

fact that the major ports of

Metso Paper USA (Finland),

equestrian industry, which

Newman Technology SC

contributes more than $72

location and accessibility

and Savannah, Georgia are

(Japan), BAE Systems

million annually to the

also make it attractive

only 2 ½ hours away, and

(United Kingdom), and

local economy.

for many different kinds

business transportation

of businesses. With its

needs are easily met in the Aiken area.

BOC Gases (United

With its friendly,

Aikenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s convenient

Charleston, South Carolina

Kingdom), and Shinsho

progressive business

proximity to I-20 and to

American Corporation

environment, the Aiken

two commercial airports,

(Japan).

area offers a diverse, well

Augusta Regional Airport

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EMPLOYMENT BY SECTOR

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1. Professional and Business Services – 27% 2. Manufacturing – 15% 3. Wholesale and Retail – 13% 4. Government – 13% 5. Education and Health Services – 8% 6. Leisure and Hospitality – 8% 7. Construction – 8% 8. Financial Activities – 4% 9. Transportation and Warehousing – 2% 10. Other – 2%

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Aiken County major employers

20........................... Elementary 10..................................Middle

Company

Description

Employees

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC....................Nuclear Processing......................................................4,500+

7........................... High School 1.....Career & Technology Center 3............. Colleges/Universities

Aiken County Public Schools....................................Education.......................................................................3,160 Shaw AREVA MOX Services......................................Nuclear Design..............................................................1,800 Savannah River Site Savannah River Remediation, LLC............................Design and Construction...............................................1,900 Savannah River Site Kimberly-Clark Corporation......................................Consumer Paper Products.............................................1,475 Aiken Regional Medical Centers...............................Health Care....................................................................1,020 Bridgestone...............................................................Tires..................................................................................940 County of Aiken........................................................Government......................................................................888

% POPULATION BY AGE GROUP 0-18 years old...............26.4% 18-24 years old...............5.2% 25-44 years old.............25.1% 45-64 years old.............27.6% 65 and over...................15.7%

AGY..........................................................................Glass Fiber & Circuit Boards............................................770 Crane Merchandising Services.................................Vending Machines............................................................700 Wal-Mart Associates Inc...........................................Retail.................................................................................641 Shaw Industries........................................................Textiles..............................................................................600 WSI-SRS Team..........................................................Security Systems..............................................................645 Savannah River Site University of South Carolina Aiken...........................Education.........................................................................531 UPS Supply Chain Solutions....................................Transportation & Logistics...............................................493 ASCO Valve Manufacturing. Inc................................Industrial Solenoid Valves...............................................461 City of Aiken.............................................................Government.....................................................................445 Hubbell Power Systems............................................High Voltage Insulators....................................................340    

COMMUNITIES (INCORPORATED) IN AIKEN COUNTY

Aiken Burnettown Jackson Monetta New Ellenton North Augusta Perry Salley Wagener Windsor

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Total Civilian Labor Force â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 118,100 (2010) (SC Department of Employment and Workforce)

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Unemployment Rate (July) 2011 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9.0%

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Education high levels of performance

places a high priority

on state standardized

on learning – from

measurements for general

pre-kindergarten to college

performance; 10 schools

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character, development are

programs in the arts,

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stressed.

middle school education,

schools are technologically

physical education, science

rich, with an average of

schools have been

education, athletics,

one computer for every

recognized statewide and

and community service

five students. All schools

nationally for academic

initiatives. Last year, high

have internet capability,

excellence. During the

school graduates set a

and, except for the

2010-2011 school year,

district record by receiving

charter schools, are fully

17 schools received South

more than $38 million in

accredited by the Southern

Carolina Palmetto Gold and

scholarships, including

Association of Colleges and

Silver awards for attaining

four students being named

Schools.

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AIKEN COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS AT A GLANCE: K-12 The Consolidated School District of Aiken County is South Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sixth largest school district in population. Address: 1000 Brookhaven Drive, Aiken, SC 29803 Phone: (803) 641-2430 Web: www.aiken.k12.sc.us K-12 Student Population: 24,826 (2011-2012) Number of Schools: 41 - 7 High Schools - 10 Middle Schools - 20 Elementary Schools - 1 Career and Technology Center - 3 Charter Schools Average Teacher Salary: $48,730 Number of Teachers: 1,868 Number of 4-year-olds: 731 Total Number of Employees: 3,303 Ethnic Composition: - 58.0% Caucasian - 33.8% African-American - 5.2% Hispanic/ESL - 3.0% Asian/Other

NEW STUDENTS All new students entering school for the first time in Aiken County are requested to provide the following documents: - Birth Certificate - Social Security Number - Immunization Card/Form - Proof of residency

IMMUNIZATION For complete immunization requirements, call 1-800-27-SHOTS or visit www.scdhec.net

Age Requirements: Child Development (4K): 4 years old by September 1 Kindergarten (5K): 5 years old by September 1 First Grade: 6 years old by September 1

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HIGHER EDUCATION Aiken County’s institutions of higher education, Aiken Technical College (ATC) and the University of South Carolina Aiken (USC Aiken), offer outstanding opportunities for area citizens. As the #1 public baccalaureate college in the South in the 2011 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s guide, America’s Best Colleges, the University of South Carolina Aiken offers 30 undergraduate degrees and academic programs, and two graduate degree programs. USC Aiken placed in the top three in America’s Best Colleges for 13 consecutive years.  As a multi-service, two-year comprehensive college, Aiken Technical College (ATC) works closely with area business and industry in meeting their work force needs.  The college offers numerous educational opportunities in the fields of health, public service, business, industrial, engineering technology and computer technology.  In addition, ATC offers college transfer programs for those students desiring to continue their education at

The education in Aiken County does not stop with higher education, though. A strong commitment to lifelong learning is evident in USC Aiken’s exciting programs for seniors.  The Academy for Lifelong Learning, located on campus, offers those over age 55 the opportunity to expand their horizons through lectures, group studies and travel.     Also located on the campus of USC Aiken is the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, which offers a hands-on approach to science and math.  Established in 1987 as a cooperative effort with business and industry, the center has enriched the educational lives of more than 200,000 students, teachers and citizens since it opened.  The many educational successes in Aiken County come down to one thing - an unparalleled

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DRIVING

South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicle Office Information:

If you move to South Carolina from another state and establish a permanent residence, you must apply for a South Carolina driver license. If you own any vehicles, they must also be registered in the state.

Aiken DMV Office: 1755 Richland Avenue East, Aiken, SC 29801 Phone: (803) 641-7752 Monday through Friday (except on state holidays) from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All services are available on Saturday except CDL testing and Non-United States citizen credentials.

For New Residents Licensed in Another State • If you are a new resident, you may use a valid driver’s license from your former state for up to 90 days. However, you must convert to a South Carolina driver’s license before the end of the 90-day period. If your name has changed since birth, you must provide all legal documents (adoption records, marriage certificate, certificate of naturalization, court ordered name change) supporting all name changes from birth to present.

North Augusta DMV Office: 1913 Ascauga Lake Road, North Augusta, SC 29841 Phone: (803) 279-6659 Monday through Friday (except on state holidays) from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Not open on Saturdays

• Each qualified driver can have only one driver’s license. You may not have a valid license from South Carolina and another state. To qualify for a SC driver’s license, you must pass the eye exam given at all SC Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices or submit a statement of visual acuity from an eye specialist. A South Carolina license is valid for ten years and must be renewed by your birthday in the tenth year.

DMV Call Center: Most questions may be answered by the customer service representatives of the DMV Call Center at (803) 896-5000.  The Call Center is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Information is also available at www.scdmvoline.com

• Military Personnel (and their dependents) and students temporarily in South Carolina are not required to obtain a South Carolina Driver’s license. However, you must have a driver’s license from your home state to operate in South Carolina.

• South Carolina utilizes a point system to penalize traffic law violators. This system is designed to encourage violators to improve driving habits or risk losing their license. Each traffic violation carries an assigned number of points, and when the total reaches a maximum of 12, the driver’s license is suspended.

Transferring Your Out of State Vehicle License If you move to South Carolina from another state, you have 45 days to transfer your vehicle title and registration. You may apply for the title and registration by mail. Go to www.scdmvonline.com for forms. You must have the following to transfer your out-of-state vehicle title and registration: • Your out-of-state vehicle title and registration. If there is a lien on your vehicle, you must bring the name and address of the company that holds the lien. • Liability Insurance information. You must provide the name of your automobile liability insurance company, not the name of the agent. If you are a new resident in South Carolina and have an automobile policy with a national insurance company, be sure to change your address with your insurance company before you register your vehicle in South Carolina. DMV will verify your coverage electronically. If the insurance policy cannot be verified, your driver’s license and vehicle registration may be suspended. • Completed Form 400. Application for Certificate of Title/Registration is available at www.scdmvonline.com or at the DMV office. To complete the form, you must have your vehicle odometer mileage reading and any current lien information. Make sure the odometer mileage reading is exact. This cannot be changed in the future. • Paid Vehicle Property Tax Receipt. Before you can register your vehicle in South Carolina, you must pay the vehicle property taxes that are required in the county in which you reside. These are paid at the Aiken County Tax Office, 828 Richland Ave. W, Aiken – not at the DMV. • Title and Registration Fees Title - $15 fee Passenger cars - $24 fee Persons 64 years of age $22 fee 65 or older or disabled $20 fee (If disabled, a statement from a medical doctor as to the permanency of the disability must be submitted)

Rules of the Road – Traffic Regulations

• Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs carry severe penalties, including imprisonment.

• In South Carolina, if windshield wipers are being used because of weather conditions, then headlights must be used as well. • Seat belts are required for the driver and front seat and back seat passengers when the vehicle is equipped with a shoulder harness in addition to a lap belt. • State law mandates the use of child safety seats that meet National Safety Commission standards (buses are the only exception). Children under the age of six must be restrained in the front or back seat as provided by South Carolina’s child restraint law. Four out of five children in safety seats are improperly restrained. Parents should have their children’s safety seats inspected for proper installation. The Department of Public Safety, Office of Highway Safety, maintains child passenger safety seat fitting stations. For more information, call (803) 896-9950 or 877-349-7187. You can also visit their web site at www.buckleupsc.com

ELECTRICITY AND GAS Aiken County is served by two electrical utilities. Aiken Electric Co-op primarily serves the rural areas of Aiken County. The Co-op’s headquarters are located at 2790 Wagener Road (SC 4 east) in Aiken. You may contact them by phone at (803) 649-6245 or (800) 922-1262. More information is available at their website: www.aikenco-op.org. South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) primarily serves the incorporated areas of Aiken County. SCE&G has offices in Aiken and North Augusta. You may contact them by phone at (800) 251-7234. More information is available at their website: www.sceg.com. Natural gas is available in certain areas of Aiken County. South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) provides natural gas in selected areas of Aiken County. SCE&G has offices in Aiken and North Augusta. You may contact them by phone at (800) 251-7234. More information is available at their website: www.sceg.com.

Motorcycles - $10 fee Utility or Camper Trailers - $10 fee Trailers with empty weight in excess of 2,500 lbs. - $20 fee

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GARBAGE REMOVAL

MEDIA

City of Aiken Public Service Department, (803) 642-7610

Newspapers

City of Aiken provides garbage disposal services to homes in the city limits, as well as curbside recycling. Rolling carts are available to all city residents. The cost of disposal is levied in your taxes or included in water and sewer service fees. Several isolated rural areas depend on private garbage collection services.

The Aiken Standard .........................................................................................(803) 648-2311 Local/Aiken County, published daily

GOVERNMENT State Government The capital of South Carolina is Columbia, located approximately 60 miles northeast of Aiken. South Carolina is governed under a constitution ratified in 1895. State legislators and members of the state’s executive branch can be contacted by calling the following numbers: Governor..........................................................................................................(803) 734-2100 Lt. Governor.....................................................................................................(803) 734-2080 State Senate.....................................................................................................(803) 734-2080 House of Representatives.................................................................................(803) 734-2402

The Augusta Chronicle.....................................................................................(803) 648-1395 Augusta-Aiken MSA, published daily

Cable Television Atlantic Broadband...........................................................................................(803) 641-2144

Broadcast Television WAGT Television, Inc., NBC............................................................................ (706) 826-0026 WFXG – TV 54, FOX....................................................................................... (706) 650-5400 WJBF-TV 6, ABC............................................................................................ (706) 722-6664 WRDW-TV, Inc., CBS...................................................................................... (803) 278-1212

Radio Station

Aiken County

88.3 WAFJ Radio, Contemporary Christian......................................................(803) 819-3125 92.7 Oldies WKSX, Oldies.............................................................................. (803) 275-4444 Beasley Broadcasting.......................................................................................(706) 396-7000

Phone: (803) 642-2012 Location: 828 Richland Avenue, W, Aiken, SC 29801 Website: www.aikencountysc.gov The county is governed by the County Council, comprised of an elected-at-large Council Chairman and 8 members elected from single-member districts.

WCHZ 95.1 FM – Active Rock WRDW 1630 AM – Sports/Talk WGAC 93.1 FM – News/ Talk WGUS 102.7 FM – Southern Gospel WKXC 99.5 FM – Country

• Council-administrator form of government

Clear Channel Broadcasting.............................................................................(706) 396-6000

• Council members are elected at large to four-year terms.

WBBQ 104.3 FM – Adult Contemporary WNRR 1340 AM – Sports Talk WKSP 96.3 FM – Urban Adult Contemporary WYNF 1380 AM – ESPN Sports

• A county administrator is appointed by the county council to manage the day-to-day activities of the county.

WDRR 93.9 FM – Classic Hits WGAC 580 AM – News/Talk WGUS 1480 AM – Hispanic WHHD 98.3 FM – Top 40

WEKL 105.7 FM – Classic Rock WIBL 102.3 FM – Country WPRW 107 FM – Urban

City of Aiken

Perry Broadcasting............................................................................................ 803) 279-2330

Phone: (803) 642-7654 Location: 214 Park Avenue, SW, Aiken, SC 29801 Website: www.cityofaikensc.gov The City of Aiken operates under the Council-Manager form of government. Under the Council-Manager Plan, the City Council sets policy guiding the city’s growth, development, and future. The City Manager serves as the Chief Administrative Officer, much like the President of a corporation. Under this role, the City Manager is responsible for daily operations, including hiring and firing of all employees, as well as the efficient and effective use of funds approved by the City Council through the annual budget.

WAEG 92.3 FM – Smooth Jazz WFXA 103.1 FM – Mainstream/Urban WTHB 96.9 FM – Gospel

Other Aiken County Cities and Towns:

TAXES

Burnettown.......................................................................................................(803) 593-2676 Jackson.......................................................................................................... (803) 471-2228 Monetta/Ridge Spring. ................................................................................... (803) 685-5258 New Ellenton................................................................................................... (803) 652-2214 North Augusta..................................................................................................(803) 441-4202 Perry............................................................................................................... (803) 564-5756 Salley............................................................................................................. (803) 258-3485 Wagener.......................................................................................................... (803) 564-3412 Windsor.......................................................................................................... (803) 648-4355

State Income Tax

LIBRARIES Aiken County Public Library........................................................................... (803) 642-2020 Jackson Branch Library................................................................................... (803) 471-3811 Midland Valley Branch Library........................................................................ (803) 593-7379 Nancy Bonnette (Wagener) Branch Library...................................................... (803) 564-5396 Nancy Carson (North Augusta) Library........................................................... (803) 279-5767 New Ellenton Branch Library........................................................................... (803) 652-7845

WAKB 100.9 FM – Urban/Adult Contemporary WTHB 1550 AM – Gospel

Great Plains Media, WIBL 107.7 FM - Country................................................(309) 888-4496

POSTAL SERVICE U.S. Post Office................................................................................................(803) 649-9211 Main Branch located at 307 Laurens Street, NW, Aiken, SC 29801

• South Carolina levies taxes on the net income of individuals, trusts and estates • South Carolina’s individual income tax is a graduated tax with a maximum rate of 7%. The rate is the same regardless of filing status. Various tax credits are available. • Residents and non-residents earning income from South Carolina-based sources are subject to this tax

Income NOT taxable to SC residents • Income or loss from real estate property not located in South Carolina • Interest from U.S. obligations • Military reserve income and National Guard pay • Qualifying disability income • Social Security and/or railroad retirement income • 44% of long-term capital gains • Up to $10,000 annual retirement income for taxpayers age 65 and older • Up to $3,000 annual retirement income for taxpayers under 65 years of age • $15,000 annual deduction of income from any source for taxpayers 65 or older; however, if taking the $10,000 retirement deduction, the $15,000 is reduced by that amount • State income tax refunds

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Aiken County

City of Aiken

The South Carolina Constitution provides for the following ratios to be applied to the market value or use value of property to arrive at the assessed value:

To calculate your taxes on Real Property, you must have the appraised value from the Aiken County Assessor’s Office. Real property is taxed at 4% for homeowner occupied and 6% for commercial and non-occupied/rental property. The appraisal amount multiplied by the correct tax rate provides the assessment on the property. Please note the assessment is always rounded to the nearest tenth. The assessment multiplied by the millage rate (66 mills would be multiplied by .066, 120 mills would be multiplied by .120, etc.) provides the annual property tax due. See the following example for a homeowner occupied property assessed at $100,000: Take the assessed amount of $100,000 and multiply it by the Real property percentage of 4%. This amount of $4,000 is the Equals Assessment amount. Take the Equals Assessment amount and multiply that amount by the millage rate, which is currently at 66 mills. The Equals Taxes due is $264. $100,000 X 4% = $4000.00 x .066 = $264.00 If you do not have the official assessment, you may use this same formula to estimate taxes due based on the data you have access to, such as selling price, other appraisals, etc,.

• Your home (legal residence) 4.0% • Second home (or any residential property where you do not live) 6.0% • Agriculture real property (privately owned) 4.0% • Agricultural property (corporate owned) 6.0% • Commercial real property 6.0% • Manufacturing real and personal property 10.5% • Utility real and personal property 10.5% • Personal property 10.5% • Railroads, airlines, pipelines (real and personal property) 9.5% • Personal passenger motor vehicles 6.0% • Business motor vehicles 10.5%

How do I get the best tax rate for my home? If you own a home, you want to be sure to obtain the 4% assessment rate if you live in the home and claim it as your legal residence. Otherwise, your tax rate will be 6%. To obtain the lower rate, you will need to complete an application with the County Assessor. This should be done as soon as you move into your home, but may be filed anytime before January 15, when taxes are due. Once you have filed this application, you will not need to complete another one, unless there is a deed name change, or use of the property changes. Call (803) 642-1583 for information.

Are there any available tax breaks? For all homeowners - Each homeowner is allowed an exemption up to $100,000 of the home’s fair market value from property taxes for school operating costs based on the 1995 millage (81.8). This exemption applies only to your legal residence, not to second homes, vacation homes or rental homes. No application is needed for this exemption; it will automatically be reflected in your tax bill. Homestead exemption - If as of December 31 you were 65 years of age or older, or if you were totally disabled or legally blind, and lived in South Carolina for at least one year as of December 31, you may qualify for the homestead exemption. The homestead exemption excludes the first $50,000 from the fair market value of your legal residence. Application for the homestead exemption should be made at the County Auditor’s office. Call (803) 642-1510 for information. Senior Tax Work-off Program- This program allows citizens 60 years or older to work for Aiken County Departments to earn an amount equal to the Aiken County portion of their property taxes on their personal residence (school taxes are not included). This program applies only to the taxes on residential properties and does not apply to commercial properties. Please call the County Administrator’s Office at 642-2012 to obtain more information or an application to participate in the program. For certain military veterans that are 100% disabled service connected, or law enforcement officers and servicemen killed in the line of duty, paraplegics, quadriplegics and hemiplegics - A house and one acre of land on which the house is located is exempt from property tax for veterans who are totally disabled from a service-related disability or for their surviving spouse, for the surviving spouse of a military person or law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty, and for paraplegics, hemiplegics, quadriplegics or their surviving spouses. Application should be made through www.sctax.org South Carolina Department of Revenue. Call 803/898-5482 for information.

Sales Tax • There is a 6% state sales tax imposed in Aiken County on the purchase of food, personal effects and other items. • There is a 1% local tax For more information contact: S.C. Dept. of Revenue......................................................................................(803) 898-5000 301 Gervais Street Columbia, SC 29214 Aiken County Treasurer’s Office........................................................................(803) 642-2092 828 Richland Avenue, W., Aiken, SC 29801 City of Aiken Finance Department....................................................................(803) 642-7600 214 Park Ave SW, Aiken, SC 29802 City Municipal Building - Room 102

TELEPHONE SERVICE • AT&T and Atlantic Broadband provide telephone service to customers in most of Aiken County. • Deposits for home telephone services can vary depending on your individual credit rating and type of services ordered. Often deposits are waived for customers with an excellent payment record with a previous phone carrier. • To place an order for residential service with AT&T, contact (800) 288-2020. • To place an order for residential service with Atlantic Broadband, contact (888) 301-8649.

TRANSPORTATION SC Express Transportation (private transit service)..........................................(803) 648-9977 Best Friend Express (public transit service).................................................... (803) 649-7981 Fares: Adults - $2.00

Students w/ID - $1.50

Seniors/Disabled - $1.00

Medicare Card Holders - $1.00

www.bestfriendexpress.com Aiken Bus Station............................................................................................ (803) 648-6894 South Carolina Department of Transportation ................................................. (803) 737-2314 Augusta Regional Airport (24 miles from Aiken)............................................. (706) 798-3236 Is served by three airlines: Delta, US Airways, and American Eagle Aiken Municipal Airport.................................................................................. (803) 648-7803

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Highways The Metro area has access to interstate highways: I-20 and I-520.

index of advertisers

The area is serviced by three major U.S. highways and nearly 20 state highways.

Rail System

Advanced Services...................................................................5 Aiken Center for the Arts . . .......................................................35

Main line railroads serving the area include the CSX System and Norfolk Southern

Aiken Chiropractic.. ..................................................................5

Amtrak connects the region with other cities throughout the nation via rail. The two closest Amtrak stations are in Columbia and Denmark, South Carolina.

Aiken County Public Schools..................................................49

For more information about AMTRAK: www.amtrak.com

Aiken Electric Cooperative, Inc.. . .............................................51

Reservations................................................................................................... (800) 872-7245

Aiken Ophthalmology.............................................................41

VOTER REGISTRATION In order to vote, South Carolina law requires one must first register to vote at least 30 days prior to the election. To be eligible to register in South Carolina you MUST: • Be a United States citizen • Be at least 18-years old on or before the next election • Be a resident of South Carolina, this county and precinct • Not be under a court order declaring you mentally incompetent • Not be confined in any public prison resulting from a conviction of a crime • Have never been convicted of a felony or offense against the election laws or if previously convicted, have served the entire sentence, including probation or parole, or have received a pardon for the conviction. A citizen who wishes to register to vote can complete a voter registration application at their county board of voter registration. Aiken County Voter Registration.......................................................................(803) 642-2030 916 Vaucluse Road, Aiken, SC 29801

Motor Voter Law If you are a United States citizens and 18 years of age or older, you may register to vote when you have a driver’s license issued or renewed. Your registration application will be forwarded to the registrar in your county of residence. You must present acceptable proof of your social security number.

WATER Aiken (City of).................................................................................................. (803) 642-7603 Bath Water & Sewer District............................................................................. (803) 593-3221 Beech Island Rural Community Water District.................................................. (803) 827-1004 Breezy Hill Water & Sewer Company................................................................ (803) 663-6455 Clearwater Water & Sewer District................................................................... (803) 593-3509 College Acres Public Works District................................................................. (803) 649-5619

Aiken Preparatory School.. ......................................................34 Aiken Regional Medical Centers.......................................IFC, 39 Aiken Technical College. . ........................................................47 Atlantic Broadband.................................................................61 BK All American Construction...................................................5 Boots, Bridles & Britches . . ........................................................4 Bridgestone...........................................................................19 Carriage House Inn................................................................51 Churchill Commons...............................................................40 Economic Development Partnership...........................................9 ERA Real Estate One - Sally Brodie............................................4 Family MedCenters................................................................41 Farm Bureau Insurance...........................................................34 Guest House at Houndslake.. ................................................. IBC Home Medical, Inc.................................................................41 Houndslake Country Club.......................................................33 Laissez Faire Sotheby’s International Realty.. ..............................3 Master Chevrolet Cadillac. . .....................................................51 Meybohm Realtors (Carolyn Moore)........................................11 Meybohm Realtors (Donna Taylor)...........................................31 Parkside Women’s Centre . . ......................................................40 Prudential Beazley Real Estate. . ......................................... 31, 48

Edgefield County Water & Sewer Authority...................................................... (803) 279-1503

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC.................................. BC

Jackson Water Department............................................................................... (803) 471-2229

SCE&G. . ..................................................................................2

Langley Water & Sewer Department................................................................. (803) 593-3404

Southern Bank & Trust. . ............................................................9

Monetta Water Department............................................................................... (803) 685-5258

SRP Federal Credit Union.......................................................48

Montmorenci/Couchton Water District............................................................. (803) 648-9920

St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church...............................................47

New Ellenton Public Works Commission......................................................... (803) 652-2862

The Family Y.. ........................................................................51

North Augusta (City of).................................................................................... (803) 441-4219 Perry Town Hall................................................................................................ (803) 564-5756 Talatha Rural Water District................................................ (803) 652-1381 or (803) 652-1390 Valley Public Service Authority........................................................................ (803) 593-2053 Wagener Water Department.............................................................................. (803) 564-3412

Three Runs Plantation..............................................................1 University of South Carolina - Aiken. . ......................................49 VistaBank..............................................................................45 Woodside Plantation Country Club..........................................37 W.R.Toole Engineers, Inc........................................................43

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Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce 2012 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Board of Directors:

Officers (Executive Committee):

James (Jimmy) Angelos, URS Safety Management Solutions Sally Brodie, ERA Real Estate One Samantha Charles, Sidelines/Barn Book and Hatchaway Bridge Farms Dr. Gemma K. Frock, Aiken Technical College Carl Henson, MAU Workforce Solutions Joerg Klisch, Tognum America Inc. Chrissa Matthews, DayBreak Adult Care Services John McMichael, Hutson-Etherredge Companies Carlos Milanes, Aiken Regional Medical Centers Liz Neal, The Hills of Cumberland Village Ron Shepherd, UPS Supply Chain Solutions, Inc. Carl Smith, The Smith Group R. Clif Webb, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC

Arthur W. “Buzz” Rich, Chair; Attorney Steve Wilson, Chair-elect, SRP Federal Credit Union Cindy Meares, Secretary/Treasurer; Aiken CPA Bart Blackwell, Vice Chair Public Affairs, B & S Machine Tool Dr. Deidre Martin, Vice Chair Business and Community Development; USC Aiken Frank Thomas, Immediate Past Chair; Security Federal Bank J. David Jameson, President/CEO

Ex-Officio: Dr. Elizabeth Everitt, Aiken County Public Schools J. Clay Killian, County of Aiken Richard Pearce, City of Aiken Will Williams, Economic Development Partnership Tom Young, Jr., Attorney


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