Historic Preservation Efforts

Historic Preservation Efforts -- Historic Long Cane, Inc.

Historic Long Cane, Inc. is an organization devoted to historic preservation, public education, and development of history and nature based tourism in parts of McCormick, Abbeville and Greenwood Counties. The section around Long Cane Creek has a high density of historic sites representing the mid-eighteenth through the mid-nineteenth centuries. The area is largely undeveloped, lying in the heart of the Sumter National Forest, and provides a setting unmatched for peaceful tranquility and the opportunity to appreciate natural beauty. The many old churches and cemeteries in the Long Cane District are part the genealogical roots of Americans all over the country. 

We have established an interim board of directors to oversee the creation of Historic Long Cane, Inc. We are seeking 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation tax status and adopting by-laws to create a fiscal agency that may receive funding from various sources. Friends of Historic Long Cane memberships will be offered to the public, and we will pursue corporate sponsors as well as state and federal grants and matching funds. 

Current projects include a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for an Historic District to help protect several sites and their setting, an application to the South Carolina Humanities Council for a grant to support a multi-media presentation about the historical importance of the pioneer townships in upstate South Carolina, and the annual reenactment of the Battle of Long Cane. Tax deductable donations for this project will be accepted by the McCormick County Historical Commission at this time.

For further information, please contact John Calvin Grier.     

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Last revised 4 October 1998