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Historical marker to be erected in Carsville

Posted: January 29, 2014 - 1:00pm
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O'Bryant
O'Bryant

A historical marker will soon be erected in the Carsville community by the Heritage Council of North Augusta to recognize the significant role the Society Building played in the community.

Carsville, which has several different spellings based on historical records, including “Carrsville,” was founded in 1930 after the 1929 flooding of Hamburg, said Wayne O’Bryant, a council board member and local historian, author and researcher.

Hamburg was a predominantly black town after the Civil War and was located between the Fifth and 13th Street bridges.

“Hamburg’s problem was that it was low lying and whenever the river would flood, it would flood the town,” he said.

After the 1929 flood, residents began to move to higher ground. A few hundred of the residents relocated to the newly founded Carsville, which was located on a bluff about 75 feet above Hamburg. The Carsville community, which still exists, is located off of Buena Vista Avenue in North Augusta.

More than just residents moved. So did some of the community’s structures, including the Society Building, said O’Bryant.

“They dismantled it and loaded it onto horse-drawn carts and brought it up the hill and reassembled it,” he said, adding that the residents tried to preserve and reuse whatever they could from their community in Hamburg.

Over the years, the Society Building has been home to several groups and served in various community functions, said O’Bryant.

It housed the Young Men’s Union Association of Hamburg, later the Young Men’s Union Society, thus giving it the name the “Society Building”; the Daughters of Zion of Hamburg; a YMCA; a community school; and the Simmons Lodge No. 571 which has owned the building since 1983.

Research for the application for the historical marker began in March and was completed in July. The marker will be placed at the corner of Barton Road and Boylan Street next to the Society Building, said O’Bryant.

The Heritage Council of North Augusta is accepting donations for the marker. The cost is expected to be about $2,000.

Donations can be made to “The Heritage Council of North Augusta” and mailed to HCNA, P.O. Box 7511, North Augusta, SC 29861. Write that the check is for “Carrsville.”

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