DVHSS 27th Annual Reunion
South Carolina & Georgia
May 2 - 5, 2018
This years reunion will be based in Columbia, SC., with day trips to Newberry and Pickens County in South Carolina, and to the Augusta and Burke County areas in nearby Georgia. All of these locations have deep connections to our Hollingsworth ancestors. Our headquarters location will be the Embassy Suites by Hilton — Columbia Greystone (see additional info on hotel rates and reservations below).
Wednesday, May 2nd
Reunion registration for attendees will kick off at 4 pm at the Embassy Suites, followed by the the hotel reception and / or dinner on your own.
Thursday, May 3rd
First on our itinerary is the Pickens County Museum of Art, housed in a 1903 jail which was expanded in 2006. Artifacts are displayed representing the heritage of the County, along with three are galleries and a museum shop. Shopping and lunch on your own on Main St. follow the Museum tour.
Thursday afternoon begins at the Murphrey-Hollingsworth Cabin, dontated to the Pickens Co. Museum by Dorothy "Dot" (Folger) Pence and her husband Dr. James "Jay" Pence. Dot is the great-granddaughter of Columbus Lafayetette7, who purchased the cabin in the 1860's. Dot and Jay are planning to join us at the cabin on Thursday afternoon. Speaking to our grpup will be Wayne Kelley of the Pickens Historical Society.
A few steps from the cabin is Hagood Mill which Dot's father, Jack Folger, was instrumental in saving and preserving in the early 1970's. Our speakers will be Billy Crawford, Director of Hagood mill.
Hotel receptions and dinner will be on your own.
Friday, May 4th
Our first stop will be at the Augusta Museum of History, where we will receive a 40-minute tour of the exhibits, followed by a 45-minute presentation on the Hollingsworth Candy Company, that was founded in Augusta in 1909 and survived until the 1990s. Speakers for the Candy Company presentation will be retired local reporter Bill Baab and Julie Berry, daughter of the former Chief Engineer of the company.
After departing the History Museum, we will head to the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area, for a quick video overview of the canal boats. A one-hour canal boat ride follows for those that chose that option, or a leisurely tour of the Discovery Center for those that elected not to ride the canal boat.
After our Canal Boat ride, a boxed lunch awaits a few steps away at Fat Man’s Café. Following lunch, we board the bus for the drive to Sardis Baptist Church in Sardis, Ga. Co-founded by Jacob Hollingsworth and his wife Lydia in 1803, the church’s Hollingsworth connections are book-ended by Pastor Troy Hollingsworth, who helped the church recover from a devastating fire in the 1950s. Speakers will include Lillian Talbert and Randy Hollingsworth, who will cover the church history and discuss the Hollingsworth families of the area.
Our day will end with dinner at the General Elliot Inn in Aiken, S.C., as we head back to our home base in Columbia. Set amidst the polo fields of Aiken, the dinner should provide a fitting end for our day of exploration in the Augusta area.
Saturday, May 5th
First stop today will be at the Coppock & Gaunt Houses, home to the Newberry County Historical Museum. The former Coppock House (at left) is filled with charts, maps, photographs, coins, medals, flags, records, and other artifacts representing the county and the people of the area. The Gaunt House (at right) is the oldest standing home in Newberry County.
After lunch on our own in Downtown Newberry, we will meet Judy Russell at nearby Historic Bush River Quaker Cemetery. Judy and her group, Friends of the Bush River Quaker Cemetery, have worked to preserve the burial sites, record gravestone information, and maintain the one-acre final resting place of many Newberry Quakers.
After our return to the hotel, you can enjoy the hotel evening reception or have dinner on your own. The DVHSS Annual Meeting will follow at 7 pm at the hotel.
To register to attend the reunion, please print out the registration form, fill it in, and send it along with your check as instructed at the bottom of the form:
Our reunion this year will be headquartered at the Embassy Suites by Hilton — Columbia Greystone, 200 Stoneridge Dr., Columbia, SC (I-26 Greystone Blvd. exit, just north, then just west). Phone number is 803-252-8700.
Rates: King Suite $132/night, Two Double Bed Suite $142/night
- All two-room suites with two 32-inch flatscreen TVs, refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, and wet bar
- Complimentary, made-to-order breakfast
- Evening Social with complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
- Courtesy shuttle to attractions within five miles of hotel and to and from Columbia Metropolitan Airport (Call 803-252-8700 upon arrival.)
- Complimentary in-suite Wi-Fi
- Terrace Bar & Grill located in the lobby atrium, featuring classic American cuisine (open 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
- 24-hour Business Center with complimentary Wi-Fi and three PC workstations with printers
- Indoor heated pool and whirlpool Fitness Center with Precor equipment
- Free parking
- Pet friendly
- Valet and coin laundry
- call 800-EMBASSY and reference “The Descendants of Valentine Hollingsworth, Sr. (DVHSS) group block”, or
- use our private online group webpage — http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/C/CAEGSES-DVH- 20180502/index.jhtml?WT.mc id=POG