Alcohol has always been present in South Carolina, from its colonial days to our modern society.
“I love this subject, and I love telling people about this subject because it really touches on a lot of different aspects of South Carolina history,” said J.R. Fennell, director of the Lexington County Museum during the Aiken County Historical Museum’s recent History on Tap program. “It touches on economics. It touches on race. It touches on class. It touches on government intervention. … It reaches everything, and there are a few good stories to go along with it as well.”
Early in the presentation, he called up an editorial from The Edgefield Advertiser and told the crowd that, in the early 20th century, the newspaper held a strong stance against drinking. The editorial referenced Aiken County, calling the area “liquor soaked.”
“I just wanted you to know that ya’ll apparently had a reputation,” Fennell said, causing his listeners to chuckle.
The origins of South Carolina can be pinpointed to a proprietary colony that was founded in the 1600s.
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