Celebrating 150 Years of Aiken County
Bounded by rivers, Aiken County is the sixth largest county in the state at
1,081 sq. miles.
Aiken County was officially created on March 10, 1871.
History Hop in Aiken
The second “History Hop” tour will take place on Saturday, October 23 from noon to 4 pm in Aiken. This event will be a little bit different from the North Augusta History Hop event.
During the Aiken event, two of the City of Aiken’s vehicles will shuttle guests between five museums. They are, in order:
1. Aiken County Historical Museum
2. Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame & Museum
3. Aiken Visitors Center & Train Museum
4. Center for African American History, Art & Culture
5. Savannah River Site Museum.
In between the trolley/shuttle stops, historical highlights will be pointed out to guests by on-board tour guides. Guests are encouraged to hop on and hop off at each museum – all of which have free admission. You can park at any of these five museums to hop on the trolley and start your adventure.
Thanks to the generosity of the City of Aiken’s Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department, the “Aiken History Hop” is free and open to the public. No tickets will be required for the Aiken event. Masks are strongly encouraged while riding in the trolleys.
Aiken County 1871-2021
One-hundred and fifty years ago, a group of racially diverse men from various backgrounds came together to form a new county. This new county would be cut from segments of Barnwell, Edgefield, Lexington, and Orangeburg counties. The result is what we know today as Aiken County.
Help us celebrate the history of our county during 2021. While most events in the winter and spring months will be held virtually, we look forward to seeing you all at in-person events later this year.
Until then, please follow our Facebook page, our Instagram page, and our YouTube channel for stories that explore Aiken County's past.