ABOUT US

Recognized by the SC Federation of Museums as the 2007, 2012, and 2015 Achievement Award Winner and in 2008 designated with the Heritage Tourism Award from the SC Archives and History Department, Belton Area Museum Association (BAMA) strives to make history come alive with presentations of interactive exhibits and engaging historical topics.

Several yearly events are sponsored by BAMA: The Community-Wide Craft and Rummage Sale, an Antique Show and Market, a genealogy workshop, community Christmas festivities, and Heritage Days at the Depot. Our staff and board members are also instrumental in the planning and implementation of the Belton Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival, the SC State Chili Cook-Off
Championships, and the Palmetto Junior Tennis Tournament.   We are also a stop on the SC National Heritage Corridor.

Openings of exhibits with ancillary activities, trunk show presentations in area classrooms, walking tours of Belton, summer camps for children, and participation in community events—all help our staff and volunteers achieve our mission and highlight our facility.

The museums are open free of charge to the public on Wednesday – Friday, 9 AM – 2 PM, and Saturday, 9 AM – 1 PM. Contact Abigail Burden, BAMA Director/Curator, during museum hours at 864-338-7400 or by email at beltonmuseum@bellsouth.net for more information.  Come visit us!

  • Our History


  • The Belton Area Museum Association was founded in 1975 by concerned citizens of Belton.  The organization’s purpose is to collect, exhibit, preserve, and interpret the artifacts, sites, antiquities, and genealogical, archival, cultural, and natural history of Belton, SC, Anderson County, SC and The State of South Carolina. BAMA also provides cultural enrichment, intellectual stimulation, learning opportunities, and activities to increase the appreciation of the traditional, visual, and performing arts.

    In order to achieve this mission, BAMA manages several museums and a community space and offers activities and events, free to the public.  The Belton Area Museum Association operates the Ruth Drake Museum, the SC Tennis Hall of Fame, the North End Gallery, a gift shop and a performance venue all housed in the historic Belton Train Depot. 

    Grants in 2007 and 2014 enabled us to renovate our 1908 building and bring its amenities up to 21st Century standards for accessibility and accommodation.

    The Belton Area Museum is divided into four segments: The Ruth Drake Museum, the SC Tennis Hall of Fame, the North End Gallery, and the Center Section Performance Hall.

    The Belton Area Museum Association is the community’s most valuable resource for the history of our area.  Come find out more about our shared heritage by visiting today.

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Can't forget chiropractors and optometrists who have helped Belton citizens over the years:

Chiropractors:
Dr. William Keown
Dr. Lisa Liddle
Dr. Jarad Haggard
Dr. J. C. Neel

Optometrists:
P. L. Thompson
Dr. Clayton Richardson
Dr. Carroll
Dr. Eric Richardson
Dr. Steve Chandler

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Belton also had its share of dentists. Tell us some stories about these men:
Dr. R. L. Parker
Dr. W. H. Bannister
Dr. Roy Welborne
Dr. Ron Tysl
Dr. John Hartness
Dr. Thomas Burriss
Dr. Jim Curtis
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BAMA is pleased to announce two opportunities for kids, aged 7 - 12, to enjoy STEAM summer camps at the Belton Depot.

As part of the exhibit Epidemics: Diseases Gone Wild, there will be summer camps examining germs, both bad and good ones. Camps will last from 10 AM - noon each day.

July 16 - 18-Germs: The Bad Guys
Using safety practices, campers will discover the germs (inactive examples) behind the diseases that people and plants experience, learn safe hygiene practices that can prevent diseases, and utilize laboratory equipment to make the unseen world come to life.

July 23 - 25-Germs: The Good Guys
Using safety practices, campers will discover the germs that help keep our bodies running smoothly, grow bacteria that create the foods we eat, and utilize laboratory equipment to make the unseen world come to life.

Each camp will have speakers from the medical field and the opportunity for genetic investigation.

Cost is $45 for BAMA members and $55 for non-members.

Please call Abigail Burden, BAMA executive director, at 338-7400 or by email at beltonmuseum@bellsouth.net to register your child today! Registration deadline is July 2 and spaces are limited.
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