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, 10 AM – 12 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.

February 2020

Artesania: The Folk Art of Mexico

February 19 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Artesania: The Folk Art of Mexico

February 19 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Saturday, repeating until March 7, 2020

An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until March 7, 2020

Belton Depot, 100 North Main St.
Belton, SC 29627 United States
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Artesania: The Folk Art of Mexico contains relics and artifacts from our Southern border country, made by small scale artisans in cottage industries throughout the 20th Century. Items on display include yarn art, tapestries, pottery and vases, bead work, prayer bowls, masks, figurines, paper mache items, religious icons, home décor, and wood carvings which reflect the workmanship, traditions, and folklore of the indigenous peoples of Mexico. “Every other year, Anderson County celebrates a country during the International Festival. This year,…

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Fiesta! A Night for the Museum

February 27 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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March 2020

7th Annual Community Rummage and Craft Sale

March 21 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Belton Recreation, 700 Blue Ridge Avenue
Belton, SC 29627
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  The Belton Recreation Center will be the site of a huge indoor rummage and craft sale on Saturday, March 21, from 10 am – 3 pm. With over 50 vendors, buyers can’t lose when they join us for the seventh annual Community Craft and Rummage Sale. On the rummage side of things, there are people selling costume jewelry, clothing, baby goods, tools, books, gently used furniture, sporting goods, lawn equipment, electronics and games, and household décor. Crafters include representatives…

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Expedition: A Natural History Adventure Around the World

March 29 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Belton Depot, 100 North Main St.
Belton, SC 29627 United States
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April 2020

Expedition: A Natural History Adventure Around the World

April 1 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Chili Pepper Golf Tourney

April 3 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

  BAMA Golf Tournament Application 2020    Calling all golfers! Don't miss the upcoming Chili Pepper Golf Tourney, Friday, April 3. Held in conjunction with the SC International Chili Cook-off Championships, this premiere golf tourney will be played at the beautiful Saluda Valley Country Club. Hearty Chick-Fil-A sandwiches, waffle fries, and lemonade will be served prior to teeing up at 1 PM. Snacks, water, and soft drinks will be supplied to all golfers throughout the afternoon. A Putting Contest with…

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SC State Chili Cook-off Championships-Spring Plant Sale

April 4 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Spring will have sprung by April 4, according to the ground hog, so get your beautiful spring plants, flowering annuals, and hanging baskets at the BAMA Spring Plant Sale!

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SC State Chili Cook-Off Championships-Hot Chili Eating Contest

April 4 @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
$10.00

Only 10 competitors, the most bowls of spicy chili eaten in 5 minutes, fiery stomachs and twisted faces, and 1 grand prize--LET THE CONTEST BEGIN! This annual activity at the SC State Chili Cook-off Championships, held on the square in Belton, SC, on April 4, is fun for the crowds, and one winner takes home an Amazon Fire Stick, roll of TP, and Pepto Bismol, all in the name of good fun! For a $10 entry fee, come sign up! …

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October 2020

Heritage Days at the Depot-Education Days

October 1 @ 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Belton Depot, 100 North Main St.
Belton, SC 29627 United States
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  This award-winning living history event showcases the skills and craftsmanship of 18th and 19th century pioneers. Fifteen heritage skills artisans and historical interpreters present hands-on instruction to school children in grades 1 – 5, and 8 in Anderson County during the two education days.  History becomes a tangible and memorable experience as students gain first-hand knowledge through interactive presentations.

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Heritage Days at the Depot-Public Presentation Day

October 3 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Belton Depot, 100 North Main St.
Belton, SC 29627 United States
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This award-winning living history event showcases the skills and craftsmanship of 18th and 19th century pioneers.  Visitors to our Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival held on Saturday enjoy the exhibitions as a cultural and educational event. History becomes a tangible and memorable experience as students and visitors gain first-hand knowledge through interactive presentations.

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Natives and Immigrants: Founding America in the 17th Century Opening Celebration

October 25 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Belton Depot, 100 North Main St.
Belton, SC 29627 United States
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Natives and Immigrants: Founding America in the 17th Century

October 28 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until December 18, 2020

An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Saturday, repeating until December 19, 2020

Belton Depot, 100 North Main St.
Belton, SC 29627 United States
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4th Annual Halloween Ghost Walk

October 29 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Belton Depot, 100 North Main St.
Belton, SC 29627 United States
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Get ready to hear about ghoulies and ghosties that make their home in Belton as you stroll down the historic streets during the Belton Area Museum Association’s fourth annual Halloween Ghost Walk. Six all-new historic properties are on the tour.  Exteriors of homes and businesses will be accessible and spine-tingling stories attached to each property will be shared by costumed presenters. Price per person ($10 adults, $5 children 10 and under) includes light refreshments at the depot, guided tours of…

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November 2020

6th Annual BAMA Turkey Shoot

November 21 @ 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Toney Creek Plantation, 155 Welsey Road
Belton, SC 29627
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  At the Sixth Annual BAMA Turkey Shoot, you can enjoy great food, tests of skill, good old-fashioned competition and possibly take home your Thanksgiving dinner! On Nov. 21, come visit Toney Creek Plantation for target shooting at its best. The plantation is located off Hwy. 247, and sits on acreage owned by the same family for 200 years! Registration begins at 8:30 AM at the scenic upland hunting preserve. The last shoot will be around 1 pm. Hosted by…

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Fiesta! A Night for the Museum is BAMA's biennial silent and live auction fundraiser that helps support the museum's collections and educational activities.

Make plans now to attend this event on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 PM at the historic Belton Depot.

The depot will be transformed into a Mexican hacienda and amazing cuisine and drinks will be served to all attendees.

Here is a taste of the great prizes you can bid on at the event:
--A weekend trip to Sugar Mountain
--A tailgating event at a Greenville Drive game
--A Frederic Duclos two-toned necklace
--A La-Z-Boy recliner

Other items to be bid on include golf outings, dining and party packages, antiques, and services such as salon/spa treatments, auto detailing, and experience events for families.

Tickets are $30 or two for $50. Call 338-7400 to purchase your tickets today!

Many thanks to our presenting sponsor Superior Engineering.

The event is also funded by Maynard's Home Furnishings, Clinkscales Drugs, Pickens Railway, Palmetto Insurance-Keys Agency, Duke Energy, United Capital Investments, Argo and Associates, South State Bank, Town Square Chiropractic, DJ and Associates, and Nationwide-Renea Rowland Agency.
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