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.

September 2019

Exhibit: Handmade

September 19 @ 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 20, 2019

An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Saturday, repeating until December 21, 2019

Belton Depot, 100 North Main St.
Belton, SC 29627 United States
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Handmade, the newest exhibit at the historic Belton Train Depot, celebrates the craftsmanship of ordinary people who have extraordinary talent. Vintage and antique articles all made by hand are on display. From utlitarian to the most ornate, items include quilts, tatted furniture covers, handmade lace, cobbled shoes, ironwork, ceramics, millinery, musical instruments, tools and implements for creating handmade goods, and more. Sponsored by Anderson County ATAX and the City of Belton HTAX, the exhibit is free to visit.  Museum hours…

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October 2019

15th Annual Heritage Days at the Depot

October 3 @ 8:30 am - October 4 @ 2:30 pm
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One event on an unspecified date at 10:30am

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 2 – 5, and 8 in Anderson County during the two education days, and 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…

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3rd Annual BAMA Ghost Walk

October 24 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Belton Depot, 100 North Main St.
Belton, SC 29627 United States
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$10.00

Ghoulies, ghosties, and strange sites await you as you stroll down the historic streets of Belton during the Belton Area Museum Association’s third 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 historic properties, and unusual…

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November 2019

Family Trees and Me: The Huguenots of SC

November 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$5
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December 2019

Christmas in Belton–A Child’s Wonderland

December 7 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Belton Depot, 100 North Main St.
Belton, SC 29627 United States
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Have you ever wanted to learn to quilt? Now's your chance. Sign ups are now open for the Quilting Class, taught by Kathy Koon at the historic Belton Train Depot on Thursday evening, Oct. 10, beginning at 6 pm. For a $45 registration fee, you will be able to learn a new craft and take home a completed quilt project to make a pillow! And you get to choose your own colors for the pattern! #quilting #handmade #beltonareamuseumassociation #crafts ... See MoreSee Less

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WebbCraft Family Foundation and Foothills Community Foundation recently gave funding to support the upcoming award-winning historical event in Belton, Heritage Days at the Depot.

“Recreating the past skills and artistry of our ancestors so that our community can learn firsthand about the pioneer ways is the foremost reason that Heritage Days at the Depot has been a signature event in Anderson County since 2005,” said Dean Woods, Executive Director of Foothills Community Foundation.

The event, which was designated as the first Certified South Carolina Arts and AgriCulture event by the SC Arts Commission and the SC Department of Agriculture, will host education days on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 3 – 4, for local home school groups and Anderson School District # 2 students.

The general public is invited to attend the presentations on Saturday during the Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival from 10:30 AM until 3:30 PM on Saturday, Oct. 5.

“Through this educational, historic, and artistic event for students and the general public, the Belton Area Museum Association helps to foster understanding of and interest in these folkways, skills, and crafts,” said organizer Alison Darby.

This year’s event, held on the grounds of the historic Belton Train Depot, will feature the following artisans and historical interpreters: camp cooks/Scott and Sherri Beam, weaver/Karen Cox , rug hooker/Paula Ashworth, Native American dancer/Chenae Bullock, cooper/Larry Eichman, Revolutionary War heroine/Carin Bloom, beekeeper/Keith Raines, school master/Andrew Shuler, clockmaker/Anthony McDonald , paper marbler/Barbara Ervin, slave story teller and Gullah of SC/Donald Sweeper, stained glass artist/Stacy O’Sullivan, kudzu basket weaver/Nancy Basket, turkey call maker/Bob Harwell, and bowl turner/Scott Richey.

“It is important for communities to understand their history and heritage, which helps us know who we are, who we’ve been, and who we’ve become. This Festival is a strong example of a successful local event that reaches thousands of students and adults each year,” said T. J. Wallace, Assistant Director of SC Humanities.

Support for the event comes from Anderson County, City of Belton HTAX, Webb-Craft Family Foundation, Foothills Community Foundation, Hart-Oeland Foundation, Waste Connections, SC Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities, Belton City Council Member Eleanor Dorn, the Commercial Bank, Darby Metalworks, Best Buy, the SC Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, Sam’s Club, Chick-Fil-A, Subway, Hardees, McDonalds, and Kentucky Fried Chicken.

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