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.

October 2018

Heritage Days at the Depot

October 5, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
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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 in Anderson County, and students in the surrounding districts and homeschool students are invited to join by registration and attend for a nominal fee. History becomes a tangible and memorable experience as students gain first-hand knowledge through interactive presentations. Presenters include a Civil War soldier, a…

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Belton Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival

October 6, 2018

October 6, 2018 | 10 AM – 10 PM Considered one of South Carolina’s premier events, the Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival takes place in the heart of the small South Carolina community of Belton, SC. Featuring local and regional entertainers offering live onstage acts, unique arts and crafts from all over the USA, local food venues, and more, this festival is the longest continuously running fall festival in Anderson County. We invite you to join thousands of our friends…

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Heritage Days at the Depot

October 6, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Free to the public, this Certified SC Arts and Agriculture Event celebrates our folk heritage through demonstrations and presentations by 15 traditional skills artisans and historical interpreters. Presenters include a Civil War soldier, a traditional wood crafter, a luthier, herbalists, a sweetgrass basket sewer, a Native American silversmith, a quilter, a Gullah story teller, a Native American foodways exhibitor, a paper maker, a leather crafter, a decoy carver, a Catawba storyteller, an indigo dyer, and a tatter/lacemaker. Sponsored by First…

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BAMA Antique Market and Showcase

October 6, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

bama antique flier 2018 Antiques enthusiasts will have a venue to explore and available to purchase during the BAMA Antique Market and Showcase, held on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, during the Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival. Located in the center section of the historic Belton Train Depot, the market will feature numerous local antiques dealers, who will set up booths to sell items ranging from collectible curiosities to hand-made jewelry and valuable antiques. Booths will contain affordable antique furniture, china,…

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Wagon Rides through the Historic District

October 6, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

Come take a leisurely ride through the historic district of the City of Belton as a guide narrates the history of its people and places. View the beautiful architecture, learn about the entrepreneurs and the town’s eccentric characters, and listen to interesting stories and fascinating facts of another age and time; cost per rider – Adults $5 each; Students $3 each; Under 3 free; Sponsored by Superior Engineering in support of the Belton Area Museum Association programs. Times to Board:…

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2nd Annual Ghost Tour

October 25, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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November 2018

Fourth Annual BAMA Turkey Shoot

November 17, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Toney Creek Plantation, 155 Welsey Road
Belton, SC 29627
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What could be more fun than bagging a turkey for your Thanksgiving dinner? At the Fourth Annual BAMA Turkey Shoot, you can enjoy great food, tests of skill, and wonderful music. Toney Creek Plantation has graciously offered its incredible amenities to this year's hunt. Located out Hwy. 247, Toney Creek Plantation sits on acreage owned by the same family for 200 years! Registration begins at 10 AM at the scenic upland hunting preserve. The last shoot will be at 1:45…

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December 2018

Christmas in Belton-A Child’s Wonderland

December 1, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

There’s nothing better than celebrating Christmas in a hometown setting, gathering with friends and family and participating in the traditions that make the holidays special. To get you in that festive mood, the Belton Area Museum Association, the Belton Center for the Arts, the Belton Alliance, and the City of Belton cordially invite you to enjoy a variety of Christmas activities in Historic Belton, SC, on Saturday, December 1, 2018. From 10 AM – 2 PM, stop by the Belton…

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Exhibit-Portraits: An Historical Lens

December 14, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Exhibit-Portraits: An Historical Lens

December 15, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Saturday, repeating until December 15, 2018

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February 2019

How Things Work Exhibit

February 13 @ 9:00 am - March 9 @ 2:00 pm
Belton Depot, 100 North Main St.
Belton, SC 29627 United States
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How Things Work, the newest exhibit at the Belton Area Museum Association, is an exploration of simple and complex machines. In the exhibit, discover the science behind everyday objects and machines in this hands-on, minds-on exhibit. Through fun, first-hand investigation, you’ll find out how mechanisms work. See how wheels, inclined planes, wedges, screws, pulleys and cogs make construction easier. Build a bridge, create a toy with a 3-d printer, and make a maze using everyday items. You can sew on…

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March 2019

6th Annual Community Rummage and Craft Sale

March 16 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Belton Recreation, 700 Blue Ridge Avenue
Belton, SC 29627
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Join us Saturday, March 16, in the Belton Recreation Department Gym (former Armory Building) from 8 am – 1 pm for the sixth annual Community-wide Craft and Rummage Sale. “We are looking for all types of vendors,” said Alison Darby. “From people who want to sell their garage-sale type items to craft vendors and product line sellers, there is room for everyone.” The gym should be able to accommodate 40 or more vendors. Spots are available for rent, $15 per…

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April 2019

Chili Pepper Golf Tourney

April 12 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Calling all golfers! Don't miss the upcoming Chili Pepper Golf Tourney, Friday, April 12. 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 biscuits and coffee will be served prior to teeing up. Great prizes will go to the winning teams and look for drawings for golf items and specialty equipment, sure to please any golfer. Check out the application here. Print it out…

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July 2019

STEAM Summer Camp-Germs: The Bad Guys

July 16 @ 10:00 am - July 18 @ 12:00 pm

Children ages 7 - 12 are invited to join us for STEAM Summer Camp-Germs: The Bad Guys, to be held July 16-18, from 10 AM - noon. 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. Speakers from the medical field and even genetic testing will be part of this experience.…

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STEAM Summer Camp-Germs: The Good Guys

July 23 @ 10:00 am - July 25 @ 12:00 pm

Children ages 7 - 12 are invited to join us for STEAM Summer Camp-Germs: The Good Guys, to be held July 23-25, from 10 AM - noon. 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. Speakers from the medical field and even genetic testing will be part of this experience. Cost is $45…

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August 2019

Exhibit Epidemics: Diseases Gone Wild

August 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Visit BAMA's newest exhibit Epidemics: Diseases Gone Wild. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the worldwide Spanish Flu epidemic that made its way to rural Anderson County by spring of 1919, this exhibit explores the cultural and medical repercussions of this 20th Century epidemic and celebrates the medical advances in all areas of the health care industry since then. Artifacts on display include vintage or antique items involving the dental, medical, ocular, chiropractic, and laboratory occupations, to show how medical practices…

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Farm to Fork Adventure Tour with Cooking Class

August 24 @ 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm
$25.00

Join us for a farm to fork adventure around Eastern Anderson County and Southern Greenville County as we visit farms around the area, learn about locally sourced produce and meat, and then return with our bounty to the depot to engage in a cooking/tasting class led by culinary genious and SC's Chef Ambassador Heidi Trull and her equally accomplished husband Joe. We will begin caravaning from the depot at 2 PM. Arriving at Callaham's Farms to learn about the peach…

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September 2019

Opening Celebration: Handmade

September 8 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Belton Depot, 100 North Main St.
Belton, SC 29627 United States
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Join us for the opening celebration of Handmade, the newest exhibit at the historic Belton Train Depot. On Sunday, Sept. 8, from 3 to 5 pm, the depot will be the setting for a pop up craft show featuring artisans and traditional crafters demonstrating their skills and sharing their wares. In addition to the crafters, the exhibit will be revealed for all to enjoy. Vintage and antique articles all made by hand are on display. From utilitarian to the most…

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Family Trees and Me: Anderson County Street Names Project

September 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$5
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Exhibit: Handmade

September 20 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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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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Last night's stained glass class was a huge success! Everyone who participated learned a new craft and went home with a beautiful stained glass ornament to hang on their Christmas trees this season. Thanks to Justin Atkins for his extraordinary skills and patience as a teacher. Check out the remaining classes offered this fall at the historic Belton Train Depot! #handmade #betterinbelton #beltonareamuseumassociation ... See MoreSee Less

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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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