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 2017

Halloween Ghost Walk

October 26, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
$10

Ghoulies, ghosties, and strange sites await you as you stroll down historic streets of Belton during the Belton Area Museum Association’s first annual Halloween Ghost Walk. Five historic properties are scheduled for the tour: the Chamberlain-Kay House, the Mitchell House, and Cox Funeral Home on River Street and the Moffatt Haynie House and the J. T. Rice House on Brown Avenue. Exteriors of homes will be accessible and spine-tingling stories attached to each property will be shared by costumed presenters.…

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Boo on the Square

October 31, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Annual Trick or Treat with the Merchants will be held on the square in Belton on Halloween Night, Oct. 31.  Businesses and organizations will be passing out candy and information to all guests.  Come enjoy a safe community event.

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November 2017

3rd Annual Turkey Shoot

November 18, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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December 2017

Christmas in Belton

December 2, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Fins, Feathers, Claws and Paws: Living with Creatures

December 16, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Saturday, repeating until December 16, 2017

You and your pets can enjoy an interactive exhibit featuring all things pet related. See the wall of fame for working and rescue animals, check out what colors pets can see, view vintage hunting and retrieving dog items, and learn about the various breeds that have been popular over the years. Your pets can even participate in a dog bone wading pool, a simulator for car rides, and an elaborate cat play station. Visit during museum hours, Wednesday - Friday,…

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May 2018

Family Trees and Me: Using Provenance to Determine Value of Antiques

May 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Belton Depot, 100 North Main St.
Belton, SC 29627 United States
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$5.00

Using genealogy resources to determine the provenance of antiques and thus enhancing their value will be the topic of this quarter's Family Trees and Me genealogy series of lectures. On Thursday, May 17, at 7 PM at the historic Belton Train Depot, Dr. John LeHeup will present an engaging lecture on antiques provenance, a record of ownership used as a guide to authenticity, quality and value. From the early 80's, Dr. LeHeup has collected silver as his passion. "Former All-American…

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Home School Event: The History and Science of Tennis

May 24, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
$3.00

Students aged 7 to 12 are invited for the second home school-only educational event, Thursday May 24, from 10 to 11 am at the historic Belton Train Depot. In celebration of the Palmetto Junior Tennis Tourney held yearly in Belton, this event will focus on the history and physics of tennis. Students will learn all about our area's rich tennis history by touring the SC Tennis Hall of Fame and experiencing artifacts and momentoes of famous Carolina players and coaches,…

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June 2018

Family Fun Trip to Discovery Island Water Park

June 26, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
$20.00

Everyone is invited to go on a fun outing to Discovery Island Water Park, part of the Greenville County Recreation Department facilities. With thrilling water slides, delicious concessions, and a number of water attractions by the pool, Discovery Island at Southside Park (Simpsonville) has something for everyone to do under the summer sun. We have arranged a group reservation for June 26. Please call the museum at 864-338-7400 to reserve your space by paying $20 per person attending by June…

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July 2018

Summer STEAM Camps for Children: Water, Water Everywhere!

July 19, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until July 19, 2018

$55.00

Water is one of the world's greatest resources, and it is found everywhere that life is found. From the oceans covering 3/4 of the planet to the 60% water make-up of the human body, water is essential to life and its processes. Children 7 - 12 years old are invited to join us for three days of summer camps July 17 - 19. During these three days from 10 am - noon, children will discover the power of water, the science…

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FREE SCDNR Boating Education Class

July 21, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

As part of the exhibit H2O: The Power of Water, BAMA is offering a FREE South Carolina Boating Education Class on Saturday, July 21, 2018, 9 AM - 4 PM, at the historic Belton Train Depot. Overview Boaters under 16 years of age are required by law to pass an approved boating education course before operating, without supervision, a personal watercraft (jet ski) or a boat powered by a motor of 15 horsepower or more. Details The South Carolina Boater…

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Summer STEAM Camp for Children: Water-A Limited Resource

July 26, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until July 26, 2018

$55.00

Water is one of the world's greatest resources, and it is found everywhere that life is found. But it is a limited resource, and we must be good stewards or suffer the consequences. Children 7 - 12 years old are invited to join us for three days of summer camps July 24-26. During these three days from 10 am - noon, children will discover the various uses of water, the resources creating potable water, including a field trip to a local…

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August 2018

Exhibit H2O: The Power of Water

August 24, 2018 @ 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 August 24, 2018

Belton Depot, 100 North Main St.
Belton, SC 29627 United States
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BAMA presents its newest exhibit--H2O: The Power of Water. The exhibit deals with all things water: the power of water, the science of water, recreational opportunities that water provides for our area, and more.  In addition to viewing the items on loan for the exhibit, listen to the soothing sounds of waterfalls, watch videos on Broadway Lake and Hartwell Lake, learn to surf, manhandle firemen's hoses, and row a boat indoors! With interesting artifacts and engaging activities included in the exhibit, visitors…

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Exhibit–H2O: The Power of Water

August 25, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Saturday, repeating until August 25, 2018

BAMA presents its newest exhibit--H2O: The Power of Water. The exhibit deals with all things water: the power of water, the science of water, recreational opportunities that water provides for our area, and more.  In addition to viewing the items on loan for the exhibit, listen to the soothing sounds of waterfalls, watch videos on Broadway Lake and Hartwell Lake, learn to surf, manhandle firemen's hoses, and row a boat indoors! With interesting artifacts and engaging activities included in the exhibit, visitors…

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Family Fun Trip: Hiking SC Waterfalls

August 25, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Led by avid hikers Matt and Amy Wurst, families are invited to join in a trip to view some of South Carolina's most beautiful upstate waterfalls. Meet at the depot at 10 AM, Saturday August 25. Families will then caravan to designated spots in the Carolina mountains. There will be a map to follow, and once at the parking areas at various waterfall sites, Matt and Amy will lead the group on the route to see gorgeous rippling falls and…

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September 2018

Opening Celebration of Portraits: An Historical Lens

September 9, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Genealogy Program: Local Soldiers in the Civil War

September 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The 20th SC Regiment, CSA, will be the topic of this quarter's Family Trees and Me genealogy series of lectures. On Thursday, September 20, at 7 PM at the historic Belton Train Depot, North Carolina historian Jim Clary will bring his extensive research on local soldiers to share with descendants and enthusiasts. “Some eight years ago there was a small ad in the B-HP News-Chronicle placed by James B. Clary of Cary, NC. He had just finished a book on…

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Basket Weaving Class

September 22, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Belton Depot, 100 North Main St.
Belton, SC 29627 United States
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For those who are crafty, the Belton Area Museum Association is offering another basket weaving class on Saturday, Sept. 22. Beginning at 9 am, students will learn to make a medium sized basket. The basket students will make is called a magazine wall holder, and it will be completely finished by day’s end. All materials and supplies will be provided for students to complete their own version.The class will be taught by Kathi Finley Lowe, veteran basket weaver, and will…

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Not Your Parents’ Portrait Teen Photography Contest

September 28, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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  Teens in grades 9 - 12 are invited to submit photographs for a contest hosted by the Belton area Museum Association in conjunction with the fall exhibit Portraits: An Historic Lens. Winners will be revealed on Saturday, Oct. 6, during the Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival. Prizes will be awarded to the best in show, and are provided by Walmart. Rules: Open to students in grades 9-12, public, private, or home school students. Photo must fit the theme “Not Your Parent’s…

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Combo Kings Benefit Concert

September 29, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Belton Depot, 100 North Main St.
Belton, SC 29627 United States
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Join us at the historic train depot in Belton, SC, Saturday, September 29, at 7 PM, for a special concert benefitting the Belton Area Music Association. Known for their covers of beach music, classic rock, and show tunes, the Combo Kings will provide a free community concert. “The Combo Kings graciously offered to do this benefit concert for BAMA and due to their large following, we’re expecting a huge crowd,” said BAMA executive director Abigail Burden. The Combo Kings, who…

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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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The deadline for the soap making class is tomorrow. Taught by Dan and Isabel Boob of 5th Wheel Farm, the class is limited to 15 people, and cost is $20. Just a few more slots available for Thursday's class, Oct. 17. Call 338-7400 tomorrow between 9 and 2 to register! #handmade #betterinbelton #beltonareamuseumassociation #beltondepot #soapmakingclass ... See MoreSee Less

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Thanks to the patronage of Randy Hovis of Waste Connections, councilman Ray Graham of Anderson County and Jane Mudd representing Foothills Community Foundation who each gave checks to support this year's Heritage Days at the Depot. We could not provide quality programs for our community without this financial assistance. #wasteconnections #andersoncountysc #foothillscommunityfoundation #heritagedaysatthedepot ... See MoreSee Less

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