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Historical Society in search of old Travelers Rest photos

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TRAVELERS REST, S.C. — The Travelers Rest Historical Society is currently seeking historic photos that were taken along four of the earliest business and residential streets in Travelers Rest: Main Street, Center Street, McElhaney Road and Poinsett Street.

The images, which can date from the 1920s to the early 2000s, will be used in a project to create a photo record of the city as it is today as well as a retrospective of previous days.

The project is a cooperative effort by the Historical Society and interns from Dr. Courtney Tollison’s history classes at Furman.

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"The goal is to have photos current and historic, and a data sheet on each house, business, or lot in downtown Travelers Rest," said Historical Society secretary Penny Forrester, who is spearheading the project along with Furman senior Trevor Woods, of Pickens.

Forrester and Woods are asking the public to bring photos to the Travelers Rest History Museum from 10 a.m. to noon on Sat., Feb. 3 or from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each Wednesday in February. The photos will be scanned and immediately returned to the donor. The images will then be printed and placed with current photos and a data sheet on each property.

Furman University student Sam Hayes, a Charleston native, completed the first phase of the project – a photo of every house, lot and business presently located on these streets – as a fall semester intern.

For more information and/or to arrange a different image delivery method, contact the Historical Society here.

For more information about the Travelers Rest Historical Society, visit their website here.

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