Coming soon …

The Hartsville Museum is looking forward to preparing the “Simply Christmas 2014″ annual exhibit.  We will showcase the beautiful Christmas village donated by Ray Vance and of course we will have an exquisite tree.  There will be signs of preparing for that jolly ole’ elf and the fireplace will be feastively adorned.  The plans are to open our exhibit on November 5.  Come see our holiday trimmings!  And while you’re here, the Gallery Store offers unique, one-of-a-kind gifts for your family and friends!


Treats in the Streets


Spooky witches and ghostly goblins will parade the streets of Hartsville again this year during the annual Treats in the Streets festival.   Along with other city shops and businesses, the Hartsville Museum will be looking for the little ones to drop by and be treated by us!  Event begins at 4:30 on October 30.

2014 Quilt Challenge Winners

Over 50 quilts made by members of the Swamp Fox Quilters’ Club were recently displayed.  A highlight of each summer, the annual quilt exhibit brings the challenge of voting for the “People’s Choice” award.  Museum visitors return year after year to see the beautiful quilts, tediously select a favorite, and then wait anxiously to hear the winner.   The seamstress for the 2014 People’s Choice award was Karen Kirkland of Florence.  Titled “Scott and Erica”, the masterpiece is contrived from over 3500 half inch squares of multiple black/white fabrics.   A photograph taken in Murrells Inlet on the bluff overlooking the intracoastal waterway was the quilt’s inspiration.  The photo featured Karen’s son and his happy bride on their wedding day as they enjoyed a quiet moment together.  The magnitude of this quilt is impressive.  Not only a favorite of museum visitors, the quilt will be featured at a national show of the American Quilter’s Society in Des Moines, IA during Oct. 1-4, 2014.

Karen began her art after a browsing trip intoa random quilt shop in 1991.  For her, quilting is a fun, creative, stress-relieving hobby.  She enjoys participating in a number of local, state, and national quilt-related organizations; she has made table runners, pillow cases, bead bags, duffle bags, and a variety of craft pieces.  The items are made as gifts and commemorative pieces as well as being used in community service projects.  Karen states, “I think the reason I like quilting so much is the combination of creativity and tangible accomplishment.” The variety of styles and techniques involved are both creative and technical challenges.  Karen is currently featured as a member spotlight on the National Quilting Association’s website,

Organized in 1980, the Swamp Fox Quilter’s Guild is composed of members from Hartsville, Florence, Dillon, Mullins, Conway, Marion, Lake City, Timmonsville, McBee, Garden City and Darlington.  For more information about the group, see .

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2014 Quilt Challenge

A wonderful variety of exquisite quilts was recently displayed during the Museum’s latest exhibit.  Over 50 quilts made by members of the Swamp Fox Quilters’ Club were hung in every available corner for museum visitors to view.   The entries for 2014 were built around the theme of “A Little Color in My Life”.

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SC Watermedia Society

During the month of May the Museum hosted the Best of Show 2013 traveling exhibit sponsored by the SC Watermedia Society.  The top 30 award winners from 2013 were displayed.





Historic Churches: A Photographic Essay by Bill Segars

Having grown up on a farm in Kelleytown, on land that has been in the family since 1821, Bill Segars has a strong love and appreciation for history.  He uses his 39-years building career to combine with his love of history and has developed a passion for historical restoration.  Bill was able to find, photograph and research more than 700 religious edifices throughout the state.  During the months of March and April, a portion of Bill’s photographic collection was on display at the Hartsville Museum.


Celebrate Black Heritage

The exhibit of black postage stamps was featured during our February salute to “Celebrate Black Heritage”.  More than 100 accomplished black Americans have been honored on U.S. Postage stamps that are no longer sold at post offices and are becoming increasingly harder to find.  The commemorative series recognizes the vital role played by black Americans in our history.  Harriet Tubman was the first African American woman to be honored on a stamp.   Subsequent honorees have included scientists, politicians, educators, authors, actors/singers, and athletes.   The Black Heritage series has become the longest running commemorative stamp series in US History and is sought after by collectors worldwide.