Shultz’s Ghostly Spectre in Aiken!

It seems that Henry Shultz is in high demand to scare the wits out of little children. I am not sure why, he just wants to have a little fun, and if he has trouble getting over a few guys that have done him a bad turn, well, that is their problem.

Anyway, Shultz makes a ghostly appearance along with four more notable or unsettled characters of local history on Friday, October 13 at the Aiken County Historical Museum. Pulses in the ether will keep him going from 7 to 9 PM. Call (803) 642-2015 for information, or jump right in and schedule a place in the seance at Eventbrite – Banksia After Dark.




Schultz Hill Cemetery

Hamburg burials came up during the recent talk in Edgefield. I think many people have heard about a Hamburg cemetery in North Augusta, somewhere behind ‘the auto glass place’. Schultz Hill Cemetery does exist, and yes it is kind of behind Sunny Solutions Window Tinting.


Sign at the end of the driveway from Carolina Springs Road, with Brad Cunningham who over many years has made something happen at the Bedford Cemetery in Augusta.

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Duke Bernhard’s 1825 Visit

Lafayette’s 1824-1825 ‘Friend of the Nation’ tour of America was the most sensational event of the decade. Lafayette went out of his way to pass through almost every state of the Union, in a giant loop starting in the Northeast, through the South, to New Orleans, upriver to St. Louis, and up the Ohio back to where he started. Crowds cheered him wildly at every place along the way. Lafayette, refusing no invitation, probably shook almost that many hands. He visited Hamburg and Augusta, unfortunately his secretary’s record is skimpy. Of course most of their journals were lost months later in the Ohio River when their riverboat hit a snag and sank in the middle of the night.

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Old newspapers take a lot of careful reading, which is probably not for everyone. But they are are a great – maybe even the best place to discover local history. Shultz appears regularly in both the Augusta Chronicle and the Edgefield Advertiser with Sheriff’s sales of Hamburg property, reports of Hamburg anniversary celebrations, and  melancholy articles by Shultz condemning his latest injuries (or outlining a new plan to escape them).


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Cotton to Charleston

Augusta existed to collect cotton, and get the cotton to a seaport. The most available seaport for Augusta was Savannah, 231 river miles away. Hamburg existed to collect cotton, Augusta’s cotton if possible, and get the cotton to a South Carolina seaport. That was Hamburg’s drumbeat, to keep South Carolina commerce at home, which was part of the deal for support from the state legislature. So Hamburg boats routinely sailed right past Savannah, and beat their way another 101 miles behind the sea islands to Charleston.


Steamboat and Rail routes from Hamburg to Savannah. The sea islands route from Savannah to Charleston is only my guess. From 1833 Tanner Map of SC, Library of Congress rr002990

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