European settlers, primarily German, Scot-Irish and English, began arriving in great numbers in the 1750s. Newberry County was formed from the Ninety-Six District in 1785. The community was named for Capt. John Newberry, Revolutionary War officer. Because of its central location, the town of Newberry was chosen in 1789 as the county seat for Newberry County, which was part of an extensive area of cotton plantations. County and town politics were dominated by planters. By the coming of the railroad in 1851, Newberry had become a thriving trade center. This remained the case until the 1860s.
During the American Civil War, Newberry College was used as a hospital for the Confederate and later Union troops. The historic Newberry Court House wasn't burned by William Tecumseh Sherman's troops as he swept through the South.
Be a part of local history! We have very interesting meetings! Our meeting are held quarterly, usually in
March, June, September and November. Our meeting are held at historic locations or at the
Newberry College Alumni Music Building. Refreshments are served and guests are encouraged.
We also have a newsletter that is mailed out to members.
Join by sending your name, address, telephone number and email address, if available,
with a check for your choice of membership to:
The Newberry County Historical and Museum Society
PO Box 186
Newberry, SC 29108-0186
$12 Individual and $20 Couple