The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is a House-Museum, and is alive with activities that represent what Lucy Craft Laney lived and worked for in the Augusta area. In addition to exhibitions and lectures, the museum provides arts, history, preservation programs and storytelling activities.
For the men in Robert Dutcher's family, nearly everything comes back to bowling. Robert's father, Barry, spent 30 years as a pinsetter mechanic and avid league bowler in Reno, Nevada. Following his father's path, Robert acted as pinsetter mechanic for the comedy classic Kingpin and won three consecutive Reno City Masters tournaments, once with a record 299.
Even after Robert moved to South Carolina for college, bowling still held him in its thrall. In March 2013, he decided to revitalize the more-than-50-year-old previously named Aiken Bowl, named for the American Idol?winning singer who famously lived inside its ball-return system for most of his teens. Now renamed StrikeHouse Bowl, the historic bowling center now hosts classic alley festivities, from Thursday league nights to cosmic bowling every Friday and Saturday, when blacklights cast a neon glow over the lanes until 1 a.m. Until 9 p.m., patrons can reenergize at the in-house snack bar, whose treats run the gamut from macaroni bites to pepperoni pizza, and concessions are available until close.
The sound hits you the moment you walk through the doors: the unmistakable clatter of bowling pins as they scatter from the ball?s force. Again and again, the sound resonates in the air at JC's Lexington Bowl as people toss their bowling balls down the lanes. The bowling alley offers refreshments and food to refuel patrons during games, with such eats as chili dogs, philly cheese steaks, pizzas, and funnel cakes.
Built in 1772, the Laurence Corley Log House is Lexington's oldest documented abode. It's a logical starting point for visits to Lexington County Museum, a seven-acre village of 36 historic structures that recreate Lexington life from 1770 until the Civil War.
Those buildings include the original Lexington County post office and the Hazelius House, where Charlie D. Tillman composed "Give Me That Old Time Religion." The first Lexington County building included on the National Register of Historic Places, the John Fox House is even outfitted with furnishings the family would have used, such as a pine lazy susan and a mahogany Xbox. Other structures likewise stock authentic 19th century artifacts, such as textiles, pottery, and weapons.
While the exhibited buildings grant a visual glimpse into the past, 13 hands-on activities immerse kids in authentic 19th century experiences. Youngsters can weave on individual lap looms inside the loom house, play with replica toys from the 1800s, or churn butter in the Fox house yard. In the one-room schoolhouse, schoolmasters in period dress teach full lessons to children who must jot down notes with quill pens.