Special Visitors

Sunday, May 7th, a small scout troop will visit the park. The Navigators, a group of between 6 to 10 youngsters, will spend a few hours working on their Photography badge. We can't think of a better place to do that! Welcome, scouts!

Also, Cub Scout Pack 8 will be camping at the park from Friday, May 19 through Sunday, May 21. We welcome these scouts to our beautiful park and hope they enjoy their stay!

This is troop 5775 from Grace Methodist Church in North Augusta. They decorated the park colonial style for Christmas! Check out more pictures of these great young people on our Pinterest page.

John Koopman, who portrays George Washington and has been to numerous events at the park, has written a book!
Check it out:

NORTHWEST EVANS MAGAZINE features the Living HIstory Park! (pdf 1.18MB)


For many years we have talked about building a grist mill but due to a problem with the flow of water from our stream this was not possible. In February of this year the city corrected this problem and we now have a wonderful site for an 18th century-style grist mill. We are working very closely with Millwright Ben Hassett of Virginia (http://hassettmillwrights.com) to get the design of the mill correct for the mid 1700's. The main building would be 10' x 10' with a 6 to 8 foot undershot water wheel running a 12" to 24" stone. We plan to have operations viewable from two sides of the building without actually having to enter the structure.
Donations are still much appreciated. Thank you!

Almost complete grist mill

Come and see the Patriot Lathe

Patriot Lathe

Through a generous gift from John & Maribeth Schleier of Hartwell, GA, the New Windsor Cabinet Shop has acquired the 6 foot tall Great Wheel Lathe from the movie set of The Patriot. This working lathe will enhance the look and feel of our 18th century cabinet shop and a bring a bit of history as well.

Take a look at a great slideshow of last year's Colonial Times event. The photos were taken by Rick Pittman, the videographer for Richmond County Board of Education. The piece is on YouTube.

Kudos to our photographer!

Larry Gleason takes most of the photographs you see on our site and in our printed media and he does it all for the love of the park. Larry recently won Photo of the Day at Digital Image Cafe. Way to go Larry!

She made the A-List!

Lynn Thompson is featured in the spring issue of Aiken H&L. You can download the article here along with a letter of contratulations from Congressman Joe Wilson.


the glass house

Our glasshouse is used to root herbs and plants of the colonial era. These plants will find their way into our garden and will be available in the Mercantile.

The New Windsor Cabinet Shop is Open

New Windsor Cabinet Shop

Taking its name from the 1730 Township where current day North Augusta resides, the “New Windsor” cabinet shop is a facility that offers educational programs and brings to life 18th century cabinetmaking, chair making, coopering and box-making.These trades demonstrated for the citizens of South Carolina and Georgia will come through living exhibits and demonstrations of colonial life skills.

This unique history center will provide an early American woodworking teaching environment that will recreate the sights, sounds, and smells of a working small town. This will benefit visiting school children and guests throughout the year. The New Winsor shop will offer the opportunity for local youth and adults to apprentice in 18th century woodworking. In addition, upon the first year of completion of the buildings, the Cabinetmaking shop will be producing furniture to populate the other buildings within the park.

You can follow the news of the shop at its blog:

Windsor Cabinet Shop

The first floor of the shop houses the Village Mercantile. Trade goods are offered for sale.

Special thanks to Adams Brothers Supply and Southern Wood Floors for their generous donations and help.

US Navy work group

Go Navy! A hardworking group of U.S. Navy Chiefs, stationed at Fort Gordon, spent the last Saturday in August at the Park. Along with family and friends, these gracious volunteers cut trees, hauled brush, and added on to the stone steps. They also cleared the path behind the water next to the street on Spring grove. The Park provided lunch during a break, and they were then back to work. Our Park depends on such volunteers and we give them a BIG THANK YOU!

Lynn Thompson wins the 2010 Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award.

From the Aiken Standard:

"Lynn Thompson, the driving force behind Olde Towne Preservation Association and an assortment of activities at Living History Park over the past two decades, got a tip of the hat -- or bonnet -- Tuesday evening, being named as the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce "Citizen of the Year." "History is alive and well in North Augusta," said her predecessor, Jeanne McDaniel, who hugged Thompson as the plaque was presented during the Chamber's annual meeting and banquet, held at the North Augusta Community Center."

From the Augusta Chronicle:

"A dozen letters from volunteers and groups filled Thompson's nomination file. Since moving to North Augusta in 1978, she has become the face of preservation initiatives, including serving as the chairwoman of the North Augusta Design Review Board and North Augusta Cultural Arts Council, and president of the Olde Towne Preservation Association of North Augusta."

Congratulations to Lynn Thompson!

Award for the park

Colonial Times: A Day to Remember is an award winner!

The park's annual event in October was chosen to receive an award of merit from the South Carolina Confederation of Local Historical Societies! The awards were given out at the 2009 Landmark & Preservation Conference in Columbia. The Conference ran March 26 and 27. Congratulations to everyone!

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