Aiken County Council votes to save historical landmark

By: Hope Jensen Email
By: Hope Jensen Email
On Tuesday night, the Aiken County Council approved the relocation of the Kitchings Mill Library, the first library in the county. (WRDW-TV)

On Tuesday night, the Aiken County Council approved the relocation of the Kitchings Mill Library, the first library in the county. (WRDW-TV)

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013

AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW) -- Looks like an historical landmark in Aiken County is here to stay. On Tuesday night, the Aiken County Council approved the relocation of the Kitchings Mill Library, the first library in the county.

News 12 first told you about the community's push to save the building from demolition back in November, and Tuesday night, all their work paid off. After over a year of working to save the century-old building, they were finally able to find the money and the place to preserve it.

"It was not going to be demolished," said Jerry Waters, who grew up near the Kitchings Mill library.

A year ago he became the owner after the woman who lived there, a descendant of the woman who built the library, couldn't care for it anymore.

"[Her son] said, 'My mother said Jerry will know what to do with it,' so with that I felt like I was obligated to try to save the home," Waters said.

When he sold the property, the building was left to either be removed or demolished. That's when the community push began to find the money and a place to move and preserve the library.

"It would've been a sad ending to the story," said Elliott Levy, the executive directer of the Aiken Historical Museum, where the old library is heading.

"It will be a place where we can show copies of photographs, we can show maps where the major farms were, where the major mills were," Levy said.

He says right now that's something the museum is missing.

"As an educational tool, it's gonna be very important to fill in spots that we weren't able to do before," Levy said.

The council officially approved the relocation saving the library from demolition and giving the old building a brighter future.

It's going to cost between $20,000 and $25,000 to move the building. The money was found though sales tax two, which just ended. The museum had some money leftover after their projects were complete, and they're hoping that will be enough to move it, but once they get it there, it will take some donations to actually restore it.


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