Saluda Historic Depot and Museum to present August Train Tales

Published 11:04 am Thursday, August 4, 2022

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The Saluda Historic Depot and Museum will be presenting August Train Tales on Friday, August 19. The guest speaker for this month’s Train Tales is Alexia Jones Helsley. 


A historian, archivist, and author, Ms. Helsley is currently Senior Instructor in History and university archivist at USC Aiken. Prior to joining the USCA faculty, she worked with the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.

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The daughter of Dr. George A. Jones, a proud son of Saluda, she has long loved and explored the town and its history. Her recent publications include The Lost History of Aiken County, as well as a chapter on Dr. Daniel L. Smith, a pioneering pediatrician, and his baby hospitals in Recovering the Piedmont Past, II and a chapter, “A Boy, a Girl, and a Train,” in the award-winning Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy. Among her favorite publications are Beaufort: A History; Wicked Columbia: Vice & Villainy in SC’s Capital, A History of North Carolina Wine, and Wicked Edisto: The Dark Side of Eden.


Ms. Helsley is a recipient of the Governor’s Archives Award. She chairs the S.C. Old Exchange Commission. She is also President of the S.C. Historical Association and of the Pace Society of America. Additionally, she serves as an advisor to the Historic Flat Rock (N.C.) Foundation. 


The Saluda Historic Depot and Museum are very fortunate and very excited to have Alexia Helsley visit to speak at the August Train Tales. This free event begins at 7:00 p.m. and doors open at 6:30 p.m.


Submitted by Nita H. High