On the Banks of Durbin Creek

The Fountain Inn Museum has created a short, “silent” video that will show how Fountain Inn and its populations have evolved from the 1700s through the present. It will debut at the museum in September 2022. SC Humanities supported this project with a Major Grant.

“On the Banks of Durbin Creek” gives a living history of the successive waves of civilization that gave birth to the unique community of Fountain Inn. The visual chronology technique (without voiceover) will include the segments from the following eras: Cherokee (pre-1770), trappers, Revolutionary War, Scots-Irish settlers, slavery, Civil War Confedrate soldier, textile workers, and WWII, and it will move into the present with a student group.

The Project Director said, “‘On the Banks of Durbin Creek’ is a brief graphic enlargement of a small place on the South Carolina map where two centuries of progress are brought into clear focus.”

The film will be shown on a constant loop as part of the museum’s exhibits, and it will also be used as a portable educational and program tool at schools and other community venues. The film is expected to debut at the museum on September 3.

Established in 2007, the Fountain Inn Museum is a nonprofit organization focused on preserving the history, heritage, and culture of small town Upcountry South Carolina.  We have made it our mission to serve our community, and to provide educational opportunities to our visitors.  With this in mind, we pay special attention to the development of Fountain Inn and Greenville and Laurens Counties and seek to find innovative ways to share insights from the past. Learn more: http://www.fountaininnmuseum.org/.

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 21-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.