__________ WORK DAY AT THE BARN - May 27 - 8:30 - Noon__________
The Friends of the Gaston Livery Stable saw the need to save a historically significant two and a half story, 12,000 sq. ft., all brick U-shaped Barn in Aiken, South Carolina, known as the Gaston Livery Stable. Built circa 1893, the Barn is the only one remaining in South Carolina with a carriage lift. It is probably the only all brick U-shaped barn with a carriage lift in the United States. In the late 19th and early 20th century, the property was an integral element in the Equine and Winter Colony history of Aiken. The Gaston Livery Stable Barn was in danger of being demolished by either neglect or an owner who did not appreciate the significance of the building. The Friends of the Gaston Livery Stable, a 501(C)(3) was founded in 2011, to purchase, protect and restore the Barn. Our Barn is now protected by the organization and City ordinance. On October 22, 2012, the Gaston Livery Stable was designated as an historical landmark in Aiken! [The property is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.] Since the inception of the project, there have been over 3,000 volunteer hours, generous cash donations from the entire community, fundraising events and donations of goods and services from local businesses. The private sector is truly pitching in to save the Barn. There have been no public funds or taxpayers dollars involved in this project. Once the Barn has been restored, plans include using the property as a self-sustaining living history park and educational facility operated under the direction of the Friends of the Gaston Livery Stable and the Aiken County Historical Museum.