“Exploring local history, culture, heritage, & stories with students via RootsandRecall.com
South Carolina’s preservation website, RootsandRecall.com, (R&R) offers numerous opportunities to teach students about their local architecture, culture and heritage. Students respond to digital learning and R&R can easily assist YOU in presenting information as well as enhance students appreciation of state history and landmarks. R&R is a free community resource – a tool for teaching at all grade levels. As one S.C. teacher recently expressed, “My students want it all on their iPad or iPhone.”
Roots and Recalls covers some 32,000 sites across S.C. and hosts some 250,000+ images. Though many pages are yet to be fully constructed, input of digital exploration abounds. There are distinct uses for R&R in the classroom.
Click on the highlighted subject for random examples of what you can discover on R&R:
- VISUAL CONNECTION
- What does something look like?
- Ginning Cotton – Chappell’s Gin – Brattonsville’s Gin Sweep – Ruff’s Ridgeway SC Gin – Store
- SC Maps – Mills Map of Laurens Co – SC DOT Map – Postal Maps
- S.C. Grist Mills – McElwee Mill – Anderson Mill – Haygood Mill
- Ferry Crossings – Lockhart – Nations Ford – Sheldon
- Slavery and Slave Cabins – Slave Documents – Hightower Plantation – Fairfield County – Magnolia Plantation
- Southern Campaign of the American Revolution – Eutawville – Col. Wm. Bratton – Fort Motte
- Antebellum Education – Catherine Ladd – Madame Talvande School – Lewisville Academy
- Plantation Architecture – Mulberry – Stringfellow – Albion – Middleton at Edisto – Wallace House
- Post Civil War Boom – Pryor House – Cherry Home – Orr Mansion – Owings House
- Textile Mills and Merchants – RH Cotton Factory – Greenville SC – Standard Mill – Eureka Mill
- TEACHABLE OPPORTUNITIES
- How can students find data and connect information?
- Cotton Factors – J.M. Ivy of Rock Hill – Robert Latta (Cotton Broker) – James Seignious (Charleston Factor) –
- Lowcountry Plantations – Beach Hill – Mulberry Plantation – Drayton Hall – Dantzler
- Early S.C. Hospitals – Fennell Infirmary – Pryor Hospital – Spartanburg Hospital
- Sherman’s Troops in S.C. – Fairfield County – Millwood Plantation – Printing Plant –
- Urban Development – Winthrop College – Oakland Park
- Historic SC Architecture – Neil House – White Home – Cedarleaf – Union Jail – Hampton / Preston House
- Hometown Hero – McCormick’s Cyrus McCormick – Graniteville’s William Gregg
- Rosenwald Schools – Emmett Scott HS – Crawford School
- River Transportation – Landsford Canal – River Barges
- WRITING AND RECORDING
- How can they construct, tell their own family history and expand R&R?) Students can submit content directly to R&R via comment section found at the bottom of each page or directly to the website via email or through the website’s menu share link..
- Using City Directories and Sanborn Maps….explore the rise of cities?
- S.C. Historic Post Offices…. how did people get their mail and where?
- The Evolution of one place…..how did xxxx East Main Street evolve?
- My Family Lived……using family stories and research materials tell their own family history.
- My grandparents worked at…..record their own family heritage on R&R by writing a brief history of their ancestor’s employment or skills.
- Antebellum Military Institutes…..research just how extensive educational opportunities were being offered for the wealthy.
- The rise of African American businesses following WW I…..
- The demise of Main Street and suburban America…..
Roots and Recall’s content is built around specific addresses, divided into 46 counties. Searching for data is best performed in short phrases, specific names and titles. Don’t forget your comments and input of historic material, document, and images to enhance teaching local history is welcome. For instance, if you are aware of a link to a web page that you frequent to assist in the classroom, which would be a useful teaching tool added to R&R, tell us. Students are also encouraged to share their own family stories and old family albums for preservation on R&R.
R&R is available in many cases, to assist educators in streamlining further website links and menus in coordinating curricular requirements.
Questions concerning the use of R&R should be addressed to: firstname.lastname@example.org, please do not request permission to print – use images. The vast majority of images displayed on R&R are protected by legal agreements and copyright law.
Explore history, houses, and stories across S.C. Your membership provides you with updates on regional topics, information on historic research, preservation, and monthly feature articles. But remember R&R wants to hear from you and assist in preserving your own family genealogy and memorabilia.
Visit the Southern Queries – Forum to receive assistance in answering questions, discuss genealogy, and enjoy exploring preservation topics with other members. Also listed are several history and genealogical researchers for hire.
User comments welcome — post at the bottom of this page.
Please enjoy this structure and all those listed in Roots and Recall. But remember each is private property. So view them from a distance or from a public area such as the sidewalk or public road.
Do you have information to share and preserve? Family, school, church, or other older photos and stories are welcome. Send them digitally through the “Share Your Story” link, so they too might be posted on Roots and Recall.