An original publication, 1994. XXI, 286 pp., illus., app., bibliog., index, 8½ x 11. Item #68
The appeal of this copiously illustrated church and community history lies not only in its presentation of the people and events that made St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church a vital religious community, but also in its use of a chronology which intertwines the founding and progress of the church with the growth and development of the city of Aiken, South Carolina. Members, interested friends of the church, and history enthusiasts can learn more about the rich Christian heritage of St. Thaddeus and its involvement in the unique and interesting community of Aiken. The first section of this volume narrates the history of the town and the church, beginning with the incorporation of Aiken in 1835 and its subsequent career as a "Health Resort," and as the "Sports Center of the South." Modern times for the church and city began in the 1950s, when construction began on the nuclear facility along the Savannah River. The intertwining of the histories of St. Thaddeus and Aiken is continued in a chronology, and the remainder of the volume treats the history of St. Thaddeus in a topical format. The text closes with a lengthy section featuring a number of families. Appendixes include a list of rectors, burial records, Aiken accommodations, thoroughbred horse stables and trainers, and winter cottage owners. There is a comprehensive personal and place-name index.