Pelham Lyles, Director
The Fairfield County Museum
231 S. Congress St.
P. O. Box 96
Winnsboro, SC  29180
Phone: 803-635-9811
Fax: 803-815-9811
Office Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10AM-5PM (closed for lunch); Sat 10AM-3PM


The mission of the Fairfield County Museum is four-fold:

  • To stimulate interest in the role of Fairfield County in the development of South Carolina and the nation.

    Fairfield County Museum

  • To preserve the history of the county through the collection of significant artifacts and interpretation of the personal stories of its citizens.
  • To identify and document historic properties and sites within the county.
  • To educate citizens and visitors about the heritage of Fairfield County.


The mission of the museum is not only to serve as a repository of the county's rich heritage, but also as an active resource for the education and cultural enrichment of our county's citizens, both young and old, representing our diverse cultural backgrounds.

As with all small establishments, there is always room for needed volunteers. The Museum has several on-going archaeological weekend projects. Some recent ones have been archaeological scouting to find Revolutionary battle sites for National Park Service surveys, the identification of a section of the Great Philadelphia Wagon Road that had been forgotten by time in dense forest cover, the discovery of an eighteenth century riverboat canal, and the locating and documenting of old graveyards.

Other ongoing projects are the moving and reconstruction of an eighteenth century log barn in the museum’s backyard, the reenactment of a local Revolutionary battle, the involvement of school children in learning about history, and an expansive oral history project.  In the museum, volunteers are needed to help with exhibit receptions, office work, collections, and research. An active Friends of the Museum Society is always looking for new members.

The Fairfield County Genealogical Research Room, the collection having been established by volunteers associated with the Daughters of the American Revolution in the 1960s and 1970s, has recently been returned from an offsite location to the museum premises.  Volunteers are often available to  assist family researchers with the collected paper files, published volumes, microfilm records, etc.  As staffing by volunteers is not yet regular, it is best to call the museum or contact for scheduling a research visit (803-635-9811).  The collection is available during museum visitation hours Tuesdays through Saturdays.  Inquiries can also be sent to

Please contact the museum if you are interested in volunteering in any capacity.