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Your wedding day. Without a doubt, it's one of the most significant events you will ever experience - when you and the love of your life officially seal the deal and get married. On this day, your friends and family will gather to celebrate the next step in your life. Photographers will be running around snapping photos, catering plates delicious food for guests to enjoy, and the DJ sets the mood for a night of fun and libation. You've worked extra hard to make everything look perfect and run smoothly. You have examined every moving part down to the tiniest detail. At the center of all your effort is your wedding venue in Walterboro, SC.

Your event space can mean the difference between an unforgettable event and an average occasion. Capturing your uniqueness as a couple is paramount to a memorable wedding. But, without the right venue location and staff, your unforgettable event can turn into a painfully average occasion. Fortunately, at Abney Hall, you won't ever have to worry about dingy reception spaces and crummy chow halls.

Constructed in Walterboro, SC, in 1962, Abney Hall is 15,000 square feet and sits on 500 acres of land, making it a large wedding venue unlike any other. Abney Hall was originally the home of Mrs. Josephine Abney, a Walterboro native who was a lifelong philanthropist. Mrs. Abney devoted much of her time and effort towards supporting charities, educational institutions, hospitals, and other noble efforts. Today, Abney Hall stands tall as a symbol of love, both in our community and for the couples who choose to get married here.

Abney Hall is an exclusive event experience unlike any other, surrounded by verdant forests and sparkling ponds. Our venue is a natural fit for several occasions, including:

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The Top Wedding Venue in Walterboro, SC

The beginning of your life starts at Abney Hall. With our team by your side, we can create the fairy tale wedding you have dreamed about since childhood. Whether you have 100 guests or 1,000, our waterfront ceremony locations and French-inspired courtyard are perfect for your big day. Celebrate in luxurious style surrounded by shady magnolia trees, a private forest, large ponds, and the beauty of Mother Nature. While our venue location and aesthetic have been praised far and wide, so too have the practical aspects of Abney Hall. Looking for a relaxing, comfortable spot for your bridal party to get ready in? We offer an entire floor in the Abney Hall residence to get the bridal party ready. Want to make your groomsman feel extra-special too? We've got a private, plush house just feet from a sparkling pond that is a proper hangout spot for the guys in your group.

To make life easier on you, we also offer Abney Hall as your go-to spot for rehearsal dinners. Why book an expensive restaurant or travel to another location when unmatched beauty and convenience are right at your fingertips? Abney Hall is just the place for that very important dinner the night before your big day. We are also happy to host your bridal shower at Abney Hall. Our venue makes for one of Walterboro's most unique bridal shower settings, where your family and friends can gather to give gifts and be merry before you walk down the aisle.

With such a large, magnificent house and a vast property, Abney Hall also makes for an unforgettable location for your bridal portraits and other wedding-related photography needs. Don't take our word for it - book a tour and see for yourself why so many new brides and grooms choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Walterboro.

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What Sets Abney Hall Apart from Other Wedding Venues in Walterboro?

You've already found the person you want to spend the rest of your life beside. The next step? Finding the perfect wedding venue for your ceremony, reception, and celebration of your lifelong commitment to one another. Remember, the backdrop for photos, dancing, eating, and all other activities will be at your wedding venue. That's why we work so hard to set Abney Hall apart from our competitors - so you and your guests can focus on love and living your new life while we work with your vendors and photographers to make your magic night a reality.

Here are just a few reasons why guests choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Walterboro, SC, along with some helpful tips from our experienced wedding venue staff:

Venue Size

Choosing the appropriate-sied venue for your desired guest count is a critical decision. A venue's capacity affects the number of people you need to consider having at your ceremony and reception. As you're first starting out, we recommend having a guest count in mind as you're searching for the right venue. Try to stick with that number. You may fall in love with a particular venue, but if its max capacity can't accommodate your guest count, it may be time to cross them off your list.

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Keep in mind that this is your big day. You shouldn't feel obligated to invite the college roommate you shared a dorm with for one semester. At the end of the day, your wedding venue should be one that can accommodate those closest to you. Abney Hall is equipped for both small and large weddings, consisting of 500 acres of forest, ponds, and lush natural beauty. Whether you want an intimate wedding with only your best friends or a grand ceremony with hundreds of people, we have the right amount of room to make you comfortable.

Location and Nearby Lodging

On your big day, you're likely to have friends and family traveling in from other parts of the state or country. These folks will need a place to stay during and even after your wedding. Accessibility and ease are important factors when it comes to choosing your wedding venue for both you and your guests.

Located in Walterboro, SC, Abney Hall is situated in a memorable, natural setting, giving your wedding a private vibe in the midst of Mother Nature. While we pride ourselves on having a secluded wedding event space, our venue is within an easy driving distance of hotels and vacation rentals.

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When you contact us for a tour, make sure to speak with our experienced venue manager about nearby hotels and shuttle service options. We understand that your guest's comfort and convenience are important, and we're happy to work with you to figure out the best way to get your guests to Abney Hall.

Venue Staff

At Abney Hall, our staff has earned its reputation as one of the industry's most friendly, accessible teams. We will provide you with a purpose-minded point of contact that can help answer questions relating to timelines, preferred vendors, and every aspect of your wedding. When you tour our wedding venue in Walterboro, SC, for the first time, we want you to feel like you have all the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision.

We would be happy to go over:
  • Venue Pricing
  • Ceremony Specifics
  • Reception Specifics
  • Catering Possibilities
  • Decorating Possibilities
  • Entertainment Options
  • Photography and Photo Opportunities
  • Venue Amenities
  • Bridal Party Needs
  • Groomsman Needs

At Abney Hall, our goal is to be your first resource when it comes to setting up and coordinating the details of your wedding day.

Decor

When it comes to your wedding's decor, you probably already have a few ideas in mind. We love it when our brides and grooms have a vision in mind because one of our greatest joys is turning that vision into a reality. At Abney Hall, our team is available to help you and your decorator fit, accent, and accommodate your fairy-tale wedding - whatever that may be.

Are you looking to dress up your wedding with decorations galore? Just want to add a few accents that tie into your preferred color palette? Abney Hall is versatile and ready to help however we are able.

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If you're thinking about bringing in your own greenery, lighting, floral pieces, and more, we recommend discussing your vision with us on your initial tour of our event space. That way, we can get a head start on making your big day exactly how you envision it.

Photo Opportunities

10 years from now, when you and your spouse are celebrating your anniversary, you will pull out photographs from your wedding and will reminisce about the unforgettable time you spent at Abney Hall. Your wedding photos will be with you forever, and as such, we work closely with you and your photographer to suggest extra-special photo op spots that you can only find on Abney Hall grounds.

From the grand staircase and French-inspired courtyard to our manicured gardens and lovely pond, there is no shortage of photo-op locations for your photographer to choose from. As one of the most popular wedding venues in Walterboro, SC, we have worked with dozens of photographers over the years.

Our experience has allowed us to cultivate a list of preferred photographers - all of whom have the talent to take your pictures to the next level in a setting they're familiar with. We encourage you to check out our gallery to get a sense of the scope of our wedding venue and gain inspiration from other happy couples.

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The gallery on our website is extensive but be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages as well. We keep our social pages updated with recent wedding photographs, giving you an incredible resource that you can use for your own photography purposes.

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The Premier Corporate Event Venue in Walterboro, SC

Abney Hall is known across the United States for our stunning weddings, but we also play host to some of the largest corporate events in South Carolina. Why choose a bland, lifeless meeting space when you can enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature coupled with a professional atmosphere? If you have an important team-building event or corporate conference that you have to coordinate, look no further than Abney Hall.

The epitome of class and style, our corporate event space is large, lavish, and chock-full of onsite amenities for you and your co-workers to enjoy. If your team needs a morale boost, don't bring them to the local Olive Garden for a cheap lunch. Treat them to a refreshing experience in our main dining room, where we can work with you to incorporate your catering options with the goals of your event.

When the hard work is done, and your team needs a breather, what better way to relax than with a quick dip in our pool? To burn off a little steam, head over to our brand-new tennis court - the perfect place to get some exercise in an ultra-private setting while you enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Don't forget to bring your fishing poles for a couple of hours of fishing. There's even an opportunity to go hunting if you wish.

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If you're ready to learn more about Abney Hall as your wedding venue, don't hesitate to reach out. We would love to hear more about your plans, your vision, and your needs. We know that planning a wedding isn't easy. It takes time, attention to detail, and a whole lot of patience. Our goal is to help provide you with all the info you need to learn more about our venue. Once you decide on a date, we'll work closely with you and your vendors to craft a wedding experience that you will treasure for the rest of your life.

Our available dates for your big day are going quick, especially during peak seasons like spring and fall. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Contact us today for a FREE initial consultation
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Turkey season ends April 30

Turkey season ends on private lands on April 30th for those living in Game Zones Three and Four – Colleton County, along with neighboring Dorchester, Hampton, Jasper, Bamberg, Charleston, Berkeley and Allendale counties, are all in Game Zone Three.The season began on March 22nd.Turkey hunters who need information on big game regulations, or who need to purchase licenses, permit and tags should go to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) Web site at www.dnr.sc.gov.Hunters are also reminded that all harves...

Turkey season ends on private lands on April 30th for those living in Game Zones Three and Four – Colleton County, along with neighboring Dorchester, Hampton, Jasper, Bamberg, Charleston, Berkeley and Allendale counties, are all in Game Zone Three.

The season began on March 22nd.

Turkey hunters who need information on big game regulations, or who need to purchase licenses, permit and tags should go to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) Web site at www.dnr.sc.gov.

Hunters are also reminded that all harvested turkeys must be reported by midnight on the day of harvest. SCDNR is using the SC Game Check app to keep track with daily harvests. Hunters can download the app or also report their daily harvests by calling the S.C. DNR game check phone line at 1-833-472-4203. Additionally, turkey hunters are also required to have a big game permit, a valid South Carolina hunting license and turkey tags. WMA permits are also required when hunting on public lands.

Spring Gobbler Bag Limits in South Carolina

According to S.C. DNR, the reproduction of wild turkeys in South Carolina has decreased, with the annual number of turkey harvests in the Palmetto State decreasing by 25 percent since 2002.

Therefore, the prior limit of five gobblers per spring season in South Carolina has changed to three wild turkeys in the spring season.

Other turkey regulations include:

Private lands Game Zone 3 (Colleton County) and 4: March 22 – April 30

WMA lands statewide: April 1 – April 30

Limit statewide private and WMA lands:

Residents: 3 gobblers per season. No more than one per day, no more than one from April 1-10 on private land and no more than one from March 22-31 on private land in Game Zone 3 & 4.

Nonresidents: 2 gobblers per season. No more than one per day, no more than one from April 1-10 on private land and no more than one from March 22-31 on private land in Game Zone 3 & 4.

The Statewide Youth Hunting Weekend on private lands is for youth 17 years old and younger. The youth hunt in Game Zone 3 is March 19-20.

Youth hunters who have not completed the hunter education program must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years of age. No license or tags required for youth or adult on these designated youth days. Adult may call or guide, however, only the youth may take or attempt to take. Limit one gobbler total for the weekend which counts towards the season limit.

Sunday turkey hunting is allowed on private lands only. Sunday hunting is not allowed on WMA land.

Bearded hens are not legal.

All hunters, including hunters younger than 16 or those who are calling or guiding must possess a valid set of turkey tags except on designated youth days.

Hunters who have used all their tags may call or guide for other hunters provided they possess their tag form.

Legal weapons include shotguns, muzzleloading shotguns, bows and crossbows. All other weapons or methods are prohibited including rifles, pistols, slugs, and buckshot.

Turkeys may not be hunted with dogs, live decoys or electronic calls.

It is illegal to shoot any turkey between 30 minutes after official sunset and 30 minutes before official sunrise.

It is illegal to take or attempt to take a wild turkey from a vehicle on a public road.

It is illegal to trap or snare a wild turkey.

It is illegal to hunt or take a wild turkey by means of bait or on or over any baited area

Turkey tags are not free.

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Special Response Team gearing up for boating weather

Warmer weather means that a special group of deputies within the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office are preparing for an increase in water rescues and water patrol in Colleton many waterways.The Special Response Team, or SRT, is a group of deputies who work within the sheriff’s office and who focus on citizen safety and patrol on Colleton’s many rivers and beachfront: Colleton County is comprised of 1,133 square miles, and this includes the Edisto River, the Ashepoo River, the Combahee River, the ACE Basin, and Edisto ...

Warmer weather means that a special group of deputies within the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office are preparing for an increase in water rescues and water patrol in Colleton many waterways.

The Special Response Team, or SRT, is a group of deputies who work within the sheriff’s office and who focus on citizen safety and patrol on Colleton’s many rivers and beachfront: Colleton County is comprised of 1,133 square miles, and this includes the Edisto River, the Ashepoo River, the Combahee River, the ACE Basin, and Edisto Beach.

Edisto Beach is also in Colleton County, as are hundreds of private ponds, marshes and more than a dozen boat landings.

The SRT team helps to monitor all of these waterways.

“These officers respond to missing or overdue boaters, boaters in distress, reported drownings, cars in the water, and residential rescues from flood areas,” said Shalane Lowes, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office. “The CCSO also conducts patrols for violations of law and provides safety patrols for events,” said Lowes.

The team itself consists of deputies who also work in other parts of the sheriff’s office, such as road patrol or administration. They are specially-trained to be a part of the SRT, and they also work with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) and Colleton Fire-Rescue with search-and-rescue operations in the entire county.

In 2020, the CCSO responded to more than 20 water-related incidents.

In 2021, the sheriff’s office responded to 32 water-related rescues. Most of these occurred at Edisto Beach.

To help manage these waterways, the sheriff’s office currently has one boat assigned primarily to Edisto Beach. The sheriff’s office also has three other boats that are used throughout the county. Each of these boats have side-scan sonar, GPS, and bright lights to “assist in multiple applications,” said Lowes. “Additionally, we maintain the M1078 High Water Vehicle, ATVs, and UTVs used for search and rescue, marijuana eradication, and property recovery,” she said.

Boating Under the Influence

In South Carolina, it is illegal for anyone to operate a motorboat, jet ski or sailboat while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.

Boaters with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher are presumed to be under the influence of alcohol.

Under state law, first-time offenders who are found guilty of Boating Under the Influence can be given $200 in fines, 48 hours of jail time or community service and a 6-month suspension of boating privileges.

Those charged with a second offense are facing $1,000 to $5,000 in fines, 48 hours to 10 days in jail or community service and a one-year suspension of boating privileges.

A third BUI offense carries fines of $3,500 to $6,000 with 60 days to three years in jail and a three-year suspension of boating privileges.

Colleton County Boat Landings

Bennetts Point (Mosquito Creek) Landing

Brickyard Ferry (Ashepoo River) Landing

Chessie (Folly Creek) Landing

Cuckholds (Folly Creek) Landing

Fields Point (Combahee River) Landing

Good Hope (Edisto River) Landing

Live Oak (Big Bay Creek) Landing

Long Creek (Edisto River) Landing

Lowndes (Edisto River) Landing

Mars Oldfield (Edisto River) Landing

Old Chehaw (Chehaw River) Landing

Prices Bridge (Horseshoe Creek) Landing

Public (Combahee River) Landing

Sullivans Ferry (Edisto River) Landing

West Bank Boat Landing

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Coyote sightings in Walterboro are part of common SC problem

Recent sightings of wild coyotes wandering through some of Walterboro’s more suburban, busy neighborhoods are circulating through the community, and wildlife officials with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) say these sightings are not unusual.According to SCDNR, coyote sightings have become normal throughout the Palmetto State.“Coyotes are known to inhabit all 46 counties in South Carolina. They are very adaptable, habitat-wise, and have no trouble finding a niche in suburban, even urban areas,”...

Recent sightings of wild coyotes wandering through some of Walterboro’s more suburban, busy neighborhoods are circulating through the community, and wildlife officials with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) say these sightings are not unusual.

According to SCDNR, coyote sightings have become normal throughout the Palmetto State.

“Coyotes are known to inhabit all 46 counties in South Carolina. They are very adaptable, habitat-wise, and have no trouble finding a niche in suburban, even urban areas,” said David Lucas, public information officer for S.C. DNR. “It’s no surprise that folks in or around Walterboro would be seeing them. At this point, they are widespread enough to be considered ‘common,’” he said.

According to Lucas, SC DNR biologists are not tracking or tallying individual sightings of coyotes in South Carolina.

Additionally, the state wildlife agency is not trapping coyotes or removing them from private lands or public spaces, like parks. Instead, SCDNR leaders are asking the public to contact a local animal control office or a private animal trapper.

“Coyotes are extremely wily and notoriously difficult to trap, so hiring a trapper experienced in dealing with them is often the most effective option,” he said.

Local coyote sightings are being reported to this newspaper by residents in several Walterboro neighborhoods, including those in the city and on the immediate outskirts, near Colleton County High School. One resident, who has lived on Josie Drive in Walterboro for about four years, said there is even a nearby coyote den that most people are aware of.

These coyotes are often seen hunting in a small patch of woods near this street, according to Miranda Stone, a resident who lives in this area.

According to the S.C. DNR, coyotes can be hunted throughout the year but only with a valid hunting license. Private residents can also trap coyotes during a designated trapping season, which is from December 1 through March 1st, but only with a valid commercial fur harvest license and a South Carolina hunting license. Any use of poison on coyotes is absolutely prohibited, according to S.C. DNR.

More tips on how to handle coyotes can be found under the Coyote Control tab on the SCDNR Web site, at www.dnr.sc.gov.

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Key city leader is leaving to pursue new career role

A longtime leader for the City of Walterboro is leaving the city to pursue another career opportunity in a nearby government.Current City of Walterboro Assistant Manager Hank Amundson has resigned from his role. Amundson will be leaving the city on Feb. 4th and will almost immediately begin his new role as a Special Projects Director with Beaufort County Government.He has served the Walterboro as assistant manager for nearly five years, and served in leadership roles with the city prior to his becoming assistant manager....

A longtime leader for the City of Walterboro is leaving the city to pursue another career opportunity in a nearby government.

Current City of Walterboro Assistant Manager Hank Amundson has resigned from his role. Amundson will be leaving the city on Feb. 4th and will almost immediately begin his new role as a Special Projects Director with Beaufort County Government.

He has served the Walterboro as assistant manager for nearly five years, and served in leadership roles with the city prior to his becoming assistant manager.

Amundson said on Tuesday that he is very excited about his new career opportunity, but said he will miss working and thriving in Walterboro.

“Being from Miami, Florida and living in cities like Orlando and Charlotte, I never thought I would live in a small town. I never thought I would love it like I do. I never thought I would work in government. I never thought I would be this involved in the City of Walterboro. And then I never thought I would work somewhere else,” he said. “… All of these ‘nevers’ have come to pass and the process has led to a great life for me and my family. This has taught me to never say never, as you don’t have control of the greater plan for your life.”

Amundson has been part of several poignant City of Walterboro projects, including the fruition of the new downtown Walterboro outdoor amphitheater and the creation of the city’s new Discovery Center. He has also played integral roles in upgrade projects within the city, including the ongoing beautification projects of Interstate 95 exit ramps and upgrades to the city’s infrastructure.

Additionally, Amundson said he is proud to have worked with Colleton County and to be a partner with the county’s plan for long-term industrial economic development.

“Walterboro and Colleton County are expanding infrastructure and setting the stage for big things,” said Amundson. “The partnership between the city and county is the key in what has been done and will continue to be as the process rolls into the future. It will be transformative when these behind-the-scenes actions and collaborations eventually manifest into the jobs and advancement that we all want for our area so badly.”

When asked about the local accomplishments he is most proud of, Amundson said he was also rewarded in the work between the city and USC Salkehatchie, a joint effort that expanded the local college’s dorms and athletic programs.

“While I am a bit sad to leave the City of Walterboro, I am excited to take the next step in my professional career,” he said. “I feel very good about the projects and improvements that we have completed and launched during my time with the City of Walterboro.

“ … I have had a passion for Walterboro since I moved here in January of 2008. It is a special place full of special people and I believe that Walterboro is full of exciting potential,” said Amundson.

In his new role in Beaufort, Amundson will be handling all of Beaufort’s county-wide initiatives funded by the American Recovery Plan Act, in addition to other large projects.

According to Walterboro Manager Jeff Molinari, the city will begin recruiting for a new assistant manager in mid-February.

“Hank is especially skilled at breaking down complex concepts to their most basic elements and connecting all of the dots to make projects happen,” said Molinari, adding that Amundson was also the lead facilitator of several city initiatives during his tenure as assistant manager, including the annexation of the former Coastal Lumber site and the demolition process of dilapidated buildings throughout the city. “I’m going to miss Hank’s energy, enthusiasm, and his passion for the City of Walterboro,” he said.

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History of the Tuskegee Airmen in Walterboro

COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) — Their heroism is famous nationwide – breaking down racial barriers to become legends honored many times over.But, the "Tuskegee Airmen's" historical marker in the Lowcountry isn't as well-known.“This was May 22nd 1997.”That's the first time historian James Hampton caught a glimpse of this Walterboro monument honoring some of our nation's most famous African American military pilots“I've met over 50, say 50 plus.”Hampton, a veteran ...

COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) — Their heroism is famous nationwide – breaking down racial barriers to become legends honored many times over.

But, the "Tuskegee Airmen's" historical marker in the Lowcountry isn't as well-known.

“This was May 22nd 1997.”

That's the first time historian James Hampton caught a glimpse of this Walterboro monument honoring some of our nation's most famous African American military pilots

“I've met over 50, say 50 plus.”

Hampton, a veteran of military flight himself, specializes in retelling the Tuskegee Airmen's story.

“They created additional bases where they would be able to get additional training.”

Expansion from the group's namesake spot in Alabama led to around 500 of the famous red-tail fliers taking off from Anderson Field at what's now Lowcountry Regional Airport. That's just feet from the monument.

“I think that most of the Tuskegee Airmen pilots were just like myself," said Hampton. "I think that we were more concerned about proving what we could do than what people thought we couldn't do.”

Hampton's ongoing mission remains a simple one: To keep as many of these memories in flight as possible. That's tough, as most of the Tuskegee Airmen and support staff have passed on.

“What the Tuskegee Airmen were looking for, is they were looking for people of all races to just continue to spread and talk about their legacy to the generations coming behind us,” said Hampton.

Helping with that task are fellow historians at the Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society. Last week, they met the last living Tuskegee flier who trained in Walterboro, Dr. Eugene Richardson Jr. Some of the stories retold were about racial obstacles. But, not all.

“He also relayed to us how when they were coming and landing their planes after the missions that there would be kids lining the streets or the fences and just waving and cheering on their heroes,” said Matt Mardell of the Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society.

Hampton is a member of the Hiram E. Mann chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc.

For a more in-depth look at things, the Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society has an exhibit on the fliers.

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