The Friends of the Gaston Livery Stable will host a special book signing of Aiken County Jeopardy written by Elliott Levy and Coleen Reed.

It is a book that has the information on the front of the page and the answer in the form of a question on the next page.
 
All proceeds from the sales of the book are to benefit The Gaston Livery Stable a 501(c)(3).
Reading this book is a wonderful way to learn about the special place we live in.  It is an easy read that you, your friends and relatives will enjoy.
 
Join us on Sunday, March 21st from 2-4 pm at the Gaston Livery Stable (1315 Richland Avenue East) for the book signing.
PLEASE wear you mask.
 
Books are available at Howell Printing, True Value on Laurens Street, Equine Divine and The Willcox Inn for $17.95.
 

To honor our acceptance to the National Register of Historic Places, we have commissioned this beautiful commemorative ornament.

The ornaments are $25 each.

The ornaments are available at:

Howell Printing, 345 Barnwell Avenue NW

Monday – Thursday

Call 803-648-4123 to order

 

 

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About Gaston Livery Stable

Built in 1893, the Gaston Livery Stable is a former full-service livery stable located in Aiken, SC.  It is significant for its role in the city’s turn-of-the-century transportation industry and as a notable example of brick, U-shaped barn design and construction.  It is, also, important to equine and agricultural history.  The barn retains an overall high degree of historic integrity.

Originally constructed during the ownership of Jonathan Steadman, the stable was identified with the family of D.W. Gaston, Sr., who acquired the property in 1909.  He operated the livery with his son, D.W. Gaston, Jr., until 1932.  The business provided important services for year-round Aiken residents and members of the Winter Colony.

Services were based out of the two-and-a-half story, 10,000 square foot, all brick, U-shaped (1 of only 5 in the USA) livery stable.  The design is Eclectic Victorian with a symmetrical floorplan and a one-story Porte-cochere (as seen from Richland Avenue East).

A significant interior feature is the original, operational carriage lift.  It is symbolic of Victorian ingenuity and simple mechanics.  Its function was and is to move carriages and equipment from ground level to the second floor.  It is the ONLY operational lift in the USA that we know of.

On October 22, 2012, the Gaston Livery Stable was designated as an historical landmark in Aiken.  We were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2020.

The Friends of the Gaston Livery Stable, established in 2011, is a 501(c)3.  The goals were to purchase the property and to protect and restore the Barn.  We are in the process of restoring the roof.

Since the inception of the project, there have been over 19,500 volunteer hours including the services of four groups of officers from the 442nd Signal Battalion Leadership Course at Ft. Gordon.  Generous cash donations from the entire community, donations of goods and services from local businesses and fundraising events have been instrumental in saving and restoring the Barn.

Plans for the use of the property are as a living history venue, event rental space and an educational facility.

Friends of the Gaston Livery Stable Board Members

Coleen Reed – President

Elliott Levy – Vice President, CFO

Judy Justice – Secretary

Peggy Dils, Bea Peyser, Paul Sauerborn, Nancy Moseley, and Ed Mann.