About Gaston Livery Stable
The Friends of the Gaston Livery Stable saw the need to save a historically significant two and a half story, 12,000 sq. ft., all brick U-shaped Barn in Aiken, South Carolina, known as the Gaston Livery Stable.
Built circa 1893, the Barn is the only one remaining in South Carolina with a carriage lift. It is probably the only all brick U-shaped barn with a carriage lift in the United States. In the late 19th and early 20th century, the property was an integral element in the Equine, Agricultural, Transportation and Winter Colony history of Aiken.
The Gaston Livery Stable Barn was in danger of being demolished by either neglect or an owner who did not appreciate the significance of the building. The Friends of the Gaston Livery Stable, a 501(C)(3) was founded in 2011, to purchase, protect and restore the Barn.
Stay tuned for the results of our National Register application!
Historic Landmark in Aiken
Our Barn is now protected by the organization and City ordinance. On October 22, 2012, the Gaston Livery Stable was designated as an historical landmark in Aiken!
Since the inception of the project, there have been over 17,500 volunteer hours, generous cash donations from the entire community, fundraising events and donations of goods and services from local businesses. The private sector is truly pitching in to save the Barn.
Now that the Barn has been restored, plans include using the property as a self-sustaining living history park & 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