UPDATE, Book Signing Dates: “The long-awaited work of Caroline Smith Sherman and the late Dianne Gault Bailey is hot off the press. We invite you to join us from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 15th, at the Fountain Inn Museum for a book signing. Caroline Sherman will be on hand to autograph your book(s). Caroline will return from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday evening at the museum and from 8:00-11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the Fountain Inn Farmers Market. The book price is $21.99. All proceeds from books purchased locally will benefit the Fountain Inn Museum.” -Fountain Inn Museum Facebook Page
Images of America: Fountain Inn was published on Monday, June 5 after several months of research and collection of historic photos. Authors Caroline Smith Sherman and Dianne Gault Bailey collaborated with the Fountain Inn History Museum, and many past and present residents, to tell the story of Fountain Inn’s founding and past.
From the publisher, Arcadia:
“Before there was an inn and a fountain, the present town of Fountain Inn was half Indian Territory bisected by the “Old Indian Boundary Line.” It was established in 1766 by a treaty made between Old Hop, the head of the Cherokees, and Gov. James Glen of the province of South Carolina. The Cherokees used this area—a region of dense forests, canebrakes, and springs of water—for hunting deer, turkeys, panthers, bears, wolves, wildcats, and even buffalo. Only a few settlers had moved to the territory prior to the Revolutionary War. The Fairview Presbyterian Church community was not settled until 1786. Around 1830, a stagecoach stop was established where there was not only an inn but also a spring of water that gushed two feet in the air like a fountain. In time, the stop became known as Fountain Inn. After the War Between the States, Noah Cannon, a resident of the Greer area, bought up huge tracts of land, and so began the village that was chartered in 1886.”
Sherman is a native of Fountain Inn, and Images is the second publication to her name. The first, Scotch-Irish Life in the South Carolina Piedmont: Why They Wore Five Petticoats on Sunday, was published in 2014.
Dianne Gault Bailey founded Bookquest Used Books in Fountain Inn, a unique shop that was an anchor for the city’s revitalized downtown. She passed away in April of this year as the project was nearing completion.
Images of America: Fountain Inn joins the Simpsonville version written by native Andrew Staton. Together the two books offer a record of the Golden Strip region before it grew into the bustling area it is known for today.