The South Boundary avenue of oaks in Aiken makes a lovely scene in every season. Aiken was founded in the 1830s as a railroad town. It became a popular place for Charleston‘s wealthiest citizens to escape the sweltering Lowcountry summers and the threat of malaria.
After the Civil War, Aiken became a favored destination for wealthy Northerners who enjoyed the respite from harsh winters. During this period, known as the Winter Colony Era, seasonal visitors established horse farms and embarked on the equestrian traditions Aiken is known for today.
Lovely parks, tree-lined boulevards (such as South Boundary), grand churches, and gracious homes also became enduring legacies of the the Winter Colony Era.
Tom LaVelle says
What kind of trees line South Boundary Avenue?
They’re oak trees.
Yes but what sort of oak? Live oaks dont grow this far inland, so maybe they are water oaks or willow oaks.
SC Picture Project says
While many water oaks exist around town, the oaks along South Boundary area live oak trees.
Bill Peterson says
We loved Aiken when we visited last fall. I think it is the nicest small city I’ve ever been to. The oaks on South Boundary were incredible. Beautiful pictures.
Elly Motes says
Always loved Aiken. A beautiful small city
Melanie W. Hutto says
Enjoyed. Thx for sharing.
Elsbeth Radabaugh says
Shirley your picture of South Boundary is fascinating.
Kimberly S. McDuffie says
I love South Boundary. I’ve been away for years, but each time I visit home, I always drive down this street. Enchanting!!
Carol Zimmerman Yonov says
I grew up in Aiken also and one of my best friends was the daughter of Mayor Weeks. I just saw this photo on pinterest and recognized the street immediately – so wonderful to see.
Where can I purchase a copy of this picture?
Tom G Wells says
I grew up living on South Boundary on the corner of South Boundary and Williamsburg Street. Across the street from Mayor Odell Weeks, who was Mayor for over forty years.
Jennifer Sparks says
This is absolutely stunning — just beautiful. I’m not familiar with SC because we are here on a military assignment. I love seeing things like this so I can find places to visit.