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Barnwell County Virtual Museum

A virtual museum is a website that displays pictures and descriptions of events, places, people, artifacts, and other items that are of historical significance and interest.

Compared to physical museums located in building, virtual museums have several advantages.  These include:

The virtual museum is often the online extension of the various physical museums.

The Barnwell County Virtual Museum is a resource available to community organizations, schools, and individuals who want to develop exhibits preserving and sharing the history and heritage of the community.

The content of the Virtual Museum for each community is developed and coordinated by the local organizations devoted to the preservation of the community history and heritage. 

The Barnwell County Virtual Museum is a donation to the Barnwell County Community by the Perry Sprawls Family as a project to preserve many elements of our rich history and heritage and as a  memorial to the life and work of Billie Jean Sprawls.  In addition to her many activities and services to Barnwell County and the State of South Carolina she was a leader in efforts to preserve our history, including being the founder of the Williston Museum.

The Founding Coordinator is Perry Sprawls, E-mail: sprawls@emory.edu.  Perry was born and grew up on the Sprawls Heritage Farm on Sprawls Farm Road near Williston and has a lifetime interest in preserving and promoting interest in the history and heritage of Barnwell County.  In addition to providing the Virtual Museum he works with and and supports the local museums and historical organizations in their activities.  Some of his other projects include developing guides to locating old cemeteries and providing families with encouragement and instructions for preserving their individual family history and heritage. Links to these can be found in the Virtual Museum.