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By Jane Page Thompson,Linda Knox McLean

In 1869, newspaper articles touted Aiken as a healthiness and enjoyment lodge with the world�s biggest wood lodge. Swirling social existence and wearing motion persevered in the course of the warfare years, whilst the ladies of society carried on neighborhood traditions. In 1950, Aiken used to be bustling with scientists and engineers who relocated to paintings on the Savannah River web site. The final 1/2 the 20 th century observed swelling crowds at polo fits, steeplechase races, fox hunts, golfing classes, and cultural amusements. within the early twenty first century, many Aiken carrying traditions mark milestone anniversaries. on the heart of every little thing is Hitchcock Woods, a wooded area paradise, pine-topped cathedral, and equestrian playground that is still open year-round. The Hitchcock Woods origin was once tested to shield this treasure in the middle of Aiken. The Aiken Horse exhibit, held every one spring, and Blessing of the Hounds, hung on Thanksgiving, are of the main respected of Aiken�s carrying traditions.

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