Dedication of watering trough, hunt breakfast part of Aiken’s birthday

Horses taking a stroll downtown can stop and have a cool drink of water now that a historic water trough has been put back to use.

The Banksia Watering Trough was recently installed on South Boundary Avenue, behind the Frederick Ergle log cabin. It will be dedicated in memory of Dogwood Stable’s Summer Squall on Jan. 23 as a part of the City of Aiken’s 175th anniversary celebration. The event will be held at 11 a.m. at the South Boundary side of the Serpentine Wall of the Aiken County Historical Museum, rain or shine.

The museum is located at 433 Newberry St. S.W.

Elliot Levy, director of the Aiken County Historical Museum, said the trough was moved from behind the Aiken County courthouse to South Boundary by County employees who also installed the trough.

A water fountain was also installed at the site, he said.

“When people go riding or walking in the woods, they can get water from the water fountain, and their horses can get water from the horse trough,” said Levy. “It looks wonderful. It was cleaned up properly, and it looks like everything was done with pride.”

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