Elgin, SC (WLTX) -- Since the early 1900's the area of Elgin has seen three name changes.
Before 1908 the area was know as Jeffers, then the name changed to Blaney, finally in 1962 the town became Elgin.
Now the small town in Kershaw County continues to grow as residents from outside look for a more county-like setting according to resident Shirley Miles.
Miles said, "It is unbelievable how it has grown, since it is adjoined to Richland County people move here for lower taxes, that is what I hear, but we have so many new housing developments here."
But with the growing population from outside of the area, there continues to be a need to remember the past according to Miles.
Miles said, "During the centennial we raised money and purchased a town clock, we sold named bricks which we are still selling to go around the clock, and we put a mural on the oldest building in Elgin."
But even with all of those accomplishments, there was one thing still missing from the centennial celebration in 2008.
"We reached all of our goals, except for the museum, that is the one thing we did not reach," said Miles.
Now with the approval from town council, the Elgin Historical Society is one step closer to reaching it's dreams to opening it's own museum beside the library.
"They did agree to let us use the building next to the library here, it has to be redone, we don't the extent or the cost of that, but that is ok, because we have something to start with, which we are very excited about," said Miles.
Currently, there are no concrete plans yet to get the project going, but Miles sees the museum as a must for the future of Elgin.
Miles said, "It is very important to preserve this history for future generations, if we don't preserve it, we are going to lose it forever."