Fairfield Community Remembers 1900 Total Solar Eclipse

Fairfield County is preparing for the solar eclipse in August.

Fairfield County, SC (WLTX) – Community members in Fairfield County are remembering the total solar eclipse back in 1900 as they prepare for the next one on August 21.

“In 1900 Winnsboro was an official observatory for the eclipse of 1900 and we were right in the center of the total band,” Pelham Lyles with the Fairfield County Museum said passionately. “We had scientists and astrophysicists from all over the United States who emerged in Winnsboro, spent several days here with local people and set up these amazing cameras and telescopes.”

The total Solar Eclipse of 1900 will be on display at the Fairfield County Museum exhibit starting Friday.

Lyles said she has been reading historic accounts of the event and said the folks back then were amazed by the moon’s shadow.

“People are flocking to South Carolina,” Lyles explained about next month’s total solar eclipse. “We’re a little further out than Columbia is so we won’t have quite as long an exposure.”

She said with its historic significance of the total solar eclipse in 1900, Fairfield County would be a great place to see the eclipse.

“We’re doing kind of a low key and a little bit off the beaten path observation, so we feel like if there’s anybody out there who doesn’t want to battle the traffic and the crowds they might consider coming to Winnsboro,” the museum director said.

There will be a public lecture entitled “Sun and the Coming Eclipse” on August 20 at 7 p.m. at the Christ Central Community Center in Winnsboro.

There is also a Total Eclipse Viewing Party on August 21 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Garden Street Ballfield in Winnsboro. The event has been selected as an official NASA eclipse viewing event. They will have solar glasses, a solar telescope and interactive eclipse science exhibits. 

For more information on eclipse events in Fairfield County, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/201196703322943/photos/rpp.201196703322943/1255186781257258/?type=3

For more information on eclipse events across the Midlands, please visit: http://www.wltx.com/features/eclipse

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