A hunting party in at Aiken, around 1910. The dry, pleasant climate attracted winter visitors to Aiken as early as the 1850s, but its real expansion as a winter resort took place after the Civil War. Wealthy visitors from the north had made Aiken one of the most prominent social and sporting centers of the nation by the early 1890s. Golf, hunting, tennis and polo (introduced in 1882) all provided entertainment and occupation for the socially prominent members of the Winter Colony.
Courtesy of the South Caroliniana Library.