THE History of the H96DA:
In 1993, the Ninety Six Town Council appointed the Historic Ninety Six Development Commission to begin downtown revitalization efforts. The Historic Commission has since become the Historic Ninety Six Development Association (H96DA); a nonprofit organization.
It is the Association’s mission to create a better business and tourist environment in the Town of Ninety Six while preserving and promoting its rich history.
The H96DA contracted Clemson University in 1994 to do a Preliminary Comprehensive Revitalization Plan. The plan and actions taken included converting the old EMS building to a Welcome Center, the construction of the fountain, depot renovations, sidewalks and landscaping.
In 2007 the Town of Ninety Six was awarded monies from Greenwood County and the South Carolina Budget Control to build a new Ninety Six Visitors Center. This grant was requested through the efforts of the H96DA. The new center opened in May, 2008. The Visitors Center is centrally located, 97 Highway 34, Ninety Six. It is a welcome center for visitors, an exhibit for art and Ninety Six memorabilia, provides offices for the H96DA and the Ninety Six Chamber of Commerce and a Town meeting facility.
Ninety Six is part of the Freshwater Coast Region, Region 2, of the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor. The corridor connects towns and sites of historic significance from the upstate to the low country. The corridor is traveled by tourists who are interested in taking a journey through history as they visit each unique town. Information about Ninety Six and other Corridor points of interest can be obtained at www.sc-heritagecorridor.org.
Ninety Six is also part of the Old 96 District of South Carolina which is made up of Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens and McCormick counties. The Old 96 District Tourism Commission provides visitors guides and information, email@example.com and www.sctravelold96.com.
In an effort to promote Ninety Six, the H96DA sponsors the Spring Town Wide Festival. The festival attracts visitors and local residents.
The H96DA joined the Ninety Six Revitalization Task Force in January, 2008. The Association will be providing support in the preservation of historic buildings and properties in Ninety Six.