2010-12-10 / News

The book Forest Acres is now available

Contributed by Arcadia Pubishing

Local author Warner M. Montgomery, Ph. D. and Arcadia Publishing present Forest Acres, the newest addition

to the popular Images of America

Series. Boasting over 200 vintage images, Forest Acres showcases the beginning of the town at Quinine Hill and the blossoming into the community of today.

Revolutionary War heroes Thomas Taylor and Wade Hampton I bought 18,500 acres along the Old Camden Road east of the proposed South Carolina capital city of Columbia in 1785. Taylor’s family settled what became known as Quinine Hill and Edge Hill. In the early 20th century, John Hughes Cooper turned Forest Lake into an upscale residential–recreational development.

James H. Hammond, who had purchased most of the Quinine Hill, and Cooper let the creation of the City of Forest Acres in 1935. Copper was elected as the first mayor and Hammond was elected on of the first councilmen. From a community of just 300 people, Forest Acres has grown with churches, schools, parks, and vibrant shopping areas serving over 10,000 residents. Though surrounded by Columbia, Forest Acres is indeed a city apart.

Available at the Columbia Star, area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing,www.arcadiapublishing.com.

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