Check out these historical aerial photos of Rosewood. The photo at right was taken in 1938, before most of the housing was developed in the neighborhood. Click to zoom in for a better look. Owens Field Airport was originally designed as two runways that intersected, forming an X. Much of Owens Field airport covered what is now Owens Field Park.
What we know today as Rosewood was then mostly farmland, forest, and orchards, with a few farmhouses. What we now know as Edisto Court looks like it was entirely forest.
The second picture was taken in 1955. Again, zoom in for a better look. Notice how much of the farm area was developed as houses by this point. Also, many of the streets we know today have filled in. I think I see my house!
The large forested area on the right is the area that bounds Gills Creek.
Thanks to Herrick Brown, assistant botanist with S.C. DNR, for researching these pictures for us!
Mark your calendars! On February 11, at 10:30 a.m., the Rosewood Community Council is sponsoring a cleanup of the woods in Owens Field Park. We need volunteers! You can join us for as long or as little as you’d like.
Please bring gloves and sturdy shoes. The city is providing bags and will haul off the trash when we’re through.
RSVP on Facebook or email email@example.com. Please forward this information to anyone you know who uses and loves Owens Field Park. Thanks and see you on the 11th!
Rudy Mancke walked through Owens Field Park in the Rosewood neighborhood back in 1996 and told Dawn Hinshaw, with The State newspaper, exactly what a treasure we have here in Rosewood. Check out her article here.
If you haven’t been to Owens Field Park lately, you’re missing out! Many people know about the soccer fields, but we also have a disc golf course, South Carolina’s only cemeted skate park, and–as of today–a community fruit orchard!