Women of Woodside
The purpose of W.O.W. is to serve the local community through fundraising and charitable giving. W.O.W. also works to promote the enjoyment of its members through various social activities.
Banksia, made up of two homes, was originally built in 1860 was subsequently purchased in 1931 by Mr. Richard Howe, northern horseman and owner of the International Harvester Co. Mr. Howe was superstitious and rather than tear down the house in order to have a proper Aiken "cottage," (an Aiken "cottage" was considered to consist of at least 22 rooms), the house was moved down the hill and a grander home was built and connected to the original home. It now consists of 32 rooms, 15 bathrooms, and a full-size ballroom.
In later years, this elegant home was used for many other reasons including being the first site of the University of South Carolina Aiken. Currently, it is open for all to see and enjoy as you learn about Aiken's past, present and future.