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  • Abbeville Opera House
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    100 Court Square
    Abbeville, SC 29620

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    864-366-2157

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    Freshwater Coast

    Abbeville Opera House
    Historic theater built in 1908
    A stop along the railroad, Abbeville was a convenient stop for performing groups travelling from New York, NY to Richmond, VA and then to Atlanta, GA. The Abbeville Opera House was constructed in 1908 to accommodate these performers, and many famous faces have graced the elegant stage. To
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  • Abbeville Square and Visitors Center
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    107 Court Square
    Abbeville, SC 29620

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    864-366-4600

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    Freshwater Coast

    Abbeville Square and Visitors Center
    Visitors Center for historic Abbeville
    Named after a city of the same name in France, Abbeville today is known for its picturesque downtown square and it's history. The Welcome Center is the perfect starting point for experiencing everything Abbeville from the Opera House to the family-owned restaurants and historic buildings and through the birthplace and the deathbed of the Confederacy.
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  • Ag Museum
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    127 Heritage Road
    Blackville, SC 29817

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    803-584-7315

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    Agricultural Heritage Center
    Local agricultural museum with equipment exhibits and a learning center
    Each part of the Agricultural Heritage Center tells the history of agriculture and expresses the importance of agricultural endeavors throughout the state of South Carolina. The Museum focus is interpreting the historical and cultural influences of agriculture on the area. The "Hands On" Learning Center focuses on both the past and future in a student setting to encourage learning about agriculture and the impact of the local farmers.
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  • Aiken Artist Guild and Myrtie Cushman
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    Aiken, SC

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    803-663-3109

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    Aiken Artist Guild

    Local artist's group

    Over forty years ago, six friends living in the sleepy little town of Aiken decided to meet on a regular schedule to share their mutual love of Art. Today, the Guild has stretched to over 130 members, features regularly scheduled meetings, juried shows, workshops and demonstrations.


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  • Aiken Center for the Arts
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    122 Laurens Street, SW
    Aiken, SC 29801

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    803-641-9094

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    Rivers, Rails & Backroads

    Aiken Center for the Arts
    Arts center with galleries, classes and high quality original artwork
    Experience historic Aiken through art! Here at the center there are exhibition galleries, art classes and workshops for all ages, cultural events and high quality original works of art in the Gallery Store. Aiken Center for the Arts offers a year-round calendar of activities, including a range of visual arts programs supplemented with periodic performing arts presentations and films.
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  • Aiken County Farmers Market
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    897 Richland Avenue
    Aiken, SC 29801

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    803-641-7761

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    Aiken County Farmers Market

    Local farmers market

    Now here's a farmers market with a historic twist! For over 50 years this market has been the place to go for local produce. Even the vendor tables are the same! Listed on the Aiken Historic Register, the Farmers Market is a place where produce is sold and conversation and recipes are shared with friends, old and new.


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  • Aiken County Historical Museum
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    433 Newberry Street SW
    Aiken, SC 29801

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    803-642-2015

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    Aiken County Historical Museum
    Local museum in historic mansion
    The museum, housed in a 17,500 square feet 1930’s Winter Colony mansion, features over 30 rooms of exhibits. Named for the Banksia rose, “Banksia” was built by northern millionaire horseman, Richard Howe. Twice used as as a college campus and library, the building was a boarding house in the 1950’s during the construction of the Savannah River Site. Today, unique exhibits include equestrian, golf, military, pottery, nature, architecture, a county exhibit room and more.
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  • Aiken State Park
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    1145 State Park Road
    Windsor, SC 29856

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    803-649-2857

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    Aiken State Park
    State Park on the Edisto River
    Four spring-fed lakes and the meandering South Fork Edisto River make Aiken State Park a popular destination to go birding, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, picnicking, campings and hiking. The park was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
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  • Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame
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    135 Dupree Place
    Aiken, SC 29801

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    803-642-7631

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    Rivers, Rails & Backroads

    Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame
    Thoroughbred Racing museum inside historic gardens
    The Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum is located inside Hopelands Gardens and celebrates the great tradition of racing and Aiken's vital role in it. Thirty-nine Champion Thoroughbreds have trained at the famed Aiken Training Track and each has been immortalized in the Hall of Fame. Flat racers and steeplechase horses, from 1942 through the present are featured in the museum along with photos, trophies and other memorabilia that highlight the careers of these famous horses.
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  • Aiken Visitors Center
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    406 Park Avenue, SE
    Aiken, SC 29801

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    803-293-7846

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    Aiken Visitors Center & Train Museum

    Visitor information & interactive museum exhibits located inside the rebuilt Aiken Railroad Depot

    The Aiken Visitors Center & Train Museum is located in the rebuilt Aiken Railroad Depot, once a stop on the first designed steam powered commercial railroad in the United States and the longest railroad in the world! Stop in for visitor information all about the elegance and charm of historic Aiken, and then start your journey upstairs, where interactive displays and nine dioramas depict the towns along the South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company as they were in 1916.


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  • Anderson County Museum
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    202 East Greenville Street
    Anderson, SC 29624

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    864-260-4737

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    Anderson County Museum
    Local museum focused on history of the area
    Since 1983 the Anderson County Museum has grown to be one of the largest museums of local history in South Carolina. The 25,000 square foot space features 13 permanent exhibits, a temporary exhibit gallery, over 20,000 artifacts and a Reading and Research Room. Indoor exhibits range from textiles and agriculture to military and religious history. Outdoors you can observe a functional livery stable, Ms. Frierson's one room school house ca. 1886 and enjoy the Robert Anderson Memorial Fountain.
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  • Anderson Visitors Center
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    110 Federal Street, Suite 8
    Anderson, SC 29625

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    864-716-3660

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    Mountain Lakes

    Anderson Visitors Center

    Visitors Center & genealogy archives

    A one-stop shop for everything you need to explore Anderson County! The visitors center is located inside the Anderson Arts Warehouse, a 105-year-old former railroad warehouse that has been renovated while preserving the structure’s original bricks, wood and unique features. The Visitors Center offers all of the maps and brochures you will need, and is also home to a display of pedal cars dating from the 1930's through the 1950's, an impressive photography gallery and the Anderson Genealogical Society's archives.


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  • Andrew Pickens Ranger Station
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    112 Andrew Pickens Circle
    Mountain Rest, SC 29664

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    864-638-9568

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    Mountain Lakes

    Andrew Pickens Ranger Station
    Interpretive center, gift shop and visitor information
    Named after Revolutionary War hero General Andrew Pickens, the Ranger Station is the gateway to the Andrew Pickens District, a 79,000 acre area that is home to the wild and scenic Chattooga River, the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Sumter National Forest. The station offers a small interpretive center, gift shop and maps that lead you to any outdoor recreational activity that you can think of including hiking, horseback riding, waterfall seeking, fishing and primitive camping.
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  • Art Central, Ltd
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    130 Central Avenue
    Summerville, SC 29483

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    843-871-0297

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    Lowcountry

    Art Central, Ltd.
    Art gallery owned and operated by the artists themselves
    Art Central Gallery is a co-operative art gallery that is owned and operated by local award-winning artists. This offers the unique experience of meeting an artist during each visit. The gallery offers an exceptional selection of original paintings, photography and designed jewelery along with hand-crafted pottery, wood carving, artist prints and note cards.
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  • Arthur Rose Museum at Claflin College
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    400 Magnolia Street
    Orangeburg, SC 29116

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    803-535-5324

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    Arthur Rose Museum at Claflin College
    Museum on the campus of the oldest Historically Black College in SC
    Erected in 1898, this is one of the older remaining structure houses on the Claflin University campus. Claflin University, founded in 1869 as Claflin College, is the oldest historically black college in South Carolina. It was the first college in the state to welcome all students regardless of race or gender.
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  • Arts Center at the Federal Building
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    106 Main Street
    Greenwood, SC 29648

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    864-388-7800

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    Freshwater Coast

    Arts Center at the Federal Building
    Arts center in historic 1911 building
    Formerly a 1911 post office, the Arts Center now features a professional 3300 sq ft gallery exhibiting regional and national artists along with a gallery shop. The center also has a reception hall and conference room available for private events. The beautiful entrance foyer houses a visitors center with complete information on Greenwood and surrounding areas.
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  • Ashtabula Historic Home
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    2725 Old Greenville Highwway
    Central, SC 29630

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    864-646-7249

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    Mountain Lakes

    Ashtabula Historic Home
    Antebellum home on former 1275-acre farm estate
    This two-story antebellum home sits on property where the first Jersey and Hereford cattle were introduced into South Carolina. Built around 1825 by Lewis Ladson Gibbes and his wife, Maria Drayton Gibbes, the home was part of a 1275-acre farm estate. Today, the site encompasses ten of the original acres and also includes a two-story brick building that dates back to 1790 and is thought to have housed the first licensed tavern in the Upstate of South Carolina. Ashtabula is open for tours and hosts several special events and reenactments throughout the year.
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  • Audubon Center at Beidler Forest
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    336 Sanctuary Road
    Harleyville, SC 29448

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    843-462-2150

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    Lowcountry

    Audubon Center at Beidler Forest

    Over 16,000 acres of Bald Cypress and Tupelo Gum swamp forest

    Located in Four Holes Swamp, the Francis Beidler Forest spans over 16,000 acres and contains the largest remaining stand of virgin Bald Cypress and Tupelo Gum swamp forest left anywhere in the world. A 1.75 mile self-guided boardwal trail (handicap accessible) leads you to the heart of the swamp. Canoe and kayak trips and naturalist-guided tours are also avaialble seasonally by reservation. Check out their website for a free downloadable iPhone/iPod application the includes tons of text images that relate to this rare natural area.


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  • Aunt Sue's Country Corner
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    109 Country Creek Drive
    Pickens, SC 29671

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    864-878-4366

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    Mountain Lakes

    Aunt Sue's Country Corner
    Restaurant with southern flavors
    Nestled along a National Scenic Byway, Aunt Sue's restaurant has mountain views and an even better menu. Stop here for some Southern comfort food, shops and ice cream for everyone!
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  • Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture
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    125 Bull Street
    Charleston, SC 29424

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    843-953-7609

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    Lowcountry

    Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture
    Archives & museum dedicated to the history & culture of African Americans in the SC Lowcountry
    Once a hub for the African American community in Charleston, the Avery Research Center offered its students training for professional careers and leadership roles from 1865-1954. Today Avery is an archives and museum dedicated to the collection, preservation and documentation of the history and culture of African Americans in Charleston and the South Carolina lowcountry. The center currently holds nearly 4000 primary- and secondary-source materials that document the history, traditions, legacies, and influence of African Americans and their place in the American narrative.
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  • Azalea Park
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    Main Street at W. 5th South Street
    Summerville, SC 29485

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    843-871-6000

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    Azalea Park
    12 acres of gardens and sculpture in the middle of historic downtown Summerville
    Azalea Park encompasses 12 acres of beautiful greenspace smack in the middle of historic Summerville. The park is known for it's pathways dotted with sculpture and shade trees. It is also home to Sculpture in the South and the Flowertown Festival, both popular annual events.
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  • Barnwell County Museum
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    2003 Hagood Avenue
    Barnwell, SC 29812

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    803-259-1916

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    Barnwell County Museum

    Historic home turned local museum

    Located in the historic Fuller House in the equally historic and quaint town of Barnwell, the Barnwell County Museum houses their own collection of local history and is a venue to many events, including the arts.


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  • Barnwell County Public Library
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    40 Burr Street
    Barnwell, SC 29812

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    803-259-3612

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    Barnwell County Public Library

    Center of the "circle" in historic downtown Barnwell that is known for genealogy research

    This public library is ideally located on the picturesque "circle" in Barnwell. The circle is the heart of the historic downtown area and includes the world's only vertical sundial, the county courthouse, a historic police office and various boutique shops. The Library is a great stop for visitor information and geneology research.


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  • Barnwell State Park
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    223 State Park Road
    Blackville, SC 29817

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    803-284-2212

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    Rivers, Rails & Backroads

    Barnwell State Park
    State Park known for fishing, camping and cabins
    Acquired in 1937, Barnwell State Park is a 307-acre park originally constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps, a public works program set up in the 1930s by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. Examples of its work can be seen at the spillway, picnic shelters and the lower lake. Known for its fishing and large meeting facility, Barnwell State Park features five vacation cabins, a 25-site camping area and a nature trail. A large playground and picnic shelters are also available.
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  • Bee City
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    1066 Holley Ridge Lane
    Cottageville, SC 29435

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    843-835-5912

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    Bee City
    Petting zoo, café and gift shop highlighting honeybees
    From the hive to the jar, Bee City guides visitors through the honey-making process. You will also find a petting zoo and café and gift shop on site, where you should be sure to pick up some of their specialties like chocolate covered honey, spun honey or honey comb.
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  • Bee Well Honey and Natural Market

    Address:
    205 Hampton Avenue
    Pickens, SC 29671

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    864-898-5122

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    Bee Well Honey and Natural Market

    A one-stop shop for local honey & natural products from butter to candles and cheese

    The shelves in Bee Well are stocked with everything you need to...be well, of course! Along with local honey and beekeeping supplies, the market shop features staples like bulk spices, grains, milk, butter, meats & cheeses. There's also a wide variety of specialized gifts like candles and soaps. We recommend grabbing a cup of Bee's Beans, fresh brewed coffee sweetened with (what else!) Bee Well honey. There's even a drive-thru!


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  • Beech Island Visitors Center & Barn
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    144 Old Jackson Highway
    Beech Island, SC 29842

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    803-867-3600

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    Rivers, Rails & Backroads

    Beech Island Visitors Center
    1800s country store transformed into local museum with historic barn on site
    Built in the late 1800s as a country store, the Beech Island Visitor Center showcases the 300-plus years of history of Beech Island, a community which dates back to 1685 and was named for the beech trees growing along the wetlands and islands in the Savannah River. Housing a small museum as well as an archive research room, the center serves as the headquarters for the Beech Island Historical Society and also features a totally renovated historic barn with agriculture exhibits.
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  • Belton Center for the Arts
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    306 City Square
    Belton, SC 29627

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    864-338-8556

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    Mountain Lakes

    Belton Center for the Arts
    Local arts center with a gift shop, events and classes
    The Belton Center for the Arts is a community supported facility that explores the rich arts heritage of Belton by featuring work by local and regional artists. The center also has a gift shop and hosts special events and art classes.
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  • Belton Train Museum
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    100 North Main Street
    Belton, SC 29627

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    864-338-7400

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    Belton Train Museum

    Local museum, SC Tennis Hall of Fame and exhibit gallery located inside historic train depot

    This 1908 train depot showcases Belton's history, the SC Tennis Hall of Fame and an exhibit gallery.

    The Ruth Drake Museum is stocked with pioneer artifacts, train relics, 19th Century domestic items and agricultural implements. An extensive geneaology colletion for researchers trying to locate family roots is also on site. 

    The SC Tennis Hall of Fame celebrates the achievements of SC's famous tennis stars. There are mementos from all of the Hall of Fame inductees including such outstanding players as Dennis Van der Meer and Stan Smith, both Wimbledon contenders. All of the portraits of the inductees are painted by internationally acclaimed artist Wayland Moore, a Belton native. 

    The North End Exhibition Gallery promotes traveling collections of interesteing artifacts and semi-annual exhibits. Featured are historic and personal memorabilia of community members on various topics of interest to visitors. 

    The museum holds an Antique Show and Sale and a Heritage Days, both annual events. The Train Depot has space available for meetings and event rentals as well.


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  • Berkeley  County Museum
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    950 Stony Landing Road
    Moncks Corner, SC 29461

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    843-899-5101

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    Berkeley County Museum
    Local museum with history exhibits including those on military conflicts, colonial history and even moonshine
    Walking into the Berkeley County Museum, your footsteps will echo on the 150-year-old heart pine floor that was originally in a railroad warehouse in Darlington, SC. Located within the Old Santee Canal Park, the museum houses exhibits and artifacts that tell 12,000 years of the area's history. Exhibits focus on Brig. Gen. Francis Marion (The Swamp Fox), American Indians, Colonial life, early medicine and education, rural electrification and the Francis Marion National Forest. The most recent display describes the rich history of "Moonshine" in Berkeley County, once considered the moonshine capital of the state. Also of note is the replica Little David, a civil war era submersible torpedo boat that was built under an oak tree at nearby Stony Landing. One night in 1863, the David attacked the Union ship, USS New Ironsides, and extremely damaged the vessel.
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  • Bethel Presbyterian Church
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    580 Bethel Church Road
    Walhalla, SC 29691

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    864-784-7268

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    Bethel Presbyterian Church

    Historic Church and Cemetery in the Upstate

    Founded in 1805 by General Andrew Pickens and Rev. Andrew Brown, Bethel Presbyterian is the oldest church in continuous use in Oconee County. The current house of worship was built in 1846 by Henry Steele and restored in 2002, exposing the hand-hewed beams in the ceiling. The church has recently published its history, which is 288 pages and includes the church registry from 1855-2012 and select family genealogies and photographs. The cemetery dates to the founding of the church.


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  • Bettis Academy
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    Highway 25, Bettis Academy Road
    Trenton, SC 29847

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    803-649-7709

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    Freshwater Coast

    Bettis Academy
    African American school circa 1882
    Rev. Alexander Bettis, a former slave who could read but couldn't write, established Bettis Academy in 1882 to provide education for African-Americans in South Carolina. Bettis Academy provided both day and boarding options for its students. Its curriculum emphasized the Bible and religious instruction, literacy, mechanical and agricultural arts, and home economics. Bettis Academy closed in 1950. An annual Earth Day event is held there each April. The site is currently closed for tours.
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  • Black's Camp & Restaurant
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    1370 Blacks Camp Road
    Cross, SC 29436

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    843-753-2231

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    Black's Camp & Restaurant
    Full-service fish camp and restaurant
    Black's Camp is a full-service fish camp with guided or self-guided fishing expeditions. Accommodations are available on site, as well as a restaurant. So even if you're not a fan of fishing, stop by for one of their famous burgers!
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  • Blue Ridge Arts Center
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    111 East South 2nd Street
    Seneca, SC 29678

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    864-882-2722

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    Mountain Lakes

    Blue Ridge Arts Center
    Arts center inside historic Episcopal church
    The Blue Ridge Arts Center is housed in Seneca’s oldest remaining religious facility, the former Episcopal Church that was built in 1882. Today the arts center features annual art shows, permanent art exhibits and a reference library reltaed to the arts.
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  • Blue Ridge Field Heritage Park
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    315 Holland Avenue
    Seneca, SC 29678

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    Blue Ridge Field Heritage Park
    A local park formerly used as the African American football field for segregated Blue Ridge High School
    Once the site of the segregated African-American Blue Ridge High School football field, Blue Ridge Field today memorializes the rich history of African-American education from the 1800's to 1969. Blue Ridge High School was an all- African-American facility in Seneca prior to integration. The football field, which has remained vacant since the school closed in 1969, is now the site offeres a walking track community gardens, picnic shelters and a recreational field.
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  • Blueway Adventures

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    100 Paul Revere Square
    Bonneau, SC 29431

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    Blueway Adventures

    Scenic-Historic-Authentic Kayak Tours and Kayak Fishing. Great for family outings, vacation side trips, wildlife viewing and fun in the sun. 

    Blueway Adventures blends the knowledge of a Master Naturalist and ACA certified guide with 20+ years experience to offer exciting and quality outdoor adventures on the waterways of South Carolina. Scenic blackwater kayak trips are offered on Lake Moultrie, Lake Marion, and on Charleston area rivers. Client favorites include the sandy beaches and water lillies on Dennis Pasture, the haunting Revolutionary War history and striking views on Wadboo Creek, and the moss-draped Cypress trees on Sparkleberry Swamp. Kayak lessons and rentals are also offered. Check out their website to book your outdoor experience today!


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  • Bob Campbell Geology Museum
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    140 Discovery Lane
    Clemson, SC 29634

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    864-656-4600

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    Bob Campbell Geology Museum

    Geology and paleontology museum located inside botanical gardens on Clemson University campus

    Located inside the Clemson University's South Carolina Botanical Gardens, the Bob Campbell Geology Museum houses one of the most extensive faceted gem collections in the Southeast. Among the items on display is the largest topaz crystal ever found in this country, weighing in at nine pounds, as well as a 450-pound amethyst geode from Brazil, one of the larger specimens of its kind in a public museum. You can also examine a number of other plant and animal fossils, meteorites, minerals and stone carvings. Admission is free and hours of operation are Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 1-5pm.


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  • Boone Hall Farms
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    2521 Highway 17 North
    Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466

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    Boone Hall Farms
    A large indoor farm market store that also features a restaurant
    Boone Hall Farm Market specializes in a full line of locally grown South Carolina produce, meats and specialty products. It is also a location for Mount Pleasant Seafood, a local favorite seafood market on Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant since 1945. Certified SC grown produce (in season) Strawberries: April, May, and June. Tomatoes: June, July through early August. Blackberries, blueberries and more. Boone Hall Farms also sells homemade fudge, ice cream, jams, jellies, salad dressings, and has a market cafe featuring Farms Fresh meals with meat and vegetables starting at $6.99. Meatloaf is a favorite!!!
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  • Boone Hall Plantation
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    1235 Long Point Road
    Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

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    Boone Hall Plantation

    One of America's oldest working plantations with historic home and original slave dwellings on the property

    Your experience at Boone Hall Plantation begins with one of the most unforgettable and beloved views in South Carolina. Moss-covered oaks line the pathway up to the historic home, which was built in 1936. It is a portion of the story behind Boone Hall, which has existed since 1681. House tours and educational programs about life on the plantation are availableincluding the African American experience, which can be explored through exhibits inside 9 original brick slave dwellings. Boone Hall is one of America’s oldest working plantations, having been continuously growing and producing crops for over 320 years. Make sure you stop by Boone Hall Farm Market while you're in the area! History Trivia: The house at Boone Hall was used for filming portions of the popular film, The Notebook.


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  • Bowie Art Center
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    Two Washington Street, Erskine College
    Due West, SC 29639

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    Bowie Art Center
    Art center located on Erskine College campus
    Located on the historic campus of Erskine College in Due West, the Bowie Art Center is an architecturally unique building that contains permanent collections of antiques, musical instruments and period room decor. "The North American Indian" exhibit is also on display, which presents American Indian culture and the early American West.
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  • Boxwood Manor
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    1790 Boxwood Manor
    Pendleton, SC 29670

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    Boxwood Manor

    Historic home on a Century Farm that has remained in the same family since 1790

    This historic home is located on a Century Farm (private residence) and is available for special events, weddings, meetings and organized tours. Boxwood Manor was built in 1790 and has remained in the same family ever since. Six dependancies are still standing on the property. The grainery features a family quilt as a part of the Upstate Heritage Quilt trail. Call ahead to schedule an appointment or tour.


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  • Branchville Railroad Junction & Museum
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    7505 Freedom Road
    Branchville, SC 29432

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    Branchville Railroad Junction & Museum
    Museum at the oldest railroad junction in the world
    The Branchville Railroad Junction & Museum is no ordinary place. In fact, it is the first railroad junction in the entire world! The museum explores the history of Branchville and features model trains, artifacts and memorabilia. There's even a top notch restaurant on site, called the Eatery at the Depot!
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  • Brookgreen Gardens
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    Highway 17 South between Murrells Inlet & Pawley's Island
    Pawleys Island, SC 29585

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    843-235-6000

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    Brookgreen Gardens
    Former plantation transformed into world renown gardens and outdoor sculpture space
    Brookgreen Gardens emerges from the foundations of former rice plantations, a powerful and almost magical setting for one of the most comprehensive collection of American figurative sculpture. Began by renowned sculptress Anna Hyatt Huntington and her husband Archer, Brookgreen today combines history, nature and art like no other place. Experience this for yourself by roaming the gardens, taking a boat ride or walking the many trails that guide you through archaeological digs and interpretive panels that offer a peek into the lives of the plantation owners and enslaved African Americans. There are also multiple sculpture galleries on site as well as an animal forest. Make sure to visit Atalaya, Anna & Archer's home, which is located just down the road at Huntington Beach State Park. History Trivia: The southern-most edge of Brookgreen was once home to Governor Joseph Alson and his wife Theodosia Burr (the only child of Aaron Burr, the Vice President to Jefferson Davis). Their marriage in 1801 was followed by many tragedies including the death of their only son and the disappearance of Theodosia while at sea.
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  • Broxton Bridge Plantation
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    1685 Broxton Bridge Road
    Ehrhardt, SC 29081

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    Broxton Bridge Plantation
    7000-acre hunting land where former Civil War conflicts were known to occur
    The Broxton Bridge Plantation was one of the points along the Salkahatchie River where Sherman’s Union Army tried to penetrate the South Carolina defenses of the Confederate Army led by Major General Lafayette McLaws. The Salkahatchie River runs 4 miles along the plantation property. The Plantation has been in the family for nine generations and today uses two circa 1850 family homes for anchoring its hunting activities spread over 7000 acres.
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  • Bryson's Apple Orchard
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    1011 Chattooga Ridge Road
    Mountain Rest, SC 29664

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    Bryson's Apple Orchard
    Family owned orchard in the Blue Ridge Mountains
    Bryson's is a family owned and operated apple orchard located in the beautiful Long Creek area of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Stop in here for a quick apple fix or a full day of adventure! Picnic tables are also available for those who want to bring a picnic lunch. Perfect family or group outing! U-pick apples sales open August through the middle of October.
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  • Calhoun Falls State Park
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    46 Maintenance Shop Road
    Calhoun Falls, SC 29628

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    Calhoun Falls State Park

    State Park on one of the least-developed reservoirs in SC

    Calhoun Falls State Park sits astride several pine-covered points jutting into Lake Russell, one of the least-developed large reservoirs in South Carolina. Besides providing access to the Savannah River lake, the park offers camping, picnicking, a tennis court, playground, seasonal swimming and hiking. Area anglers know that Lake Russell holds large numbers of bass, bream, catfish and crappie.


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  • Callaham Orchards
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    559 Crawford Road
    Belton, SC 29627

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    864-338-0810

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    Callaham Orchards
    Family owned orchard
    Callaham Orchards is a family owned and operated farm that has everything from local and fresh produce grown right on the farm to honey and other local treats. Many special events are held throughout the year so be sure to call ahead for a complete lineup of events and the current seasonal produce line-up!
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  • Carolina Foothills
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    124 W Cherokee Street
    Chesnee, SC 29323

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    864-457-1189

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    Carolina Foothills Artisan Center

    Showcases work from local artisans, workshops, special events & more!

    The Carolina Foothills Artisan Center in Chesnee offers a wide array of beautifully crafted work from local artisans in South Carolina, from paintings to ornaments and everything in between. The center also offers workshops and special events!


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  • Caw Caw Nature & History Interpretive Center
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    5200 Savannah Highway
    Ravenel, SC 29470

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    843-889-8898

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    Caw Caw Nature & History Interpretive Center
    Former rice plantation that offers outdoor opportunities and historic interpretation of the property
    Caw Caw Interpetive Center guides you through 654 acres worth of history and nature. Part of a former rice plantation, the land was home to enslaved African Americans who applied their technology and skills in agriculture to carve a highly successful series of rice fields out of cypress swamp. Still evident are the earthen dikes, remnant water control structures and canals that today provide diverse habitats to migratory waterfowl, songbirds, deer, otter and alligators. Visitors can experience Caw Caw through the 8 miles of walking trails, interpretive exhibits at the interpretive center and a wide variety of educational programs.
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  • Central History Museum & Gardens
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    416 Church Street
    Central, SC 29630

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    Central History Museum & Gardens
    Local museum inside historic residence of this small railroad town
    Once a 1893 residence of the Morgan family of local merchants, this historic building features a wrap-around porch and period furnishings. The house offers a snapshot of what life was like for the original owners and also features exhibits that detail the history of the town of Central, which was named for its central location between Atlanta and Charlotte. Local artifacts in the museum include everything from textiles produced at the Isaqueena Cotton Mill to the merchandise counter from the Morgan Store. Don't miss the beautifully kept formal rose garden outside that was the host of many community dances long ago.
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  • Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
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    1254 Long Point Road
    Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

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    843-881-5516

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    Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
    Coastal plantation of Charles Pinckney, a signer of the United States Constitution
    Charles Pinckney was a principal author and a signer of the United States Constitution. This remnant of Snee Farmk, his coastal plantation, is preserved to tell the story of a "forgotten founder," his life of public service, the lives of enslaved African Americans and their influences on Pinckney.
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  • Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site
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    1500 Old Towne Road
    Charleston, SC 29407

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    843-852-4200

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    Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site
    Site of the 1670 landing of English settles, includes ship replica, museum and animal forest
    Truly the birthplace of South Carolina, in 1670 a group of English settlers landed here and established the start of the Carolinas colony, the plantation system of the American South and one of the continent's first major port cities. The view here hasn't changed much at all (except for the fact that you can now enjoy a convenient trolley and audio tour to get you from place to place!). First brush up on your history at the interactive museum and gift shop before you begin your journey through the Adventure (a 17th century replica ship), an experimental crop garden, archaeology sites, an animal forest with species indigienous to SC and 80 acres of gardens. The Legare-Waring House is a favorite place for weddings and events along with Founders Hall, a LEEDS gold certified event facility.
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  • Charleston Cooks!
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    194 East Bay Street
    Charleston, SC 29401

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    843-722-1212

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    Charleston Cooks!
    Kitchen retail shop with culinary classes featuring local flavors and ingredients
    A bustling kitchen retail shop where you'll find the artistry, equipment and tools that help you make culinary magic happen, with a teaching kitchen featuring fun-filled cooking classes led by our talented instructors.
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  • Charleston in a Nutshell Historic Tours
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    Charleston in a Nutshell Historic Tours
    History-based walking tours of Charleston

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  • Charleston Kayak Company
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    Charleston Kayak Company

    Kayak tours and custom outdoor adventures in Charleston!

    Charleston Kayak Company provides regularly scheduled tours by reservation (self-guided or naturalist-guided) from Middleton Place Plantation. Their specialty is custom kayak events for groups as small as 2 and as big as 40 people! These private tours can depart from a wide variety of Charleston-area locations and be tailored to your specific interests such as team-building activities, wedding events, nature walks, or multi-day trips with the support of a 24ft Carolina Skiff. 


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  • Charleston Tea Plantation
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    6617 Maybank Highway
    Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487

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    Charleston Tea Plantation
    America's only tea garden offers tours and gift shop
    Come to quiet Wadmalaw Island in the Lowcountry for a visit to America's only tea farm. You can take a trolley tour through the thousands of tea plants (camellia sinesis) and then stop in at the factory to see how the leaves get from the field to your cup! The gift shop is a must with everything from candles to tea pots. Charleston Tea Plantation also holds the First Flush Festival every Spring to celebrate the new harvest season of the tea plants. History Trivia: The "first flush" or first harveset of tea plants has a unique taste and was usually reserved for royalty.
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  • Charleston Visitors Center
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    375 Meeting Street
    Charleston, SC 29403

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    Charleston Visitors Center
    Visitors Center located in historic railroad depot
    Housed in an 1856 railroad depot with the original floors and beams, you should definitely make this visitors center your first stop in Charleston! Many attraction tickets can be purchased right here, and there are tons of magazines, brochures, videos and informational kiosks that will inspire your trip! The Visitors Center is also a point of departure for many trolleys and tour companies. There is a (cash only) parking area for those who want to explore the historic downtown district.
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  • Chattooga Belle Farm
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    454 Damascus Church Road
    Long Creek, SC 29658

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    Chattooga Belle Farm
    138-acre farm with vineyards and seasonal u-pick opportunities
    Set at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains among a spectacular canvas of rolling hills and vineyards is Chattooga Belle Farm, a 138 acre u-pick farm and event barn. The farm offers various u-pick opportunities to include apple and peach orchards, grape and muscadine vineyards and berry patches.
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  • Chattooga Sounds Camp
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    2851 Damascus Church Road
    Long Creek, SC 29658

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    Chattooga Sounds Camp
    Camp ground near the Chattooga River with ropes course and kayak rentals
    Chattooga Sounds Camp is a campground located in Long Creek near the Chattooga River. Offering walk-in and drive-in tent sites plus sleeping sheds, group camp area plus picnic shelter and bathhouses. Chattooga Sounds also features a low-ropes course, kayak rentals and customized trips.
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  • Church of the Holy Apostles
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    228 Hagood Avenue
    Barnwell, SC 29812

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    Church of the Holy Apostles
    Episcopal Church built before the Civil War, known to have been occupied by horses of Union Soldiers
    The Church of the Apostles was founded in 1848 with an original list of parishioners consisting of 8 families and their slaves. St. Michael’s Church (located in Charleston) supplied the first altar and pulpit, which are both still in use today. The cemetery surrounding the church contains the crypts and tombstones of many famous SC men and women. Feel free to enter, meditate or pray during regular church office hours (located next door). Call ahead for guided or self-guided tours.
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  • Cokesbury College
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    204 College Drive
    Hodges, SC 29653

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    Cokesbury College
    Former historic methodist college
    Named for Thomas Coke and Francis Asbury, two trail-blazing Methodist bishops, this community is centered by a former college campus, which has been restored and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The area boasts one of the largest groups of antebellum buildings in Greenwood, with many homes restored or renovated.
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  • Colleton Museum & Farmers Market
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    239 North Jefferies Boulevard
    Walterboro, SC 29488

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    Colleton Museum & Farmers Market
    Local museum and farmers market
    Located in Walterboro, known as the front porch of the Lowcountry, the Colleton Museum & Farmers Market is a must stop. You'll find exhibits on the deep history of the area, including agriculture and plantations. The farmers market is located just outside the museum building, which makes it a convenient and yummy stop!
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  • Colleton State Park
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    147 Wayside Land
    Canadys, SC 29433

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    Colleton State Park

    State Park on the Edisto River with cypress swamp, nature trails and marks the beginning of the Edisto River Kayak and Canoe Trail

    Colleton State Park overlooks the scenic EdistoRiver, one of the longest free-flowing black water rivers in the world. The park is the headquarters for the Edisto River Kayak and Canoe Trail, which is a 21-mile stretch of the Edisto River that ends in the neighboring Givhans Ferry State park. The park features the Cypress Swamp interpretive nature trails, a canoe launch boardwalk and is also a great place to spot wildlife such as birds, deer, turtles and snakes! History Trivia: The park was built by the Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression as a wayside for picnicking travelers.


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  • Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site
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    300 State Park Road
    Summerville, SC 29485

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    843-873-1740

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    Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site
    Site of a colonial village featuring original church tower, cemetery and archaeology sites
    For almost one hundred years the village of Dorchester existed as an important inland trading center in colonial South Carolina. The village is gone now, but the fort that occupied one corner of Dorchester still stands overlooking the Ashley River. Made of oyster shell concrete called tabby, the fort was built during the French and Indian War to house some of the colony’s precious gunpowder supply. During the American Revolution, the entire town became a fortified post, first occupied by the Americans and then by the British. Dorchester never recovered from the effects of the war, and the village was gradually abandoned. Today Dorchester is preserved and interpreted through archaeological investigations into the layers of history right below your feet. You can even take part in the archaeology efforts or explore the fort and remaining church tower and cemetery on site.
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  • Conference Center & Inn at Clemson University
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    Clemson, SC 29634

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    Conference Center & Inn at Clemson University
    Clemson University owned hotel and golf course with on-site restaurant featuring Clemson's famous blue-cheese
    You're in Tiger Country now! Clemson University's own hotel and golf course is adjacent to the South Carolina Botanical Gardens and is the only lakeside hotel and golf course in the Clemson area. Complimentary wireless and continental breakfast are available at the charming 89 room Inn. The 18 hole championship golf course includes a driving range, putting and chipping green and fully stocked pro shop. Rental clubs are available. Seasons-By-The-Lake Restaurant, Joe's Place Bar, tennis courts and an outdoor, seasonal pool are also on site.
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  • Conrad Ehrhardt Railroad Park
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    2396 Low Country Highway
    Ehrhardt, SC 29081

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    Conrad Ehrhardt Railroad Park
    Historic railroad car
    The park is anchored with a cupola-style caboose which has been restored as a working train car. The caboose has been decaled in tribute to the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, which ran a rail line to the town of Ehrhardt contributing to its growth. The park serves as a memorial to the 19-year-old German immigrant, Conrad Ehrhardt, whose vision created and built Ehrhardt from the surrounding forest. His steam-powered saw mill created jobs, people came and other businesses started. It was this growth that led the railroads to build rail lines to handle the freight and eventually passengers. The caboose has limited handicap accessibility.
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  • Cooks Farm
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    1236 Augusta Road
    Trenton, SC 29847

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    Cook's Farm

    Family owned farm & roadside stand

    Cook's Farm isa family owned and operated Roadside Market and Greenhouse specializing in hand-graded peaches since 1960. Seasonal produce is available at the roadside stand seasonally, along with local products like dressings and salsas!


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  • Cypress Gardens
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    3030 Cypress Gardens Road
    Moncks Corner, SC 29460

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    843-553-0515

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    Cypress Gardens
    Bald cypress trees overgrowing former rice reservoirs, swamp boat tours and more
    Cypress Gardens is located on the former site of Dean Hall Plantation, a prosperous 3000-acre rice plantation established in the early 1700s. It was then hunting land before becoming a public garden in 1932. Today Cypress Gardens (named appropriately for the bald cypress trees overgrowing the former rice reservoirs) offers the ultimate nature adventure with a Butterfly House, a gift shop, a Heritage Room with exhibits and artifacts about Cypress Gardens during its days as a plantation, a Swamparium that includes an aquarium and reptile center, swamp boat tours and walking trails! History Trivia: Cypress Gardens has been a set for multiple movie productions including The Notebook and The Patriot (the swamp hideout in the movie is still visible at the gardens today!).
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  • Daylily Depot and Gardens
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    381 Trojan Road
    Ridge Spring, SC 29129

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    803-685-7219

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    Daylily Depot and Gardens
    Daylily display garden with over 900 varieties
    Daylily Depot Gardens is an official daylily display garden of the American Hermerocallis Society. With over 900 varieties of daylilies and over 50 varieties of irises, you'll want to visit during peak blooming times. For the irises that time is mid-April with repeat blooming from late May through December. The daylilies bloom from early April to mid-October with abundant blooms through mid-July. For special visits, please call (803) 685-7219. Daylily Depot also has pick-your-own blueberries from June to early August that are open 7 days a week!
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  • Denmark Depot
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    18759 Heritage Highway
    Denmark, SC 29042

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    Denmark Depot
    Historic railroad depot
    The Denmark Depot (circa 1920)was a major hub for the Atlantic Coast Line and subsequent Seaboard Line. Initially it was used for agricultural freight but also handled passenger traffic as demand grew. It is still a working, passenger-boarding station for Amtrak.
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  • Devil's Fork State Park
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    161 Holcombe Circle
    Salem, SC 29676

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    864-944-2639

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    Devil's Fork State Park
    State Park on 7500-acre Lake Jocassee known for campground and outdoor activities
    Devils Fork State Park provides the only public access to Lake Jocassee, a largely undeveloped 7,500-acre reservoir tucked deep in the Cherokee Foothills. The park is popular with families, fishermen, scuba divers and boaters, who enjoy Jocassee’s uncrowded setting and spectacular scenery including waterfalls that cascade into the lake off of steep, wooded slopes. Full campground amenities and modern villas are also highlights of the park. The hiking and nature trails provide opportunities to spot the rare Oconee bell spring flowers, experience the fall color show, or catch a glimpse of a bald eagle or peregrine falcon patrolling the mountain skies.
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  • Dorn Mill
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    100 South Main Street
    McCormick, SC 29835

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    864-852-2144

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    Dorn Mill
    1898s cottonseed oil mill and 1920s flour and grist mill
    This fascinating reminder of America's agricultural and industrial history contains a gristmill, cotton gin and a weigh station. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the gristmill was built in 1898 as a cottonseed oil mill and converted to a flour and gristmill in the 1920s. One of the few remaining gristmills in the state, the site contains original steam engines and equipment which were powered by sawdust and wood chips from Dorn Lumber Yard.
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  • Downtown Anderson
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    401 S. Main Street
    Anderson, SC 29624

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    864-231-5933

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    Downtown Anderson
    Historic downtown community with a variety of shops and sites
    Known as "The Electric City," Downtown Anderson's rich heritage and vibrant business community collide to offer visitors a blossoming center for history and culture! Attractions include Generator Park, Church Street (which was once a thriving center for African-American commerce during the twentieth century), the Anderson Arts Center and Warehouse, the Fire Musuem, Farmer's Market, Anderson County Museum and more!
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  • Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Historic Site
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    237 North Hospital Street
    Greenwood, SC 29648

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    864-344-7460

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    Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Historic Site
    Childhood home of one of the most influential Civil Rights leaders in the nation
    Dr. Benjamin E. Mays was one of the nation's most influential Civil Rights leaders. Here at his childhoom home, you can truly understand his monumental rise from a sharecropper's son to president of Morehouse College.
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  • Drayton Hall
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    3380 Ashley River Road
    Charleston, SC 29414

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    843-769-2608

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    Drayton Hall

    Pre-Revolutionary plantation home in close to original condition with African American cemetery

    Drayton Hall is the oldest surviving example of Georgian Palladian arhitecture in the United States and one of the only pre-Revolutonary houses that remain in close to original condition today. Drayton Hall's story spans 3 centuries of American history and 7 generations of the Drayton family and the African Americans were lived and worked here. Today you can tour the house (unfurnished) and take part in programs about life on the plantation or visit the African American cemetery on site. 


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  • Edgefield County Peach Museum
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    416 Calhoun Street
    Johnston, SC 29832

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    803-275-0010

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    Edgefield County Peach Museum
    Local museum and visitor information in the "Peach Capital of the World"
    Noted as The Peach Capital of the World, Edgefield County has a remarkable history of agriculture and peach cultivation. The Edgefield County Peach Museum is your first stop to find out why. Pick up some local peach products here and get visitor information on things to do in the area, especially the roadside produce stands and farms!
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  • Edgefield Square
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    Courthouse Square
    Edgefield, SC 29824

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    803-637-4014

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    Edgefield Square
    Quintessential small town whose buildings remain mostly unchanged since the early 1800s
    Town squares are the heartbeat of small towns, especially in the South. Edgefield town square is one of the most historic, with many of it's surrounding buildings remaining mostly unchanged since the early 1800s. The most noteworthy features of the square are the brick courthouse (circa 1839), the oldest weekly newspaper in South Carolina, and the many shops and pottery studios.
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  • Edisto Beach State Park
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    8377 State Cabin Road
    Edisto Island, SC 29438

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    843-869-2756

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    Edisto Beach State Park
    Beach-front State Park with Native American history, environmental education center, cabins and campsites
    One of four oceanfront state parks in SC, Edisto Beach State Park is known for being rich in both history and nature. There is an ancient shell midden that created by the Edisto Indians in 2,000 B.C. This mound, made up mostly of oyster shells was where the Native Americans deposited of their trash and other unwanted items. Most popular on site are the nature trails, the Environmental Education Center, its educational programs, completely furnished cabins, campsites and of course the view of the South Carolina coastline!
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  • Edisto Island Museum
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    8123 Chisolm Plantation Road
    Edisto Island, SC 29438

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    843-869-1954

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    Edisto Island Museum
    Local museum interpreting Edisto Island's history of agriculture, an African-American school and nature room
    Edisto Island is known for its natural beauty and a laid-back way of life. But it is also treasured for its rich history of Native Americans, Spanish pirates, English settlers, wealthy cotton planters and military conflicts. The Edisto Island Museum walks you through the history of the island through many artifacts, photographs and displays. There is an Agriculture Room with farm implements, displays from Edisto's oldest Freedman's house and an African-American school, and a Nature Room with fossils and shells found on Edisto's beaches!
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  • Edisto Island Serpentarium
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    1374 Highway 174
    Edisto Island, SC 29438

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    843-869-1171

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    Edisto Island Serpentarium
    Educational displays of reptiles around the world and native to SC
    As the first true Serpentarium in South Carolina, this facility is dedicated to the recognition, preservation and study of the world of reptiles. The site provides educational and exciting displays of reptiles from around the world and native to the region.
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  • Edisto Memorial Gardens
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    367 Green Street
    Orangeburg, SC 29116

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    803-533-6020

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    Edisto Memorial Gardens

    150-acre garden along the Edisto River and famous for its impressive rose varieties

    The Edisto Memorial Gardens is made up of 150 acres of azaleas, camellias, roses and other flowers spaced among giant oaks and century-old cyprus trees, cherry and dogwood trees.


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  • Ehrhardt Hall B&B
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    13764 Broxton Bridge Road
    Ehrhardt, SC 29081

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    803-267-2020

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    Ehrhardt Hall B&B
    Local B&B in historic Victorian-style home built in 1903
    Ehrhardt Hall Bed and Breakfast Inn was previously known as the Roberts House after the family doctor James Roberts, who built the Victorian-style house in 1903. The restored house was constructed of lumber cut from trees off of Dr. Roberts’ land several blocks south of its location. After the trees were processed at Conrad Ehrhardt’s saw mill, the empty land was subdivided into town size lots and helped continue the town’s growth. Dr. Roberts sold house lots to African-Americans and the southern suburb of town is often referred to as “Robertsville.” The house is now operated as a year round bed and breakfast with 6 large guest rooms.
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  • Elloree Heritage Museum
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    2714 Cleveland Street
    Elloree, SC 29047

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    803-897-2225

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    Elloree Heritage Museum
    State-of-the-art exhibits recreating 1900 buildings, an 18th century cabin and plantation cotton gin
    Elloree is a Native American word meaning "The Home I Love." Find out why as you browse this state-of-the-art museum that will guide you through Elloree as it was in 1900. You can see the recreated stores, bank and hotel while also exploring a plantation cotton gin, see the 18th century Snider Cabin and meet the farm mule, Ruby Doo.
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  • Emerald Farm
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    409 Emerald Farm Road
    Greenwood, SC 29646

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    864-223-2247

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    Emerald Farm
    Local goat dairy known for their events and goat milk products such as soaps, shampoos and lotions
    Located on sixty acres of beautiful rolling pastures surrounded by forest land, Emerald Farm brings visitors into the goat dairy world. Shop their goat milk soaps, shampoos and lotions or hope on the Emerald Farm Express to tour the herb garden and soap factory. The farm is also noted for their spring and fall festivals!
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  • Faith Clayton Family Research Center
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    907 Wesleyan Drive
    Central, SC 29630

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    864-644-5088

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    Faith Clayton Family Research Center
    Geneaology research center
    Considered one of the state’s finest regional genealogical resources, the Faith Clayton Family Research Center attracts historians and genealogists from all over the country. Located at the Rickman Library on the campus of Southern Wesleyan University, the center boasts a database of more than 300,000 names.
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  • Foothills Playhouse
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    201 South 5th Street
    Easley, SC 29640

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    864-855-1817

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    Foothills Playhouse
    Local playhouse
    Known originally as the Easley Community Theatre, four adult shows were performed during the debut season. Over the next 24 seasons it has evolved into the Foothills Playhouse, has changed locations from the high school to the Foothills Mall, and finally in 1991 to West End Hall, where it still resides, and has grown to six shows including youth productions and drama classes.
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  • Fort Hill
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    101 Fort Hill Street
    Clemson, SC 29634

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    Fort Hill
    John C. Calhoun raised seven children here, including a daughter who later married the founder of Clemson University
    Built in 1803 as the manse for Old Stone Church just miles away, Fort Hill was later the home of John C. Calhoun, South Carolina’s pre-eminent 19th century statesman from 1825 until his death in 1850. John C. Calhoun and his wife Floride raised seven children at Fort Hill including Anna Maria Calhoun who later married the soon-to-be founder of Clemson University, Thomas Clemson. Clemson willed that Fort Hill "shall always be open for the inspection of visitors" as a museum. Clemson's European Art Collection was willed to adorn the walls of Fort Hill. The antebellum plantation house, office and kitchen are completely restored with Calhoun and Clemson family furnishings.
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  • Fort Moultrie
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    1214 Middle Street
    Sullivan's Island, SC 29482

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    843-883-3123

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    Fort Moultrie
    Military Fort used in different ways through the entire span of American seacoast defense from 1776 up to World War II
    Fort Moultrie is the only unit of the National Park System where the entire 171-year history of American seacoast defense (1776-1947) can be traced. Here you can actually watch time rewind as you experience what it was like on Fort Moultrie from World War II all the way back to it's days as a palmetto and log fort in 1776. Tucked in between the pubs and charming shuttered houses on Sullivan's Island, Fort Moultrie offers self-guided tours and museum exhibits on this key part of military history. History Trivia: The palmetto tree has been a symbol of SC since 1776 because the first Fort Moultrie was built of palmetto logs. The battle of Sullivan's Island was the Revolutionary War's first decisive victory of American forces over the British Navy.
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  • Fort Rutledge
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    109 Daniel Drive
    Clemson, SC 29634

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    Fort Rutledge
    A monument to the American Revolution fort that was on this site
    "Seneca Town" was one of several Cherokee communities. In 1776 Major Andrew Williamson's South Carolina militia, on a raid against these communities, was ambushed by Loyalists and Cherokees nearby. The eventual Patriot victory was also notable for the death of Francis Salvador, the first Jewish Patriot killed during the Revolution. Soon after, Williamson returned to build Fort Rutledge in honor of then President John Rutledge. The fort and its 300 man garrison surrendered to the Loyalists in 1780. The Daughters of the American Revolution erected a concrete monument in 1908.
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  • Fort Sumter
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    340 Concord Street
    Charleston, SC 29401

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    Fort Sumter
    Only available by boat, Fort Sumter is famous for seeing the first shot of the Civil War
    Fort Sumter marks the beginning of the Civil War. Decades of growing strife between North and South erupted on April 12, 1861 when Confederate artillery opened fire on this Federal fort in Charleston Harbor. Fort Sumter surrendered 34 hours later. Union forces would try for nearly four years to take it back. Before you get on the boat to Fort Sumter, you can explore the Visitor Education Center. There are also many artifacts to see at the actual fort, including an original flag. History Trivia: The first death during the Civil War was an accident here at Fort Sumter. As Federal troops surrended to the Confederates, the Union soldiers lowered their flag. A premature discharge during the 100-gun salute caused an explosion that killed Pvt. Daniel Hough of the 1st U.S. Artillery.
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  • Freedom's Hill Church
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    907 Wesleyan Drive
    Central, SC 29630

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    800-289-1292

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    Freedom's Hill Church
    1840s African American church
    Standing as a monument to the courageous anti-slavery movement, Freedom’s Hill Church dates back to the 1840s when a congregation of like-minded Southern Christians came together in opposition to slavery. Originally built in the Snow Camp community of what is now Alamance County, North Carolina, this modest wooden church was moved and is today located on the campus of Southern Wesleyan University. Student-led worship services and interpretive programs are the focus of the chapel.
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  • Geechie Boy Market & Mill
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    2975 Highway 174
    Edisto Island, SC 29438

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    843-209-5220

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    Geechie Boy Market & Mill

    Local market & u-pick with 1945 grist mill

    Geechie Boy Market and Mill is a certified Roadside Market that features U-Pick or We-Pick the freshest of any produce that it in season. Specialty food items include: coffee, grits, cornmeal, honey, jams, jellies, meat, eggs, cheese, breads, boiled peanuts and fresh cut flowers. For that unique souvenir, bring home stone-ground grits made in front of you by an authentic 1945 mill!


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  • Georgetown County Museum
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    120 Broad Street
    Georgetown, SC 29440

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    Georgetown County Museum

    Local museum depicting history of the 3rd oldest town in South Carolina

    Muskets, marsh and muslin…rice, rivers and revolution. What do these seemingly unrelated subjects have in common? The Georgetown County Museum offers a glimpse into the fascinating connections that intertwine these and many other facets of life that span 300 years of American history lived out in the daily lives of the citizens of Georgetown County. This colonial town has seen it all and this museum keeps the spirit of each era alive with displays and exhibits.


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  • Givhans Ferry State Park
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    746 Givhans Ferry Road
    Ridgeville, SC 29472

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    Givhans Ferry State Park
    State Park along the Edisto River known for fishing, camping and a part of the Edisto River Kayak & Canoe Trail that begins in Colleton State Park
    Givhans Ferry State Park sits at the end of the 21-mile long stretch of the Edisto River Kayak & Canoe Trail that begins at Colleton State Park. The Edisto is the longest free-flowing blackwater river in North America, and glimpses of it can be seen from the bluffs outside the cabins at Givhans Ferry. Trails, fishing, camping and picnics are also favorite activities here.
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  • Great Branch Rosenwald Teacherage
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    2890 Neeses Highway
    Orangeburg, SC 29115

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    803-533-1828

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    Great Branch Rosenwald Teacherage
    Housed African American school principals and teachers, now has a welcome center, artifact and research room
    The Great Branch Rosenwald Teacherage was one of eight homes built in SC to house principals and teachers who taught in the Great Branch Rosenwald School. The home was built in 1924 and reamins the only in-tact home in SC built during the era of providing educational facilities for African Americans. The school was built in 1921 and burned by arsonists in the early 60's. The restored home has a welcome center, artifact room and a student research room.
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  • Greenwood Community Theatre
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    Greenwood, SC 29648

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    Greenwood Community Theatre
    Local Theatre
    The Greenwood Community Theatre boasts a healthy offering of theatre, musical theatre, comedy, dramas, classic and Indie films, music concerts and more!
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  • Grits & Groceries
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    2440 Due West Highway
    Belton, SC 29627

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    864-296-3316

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    Grits & Groceries
    Renowned husband and wife chef team specializing in high quality southern fare
    Grits & Groceries is off the main road, but it's electic soulfood of the South are worth the drive. Their specialties are tomato pie, praline bacon and burgers. Grits & Groceries also plays host to special events throughout the year that feature local farmers and producers. On a history note, the former turn of the century clapboard store is situated at Saylors Crossroads, and is the second oldest building in the area. The building that housed the area's first radio station and source of electricity is also on the property!
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  • Gurosik's Berry Plantation
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    345 Briggs Road
    North Augusta, SC 29860

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    803-278-0594

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    Gurosik's Berry Plantation
    Berry plantation with on-site farm market
    The leading producer of strawberries, hybrid blackberries, and related products in the Central Savannah River Area, the plantation allows visitors to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and discover a feast for their senses in this peaceful, relaxing atmosphere in rural America. Enjoy friendly service, gorgeous flowers and farm fresh fruits and vegetables!
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  • Hagood Mauldin House
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    104 North Lewis Street
    Pickens, SC 29671

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    Hagood Mauldin House

    1856 Greek-Revival home filled with antiques

    Built in 1856 by prominent attorney James Hagood, this tree-shaded, columned house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was once home to Hagood’s daughter Frances who married state legislator and senator Judge T.J. Mauldin. He had an office constructed on the grounds to match the home’s Greek Revival architecture. In later years, the home and office were acquired by Mrs. Irma Hendricks Morris, a noted authority on 17th and 18th century antiques. She filled the house with portraits, furniture, silver, and porcelain, now part of the Irma Morris Museum of Fine Arts.


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  • Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folklife Center
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    138 Hagood Mill Road
    Pickens, SC 29671

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    Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folklife Center

    One of the oldest surviving grist mills still producing grain in SC

    The Hagood Mill Historic Site & Folklife Center is home to the historic Hagood Gristmill. On the National Register of Historic Places, the mill was originally constructed circa 1825 and built at its present location in 1845. It is one of the oldest known surviving gristmills still producing grain products in South Carolina. It has the largest waterwheel in the state (20 ft.) and is the only waterwheel in SC still made of wood. Today the site features the fully operational gristmill, a traditional barn with a family farm exhibit, visitors center with gift shop, two historic log cabins dating from 1791 and 1925, a blacksmith shop, cotton gin building, moonshine still, and a large outdoor stage for musical events. Hagood Mill is famous for their event series every 3rd Saturday of each month that offers traditional arts, folklife and living history demonstrations and musical entertainment such as bluegrass, old time and blues.

    Also on the property is the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site, which includes a climate-controlled orientation lobby, displays, and viewing room for thirty-two petroglyphs!


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  • Hampton Park
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    823 Meeting Street
    Charleston, SC 29403

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    Hampton Park
    Park in Charleston that was formerly a horse race track, Civil War prison and more
    Hampton Park is a 56-acre historic park, and the largest located on the peninsula of Charleston. Today you can stop by the park for it's beautiful gardens and aboretum or for the walking trails and audio tour that examines the many layers of history that have shaped this special place. These layers include a 1791 Horse Race Track, an 1864 Civil War Prison, the 1865 site of First Memorial Day event, and the 1901-1902 West Indian Exposition.
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  • Hampton Plantation State Historic Site
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    1950 Rutledge Road
    McClellanville, SC 29458

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    Hampton Plantation State Historic Site

    Georgian-style rice plantation mansion has tours and educational programs about African American life on the property

    Located on a former colonial-era rice plantation, Hampton Plantation features a Georgian-style mansion and grounds that serve as an educational tool for the system of slavery that helped build such plantations into the greatest generators of wealth in early American history. Hampton Plantation also tells the story of freed people who made their homes here for generations after the emancipation. Visitors can explore the mansion, the outdoor kitchen building, stroll beneath the huge live oaks or in the camellia gardens, or take in the view of Wambaw Creek and what remains of the rice fields that stood there long ago. History Trivia: Hampton Plantation inspired the works of a SC poet laureate, Archibald Rutledge, who lived here and gave it to the people of SC as a legacy.


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  • Hanover House
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    150 Discovery Lane
    Clemson, SC 29634

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    Hanover House
    Meticulously restored French Hugenot Colonial home built in 1716
    A monument of early French Hugenot colonial architecture, Hanover was built in 1716 for French Huguenot Paul de St. Julien in the Berkeley County area (near the coast) of SC where it remained in the St. Julien and Ravenel families for nearly 150 years.. St. Julien honored his French heritage in the mortar of one chimney where he inscribed, "Peu a Peu" from the French proverb "Little by little the bird builds its nest. The Historic American Buildings Survey of the Santee-Cooper basin noted that Hanover was of national significance. Threatened with flooding by Lake Moultrie in 1941, Hanover was preserved at Clemson University. The historic home was later relocated to the SC Botanical Garden on Clemson's campus in 1994 and today overlooks an heirloom vegetable garden.
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  • Happy Cow Creamery
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    332 McKelvey Road
    Pelzer, SC 29669

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    Happy Cow Creamery
    Dairy with store on site featuring milk, fresh produce
    Happy Cow Creamery produces and processes fresh milk right on the farm. The milk here is not homogenized like most store bought milk. It is pasteurized at a low temperature therefore the natural enzymes are present. The milk here is special because the cows graze on lush green pastures twelve months a year. Visit the shop at Happy Cow Creamery for milk, fresh and naturally grown fruits and vegetables, and many other products!
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  • Healing Springs
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    Blackville, SC 29817

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    Healing Springs
    Natural springs thought to have healing qualities
    The Springs date back to when Native Americans considered the waters sacred and bathed in them for healing purposes. During the American Revolution, tradition states four mortally wounded soldiers were left in the care of two able-bodied men. To their amazement, the springs’ natural healing powers restored the wounded soldiers to health. In 1944, the springs were legally deeded to God. Today locals and visitors from all over frequent the artesian wells. Bring your empty water jugs!
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  • Healing Springs Country Store
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    2563 Healing Springs Road
    Blackville, SC 29817

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    Healing Springs Country Store

    A local favorite lunch café and general store

    Located nearby the artesian wells of Healing Springs, the country store has fresh deli sandwiches, hoop cheese, ice cream, hot dogs and baked goods (to name a few). There are even some hard to find items like Birch Beer and souse!


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  • Heritage Gold Mine Park
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    209B North Mine Street
    McCormick, SC 29835

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    Heritage Gold Mine Park
    19th century gold mine
    This gold mine is an area of 19th century mining operations, and was one of the most important mining sites in the state. The mine was struck in 1852 by William Dorn, who excavated nearly 1 million dollars in gold before the vein was exhausted. Dorn used enslaved African Americans to excavate the dirt and employed several types of mills to process the gold. Dorn became wealthy but lost much after the Civil War. Now the Heritage Gold Mine offers folks guided or self-guided tours, and even an opportunity to really pan for gold! Gold Rush Day is a favorite event here every third Saturday in September.
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  • Hickory Hill Milk
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    7 Hickory Hill Lane
    Edgefield, SC 29824

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    Hickory Hill Milk
    Dairy famous for it's milk and farm tours
    Hickory Hill Milk is old-fashioned whole milk and guaranteed to be hormone free. All of the milk is non-homogenized, allowing the cream to rise to the top. Sound delicious? It is! Find out for yourself by scheduling a tour of the farm to see what makes Hickory Hill dairy products different from the rest. Regular, buttermilk and chocolate are available.
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  • Hickory Knob State Resort Park
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    1591 Resort Drive
    McCormick, SC 29835

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    Hickory Knob State Resort Park
    State Park on 70,000-acre reservoir famous for 18 holes of lakeside golf
    The only full-service resort in the SC State Park Service, Hickory Knob rests on rolling, wooded shorline alongside 70,000-acre Strom Thurmond Reservoir on the Savannah River. Hickory Knob offers 18 holes of lakeside championship golf, tennis, skeet shooting and archery, a swimming pool, full-service restaurant and meeting facilities. You can pick from 70 different lodge-style rooms, including a 1770s French Hugenot house.
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  • High Cotton
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    199 East Bay Street
    Charleston, SC 29401

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    843-724-3815

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    High Cotton
    Restaurant specializing in local ingredients, a wine & cocktail program and southern flair
    High Cotton is a reflection of high steppin' Lowcountry livin': a mix of tasty, local ingredients, an inspired wine and cocktail program, Charleston hospitality and celebratory spirit! Located in historic downtown Charleston, High Cotton is known for it's charming atmosphere and southern fare!
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  • Historic Ballenger House
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    212 East South 3rd Street
    Seneca, SC 29678

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    864-324-8417

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    Historic Ballenger House
    1925 home with impressive gardens and towering oaks
    The Ballenger House (circa 1925) is a beautiful red brick home built in the foursquare style and located in the heart of Historic Downtown Seneca. Surrounded by sumptuous gardens and towering oaks, the home still has the original windows, cabinets, oak floors through the house and maple floors in the kitchen and breakfast room. Used as the primary residence of the Ballenger family until 1980, the home was deeded to the Seneca Woman’s Club to honor three family members who belonged to the philanthropic “Once a Week Club.” The club originated in 1896 and still meets today, making it the oldest existing club in the country. In addition to a meeting place for non-profit organizations, this lovely house is used for weddings, showers, art exhibits and fundraisers.
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  • Historic Church of the Epiphany
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    12065 Old Number 6 Hwy
    Eutawville, SC 29048

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    803-492-7644

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    Historic Church of the Epiphany
    Episcopal Church built in 1849 that retains most of its original features
    This church was built in 1849 to accomodate the residents of the village who made their summer homes in the cool pine forest of Eutaw Village (present-day Eutawville). The church has most of its original features and has an adjoining cemetery.
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  • Historic Downtown Saluda
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    105 Law Range Street
    Saluda, SC 29138

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    864-445-8550

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    Historic Downtown Saluda
    Historic downtown includes local museum, courthouse, monuments and theater
    Downtown Saluda walks you through the past and present of this small town. Here you'll find the local Saluda County Museum, the courthouse and military heritage monuments and also the community theater. Make sure you call the museum to schedule a tour of the Bonham house, which was home to James Butler Bonham, South Carolina's very own hero at the Alamo. Also check out the nearby Redbank Church are any of the locally owned restaurants and village shops.
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  • Historic Oakley Park
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    300 Columbia Road
    Edgefield, SC 29824

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    Historic Oakley Park
    Historic home built in 1835 in the heart of Edgefield
    Oakley Park was built in 1835 by Daniel Byrd, a Virginian who came to Edgefield and became a very successful cotton planter. The beautiful mansion later was the home of Gen. Martin Witherspoon Gary, a fiery Confederate politician and father of the Red Shirt movement that assured the election of Wade Hampton as governor in 1876. Oakley Park is open for tours Thursday-Saturdays and is also available to rent for special events.
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  • Historic Wire Road
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    St. George, SC 29477

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    Historic Wire Road

    Historic stretch of road that leads you through historic homes, natural areas and churches

    Wire Road runs through rural South Carolina, and is named for when telegraph lines were strung in the middle 1800's. This historic roadway lies near the Edisto River, the longest free-flowing black-water river in the United States. Wire Road connected Charleston to Columbia and Augusta and has seen many passerbys, including General Marquis de Lafayette, a key figure in the American Revolution. At least one house that he likely passed is still standing.

    Specific sites along Wire Road (beginning on Highway 78 in Ridgeville) include sections oforiginal track from the Charleston to Hamburg railroad (Best Friend Express, the 1st passenger rialroad in the United States), locally owned eateries and general stores, Givhans State Park,  an Edisto Indian community, Four Holes Swamp, The Clayton House (Built in 1854, records suggest it was a stagecoach stop until the early 1900's), Indian Field Swamp (you can spot a milldam at the edge of the trees that powered the saw mill that cut much of the lumber for the houses in the area built before the Civil War), Colleton State Park, the Koger House (Built 1800), Appleby's Methodist Church (Built 1840s),  The McAlhany Nature Preserve and ending in Branchville, the oldest railroad junction in the world.


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  • Hobcaw Barony
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    22 Hobcaw Road
    Georgetown, SC 29440

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    843-546-4623

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    Hobcaw Barony
    17,500 acre environmental research reserve located on 11 former plantations and includes an amazingly preserved slave village
    Now a 17,500 acre research reserve, Hobcaw Barony is one of the few undeveloped tracts on the Waccamaw Neck. Bernard Baruch, Wall Street financier and advisor to presidents, purchased the property comprised of 11 former plantations in 1905 for use as a hunting retreat. Belle Baruch eventually bought the property from her father and at her death in 1964 she created a private foundation for college level research. The property is available by guided tours only, where you can choose to explore anything from the amazing wildlife and nature here to the Baruch home, the beautifully preserved Friendfield slave village and many other outlying historic structures. Make sure to start your visit at the Discovery Center that features exhibits on ecology, history and the significant biological research done at Hobcaw.
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  • Holly Hill Depot
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    8603 Old State Road
    Holly Hill, SC 29059

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    Holly Hill Depot

    1921 railroad depot with visitors center

    Holly Hill Depot, circa 1921, was built on the sites of two previous depots dating back to 1886 when the Eutaw Railroad reached Holly Hill. The railroad defined the location for the town’s business section and it was responsible for the town’s growth and founding in 1887. The depot is now a visitors and a satellite office of the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce.


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  • Hooten-Black House
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    3194 Railroad Avenue
    Bamberg, SC 29003

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    803-245-1000

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    Hooten-Black House
    Historic 4-room cottage that now houses art events and exhibits
    The Hooten-Black House (circa 1880) was built as a 4 room cottage by merchant Drew Hooten. It is the hub of art and history in the Bamberg area where you will find changing art exhibitions, concerts and lectures. The Hooten-Black House anchors the northwestern end of Bamberg’s National Register Historic District, which lists over 75 properties. Walking Tour: Guides and Maps can be purchased at Main Street Market, 3128 Main Highway or by calling 803-245-2777
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  • Hopelands Gardens
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    135 Dupree Place
    Aiken, SC 29801

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    803-642-7650

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    Hopelands Gardens
    Impressive 4-acre garden on former estate
    Hopelands Gardens is a 4-acre garden and former estate of the Aiken Winter Colony (a time period when wealthy northerners flocked to the area). The gardens are now city-owned and operated and are enjoyed for afternoon strolls and evening events by locals and visitors alike. Hopelands' water features, bridges and statues make it a popular photography location. On site is also a Sears & Roebuck Dollhouse (the original owner's playhouse and schoolroom for their children) and the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame.
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  • Hopewell Plantation
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    Old Cherry Road
    Clemson, SC 29634

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    864-656-7920

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    Hopewell Plantation
    1805 plantation once the site of treaties between the US and Native Americans
    In 1784, Revolutionary War hero Andrew Pickens purchased 573 acres along the Seneca River, on which he built Hopewell. General Pickens lived in the house with his family until 1805. During that time Pickens served on a commission to make treaties with the Southern Indians, and Hopewell became the site of numerous treaties made between the United States and the Cherokee, Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations. The house served as a residence for many years and is now a property of Clemson University. Exterior viewing only.
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  • Hopsewee Plantation
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    494 Hopsewee Road
    Georgetown, SC 29440

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    Hopsewee Plantation
    Birthplace of a signer of the Declaration of Independence, offers tours of the residence, slave dwellings and has a tearoom/restaurant
    Built in 1740 (40 years before the Revolutionary War), Hopsewee has been owned by only five families. The house is still a private residence, but guided tours allow you to explore a typical rice plantation dwelling of the early eighteenth century. Hopsewee is also the birthplace and home of Thomas Lynch, Jr., one of four signers of the Declaration of Independence from SC. Also on the grounds are two slave dwellings, which are remarkably well preserved in order to interpret the lives of the African Americans who lived and worked here. The owners of Hopsewee also operate a tearoom on site, where the pimento cheese biscuits are a best seller. History Trivia: By the time of the Civil War, Georgetown County was the largest producer of rice in the country. Hopsewee alone produced 560,000 pounds on 240 acres in 1850.
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  • Huntington Beach State Park
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    16148 Ocean Highway
    Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

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    843-237-4440

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    Huntington Beach State Park
    Beach-front park with camping, educational center, birding, swimming and a National Historic Landmark
    Huntington Beach State Park and the adjacent Brookgreen Gardens were originally all one property owned by renowned 20th century sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington and her husband Archer, a noted scholar on Spanish culture. On the beachfront section of their property, the Huntingtons built Atalaya, now a National Historic Landmark, as their winter home and working studio for Anna. Now you can take a tour of Atalaya or enjoy the famed nature and wildlife of Huntington Beach State Park. Recognized as one of the best birding sites on the East Coast, Huntington Beach State Park is comprised of 2,500 acres that supports a diverse assemblage of flora and fauna. Habitats within the park include sandy beach and dune swale econsystems, intertidal rocky shore (jetty), salt, brackish and freshwater marshes, higher elevation maritime forest communities, hammock island ecosystems and three miles of undeveloped beach. The park has an educational center and offers swimming, fishing, nature programs, a gift shop and camping.
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  • I.P. Stanback Museum & Planetarium
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    300 College Street NE
    Orangeburg, SC 29117

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    803-536-8329

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    I.P. Stanback Museum & Planetarium

    Planetarium shows, classes, research, lectures and art exhibits

    The I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium is truly the only facility of its kind, an interdisciplinary Museum and Planetarium on any Historically Black College and University campus in the United States. It is the only museum in South Carolina recognized for its Collection of African Art by the Naitonal Museum of African Art Library. Located within SC State University, The Stanback serves the University and the public alike by offering programs, exhibitions, lectures, publications, Planetarium shows, classes, and art related research; all demonstrating a commitment to helping residents of South Carolina and visitors to the state to better understand South Carolina's cultural heritage.


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  • Irvin House Vineyards & Firefly Vodka Distillery
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    6775 Bears Bluff Road
    Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487

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    Irvin House Vineyards & Firefly Vodka Distillery
    Tours, tastings and shopping for the muscadine wine and firefly vodka, rum and bourbon
    Wadmalaw Island is a place where you will still find dirt roads, ancient oak trees and fireflies still light up the sky. It is here that you will find Irvin House Vineyards & the Firefly Distillery. Irvin House is the Charleston area's only winery. Take a tour to see how Irvin House produces wine from the native muscadine grapes, or schedule a tasting! The Firefly Distillery is also on site, which makes the world's first hand-crafted sweet tea flavored vodka! You can shop or do tastings at the distillery, which also makes different flavors of vodka, rum & bourbon!
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  • Issaqueena Falls & Stumphouse Tunnel
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    Off SC Highway 28 in Stumphouse Tunnel Park
    Walhalla, SC 29691

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    Issaqueena Falls and Stumphouse Tunnel
    Picturesque waterfall near a Civil War-era railroad tunnel
    A new railroad over the Appalachians was proposed to connect the port city of Charleston first with Knoxville and later Cincinatti. Rather than go over or around the mountains it was decided to dig a tunnel. The 1600-foot-long Stumphouse Tunnel was started in 1852 but the Civil War—and a lack of funds—brought construction to a halt. While there were various efforts by the Blue Ridge Railroad to revive the tunnel, none of them came to pass and it stands today as a monument to the efforts of pre–Civil War engineering. In 1951, Clemson University bought the tunnel and used it to cure the South's first blue cheese. The tunnel's environment was later duplicated at Clemson University where it remains today. Not far from the “tunnel to nowhere” is Isaqueena Falls, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the State.
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  • J and G Tours
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    Charleston, SC

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    J&G Tours

    Walking and bicycling tours centered around history

    Customize your walking and bicycling tours of Historic Charleston or or enjoy the James Island Civil War Tour to take in plantations, the First Shot Memorial, earthworks, Secessionville Battlefield and end your day at the Historic Sol Legare Farmer's Lodge with an encampment of 54th Massachusetts re-enactors, museum visit and a Gullah luncheon. Call today for an unforgettable South Carolina experience!


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  • Jennie Erwin Carnegie Library
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    Honea Path, SC 29654

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    Jennie Erwin Carnegie Library
    Local library in historic building
    The 1855 charter of this small municipality refers to the town as "Honey Path." It was allegedly name for William Honey, an early trader and large landowner in the area. In 1917 the town was incorporated under the name "Honea Path," perhaps because the writing in the early document was so illegible that the "y" was read as an "a." In 1908, Honea Path was the smallest town awarded a library from the Andrew Carniegie foundation. Visitors to Honea Path can discover its history by visiting the town's people, its buildings and the surrounding rural farmlands.
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  • JJ Dorn House
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    McCormick, SC 29835

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    JJ Dorn House
    1917 home, geneaology center and museum
    The J.J. Dorn House was built in 1917 on Gold Street and was the first brick home in McCormick. Dorn and his brother owned lumber yards and farmland in the early part of the 20th century. He was president of Dorn Banking Company and a state senator. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the first floor houses a museum depicting the lifestyle of wealthy southerners during the turn of the century. A geneaology center is located on the second floor.
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  • John De La Howe Barn
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    192 Gettys Road
    McCormick, SC 29835

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    John De La Howe Barn
    1931 barn from a historic children's school that is now a local marketplace
    The John de la Howe School barn was built in 1931 and for nearly 50 years provided a dairy operation that offered much needed services to John de la Howe School for children and the surrounding community. The Barn, which stands out for it's architecture alone, was converted into a country marketplace that showcases the hand-made craft products that are made by the students, volunteers, staff and local artisans.
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  • keowee toxaway
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    108 Resident Drive
    Sunset, SC 29685

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    Keowee Toxaway State Natural Area

    1000 acres of mountainous terrain, the Jocassee Gorges Visitors Center, camping and cabins

    This park’s 1000 acres of mountainous terrain provide protection for outstanding rock outcrops, views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, rhododendron, mountain laurel and other unique mountain flora and fauna. The site includes picnic areas, hiking trails, and the Jocassee Gorges Visitor Center, as well as a cabin and overnight camping areas.


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  • Lake Greenwood State Recreation Area
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    302 State Park Road
    Ninety Six, SC 29666

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    Lake Greenwood State Recreation Area
    Lakeside camping, Civilian Conservation Corps Museum
    Lake Greenwood State Recreation Area is one of 16 state parks in South Carolina built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. That history is captured in the park’s CCC museum, which also serves as a popular reception and meeting center. The park occupies a series of peninsulas on Lake Greenwood, which itself offers 212 miles of shoreline and 11,400 acres of boating and fishing opportunities year-round.
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  • Lake Hartwell State Recreation Area
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    19138-A Highway 11S
    Fair Play, SC 29643

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    864-972-3352

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    Lake Hartwell State Recreation Area
    56,000 acre lake known for fishing, hiking, information center and camper-cabins
    This 56,000-acre lake maintains a reputation for top-flight angling, including for striped bass and hybrid bass, largemouth, crappie, bream, and catfish. In addition to lake access, the site offers hiking, affordable one-room camper cabins, and an information center, which has on display an array of vintage fishing equipment.
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  • Lake Thurmond Visitors Center
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    510 Clarks Hill Highway
    Clarks Hill , SC 29821

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    864-333-1100

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    Lake Thurmond Visitors Center
    Educational exhibits about lakes, dams, hydrolectric power and nature
    Located near the Georgia line, this Visitors Center has interpretive exhibits about the lakes, dams, hydroelectric power and surrounding nature. Exhibits are both educational and entertaining, making this site and excellent stop for families!
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  • Langley Pond
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    113 Langley Dam Road
    Langley, SC 29834

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    Langley Pond
    The world's largest pond used for boating and sandy beach area
    Langley Pond is a recreational venue for swimming, boating and rowing. Originally named Horse Creek Pond, as the Westos tribe favored the water source for their horses, the pond is the location for Pow Wows, triathlons and other events. Competitors come from all over the world to compete in national and regional regattas. It is the world’s largest pond, just inches short of a lake! On site, visitors will find a large picnic shelter and grills. There is also a playground, concession stand, bath house, boat ramp, special events area, swim area and sandy beach to enjoy.
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  • Legare Farms
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    2620 Hanscombe Point Road
    Johns Island, SC 29455

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    843-559-0788

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    Legare Farms
    Family-owned farmstead that raises natural meats, eggs, vegetables and nursery plants
    Rich in tradition and history, Legare Farms is a bustling, 300-acre farm on the banks of the Stono River just 14 miles outside of Charleston. Open by appointment and during special events (the Pumpkin Patch is a favorite!), the farm raises Black Angus and Hereford cattle without the use of antibiotics or hormones and also raises pigs of fine heritage breeds such as Yorkshire, Hampshire, Berkshire and Tamworth. The eggs produced on Legare Farms are free-range and of top quality and the vegetables (free of chemicals and pesticides) are offered to memberships in a successful CSA food co-op program. Legare also grows Zoysia, Bermuda, St. Augustine, and Centipede sod as well as a variety of nursery plants.
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  • Liberty Lodge
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    105 Liberty Lane
    Walhalla, SC 29691

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    Liberty Lodge
    Quaint southern inn at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains
    This quaint southern inn, featuring five distinct rooms, is nestled among the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Reservations include a full breakfast each morning. Packages are available to make your stay unique and complete. A restaurant is also available at the Inn.
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  • Liberty Square Visitor Education Center
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    340 Concord Street
    Charleston, SC 29401

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    Liberty Square Visitor Education Center
    Departure point for Fort Sumter that features military and African American exhibits
    Liberty Square is a National Park Service site that serves as a departure point to Fort Sumter. It also has amazing exhibits that address antebellum Charleston and the causation of the Civil War.
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  • Little Red Barn Pottery & Art Gallery
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    12080 Highway 278
    Barnwell, SC 29812

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    803-541-7900

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    Little Red Barn Pottery & Art Gallery
    Historic general store turned pottery studio and local art gallery
    Formerly the Leigh Banana Case Company Commissary, the general store was moved here in the early 1950s from Ellenton, a town displaced by the building of a nuclear plant. In1998, local master potter Liz Ringus opened the gallery as her pottery studio and to display the works of other area artists and craftspeople. Liz is known for her face jugs, palmetto buckets, and she also makes a mean peach cupcake! Visitors can watch pottery turned on site while browsing through the eclectic works of the many diverse artists from this part of the state.
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  • Little River Blueway
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    5812 US Highway 278 West
    McCormick, SC 29835

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    Little River Blueway
    Extraordinary outdoor activity area within the Sumter National Forest
    If you're into mountain biking, hiking, fishing, camping, paddling or just exploring historical and cultural sites, you need to get up to the Little River Blueway. The extraodinary outdoor adventure area located within Sumter National Forest has 51 miles of diverse and scenic water trails, 136 miles of hiking and biking trails, two state parks, four golf courses, five campgrounds, lodging and a skeet and archery range all within close range of the quaint and historic town of McCormick. Stop in the downtown visitors center for a map, or plan your visit at the Little River Blueway website!
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  • Lookaway Inn
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    103 West Forest Avenue
    North Augusta, SC 29841

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    803-426-1030

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    Lookaway Inn
    Southern mansion transformed into elegant inn
    This historic southern mansion is a classic Beaux-Arts jewel from the 1800s. Guests enjoy large elegant bedrooms with spacious private baths, a landscaped courtyard and gardens all accessed by way of grand verandas. Lookaway is the sister property of Rosemary Inn B&B, both of which were built by the founder of North Augusta and his family. Lookaway is a stones throw from the Savannah River and the quaint downtown of North Augusta.
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  • Lucky Acres Farm
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    1024 Milford Road
    Townville, SC 29689

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    864-287-2339

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    Lucky Acres Farm
    Family-owned alpaca farm with gift shop on site
    Lucky Acres is a family owned and operated alpaca farm that encourages visitors to come and experience the farming lifestyle. Baby alpacas (or circas) arrive every spring and fall and you can also browse a large variety of gifts made from alpaca fiber. You can even buy yarn from Lucky Acres alpacas!
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  • Lunney Museum
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    211 West South First Street
    Seneca, SC 29678

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    864-882-4811

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    Lunney Museum
    Local museum in 1909 Arts & Crafts style home
    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this California style bungalow was built in 1909 by Dr. and Mrs. W.J. Lunney and occupied continuously by the Lunney family until 1969. Its distinctive arts and crafts architecture extends to include a two-story carriage house and a “two-seater” outhouse. This house museum contains a collection of Mission and Victorian furniture as well as local memorabilia.
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  • Magnolia Plantation
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    3550 Ashley River Road
    Charleston, SC 29414

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    Magnolia Plantation
    Former rice plantation known for its romantic gardens, boat rides, petting zoo, house tour and original slave dwellings
    Arriving from Barbados, Thomas Drayton and his wife Ann landed in Charles Towne and established Magnolia Plantation along the Ashley River in 1679. Magnolia saw immense wealth and growth through the cultivation of rice during the Colonial era, and later the British and American troops would occupy its grounds during the American Revolution. In 1825 a direct Drayton descendant inherited Magnolia and created a series of romantic gardens for his wife. The romantic gardens have an emphasis on the natural beauty of the site, creating an informal and almost fairy-tale setting. After the Civil War, the plantation recovered and opened the gardens to the public in 1870, making it America's oldest tourism attraction! Today you can tour the gardens, take a boat ride, learn about the African Americans of Magnolia Plantation through the existing slave dwellings and exhibits, stop by the petting zoo or tour the Drayton family heirlooms inside the homesite.
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  • Main Street Ridge Spring
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    Main Street, (Highway 23)
    Ridge Spring, SC 29129

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    Main Street, Ridge Spring

    Historic agrarian community known for quaint shops and farmland

    Ridge Spring is named for the natural raised ridge of the land and for it's spring water. Legend has it that the Native Americans who once lived here chipped out the basin in the rock into which flows the water for the spring. European settlers came here in the 1700s and eventually a town grew up around a water tower and railroad in the mid 1800s. Downtown Ridge Spring today is the heartbeat of this agrarian community, and is famous for its quaint shops and breathtaking farmland.


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  • Mary Alice Lockhart
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    Mary Alice Lockhart

    Local artist known for her landscape scenes

    Mary Alice Lockhart is a notable artist who portrays landscape scenes with lively tones and large brush strokes. She began to cultivate her passion for painting and color later in life by entering the Fine Arts program at the University of South Carolina Aiken. Mary Alice draws from a lifetime of images, memories and fondness of the South to create vivid art that delights the eyes and soul.


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  • May-Lan Tree Plantation
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    156 Cooley Bridge Road
    Pelzer, SC 29669

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    864-243-3092

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    May-Lan Tree Plantation
    Tree farm that also offers seasonal produce, hayrides and locally made items
    May-Lan is most noted for their Christmas trees, which they have available as select-your-own or already-cut along with fresh wreaths and garlands. More than a tree farm, in October May-Lan offers gourds, squash, corn stalks, pumpkins of all sizes and more! Have family fun with a hayride, get lost in the children’s maze, visit the “Bat Cave,” and go through “Bugsy” the 40 foot inflatable caterpillar. Don’t miss visiting the farm animals, shopping the locally made goodies like jellies and jams and be sure to bring the camera.
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  • mcleod plantation historic site
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    325 Country Club Drive
    Charleston, SC 29412

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    McLeod Plantation Historic Site

    McLeod was established in 1851 as a sea island cotton plantation. Today McLeod is a 37-acre park open to the public and is recognized as a significant historic site most notably for exploring Gullah Geechee culture.

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    • Tour the homes and compare the McLeod family home with those built for enslaved families.
    • Learn about daily life and the relationships among the men, women, and children who lived and worked here before and after slavery.
    • Study the cultivation and importance of sea island cotton.
    • Gain insight into the plantation’s strategic importance during the Civil War and the role of the free black Massachusetts 55th Volunteer Infantry in emancipating enslaved people.
    • Examine the influence of the Freedmen’s Bureau at McLeod Plantation and throughout the South.
    • Trace the emergence of Gullah Culture in the Lowcountry.
    • Explore worship and spirituality in the lives of McLeod Plantation’s residents.
    • Draw parallels between the changing relationships among McLeod Plantation’s residents and in American society during the 20th century.
    • See how people dramatically changed the natural history of the plantation’s landscape through time.

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  • Mepkin Abbey
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    1098 Mepkin Abbey Road
    Moncks Corner, SC 29461

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    Mepkin Abbey
    Trappist monastery on former plantation famous for gourmet mushrooms and breathtaking gardens
    Mepkin Abbey is a Trappist monastery located on a former plantation on the bluffs of the Cooper River. The monastery has been located here since 1949 and offers visitors a free and exceptionally peaceful experience. The gardens are breathtaking, church visits and guided tours are available by appointment, and the gift shop has lots of specialty gifts along with gourmet mushrooms grown on the Abbey's farm. History Trivia: The site of Mepkin Abbey was land previously owned by Henry Laurens, a Congressional Constitutional president who was once help prisoner in the Tower of London and finally released after he was exchanged for the infamous British General, Lord Charles Cornwallis. The plantation was later owned by publisher and philanthropist Henry R. Luce and his wife Clare Booth Luce, who commissioned a famous architect Loutrell Briggs to create the magnificent gardens that still hold their grandeur today.
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  • Middleton Place Plantation and Gardens
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    4300 Ashley River Road
    Charleston, SC 29414

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    Middleton Place Plantation and Gardens

    18th century plantation, house museum tour, a stableyard farm experience, African American educational programs and an adjacent Inn and restaurant

    Middleton Place is a carefully preserved 18th century plantation on the banks of the Ashley River that has survived the American Revolution, Civil War, earthquake and hurricanes. It was the residence of Henry Middleton, president of the first Continental Congress and his son, Arthur, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The National Historic Landmark encompasses America’s oldest landscaped gardens, the Middleton Place House and plantation stableyards. Programs are available to visitors to describe life on a lowcountry plantation as experienced by both master and slave from the Colonial period through 19th Century planter family. The stableyard program focuses on farm animals, historic crafts and agricultural skills. A demonstration rice field of Carolina Gold Rice provides a visual picture of the prominence of this one crop during the 18th and 19th century. For a complete experience, check out the adjacent Middleton Inn and restaurant!


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  • Millers Bread Basket
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    483 Main Street
    Blackville, SC 29817

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    Millers Bread Basket
    Buffet "Pennsylvania-Dutch" style restaurant with gift shop
    If it's 5am you will probably find Ray Miller baking his daily bread. The buffet-style restaurant has that friendly ambiance of the south while offering delicious food described by the Millers as “Pennsylvania Dutch with a Southern Touch.” Be sure to grab a loaf of bread or a Shoo-Fly Pie to go!
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  • Moncks Corner Train Depot
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    100 Behrman Street
    Moncks Corner, SC 29461

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    Moncks Corner Train Depot

    Visitors center and gift shop in historic railroad depot

    Moncks Corner grew up around a railroad intersection and depot in the 1860s. The depot provided the local farmers and lumbermen a way to get their products to market and for homeowners and businesses to receive mail and supplies. After WWII, rail travel and freight shipping declined with an improved highway system. Trains stopped using the depot as a stop in 1975. Fortunately, Moncks Corner kept this important part of railroad and local history by renovating it and evolving it into the town's Visitor and Culture Center and gift shop. It is also a favorite place to hold events.


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  • Morse Park Landing
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    Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

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    Morse Park Landing

    Public boat launch, crabbing dock in the Seafood Capital of SC

    Located in Murrells Inlet, the Seafood Capital of South Carolina, Morse Park Landing serves as a public boat launch, crabbing dock, wild-life viewing area and picnic spot. From here you can see ocean jetties, Drunken Jack Island and Huntington Beach State Park. History Trivia: Morse Park Landing is located on the site of Morse's Oyster Roast, one of Murrells Inlet's first oyster-shucking restaurants.


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  • National Wild Turkey Federation Museum
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    770 Augusta Road
    Edgefield, SC 29824

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    National Wild Turkey Federation Museum
    Museum displays, interactive exhibits, archery & skeet shooting
    The Wild Turkey Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to the restoration, management and hunting of the wild turkey. The amazing comeback story of the American wild turkey unfolds through the exciting displays at the NWTF Museum such as 3-D dioramas and interactive exhibits. Schedule a tour ahead of time for special activities like archery and skeet shooting!
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  • Nature Adventure Outfitters

    Address:
    1 Shrimp Boat Lane
    Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

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    Nature Adventures Outfitters

    Charleston's oldest naturalist guide service offering paddling, hiking, birding and wildlife eco-boat tours in the Francis Marion National Forest, Cape Romain, Santee and ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuges, and the Charleston Harbor.

    Tours are offered in Protected Wilderness Areas offering an abundance of wildlife sightings including dolphins, alligators, neo-tropical songbirds and more. Led by professional, university degreed Master Naturalist Guides, pro-birders and full time wildlife and marine biologists. Nature Adventures Outfitters also offers wilderness camping trips, overnight expeditions to remote barrier islands and swamps, along with womens and couples retreats to all of South Carolinas incredible great outdoor destinations. They are also a "Recommended Area Outfitter" by National Geographic Adventure and "Outstanding Guide Services" by Canoe and Kayak Magazine. 


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  • Ninety Six National Historic Site
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    Ninety Six, SC 29666

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    Ninety Six National Historic Site
    British fortified town features original fort and Revolutionary War battlefield
    In the late 1750’s several British regiments encamped on these grounds and assisted with constructing and garrisoning fortifications during the Cherokee War. Fort Ninety Six was completed in 1759 to protect backcountry settlers and was the site of two Cherokee attacks in 1760. Ninety Six also played a major role in the Revolutionary War because of its strategic location at the convergence of several important backcountry roads. The first land battle south of New England was fought here in November 1775. In 1780, the British fortified the town and it became an important outpost. Major General Nathanael Greene with 1,000 patriot troops staged a siege here against 550 loyalists. Although battered by the siege, the British-built earthen Star Fort remains one of the best preserved examples of an original 18th century fortification. The British finally abandoned Ninety Six and returned to Charleston.
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  • North Augusta Arts and Heritage Center
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    100 Georgia Avenue
    North Augusta, SC 29841

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    North Augusta Arts & Heritage Center

    Rotating art exhibits, gift shop, and railroad-themed history exhibits

    Located on the banks of the Savannah River, the North Augusta Arts & Heritage Center has rotating exhibits focused on art, photography, pottery and history. The highlight is their railroad themed permanent exhibit on the history of the area. The center also has a gift shop and meeting room.


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  • North Augusta Living History Park
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    299 W. Spring Grove Avenue
    North Augusta, SC 29841

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    North Augusta Living History Park
    Park with reproduction of a Colonial settlement
    The Living History Park is a place to witness history first hand. The park features a reproduction of a complete Colonial settlement including a Smoke House, Spring House Tavern, Willow Springs Meeting House, Blacksmith's Forge, a Colonial Slave Cabin, schoolhouse, barn, mercantile and more. A handicap-accessible sensory garden is also on the property, which hosts several popular living history events each year.
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  • North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum and Educational Center
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    4975 Centre Pointe Drive
    North Charleston, SC 29418

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    North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum and Educational Center
    Interactive displays on the life of a firefighter and historic equipment
    The tours here give you a glimpse into the life of a firefighter and the changes and advancements that have occurred in fire fighting throughout time. Fire vehicles and antique fire equipment that dates back to the 1700s fill the space with interactive displays and hands on activities. There is also a visitor information desk on site, which makes the site fun AND convenient!
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  • North Charleston Cultural Arts
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    North Charleston, SC 29406

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    North Charleston Cultural Arts

    North Charleston supports the arts through a city gallery, monthly exhibitions, an annual National Outdoor Scultpture Exhibition, a public art collection and the annual North Charleston Arts Festival!

    Visit the north Charleston City Gallery, located within the Charleston Area Convention Center, and view monthly exhibitions of 2-D work by international, national and local artists in a variety of subjects and mediums. Stop by the North Charleston Riverfront Park and enjoy the annual National Outdoor Scuulpture Exhibition on display from May-March. North Charleston City Hall doubles as a showcase for their public art collection, displaying over 60 pieces in the artrium areas throughout three floors of the building. The arts are also celebrated throughout the city each May during the North Charleston Arts Festival!


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  • Oakland Historic Home
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    2930 Storm Branch Road
    Aiken, SC 29803

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    Oakland Historic Home
    Historic 1826 plantation home
    Built in 1826, Oakland was the family home of Wade Glover, his wife Caroline and their 12 children. The home remained in the family's ownership for 142 years and retains original woodwork, doors, windows, fireplaces and magnificent heart pine floors. The house tour will give you a glimpse into what plantation life was really like in this area of the state.
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  • Oconee Community Theatre
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    8001 Utica Street
    Seneca, SC 29679

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    864-882-1910

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    Oconee Community Theatre
    Local theatre
    A beloved local theatre, this playhouse is located in Utica School, which was originally built by the Utica mill in 1926 and was in use one month prior to the theatre moving in. Today the Oconee Community Theatre offers quality entertainment season after season. Check out their website for the schedule!
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  • Oconee Heritage Center
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    123 Brown Square Drive
    Walhalla, SC 29691

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    Oconee Heritage Center
    Museum with Depression-era tenant farmer's house, replica of Stumphouse tunnel, other history exhibits
    The Oconee Heritage Center is housed in the historic Tobacco Warehouse of Walhalla. The museum houses a Depression-era tenant farmer’s house, a virtual replica of Stumphouse Tunnel, and a 250-year-old dugout canoe. The exhibit moves through the history of Oconee from prehistory to present day. In addition to the museum, the center has a classroom that is frequently used by local businesses and social groups for meetings and functions.
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  • Oconee State Park
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    624 State Park Road
    Mountain Rest, SC 29664

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    Oconee State Park
    State Park in the Blue Ridge foothills
    Deep in the Blue Ridge foothills,Oconee State Park has welcomed visitors since it was first built in the 1930s. It’s popular for its several picturesque hiking trails and the well-kept cabins and campgrounds. The park’s fishing lakes offer bass and bream, and the woods are full of wildlife, fur and feather alike. Adjacent to Sumter National Forest, the park serves as a jumping-off point to the nearby Chattooga and Chauga rivers, hotspots for whitewater rafting and trout fishing. The park also marks the southern trailhead for the Foothills Trail, an 80-mile wilderness hike on the dramatic Blue Ridge Escarpment.
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  • Oconee Station State Historic Site
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    500 Oconee Station Road
    Walhalla , SC 29691

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    Oconee Station State Historic Site
    1792 small frontier post, 1805 home also on site
    Built around 1792 during tensions between white settlers and Creek Indians, the Oconee Station itself was one in a string of small frontier posts garrisoned by state militia. It was the last of its kind when it was decommissioned and the troops left in 1799. Its impressive 20-inch stone walls are still standing today. William Richards ran a thriving trading post out of the Station until 1809. Also on the site is the William Richards House built in 1805. It served as a private residence for 150 years. The site features picnicking, fishing, and trail access to Station Cove Falls in the Sumter National Forest.
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  • Old Pickens Presbyterian Church
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    SC Route 183
    Seneca, SC 29672

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    Old Pickens Presbyterian Church
    19th century church with original features and historic cemetery
    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this church is the only thing remaining of the town that was established here in 1828. The meeting house-style brick church was built between 1849 and 1851. The interior contains plaster walls and the original pine floors and unpainted pews of poplar and pine. The adjacent cemetery has over 200 graves dating back to 1790.
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  • Old Santee Canal Park
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    900 Stony Landing Road
    Moncks Corner, SC 29461

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    Old Santee Canal Park
    Interpretive center on former plantation and site of first American canal
    Old Santee Canal is a 195-acre park located on the site of the first true canal in America. It is also a part of the former Stony Landing Plantation, an important site for trade and transportation since the colonial times. The park offers tours of the 19th century plantation house, four miles of trails and an impressive 11,000 square foot interpretive center that showcases cultural and natural history exhibits, an interactive computer, live snake exhibits and more!
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  • Old St. Andrew's Parish Church
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    2604 Ashley River Road
    Charleston, SC 29414

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    Old St. Andrew's Parish Church
    The oldest surviving church building in the Carolinas with original features and 1700s cemetery
    Created by the Church Act of 1706, St. Andrew's Parish Church is the oldest surviving church building in the Carolinas. The church has withstood over 300 years this church of wars and natural disasters, and except for a period of 60 years after the Civil War, it has housed an active parish church family. Many features of the church are original including the flooring, reredos, reading desks, pews and baptismal front. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Old St. Andrew's is situated on 11 acres and includes a graveyard dating to the early 1700's. History Trivia: John Grimke Drayton, who created the gardens at Magnolia Plantation, was rector here for a time.
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  • Old Stone Church
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    101 Stone Circle
    Clemson, SC 29631

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    Old Stone Church
    Early 1800s church, burial place for Rev War General
    Though it ceased to function as a house of worship in the 1830s, the Old Stone Church (circa 1797-1803) continues to serve as a resting place for some of the state’s most notable individuals, including Revolutionary War General Andrew Pickens. Originally called the Stone Meeting House, the church was an early leader in allowing slaves to become members. In addition to functioning as a church, it also served as a school, and in 1919 the first Sunday school in the Upstate was held there. The builders of the church knew that living close to Native Americans was dangerous and built it so that it could double as a fort if needed: heavy wooden doors, for example, would close over the glass windows to add protection.
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  • Old Village Post House
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    101 Pitt Street
    Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

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    Old Village Post House
    An elegant inn and restaurant located in historic fishing village
    Old Village Post House is a neighborhood gem in the heart of the quaint historic fishing village of Mount Pleasant. You can drop in for a meal, a drink or even an overnight stay in one of their six elegant rooms. Either way you are in for some warm southern hospitality!
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  • Old Willow High School
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    2750 Cope Road
    Norway, SC 29113

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    Old Willow High School
    1926 school in rural SC
    The Willow Consolidated High School was built in 1926 in Norway, which was founded in 1891 as a station on the railroad from Columbia to Savannah. The school is an excellent example of school architecture typical of small towns in the first half of the twentieth century. It is also a tangible reminder of the movement toward consolidation of schools in rural South Carolina. Exterior viewing only or by appointment.
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  • Parish House
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    109 Porcher Avenue
    Eutawville, SC 29048

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    Parish House
    Tearoom and restaurant in 1820s home
    The Parish House was built in the mid-1820s in Pineville. When that village was abandoned in the early 1930s because of fever epidemics, the house was disassembled and moved to Eutawville by mule team. In 1935 the property was donated to The Church of the Epiphany and was long used for church meetings and activities. Today the Parish House is a tea room and restaurant. We highly recommend the shrimp salad!
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  • Parsons Mountain Recreation Area
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    454 Parsons Mountain Road
    Abbeville, SC 29620

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    Parsons Mountain Recreation Area
    Swimming, boating, camping, trails and fishing
    This recreation area houses a 28-acre man-made lake that offers swimming, boating, picnic shelters, camp sites, fishing and is handicap accessible during daylight hours. Surrounding the lake is a marked trail that interprets the activities of early settlers in the upstate. Another trail climbs from the lake to the top of the mountain, passing the historic gold mines and ending at the fire tower.
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  • Patriots Hall
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    13 Short Street
    Walhalla, SC 29691

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    Patriots Hall
    Military artifacts, collections and documents
    Dedicated to veteran is honor of their service to the United States, Patriots Hall features military artifacts, documents, photographs and artwork. Collections include personal stories, weapons, models, uniforms and equipment.
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  • Patriots Point
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    40 Patriot\'s Point Road
    Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

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    Patriot's Point

    Floating naval and maritime museum on Charleston Harbor

    Patriots Point is a floating naval and maritime museum on the Charleston Harbor. The center piece is the World War II aircraft carrier, the USS YORKTOWN. Walk through the history of our nation's bravest men and women and learn their stories in educational and engaging ways through the Cold War Memorial, the only Vietnam Support Base Camp in the United States and the official Medal of Honor Museum. This is a favorite place for children's groups, especially since the YORKTOWN has one of the largest educational and overnight camping programs in the nation!


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  • Pendleton Visitors Center
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    125 East Queen Street
    Pendleton, SC 29670

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    Pendleton Visitors Center
    Visitor information and archives/research library located in historic general store
    Located in the center of Historic Pendleton, Hunter's Store was constructed in 1850 as a general store and operated for many decades by the Hunter family, selling everything from seeds and clothing to fresh eggs and farm tools.Since 1968 it has served as a visitors center and headquarters for the archives and research library.
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  • Pickens County Museum of Art and History
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    307 Johnson Street
    Pickens, SC 29671

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    Pickens County Museum of Art and History
    History exhibits, art displays and classes, interpretive garden trail
    Housed in a 1902 Victorian "gaol" (jail), this museum offers an extensive overview of the region's history—from displays on the earliest paleohunters to the Cherokee to the residents of more modern times—as well as rotating exhibits featuring the work of local artists. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building was recently enhanced by an expansion that includes a complete working studio for teaching art classes. Outside, the Joe and Maggie Rampey Native Gardens capture the essence of local history, geology, and plant communities. The gardens include interpretive trails highlighting flora native to the area.
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  • Pickens County Veterans Memorial Garden
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    222 McDaniel Avenue, B13
    Pickens, SC 29671

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    Pickens County Veterans Memorial Garden
    Military monument
    The Memorial Garden and Wall of Valor honors General Pickens and the people of Pickens County who fought and died in military service. From frontier Pendleton District and the Carolina Indian Wars and the Revolutionary War to modern Pickens County and the Global War on Terrorism, the memorial features a bronze statue of General Andrew Pickens overlooking the names of the Pickens war dead on the Wall of Valor. The statue of General Pickens is dedicated in honor of the textile workers from Pickens County who served on the home front during our wars.
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  • Pleasant Lane
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    Edgefield, SC 29824

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    Pleasant Lane Acres B&B

    Bed & Breakfast in historic home, luncheons also available

    The oak-lined driveway takes you right up to Pleasant Lane Acres, a restored farm house that was lovingly restored by a husband and wife team. Take a stroll to the pond, take a nap and dine on the massive front porch with home-cooked yumminess. Leisure is the name of the game here at this country get-away!


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  • Pon Pon Chapel of Ease
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    SC 64
    Jacksonboro, SC 29474

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    Pon Pon Chapel of Ease

    Façade of historic church destroyed by fire, once located on an old stage coach road

    According to the SC Department of Archives & History, Pon Pon was established in 1725 by an Act of the General Assembly, Pon Pon Chapel of Ease was one of two churches serving St. Bartholomew’s Parish after the Yemassee War (1715) aborted plans for a parish church. The chapel site was located on Parker’s Ferry Road, the busy stagecoach thoroughfare that connected Charleston and Savannah. In 1754, a brick chapel was erected to replace the earlier wooden structure. This brick chapel burned around 1801, causing Pon Pon Chapel to become subsequently known as the Burnt Church. The chapel was rebuilt between 1819 and 1822, and was in use until 1832 when it was again reduced to ruins. The chapel’s historical significance is due in part to Rev. John Wesley preaching two sermons here on April 24, 1737 and for its burial ground that contains the remains of Congressmen Aedanus Burke and O’Brien Smith, in addition to numerous local leaders. 


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  • Price House Cottage B&B
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    224 Sumter Avenue
    Summerville, SC 29483

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    843-871-1877

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    Price House Cottage B&B
    200 year old cottage restored to B&B in historic downtown Summerville
    Located in historic Summerville and conveniently close to Charleston, Price House Cottage B&B offers luxury and uniquely private surrounds in an almost 200 year old servants quarters that have been restored to exacting detail. The cottage has its own private paved driveway with off-street parking, a brick patio and a sunken hot tub. You can venture into the 1812 Main House for weekend gourmet breakfasts.
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  • Redcliffe
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    181 Redcliffe Road
    Beech Island, SC 29842

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    Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site
    Plantation home, original slave dwellings and barn of former SC Governor
    Completed in 1859, the Greek-Revival mansion was the home of James Henry Hammond and 3 generations of his descendants. Hammond, whose political career included terms as a U.S. Congressman, governor of South Carolina, and a U.S. Senator, was perhaps best known as an outspoken defender of slavery and states’ rights. It was Hammond who coined the phrase “Cotton is King” in an 1858 speech to the Senate. Today you can take a tour of the historic home or participate in educational programs focusing on the daily life of African Americans who worked and lived at Redcliffe, heirloom gardening and agriculture.
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  • River Room
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    801 Front Street
    Georgetown, SC 29440

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    River Room Restaurant

    Waterfront dining since 1984 in historic downtown Georgetown, features local seafood on the menu

    River Room Restaurant has been offering casual Southern coastal dining at its finest since 1984. Plenty of parking is available on Front Street, and the gorgeous historic district beckons for before or after dinner strolls. You can even arrive by boat and use the spacious public dock!

    The building's history is evident throughout and is enhanced with tasteful nostalgic decor. The dining room extends 50 feet into the Sampit River; its panoramic windows offer expansive harbor views. Make sure you check out the nautical and turn-of-the-century antiques on display, or the wine collection located in the intimate bar. The giant reef aquarium filled with colorful sea life is a favorite for children, too!


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  • Rivers Bridge State Historic Site
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    325 State Park Road
    Ehrhardt, SC 29081

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    803-267-3675

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    Rivers Bridge State Historic Site
    Civil War battlefield
    Site of one of the Confederacy’s last stand against General William T. Sherman’s sweep across the South, the earthen fortifications at Rivers Bridge stand as silent monuments to the fierce resistance that raged there on February 2-3, 1865. Today, Rivers Bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places and is the only State Historic Site in South Carolina that commemorates the Civil War.
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  • Rob Gentry Pottery
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    802 Central Road
    Pendleton, SC 29670

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    864-646-9622

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    Rob Gentry Pottery
    Pottery studio
    Established in 1983, most patrons can find Rob Gentry at work in his studio in Pendleton. Clysmith Rob Gentry's believes that ones work is limited only by one's imagination. Stemming from a difference take on traditional function, Rob is noted for his hand thrown bathroom sinks, stoneware aquariums, and creative light fixtures, in addition to his popular food service vessels! A visit to Rob's studio allows for an opportunity to meet this accomplished artist.
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  • Rocky Retreat B&B
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    1000 Milwee Creek Road
    Pendleton, SC 29670

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    864-225-3494

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    Rocky Retreat B&B
    156 year-old B&B in historic Pendleton
    This classic example of an upcountry plantation house has been fully restored and now welcomes guests as a bed and breakfast. Know locally as the Boone-Douthit House, the retreat is located near historic Pendleton. The 156-year old home is perfect for weekend getaways, retreats, receptions or comfortable overnight stays.
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  • Rose Hill Estate
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    221 Greenville Street, NW
    Aiken, SC 29801

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    803-648-1181

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    Rose Hill Estate
    Historic B&B, stables restaurant, beer garden and event venue
    In the late 1890s Rose Hill estate was the Shingle-Style Dutch Colonial home of the Phelps family. Now it is a beloved Bed & Breakfast, restaurant and beer garden and a popular event venue. Rose Hill Estate is the first property in Aiken to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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  • Rosemary Inn B&B
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    804 Carolina Avenue
    North Augusta, SC 29841

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    803-426-1546

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    Rosemary Inn B&B
    Historic Inn built off the banks of the Savannah River bordering SC & GA
    Rosemary Inn was built at the turn-of-the-century overlooking the town of North Augusta, the Savannah River and Augusta, GA. The view is no accident. The founding father of North Augusta, James U. Jackson, completed construction on Rosemary Hall in 1902. The home echoes the classic style of the antebellum era, although the interior reflects the fashion of the Gilded Age. In 1992, Rosemary and Lookaway (Rosemary's sister property across the street) were completely renovated and restored as a pair of historic inns with twenty-three guest rooms. Today, Rosemary Inn provides the perfect setting for business meetings, luncheons, afternoon tea, weddings and receptions, or just a relaxing overnight stay.
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  • Anderson Rosenwald School
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    511 Michelin Boulevard
    Anderson, SC 29625

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    864-260-6705

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    Rosenwald School at Tri-County Technical College

    Full-scale reproduction of an original Rosenwald School

    This structure is located on the Anderson Campus of Tri-County Technical College and is a full-scale reproduction of an original Rosenwald School. These schools were part of a massive initiative to provide standardized education for African Americans throughout the South in the early 20th century. This school, designed for one teacher, was built entirely by college students and is a part of a larger Historical Mall project that will eventually have three full-scale outdoor exhibits. The school is meticulously finished with materials as prescribed by the original Rosenwald School plans and has also been furnished with many period-appropriate original antiques, tools and teaching materials. In addition, it has museum quality display panels/pictures that explain Rosenwald Schools and their vital role in American history. 

    The school is open by appointment on weekdays. Please call for more information.


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  • Salkehatchie Arts Center
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    939 North Main Street
    Allendale, SC 29810

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    Salkehatchie Arts Center
    Gallery and gift shop representing over 80 local SC artists
    The Salkehatchie Arts Center is housed within a quaint old cottage that showcases and sells artists works from the five rich cultural counties of Allendale,Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton and Hampton. Over 80 artists are represented here, whose mediums include pottery, folk art, jewelery, knives, quilts, stained glass, painted decorative items, photography, water colors, acrylic and oil paintings. The local historical society also maintains a room that displays Civil War, Indian Pottery, and other archeological artifacts from regional digs in this area. The Arts Center also hosts several events throughout the year.
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  • Santee Cooper Visitors Center
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    9302 Old #6 Highway
    Santee, SC 29142

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    Santee Cooper Visitors Center
    Visitor information center
    Visit Santee Cooper Country and discover the rich history and outdoor adventures of this region. The Visitors Center is the perfect place to begin your journey. The staff of the center will help you plan your exploration while the brochures are plentiful! The Center represents the counties of Berkeley, Calhoun, Clarendon, Orangeburg and Sumter.
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  • santee state park
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    251 State Park Road
    Santee, SC 29142

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    Santee State Park

    State Park along Lake Marion with hiking, biking, camping, cabins and pontoon boats

    The camping and cabins are a favorite at this park, some of which are located on piers on the lake where catfish is the main catch. There's plenty of trails for hiking and biking, and pontoon boat rides on the flooded cypress forest.


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  • Maritime Museum
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    729 Front Street
    Georgetown, SC 29440

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    843-520-0111

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    SC Maritime Museum

    The only museum in the state with the sole mission of exploring South Carolina's maritime history

    Much of South Carolina history can be defined by its attachment to and love of the sea. There are countless stories connecting commerce, military, recreation, education and how ships and their crews and builders played a role. The SC Maritime Museum aims to tell these stories to visitors through various exhibits. The museum also hosts two popular events each year, The Burning of the Socks each Spring and the Wooden Boat Show each Fall.


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  • Sewee Visitors Center
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    5821 Highway 17 North
    Awendaw, SC 29429

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    843-928-3368

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    Sewee Visitor Center
    Environmental education center showcasing ecosystems of Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge and the Francis Marion National Forest
    The Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center is operated by both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service to showcase the ecosystems of the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge and the Francis Marion National Forest. The center has nature exhibits, a live endangered red wolf viewing area, a classroom and laboratory and a nature trail.
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  • Silver Bluff Audubon Center
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    4542 Silver Bluff Road
    Jackson, SC 29831

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    803-471-0291

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    Silver Bluff Audubon Center
    3,000 acres of walking trails, forest, lakes, ponds, wildlife viewing and walking trails
    Silver Bluff is nestled along 2.5 miles of the Savannah River and is comprised of over 3,000 acres of forests, fields, lakes, ponds and streams that support a wide variety of wildlife, including over 200 species of birds such as Wood Storks and Bald Eagles. Visitors can enjoy a system of walking trails and special-event programming throughout the year, and learn of the rich history of the property that was once the site of visits by Spanish and English explorers, an 18th century trading post and a Revolutionary War skirmish.
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  • Slightly North of Broad
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    Charleston, SC 29401

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    Slightly North of Broad
    Electic Lowcountry bistro
    An eclectic Lowcountry bistro brimming with contagious energy, devoted to local ingredients and thoughtful presentation. Here the dining room is a natural extension of the kitchen, a place where culinary skill, warm service and conversations meld together. It is a place that wraps up the charm of Charleston and puts it on a plate!
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  • South Carolina Aquarium
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    100 Aquarium Wharf
    Charleston, SC 29401

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    843-720-1990

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    South Carolina Aquarium
    Aquarium displays, daily programs, behind-the-scenes tour and sea turtle hospital
    The South Carolina Aquarium is one of the top experiences in Charleston! Find out why and by checking out some of their activities such as a 4-D movie theater, daily programs, behind the scenes tours, a visit with an albino alligator, or a visit to the Sea Turtle hospital! There is always something new at the aquarium, so make sure you visit their website to plan your day!
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  • South Caorlina Artisans Center
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    318 Wichman Street
    Walterboro, SC 29488

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    843-549-0011

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    South Carolina Artisans Center
    Gift shop featuring work from over 250 juried SC artists
    The South Carolina Artisans Center is home to the state’s most talented artists and artisans. Whether the medium is clay, metal, glass, wood, fiber or film, more than 250 juried artists guarantee work of exceptional quality. Here you'll definitely find South Carolina’s most unique garden sculptures, loomed shawls, hand-made jewelry, photography and sweet grass baskets to name just a few!
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  • Spann United Methodist Church
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    150 Church Street
    Ward , SC 29166

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    Spann United Methodist Church
    1873 church and cemetery dotted with sculpture
    This historic sanctuary was built in 1873 along with the two-acre cemetery with more than 400 gravesites and interesting sculptures. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One of the oldest churches in the area, Spann has early documented dates of 1805. The cemetery dates back to 1842 and is the town's only burying ground.
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  • Spencer Art Galleries
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    55 Broad Street
    Charleston, SC 29401

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    Spencer Art Galleries
    Charleston art gallery with work from over 30 artists
    Located in the heart of the French District of Charleston, Spencer Art Galleries are perfect for both serious and beginning collectors and also for anyone who enjoys a beautiful work of art! The gallery houses over 30 Artists-Masters, Mid-Career and Emerging Artists.
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  • Split Creek Farm
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    3806 Centerville Road
    Anderson, SC 29625

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    864-287-3921

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    Split Creek Farm
    Award-winning goat dairy and shop
    Split Creek Farm is a Grade "A" goat dairy facility designed and built by its owners. It began as a dairy farm in 1985 and has since expanded to include the production of goat cheese, goat milk fudge, yogurt and goat milk soap. The farm's registered goatherd produces all of the milk used in products. The goats and cheeses have been recognized nationally with numerous honors and awards.
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  • Springfield High School
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    210 Brodie Street
    Springfield, SC 29142

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    803-258-3152

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    Springfield High School
    Fully restored 1929 depression-era school and auditorium with exhibits
    Springfield High School (built 1929) is beautifully restored and now a place for you to tour a depression era school building with many exhibits and events offered throughout the year. The school is on the National Register of Historic Places.
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  • Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion
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    99 Harry M. Hallman, Jr. Boulevard
    Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

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    843-849-9172

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    Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion
    History, culture and art of sweetgrass basketmaking
    The Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavillion, located in the Town of Mt. Pleasant's Memorial Waterfront Park, is a permanent structure dedicated to showcasing the history, culture and art of sweetgrass basketmaking. Browse the exhibits and visit with local basketmakers. The pavilion is also the site of several events including the annual Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival. The Mount Pleasant Visitors Center and waterfront playground is located beside the pavillion, which makes it a great stop for everyone!
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  • Table Rock State Park
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    158 East Ellison Lane
    Pickens, SC 29671

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    864-878-9813

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    Table Rock State Park
    State Park with two lakes backdropped by a towering mountain
    Situated on the National Scenic Highway 11, Table Rock is named for the towering mountain that serves as a backdrop for the 3,000 acre park. The hiking trails serve as an access point for the 80-mile Foothills Trail where you can pass mountain streams and waterfalls. There are also cabins, a campground and an old-fashioned swimming hole on one of the park's two lakes.
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  • The Bleckley Inn
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    151 East Church Street
    Anderson, SC 29624

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    864-225-7203

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    The Bleckley Inn
    Elegant boutique hotel in historic building
    Located in the heart of downtown Anderson, The Bleckley Inn offers guests a touch of rustic sophistication, a glance into Southern history and a journey into the elegance of a boutique hotel experience! This luxurious 14-room getaway features wooden floors and exposed brick from more than 100 years ago combined with technology and conveniences of today. The Bleckley Inn offers a perfect combination of splendor and simplicity!
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  • Birds of Prey
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    4872 Seewee Road
    Awendaw, SC 29429

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    843-971-7474

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    The Center for Birds of Prey

    Birding educational center, offers tours and demonstrations of birds in free flight

    Ideally situated on a 152-acre campus near Charleston, the Center for Birds of Prey is dedicated to the study and welfare of birds and their habitats and to engaging the public in important environmental issues that affect birds and humans alike. With nearly 50 species of birds of prey on display, the Center offers educational guided walking tours and demonstrations with birds in free flight on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.


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  • The Depot Library
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    19420 Solomon Blatt Avenue
    Blackville, SC 29817

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    803-284-2295

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    The Depot Library
    Historic railroad depot now a public library
    Blackville was an overnight stop on the oldest railroad in the country, completed in 1833. This depot was erected around 1910 and used as a depot for both passengers and shipping produce. After World War II, automotive travel and shipping lessened the need for the depot. The Southern Railroad Company closed the line through Blackville, and the depot was eventually moved to its present location to serve as a public library.
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  • The Farm House Gallery
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    124A East Main Street
    Walhalla, SC 29691

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    864-718-7171

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    The Farm House Gallery
    Gallery of local artist known for wildlife and landscapes
    The Farm House Gallery features work by Vivan Edwards whose recent work includes local songbirds, wildlife, landscapes and waterfalls. She particularly enjoys painting wildlife, especially the black bear that frequents her farm and front porch. Vivan is also an avid woodworker and subject matter of her carvings reflects her love of nature.
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  • The Grange
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    7930 Highway 184
    Donalds, SC 29638

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    864-379-2604

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    The Grange
    1935 public building now agricultural headquarters
    The Donalds Grange was constructed in 1935 and originally served as the Town Hall, the local grange (meaning a public building with many uses) and the public library. The fieldstone construction and locally produced lumber make this building an important example of Depression Era public buildings. Since its construction, the well-preserved building has been the meeting hall for the agricultural and community-service organization known as the Donalds Grange.
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  • The Happy Berry
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    510 Gap Hill Road
    Six Mile, SC 29682

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    864-350-9345

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    The Happy Berry
    U-pick berries on historic family-owned farm
    Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, this U-Pick berry farm is situated on the east side of Lake Keowee, the perfect landscape for growing blueberries, blackberries, figs and grapes. The Miller Family has owned The Happy Berry since 1979, but the land has a long and colorful history. The driveway to the farm is actually a part of the old road that led to the capital of the Cherokee Indians in Keowee town. It is possible that then lieutenant Andrew Pickens was entrapped by the Cherokees in the hollow on the backside of the farm during the Cherokee Indian War of 1761. Arrowheads and old musket balls are common around the farm!
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  • The House Next Door
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    311 Jeter Street
    Edgefield, SC 29824

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    803-637-4600

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    The House Next Door
    Antique store with over 11 dealers
    This unique house located just off the historic square in Edgefield has been lovingly restored to serve as an antique, craft and gift shop. Featuring 11 different dealers, there is something for everyone in this quaint country setting. There's even an original one-room school house on the property for you to tour. Locally owned, The House Next Door evokes a charming spirit and a place you'll want to revist time and time again.
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  • The Iva Museum & Visitors Center (REVIVA)
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    106 East Broad Street
    Iva, SC 29655

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    864-940-3980

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    The Iva Museum & Visitors Center (REVIVA)
    Local museum with history exhibits
    First used as a bank in the early 1900s, then as a post office until the 1960s and later purchased by the Peoples Bank of Iva, this two-story brick structure in downtown Iva is now home to the Revivia Museum and Visitors Center. Among the most interesting exhibits inside the museum are the Sorenson's Arrowhead Collection, Suttles-Williams Rock and Gem Collection, and photos from yesteryear in Iva. Just a short walk across the street is the town square, which includes a gazebo, fountain, monument to veterans, and a railroad mural.
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  • The Kaminski House Museum
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    1003 Front St.
    Georgetown, SC 29440

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    843-546-7706

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    The Kaminski House Museum

    1769 waterfront home tours and gift shop

    Located in the heart of Georgetown’s Historic District, the Kaminski House was built about 1769, and contains an outstanding collection of American and English furniture and decorative arts from the 18th and 19th centuries. Featured are several interesting examples of Charleston cabinetmaking of the 1800s. Open to the public since 1973, the Kaminski House Museum is a teaching tool for presenting history. From the promise of the colonial period to the difficulties of Civil War and Reconstruction to the current day, the site serves as a backdrop to the growth and changes in Georgetown and the surrounding areas. There's also Julia's Past & Presents Museum Shop that carries tons of unique local items from sweetgrass baskets to jewelry!


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  • The Klauber Building and Tri-County Chamber of Commerce
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    225 Parler Avenue
    St. George, SC 29477

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    843-556-6020

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    The Klauber Building and Tri-County Chamber of Commerce
    Visitor information in historic store
    The Town of Saint George was named for its first settler, James George, who opened a store in 1810 and donated property to South Carolina Railroad Company to build a station. The railroad track connecting Charleston to Augusta was completed in 1833, giving the community the impetus to grow. In 1850, James George built a home, which still stands today. The home faces the tracks, where James George could watch the trains that passed many times a day. He is buried in his backyard, which is now on the property of Memorial Baptist Church. The town was incorporated in 1878 under the name of “George’s Station.” The historic Klauber Building in present day St. George now houses a Tri-County Regional Chamber of Commerce and can point visitors to the many historic places and unique eateries nearby.
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  • The MACK
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    115 South Main Street
    McCormick, SC 29835

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    864-852-3216

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    The MACK
    Art exhibits, gift shop, classes in historic former hotel
    The McCormick Arts Council (or the MACK) occupies what was once the Keturah Hotel which was rebuilt in 1910. The original Carolina Hotel on this site burned in the late 1800’s. Salesmen would stay at the Keturah and “drum” their wares. One room on the main floor of the hotel used for this purpose is called “the drummer room.” Today the MACK houses a gift shop full of items made by local artisans, exhibits on the gallery walls that change monthly and many opportunities to attend a special event or art-focused programs.
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  • The Museum
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    106 Main Street
    Greenwood, SC 29646

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    The Museum
    Local museum and nearby Railroad Historical Center
    The Museum walks you through the history of the area, features a variety of exhibits and even has a nearby Railroad Historical Center!
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  • The Nut House
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    505 East Main Street
    Ridge Spring, SC 29129

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    803-685-5335

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    The Nut House
    Quality pecans and SC-made food items
    The Nut House is one of the many quaint shops in historic Ridge Spring. It is known as THE source for quality pecans direct from the farm. Pecan selection includes in shell, cracked, shelled, roasted pecans, spiced pecans, chocolate covered pecans, pecan brittle, pralines, pecan stuffed dates, white chocolate clusters, honey, stone-ground grits, barbeque sauce and of course a pecan cookbook.
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  • The Olde Village
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    4951 Rivers Avenue
    North Charleston, SC 29406

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    843-740-5854

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    The Olde Village
    Historic public streetscape with shops
    The Olde Village in North Charleston is incredibly charming as well as rich in history. There are wonderful eateries to enjoy and a variety of quaint shops to explore as one strolls down the streetscape. The City of North Charleston was formed in 1972 and today the area captures the historic atmosphere of the past, while establishing new businesses, eateries and shops for the public to enjoy.
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  • Horizontal logo
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    1165 Mile Creek Road
    Pickens, SC 29671

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    864-380-1267

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    The Rensing Center

    Creative, environmental and economic residency program

    The Rensing Center is a non-profit residency program fostering creative, environmental and economic connections. On 34 acres near Six Mile, they offer gardens, studios, libraries, a marked nature trail and frequent workshops and gatherings such as papermaking, green building and permaculture. Come visit with the residents or the cows and enjoy the quiet!


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  • The Rice Museum
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    633 Front Street
    Georgetown, SC 29440

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    The Rice Museum
    Explores history of local rice cultivation, colonial ship and an adjacent art gallery shop
    The Rice Museum offers a 60-minute guided tour through the Old Market Building and Kaminski Hardware buildings. The tour tells the story of the rice culture in Georgetown County, one of the most colorful chapters in American History. Through maps, dioramas, artifacts, videos, and other exhibits, visitors learn about a society based on one agricultural crop. The tour includes the Browns Ferry Vessel, which dates to the early 1700s. It is the oldest vessel of colonial manufacture in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic places. Also included is a video presentation of “The Garden of Gold,” a history of rice culture in Georgetown County, exhibits on the Kaminski Hardware Company, Gullah history, Miss Ruby Forsythe (one of South Carolina’s great educators), and Joseph Hayne Rainey, the first African American elected to the United States Congress. The museum includes a gift shop and the Prevost Gallery, which features rotating exhibits of art and history.
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  • The Ridge Spring Art Center
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    108 Maintenance Shop Circle
    Ridge Spring, SC 29129

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    The Ridge Spring Art Center
    Local art gallery, exhibit and gallery
    The Art Center in Ridge Spring includes a 1900-square foot gallery located in a historic school building. You'll find exhibits from artists throughout the area including oils and watercolors, photography, mosaics, gourd art, pottery and much more! While at the Gallery you'll also discover the charm of the American countryside in one of South Carolina's most quintessential small towns.
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  • shamrockhouse
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    814 Moorefield Memorial Highway
    Sunset, SC 29841

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    706-993-5325

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    The Shamrock House

    Historic cabin in the mountains of the Upcountry

    The Shamrock House is a historic cabin property located in the mountains of upstate South Carolina featuring beautiful architecture and stonework. The grounds include walking trails to enjoy the natural beauty, abundant wildlife, a trout stream, and trout pond. The main cabin is thought to have been one of the first homes with electricity in the area, powered by a water-wheel at the back of the property. The remains of the stone structure which once supported the wheel are still viewable, as the stream continuously runs through the structure to this day.

    The Shamrock House cabins are available for short term rental for families to enjoy year-round.


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  • The Tompkins Library
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    104 Courthouse Square
    Edgefield, SC 29824

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    803-637-4010

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    The Tompkins Library & Visitors Center

    SC Geneaology headquarters and visitors center for downtown Edgefield

    The D.A.Tompkins Library is headquarters of the SC Geneaological Society and also the Old Edgefield District Geneaological Society. The library is the go to place for geneaological research and has a tremendous collection of the Edgefield Advertiser (the oldest newspaper in South Carolina) dating back to 1836. It is also the place to start your experience in Edgefield, a community that was founded in the 1700s.


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  • Thee Matriarch
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    1170 Fischer Street
    Orangeburg, SC 29115

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    803-937-3022

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    Thee Matriarch B&B Meeting & Special Events Venue

    Family-owned and operated B&B known for their culinary events and meeting space

    Thee Matriarch is located in the heart of historic downtown Orangeburg. The charming Bed and Breakfast also hosts the most unique events in town. Be sure to check out the website for an upcoming Jazz Night, grab a delicious lunch every first Friday, or try your hand at Top Chef Tuesday! Thee Matriarch also welcomes event rentals.


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  • Timrod Library
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    217 Central Avenue
    Summerville, SC 29483

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    Timrod Library

    The Timrod is one of only two membership libraries still existing in South Carolina. 

    It began in 1897, when a group of young Summerville women formed a Chautauqua Reading Circle. The women donated the books from their reading circle to be the nucleus of a membership library chartered April 23, 1908. Within seven years their library had a permanent home.

    On land donated by the town of Summerville, Jim Cooper, a local contractor, erected the building on Central Avenue. The Timrod, the only library building in Summerville at the time, opened on April 15, 1915 and continues to serve the Summerville community to this day.

    The building is located in the historic district of Summerville, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. When the library was chartered, the founding group renamed the reading circle the Henry Timrod Literary and Library Society honoring the South Carolina poet who, according to unconfirmed local tradition, taught here in the years before the Civil War. Because of the profound impression his wartime poetry made on civilians and soldiers alike, Henry Timrod became known as the Laureate of the Confederacy.

    Today the Timrod Library houses a collection numbering in excess of 50,000 volumes including best sellers, reference materials, audio and video tapes, and a large number of South Carolina titles. The juvenile section contains Newbery and Caldecott Award titles as well as recent South Carolina Book Award nominees and winners. New titles are added regularly.


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  • Tokeena Angus
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    320 Coyote Lane
    Seneca, SC 29678

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    864-972-3192

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    Tokeena Angus
    Solar powered food manufacturing plant
    Tokeena Angus is a solar powered food manufacturing plant who turns sunlight and green grass into a delicious and nutritious meal for anytime, anywhere. The beef is all natural and raised on forages such as bermudagrass, oat and wheat haylage, and sorghum silage grown right on the farm. The farm product is South Carolina Grown so bring a cooler and take home some delicious Tokeens Angus for dinner!
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  • Trenton Square
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    106 Church Street
    Trenton, SC 29847

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    Trenton Square
    Historic railroad town established in the 1860s
    As the Charlotte, Columbia and Augusta Railroad rolled through, Trenton established itself in the late 1860s. The area is known as a Pine House community, a name derived from the "Piney Woods Tavern," which was a stagecoach station located nearby. Today the Trenton Square can be your starting point to discovering the charming plantation homes and historic churches in the area.
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  • Trinity Episcopal Church
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    107 Court Square
    Abbeville, SC 29620

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    864-366-4600

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    Freshwater Coast

    Trinity Episcopal Church
    Civil War era church noted for its French Gothic Revival architecture
    While in the charming town of Abbeville, your eye will be immediately drawn to the 125 foot steeple that belongs to the "pink" Trinity Episcopal Church. Abbeville was named after Abbeville, France which was why this church was built in the French Gothic Revival style. It was built and consecrated by 1860, almost 3 weeks before South Carolina's succession from the Union was decided during a meeting in this very town.
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  • tuskegeeAirman.jpg
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    218 North Lemacks Street
    Walterboro, SC 29488

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    843-549-2549

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    Tuskegee Airmen Monument and Airfield

    WWII air combat training facility, POW camp, training site of Tuskegee Airmen

    Walterboro Army Air Field was established in 1942 as a sub-base of Columbia Army Air Field. It was a part of the overall network of army air corps training facilities that sprang up across the U.S. during WWII. The base provided advanced air combat training to fighter and bomber groups, hosted the largest camouflage school in the U.S. as well as a 250 person POW camp. In 1944, the air field changed commands and became an advanced combat training base for individual fighters, primarily the black trainees graduating from Tuskegee Army Air Field in Tuskegee, Ala. Over 500 of the famed Tuskegee Airmen trained at Walterboro Army Air Field between 1944 and 1945 including individuals training as replacement pilots for the 332nd Fighter Squadron and the entire 447th Bombardment Group. Racial tension between white soldiers, black pilots and German POWs was rampant throughout the base and nearby town resulting in several racial incidents. The base closed in 1945 and returned to its origins as a local airfield. Most of the original structures have disappeared from the landscape but the airfield is still remembered through crumbling foundations in the woods, the memories of many local residents and the Walterboro Army Air Field Memorial Park and Tuskegee Memorial at the current site of the Lowcountry Regional Airport.


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  • Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail
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    Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail

    Series of traditional quilt panels

    The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail is a series of over 125 quilt panels in the Upstate of SC! The quilts are mounted on barns, buisnesses, homes and public buildings. The trail honors the rich quilting heritage in the area, which often depict historical patterns and unique designs.


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  • Vallentines Store & Cotton Gin
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    132 Cotton Avenue
    Cope, SC 29038

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    Vallentines Store & Cotton Gin

    Operating cotton gin and general store

    Experience cotton ginning and follow the crop once it arrives from the field to the bale. The gin usually operates from late Sept.- Dec. and when it’s not in operation, a video explains the procedure. There is an adjacent general store that offers patrons everything from stick bologna and nuts and bolts to cotton souvenirs.


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  • Voorhees College
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    5402 Voorhees Road
    Denmark, SC 29042

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    803-780-1234

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    Voorhees College

    Historically Black College since 1897

    Most memorable about Voorhees' history is the story of its founder, Elizabeth Evelyn Wright. As a black woman in her early twenties, Ms. Wright persevered and founded a school in Denmark, South Carolina in 1897.


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  • Wagener Museum
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    12 Short Street
    Wagener, SC 29164

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    Wagener Museum

    Local history exhibits from Native American to present

    The Wagener Museum contains artifacts from the prehistoric Indian era to present. The collection includes arrowheads, farm implements, a 1915 working gramophone with cylinder records, cotton gin sharpening machine, blacksmith tools and more.


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  • Walhalla Civic Auditorium
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    101 East North Broad Street
    Walhalla, SC 29691

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    Walhalla Civic Auditorium

    Local performance venue

    Now hosting big Broadway shows and popular performers like Doc Watson and the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Walhalla Civic Auditorium was once the humble stage of the Walhalla Grade School. Though the school dates to 1903, the auditorium itself wasn’t added to the school complex until 1915. Check the website for upcoming shows!


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  • Walhalla State Fish Hatchery
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    198 Fish Hatchery Road
    Mountain Rest, SC 29664

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    864-638-2866

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    Walhalla State Fish Hatchery

    Only trout hatchery in South Carolina

    Built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, this is the only trout hatchery in South Carolina. Some 150,000 pounds of rainbow, brown and brook trout are raised here each year for stocking mountain streams and lakes. Visitors are welcome to tour the hatchery or fish in the East Fork, which runs through hatchery grounds. You can also picnic in areas provided for the public. Nearby is the Ellicott Rock Wilderness, which offers a series of scenic trails for hikers.


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  • Walterboro Welcome Center
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    1273 Sniders Highway
    Walterboro, SC 29488

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    Walterboro Welcome Center

    Visitor information for historic Walterboro, incorporated in 1826

    This welcome center will be proud to introduce you to Walterboro. Here you can stroll through the streets of this former summer community for local rice plantation owners. Officially incorporated in 1826, Walterboro today is a mix of the past and present. There's charming boutique shops, dining and a museum and farmers market downtown. There's also historic houses, churches and rarities like the doll museum and the SC Artisan's Center. The town is remarkably walkable, so stop by the Welcome Center to get you started!


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  • Watsonia
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    3755 Highway 23
    Monetta, SC 29105

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    Watsonia

    Family-owned and operated farm since early 1900s, restaurant and market on site

    Since 1918 four generations of the Watson family has perfected the art of growing fresh produce. Here you can tour the farm to learn more about the operation, pick up any produce that is in season or visit Peaches N' Such, the on-site restaurant where (no surprise here) the peach ice cream is a favorite.


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  • Westminster Train Depot
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    135 East Main Street
    Westminster, SC 29693

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    Westminster Train Depot

    Visitors Center in historic depot

    One of the town's oldest buildings and a beloved local landmark, the Westminster Train Depot serves as a visitors center and the headquarters for the Westminster Chamber of Commerce. The original Westminster Freight Depot was built in 1885 and eventually the current structure was built as a passenger depot in 1911. As railroad passenger travel declined throughout America, Westminster's rail services were discontinued by 1970. The depot has undergone several alterations, however the basic integrity of the design remains including a prominent hip roof with deep overhang and 22 windows with diamond shaped panes. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


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  • Williamston Mineral Spring Park
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    121 West Main Street
    Williamston, SC 29697

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    Williamston Mineral Spring Park

    Natural springs containing minerals with medicinal qualities

    In approximately 1842, West Allen Williams was riding through his property and became thirsty. He came to a spot that was damp and discovered clear trickling water under leaves and vines. After having the waters analyzed, it was found that the water contained minerals of medicinal qualities. News of the water quickly spread and visitors came from miles around. On December 6th of 1852, by an act of State Legislature, the Town of Williamston was chartered on this very land. Today, visit the Town of Williamston and re-discover the Mineral Springs Park and the rich history of this community. They even have an annual Spring Water Festival!


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  • Willington
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    SC 81
    McCormick, SC 29835

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    Willington On the Way

    With a population of around 200 people, Willington is a small village that was once a cotton boom town, whose growth was sparked by the coming of the railroad in 1886. By 1916, it boasted thirteen stores, a livery stable, doctor’s office and post office. Its decline began in the years of the boll weevil and the depression.

    Today "Willington On the Way" is a row of stores built around 1912 that are completely restored for modern uses. You can stop by Willington to see history coming alive again through their history center, a non-profit book store, a visitor's center and an African American schoolhouse. There's even a locally owned Thai restaurant right down the street!


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  • Williston Museum
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    5121 Springfield Road
    Williston, SC 29853

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    Williston Museum

    Agriculture exhibits depicting life in Williston in the early 20th century

    Here diorama exhibits depict the life and culture of Williston in the early 20th century. Old farm implements are set up in a barn created out of rough sawn pine with a tin roof. An old country store counter exhibit describes life in Williston prior to the Great Depression, when it was the ‘Asparagus Capital of America.’ Visit the Williston Museum for a step back in time to an era gone by.


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  • Woodburn
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    130 History Lane
    Pendleton, SC 29670

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    Woodburn Plantation

    1830s four story "summer home" and farmstead

    Woodburn is a handsome, four-story mansion built around 1830 by Charleston resident Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (SC's Lieutenant Governor during the Nullification Crisis) as his summer residence when Pendleton was one of South Carolina’s first summer resorts. With expansive porches, oversized doors/windows and high ceilings, it reflects the architectural tradition of Caribbean plantation houses which were designed for coolness. The farm was the birthplace of Jane Edna Hunter, a nationally recognized African-American activist and reformer who founded the Phyllis Wheatley Society. A replica of the two-room cabin in which she was born is being built on the grounds. The 12-acre site also includes a replica of the Adger Victorian Carriage House, an 1810 log cabin/cookhouse and a nature trail that leads to the ruins of former farm buildings.


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  • World of Energy
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    7812 Rochester Highway
    Seneca, SC 29678

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    800-777-1004

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    World of Energy
    High-tech center on electricity and outdoor activities on Lake Keowee
    You may never look at a light switch the same way again after a visit to Duke Energy's World of Energy. Located next to the Oconee Nuclear Station, the World of Energy offers an excellent opportunity to explore how electricity is generated using water, coal and uranium. With interactive models, this high-tech center teaches visitors how three reservoirs interact to generate electricity for the Upstate. Bring a picnic and enjoy the view of Lake Keowee and the beautiful Keowee Valley, and afterwards explore the nature trail on the grounds and wander through the butterfly garden.
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