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

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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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    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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    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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  • 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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    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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  • 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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    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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  • Bee Well Honey and Natural Market

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    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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  • Belton Train Museum
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    100 North Main Street
    Belton, SC 29627

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    Belton Area Museum Association/Historic Belton Train Depot

    Ruth Drake Museum of Local History, SC Tennis Hall of Fame and North End Exhibition Gallery located inside historic train depot

    This 1908 train depot showcases Belton and upstate history, memorabilia from SC’s tennis greats, and an exhibit gallery for rotating historical topics.

    The Ruth Drake Museum is stocked with pioneer artifacts, train relics, 19th Century domestic items and agricultural implements. An extensive genealogy collection 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 interesting artifacts and quarterly 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 Heritage Days at the Depot, both annual events. The Train Depot has space available for meetings and event rentals as well.

    Hours of operations are Wednesday-Friday 9am until 2pm and Saturdays 9am until 1pm. 


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  • Belton Center for the Arts
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    306 City Square
    Belton, SC 29627

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    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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  • 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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  • 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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    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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    864-885-2709

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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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  • 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 every day from 10a.m. until 5p.m.


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  • Boxwood Manor
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    1790 Boxwood Manor
    Pendleton, SC 29670

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    864-261-8430

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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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  • Bryson's Apple Orchard
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    1011 Chattooga Ridge Road
    Mountain Rest, SC 29664

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    864-647-9427

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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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  • 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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  • Central History Museum & Gardens
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    416 Church Street
    Central, SC 29630

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    864-639-2794

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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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  • Chattooga Belle Farm
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    454 Damascus Church Road
    Long Creek, SC 29658

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    864-647-9768

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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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    864-647-6196

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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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  • Conference Center & Inn at Clemson University
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    230 Madren Center Drive
    Clemson, SC 29634

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    864-654-9020

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Easley Museum
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    201 South Pendleton Street
    Easley, SC 29640

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    Easley Area Museum

    The Easley Area Museum is the first local historical display museum dedicated to sharing the story of Easley, South Carolina. 

    The mission of the museum is to promote the collection, preservation, educational interpretation and display of artifacts, documents, and events most representative of the Easley area. Special temporary exhibits and permanent displays are on view. The museum is also engaged in an ongoing effort to collect and document first-hand accounts of Easley’s history to be preserved for generations to come.


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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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Hagood Mauldin House
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    104 North Lewis Street
    Pickens, SC 29671

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    864-898-5963

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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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    864-898-2936

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jennie Erwin Carnegie Library
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    318 Shirley Avenue
    Honea Path, SC 29654

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    864-369-7751

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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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  • keowee toxaway
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    108 Resident Drive
    Sunset, SC 29685

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    864-868-2605

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

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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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  • 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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    864-638-0079

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

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    864-646-3782

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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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  • 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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  • Anderson Rosenwald School
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    511 Michelin Boulevard
    Anderson, SC 29625

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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. 

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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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  • 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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    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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • shamrockhouse
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    814 Moorefield Memorial Highway
    Sunset, SC 29841

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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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  • Tokeena Angus
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    320 Coyote Lane
    Seneca, SC 29678

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

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    864-638-5277

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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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    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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  • 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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    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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  • Woodburn
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    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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    Seneca, SC 29678

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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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