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  • Ag Museum
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    127 Heritage Road
    Blackville, SC 29817

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

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    803-274-8104

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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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  • 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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  • Church of the Holy Apostles
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    228 Hagood Avenue
    Barnwell, SC 29812

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    803-259-3477

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Healing Springs
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    149 Springs Court
    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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  • 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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  • Holly Hill Depot
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    8603 Old State Road
    Holly Hill, SC 29059

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    803-496-3831

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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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    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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    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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  • I.P. Stanback Museum & Planetarium
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    300 College Street NE
    Orangeburg, SC 29117

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

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    803-226-5280

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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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  • 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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    803-492-7315

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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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  • Redcliffe
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    181 Redcliffe Road
    Beech Island, SC 29842

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    803-827-1473

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

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    803-584-6084

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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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    176 Brooks Boulevard
    Santee, SC 29142

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    Santee Cultural Arts

    Located in a restored schoolhouse, the Santee Cultural Arts building serves as a visitor information point to everything Santee, which is known for it's outdoor recreational activity and history.


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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Vallentines Store & Cotton Gin
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    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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    803-564-3412

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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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  • Williston Museum
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    5121 Springfield Road
    Williston, SC 29853

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    803-266-7015

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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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