The Old 96 Districts blog is home to insider tips and tricks when visiting the counties of Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, and McCormick. Checkback often for information on the best food, fun ideas, hiking locations, and more!

5 Favorite Summer Festivals in SC’s Old 96 District

Summer is an excellent time to take a road trip through South Carolina’s Old 96 District. In addition to the warm weather and abundant outdoor scene across our five counties, it’s a great time to experience small-town charm through a number of unique local festivals. We’ve gathered a few of our favorite must-see festivals this…

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Topiaries Are Center Stage at the SC Festival of Flowers

By Carol Timblin  Every year fans of the South Carolina Festival of Flowers look forward to the return of the “living” topiaries to Uptown Greenwood. During the weekend of June 10-11, on the 15th anniversary of the topiaries and the 55th anniversary of the popular festival, visitors will be treated to a brand new topiary.…

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South Carolina peaches at Titan Farms

5 Delicious Ways to Create Peachy Memories

By Vanessa Infanzon Donna Livingston with Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce reminisces about the homemade peach cobbler from her childhood. Her mom and grandmothers baked the fruity dish for dessert on Sundays, a simple recipe with flour, sugar and milk. “I’ve lived here my whole life,” she says. “Peaches have always been part of my…

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1930s Kitchen, a Permanent Exhibit at the Greenwood Museum

By Carol Timblin A year after they were married in 1966, Frank and Cate Townsend purchased the old Collins/Langston farm, also known as the “Graines Store and Residence,” located in southern Greenwood County. For nearly half a century Frank raised beef cattle and hay on the farm but worked full-time as a math teacher in…

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Explore Edgefield and McCormick Counties With This Travel Itinerary

Day One We start our small-town getaway in Edgefield, SC. This town is the historic home to 10 South Carolina governors throughout American history, and the Ten Governors Trail tells the story with historical markers along its easy walking trail. This urban hiking trail allows you to gently get the blood flowing and learn a…

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Outdoor Weekend in South Carolina’s Old 96 District 

By Lori Blalock  With an endless supply of warm sunshine, cool lake breezes and the sounds of water gently lapping the shore, the Old 96 District is a nature lover’s paradise. It’s the ideal location for a fun outdoor weekend.  Here, in western South Carolina, where the Savannah River forms the border with Georgia, three…

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Inn On The Square

36 Hours in Greenwood, South Carolina

By Jason Barnette The Old 96 District spans across South Carolina’s backcountry. At the heart – literally and figuratively – is the “big city” of Greenwood. All roads through the district converge on Main Street, surrounded by local retail shops and dining, history museums, and entertainment venues. It’s an incredible place for a weekend getaway…

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Black Excellence in South Carolina’s Old 96 District

In honor of Black History Month this year, we’re celebrating Black Excellence by highlighting some Black-owned shops, restaurants, and attractions we are proud to have in South Carolina’s Old 96 District, featuring the counties of Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, and McCormick. Chef Erica McCier- Indigenous Underground, Abbeville, SC Abbeville, SC native Chef Erica McCier’s dream…

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Old 96 District Farms Tour

There’s nothing quite like experiencing the joys of different farms on a road trip! Especially when traveling with family and children, few would pass up the opportunity to pet friendly farm animals or pick fresh fruits right off the vine. Because many of these farms have tight hours and we want you to enjoy each…

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Romantic Couples Itinerary

Many a-couple fantasize about getting away for a few days, driving through the countryside on a romantic small-town getaway! We’ve taken care of the details and planned out a three-day itinerary with couples in mind, showcasing the best experiences in our five counties to share with your favorite someone! DAY ONE Depending on the season,…

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Old 96 District History Tour

For history buffs, South Carolina’s Old 96 District has plenty to offer! From Revolutionary War battlegrounds to historic inns, churches, buildings and the birthplace of a Civil Rights leader, here’s a three-day itinerary for touring the most historic sites in our five counties. Day 1 We start off our journey with the Culbertson Back County…

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22 Things to Do in 2022

We’re all excited for the new year and all the new experiences it can bring! As we lay out our New Year’s resolutions and design our “bucket lists” for 2022, we wanted to share some of the fantastic experiences awaiting you in South Carolina’s Old 96 District. Featuring the counties of Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens,…

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Foodie Itinerary Through the Old 96 District

We love food! For many travelers, finding the best places to eat on their road trip is a must. It can even be the main feature of the trip! Here is a three-day itinerary through our five counties to taste the best our region has to offer (and enjoy some other great places as well.)…

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Unexpected Wonder: 96 Pecan Company

by Clayton Hensley South Carolina may be known for its peaches, producing more than the “Peach State” next door, but its pecans also rival those of states like Georgia that are also known for their pecans.  Whether you say “pea-CAN” or “pea-KAHN” chances are you’ll run across this tasty nut on your travels to the…

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Bicycle Across South Carolina- Days Two & Three

Lynn & Cele Seldon (Seldon Ink) Bicycle Across South Carolina (BASC) 2021 ended on Sunday with a celebratory lunch, happy hour, music, and more after the Day Three ride, and it was quite the ride for these Lowcountry flatlanders in the historic area of South Carolina known as the Old 96 District.  As mentioned in…

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Bicycle Across South Carolina- Day One

Lynn & Cele Seldon (Seldon Ink) Well, Day One of Bicycle Across South Carolina (BASC) 2021 is in the books, and it’s already been quite the ride for us in the historic area of South Carolina known as the Old 96 District.  With three days of varied bike rides from Friday to Sunday, BASC officially…

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Bicycle Across South Carolina- Ready to Ride

Lynn & Cele Seldon (Seldon Ink) It’s hard to believe we’re in the homestretch of our training for Bicycle Across South Carolina (BASC) 2021, which starts with a party on Thursday, October 14th, followed by three days of varied rides in the historic area of South Carolina known as the Old 96 District. And we…

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Belmont Inn in Abbeville, SC

Fall Stays in Old 96 District

By Lori Blalock Fall in the South is sublime. With warm days and clear, crisp nights, it’s the ideal season for travel and road tripping. South Carolina’s Old 96 District is chock full of a variety of accommodations providing visitors the chance to unwind and take it easy after a full day of exploring. So,…

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Road Trip Itinerary Through South Carolina’s Old 96 District

by Jason Barnette Leaving the interstate highway behind, I quickly found myself on a two-lane road trip adventure rolling through peach farms in the South Carolina countryside. The sun beamed through the sprawl of massive oak trees, playing a pattern of light and shadow across the windshield of my rental car. Soon enough I discovered…

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Discovering a Passion at the Palmetto Shooting Complex

by Jason Barnette An orange disc hurled through the air. Bang! A moment later another orange disc. Bang! I lowered the shotgun and looked at the shattered pieces of sporting clays across the ground. I looked over at Tom who had a big smile on his face. “Got ‘em both. You’re a natural, Jason!”  I…

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Old 96 District: Roads Less Traveled

By Martha Steger The South Carolina welcome-center counselor’s face showed surprise when I said why I was traveling to the Old 96 District. “I’m just a sightseer,” I told her when she asked if I were visiting friends or family there.  Her facial expression reinforced that most people travel – whether to cities or rural areas – to…

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petting goats in the spring at Emerald Farm

Explore & More: SC Backroads

In central western South Carolina, just east of the Savannah River, Highways 81 and 72 intersect forming a triangle of backroad sites, sips, and stories bringing character and color to the Old 96 District. Explore & More: SC Backroads Old 96 District By Michael J. Solender SC Highway 81 Those taking their time along the…

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25 Discoveries on SC Highway 25

Alive with Adventure: 25 Discoveries on SC Highway 25 Advertisement By Michael J. Solender Traversing South Carolina’s Old 96 District from north to south, the ribbon of roadway known as Highway 25 delights travelers with surprising finds at nearly every stop. Intrepid travelers know the journey is indeed the destination, especially when it comes to…

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Old 96 District Mural Trail

OLD 96 DISTRICT MURAL TRAIL by Clayton Hensley A couple of decades ago, people were sending postcards to family and friends the old fashioned way, by snail mail.  Now in this age of Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook our selfies let everyone know where we’ve been and if there’s a mural nearby you can bet it’s …

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Hiking Through History- the Battle of Musgrove Mill

South Carolina is the site of many Revolutionary War battles and skirmishes, but the Battle of Musgrove Mill always struck us as a particularly interesting one. Today, the battlefield stands as the Battle of Musgrove Mill State Historic Site, where visitors can hike through history and learn about the battle hands-on. Like many State Parks,…

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Top 10 Things to Do this Spring

Take advantage of our suggestions for the top 10 things to do this Spring. The Old 96 District of South Carolina blossoms this spring with road trips and excursions across the counties of Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, and McCormick.  1. Splash Around at Calhoun Falls State Park, Calhoun Falls, SC  The Spring temperatures are just…

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SC Festival of Flowers, A Blooming Good Time

Greenwood’s 54th annual Festival of Flowers showcases restorative natural beauty as a cause for celebration, inspiration, and promise.  By Michael J. Solender Though no record exists of French Impressionist painter Claude Monet ever visiting Greenwood, S.C., there’s no doubt he would have found great inspiration here especially during the community’s annual Festival of Flowers. Monet’s…

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A Getaway to Remember- Old 96 District

Guest blog by Gaines Huguley partner in Shafer& Huguley Communications Check out our News Break video where Gaines shares his experience at Sharon Manor with us!   Just before Christmas my wife, Kendall, and I made the short drive to Abbeville County in South Carolina. I was working on a special project requiring overnight accommodations…

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A Trail of Sweet Treats Through the Old 96 District

If there’s one thing we all love, it’s delicious food! Our five counties have a lot to offer for foodie-minded travelers, and we love showing off our bakeries, cakeries, holes-in-the-wall, and cafes. If there’s one type of food most people can unite over, it’s something sweet. We’ve gone ahead and prepared a trail-like crawl through…

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All About Wild Turkeys

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we are thinking of all things turkey! The National Wild Turkey Federation’s headquarters are in Edgefield, South Carolina, part of the Old 96 District. This organization primarly focuses on the preservation of the wild turkey, among the most popular game animals in the world. Did you know that the…

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Benjamin E. Mays: Within His Star

Travel with Annita Avid explorer and radio host Annita from Travel with Annita shares little-known facts, places to go, local cuisine and things to do for Black History Month. In this episode, she takes us on a journey to the Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Historic Preservation Site. Listen By Michael J. Solender Greenwood, S.C.’s Benjamin E.…

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Old 96 District’s “Most Haunted”

Ghost stories, haunted happenings and the sheer spookiness around the Old 96 District of South Carolina are not just a Halloween thing … it’s a year-round phenomenon. As South Carolinians, our love for a good ghost story might as well be genetic. Old 96 District has plenty of historic sites dating back to before even the Revolutionary…

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Old 96 Golf Course Savannah Lakes

Golfing South Carolina’s Old 96 District

By Brad King An historic parcel of upstate South Carolina dating back to the Revolutionary War is steadily carving out a modern-day reputation among golf connoisseurs for its eclectic offering of sporty layouts, clubs and communities. South Carolina’s Old 96 District has become renowned for its attractive and affordable golf offerings. Boasting an array of…

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For Nature Lovers, Old 96 District is an Unexpected Wonder

With everyone rushing to get outside and get some fresh air, many of mother nature’s biggest fans may find themselves looking back at their map for something new. Finding a new favorite place is a mix of trial, error, and pure luck. What’s the best hiking trail, easy to reach but not over-crowded? What lake…

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Lake kayaking Old 96 District

7 Wonderful Ways to Enjoy Hickory Knob State Park and Resort

By Carl Hedinger of Travel Through Life Hickory Knob State Park and Resort sits next to the Georgia border and hugs the shores of Lake Thurmond. It’s known by many as a wonderful golfing destination, thanks to the Tom Jackson-designed course inside the park. And while you could easily spend your entire time on those…

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Dock Old 96 District

Lake Greenwood State Park: 7 Places to Play in and Around the Water

Lake Greenwood State Park: 7 Places to Play in and Around the Water By Carl Hedinger of Travel Through Life No matter your plans for an Old 96 District of South Carolina trip, you need to make at least one stop at Lake Greenwood State Park.This 914-acre series of peninsulas is ready and waiting for…

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Old Edgefield Pottery: Legacy & Tradition Crafted by Hand

Old Edgefield Pottery: Legacy & Tradition Crafted by Hand By Michael J. Solender Local clay mixed with Southern history create earthen treasures at this storied pottery.     Slabs of freshly mixed pewter-toned wet clay wait patiently inside Old Edgefield Pottery to achieve their calling atop Justin Guy’s well-worked wheel.  Guy, Master Potter in residence and…

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Sweet Treats of the Old 96 District

Let’s make one thing very clear: I love food. Food does not always love me back, but there’s little I wouldn’t do for something delicious. Sweets and desserts pose their own unique challenges in the kitchen, being as much a science as an art. Because sweets are everywhere and everyone craves them, it’s easy to…

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Abbeville, South Carolina’s #JustRight Travel Package

Abbeville is a small South Carolina town packed with big charm, and colorfully painted buildings blended with historic architecture, one-of-a-kind shopping, restaurants, and bakeries. Wander the streets before settling in for a show at the Abbeville Opera House, explore any of the 6 State Parks within driving range, or take a day trip to Greenwood,…

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Smithsonian Exhibit Comes to McCormick, SC

This summer, a new attraction has moved into Old 96 District- the Smithsonian!  In a cooperation between the McCormick County Chamber of Commerce and South Carolina Humanities, the Smithsonian travelling exhibition Water / Ways made its home for a few weeks in Hickory Knob State Resort Park. It is currently open for visitors from now…

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Why Old 96 District Makes a Fantastic Road Trip

The world is slowly waking up again, and many of us are feeling a little stir-crazy. We want new surroundings, fresh air, somewhere to go and do things. Many people aren’t looking to pile into crowded airports just yet, but a family road trip feels just right. When the time comes and you’re ready to…

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8 Small Businesses You Can Support Online

Just because the doors are closed doesn’t mean the business is! We all want to support each other through difficult times, and choosing small local businesses is a great way to do that. Showing our love through online store fronts keeps the economy moving from the safety and comfort of our homes. Here are 8…

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Take a #VirtualTour of Old 96 District

The wanderlust is starting to kick in. We’re getting tired of seeing the same walls every day, and taking to the internet as a means of virtual armchair escapism. Many destinations like us are sharing virtual tours, insider videos, and other content during this tough time, and we’d like you to hop on board! After…

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Supporting Our Communities During COVID-19

Change these days has been drastic and swift. None of us were truly prepared for COVID-19 and the effect it would have on our local communities, but in the wake of everything there has been a rallying cry for publicly supporting one another. As a local and global community, we’re practicing social distancing out of…

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Abbeville, South Carolina is the Southern-Style Comfort Weekend You Need

By Lori Sorrentino of Travlinmad Isn’t your heart in need of some good feels right about now? Aren’t you just so ready to travel some place warm? Warm with friendly faces, freshwater lakes, comfort food eateries, and a cozy bed to welcome you. That’s Abbeville, South Carolina, for the small town in us all. Site…

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Revolutionary War Hiking Trails

South Carolina is perfect for hiking. On South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast, the weather isn’t the only plus: we’ve got trails that are steeped in history and heritage as well as natural wonder: Revolutionary War trails! BATTLE OF MUSGROVE MILL STATE HISTORIC SITE Battlefield Trail This trail begins on the ADA boardwalk leading to the overlook…

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The ABC’s of the Wild Turkey: Thanksgiving Table Talk

In case you want to dazzle the kinfolk over the dinner table at this year’s Thanksgiving celebration, here’s a heaping helping of turkey trivia-from A to Z! Alaska This is the only state where wild turkeys can’t be found – not because it’s too cold, but because the state doesn’t have a long growing season.…

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Calhoun Falls State Park

Top 5 South Carolina State Park Campsites in the Old 96 District

Warmer temps mean one thing to the outdoor adventurer: perfect camping weather. Of South Carolina’s 47 state parks, the Old 96 District has 6—you’ve got LOTS of options when it comes to pitching that tent. Plus, over 100,000 acres of water = lakeside views aplenty. So read on, because we’ve rounded up the top 5…

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All About SC State Park Ultimate Outsider Challenge

My first “camping” experience was at age fourteen. We set up a tent in my friend’s suburban backyard, spent the night under the clouds and telephone lines, and went back inside whenever we needed to use the restroom or a glass of ice water. Needless to say, my family isn’t very outdoors-y. It wasn’t until…

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Ways to Cool Off in the Old 96 District

Happy July! For many of us it’s a month full of BBQ, family gatherings, and general summer fun. Still, South Carolina isn’t exactly known for its temperate warm season. Many days it’s hot and humid. We’re not letting that stop us! Here are some great ways to beat the heat and cool off in Old…

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The Old 96 District BBQ Trail

If you’ve been to South Carolina before, you know there’s little we love more than good food. When it comes to tasting Southern culture, barbecue packs in a lot. It blends traditional family secrets, regional diversity and fresh innovation, unlike any other cuisine. Barbecue sauce may as well run in our veins (though depending on…

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Self Improvement, Old 96 District-Style

January is a magical time of year! As we enter a new decade, everyone rallies together to improve themselves and support each other in our goals. It’s famously difficult to stick to New Year’s Resolutions, but we hope to offer a little encouragement: slipping up or missing a day doesn’t mean failure, and you can…

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Trail Biking South Carolina

6 Ways to Enjoy Our State Parks

Old 96 District is home to 6 of South Carolina’s State Parks. We’re proud of this for a lot of reasons, and each one has its own distinct experience. When visiting our State Parks for the first time (or even shaking things up on a return visit,) deciding where to start can be a tough…

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Old 96 District’s One-of-a-Kind Shopping Guide

There’s nothing like a perfect gift. The act of giving brings with it a unique joy, and when done right even something very simple can become powerful and deeply meaningful. Most people can remember a gift they received which spoke directly to their sense of taste, their needs, or even their heart. A good gift…

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Ten Best Trails in South Carolina’s Old 96 District

South Carolina’s hiking trails invite us to connect with nature. Many of us seek it out almost instinctively to ease our minds and escape the daily grind of urban life. Hiking, biking, and even walking– the art of simply travelling from one place to another– is one of the most simple and enjoyable ways to…

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Old 96 Golf Courses – Stop Missing Out!

When you don’t know much about golf, it can be hard to know what you’re missing out on. The dictionary defines golf as “a game played on a large open-air course, in which a small hard ball is struck with a club into a series of small holes in the ground, the object being to…

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