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- Carolinas' Backcountry Revolutionary War Trail
- Historic Brattonsville
- Experience Union County
- An Evening (or Lunch With the Catawbas
- Town of Winnsboro & Fairfield County
- Landsford Canal State Park
- Andrew Jackson State Park & the Rest of Lancaster County
- Community of Boykin
- Cheraw, the Prettiest Town in Dixie
- Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill
- NarroWay Productions
- Carowinds Theme Park
- Camden, A Visit to South Carolina’s Oldest Inland City
- Historic Downtown Chester & Surrounding Areas
- Myersart Studio
- McLeod's Roadside Market, Farm and Antique Museum
Carolinas' Backcountry Revolutionary War Trail
Carolinas' Backcountry Revolutionary War Trail features sites in North and South Carolina which tell the story of the Southern Campaign during the American Revolution including the Battle of Kings Mountain. This battle is considered to be the "turning point of the Revolution in the South." For groups arrangements can be made for Lord Cornwallis to be at one of the sites and tell of his experiences during the War in South Carolina.
Historic Brattonsville features a personalized tour with the guide in period costume. View life in the backcountry from its very beginnings. Your tour first takes you to a backwoods cabin with a dirt floor where three generations squeezed into the small confines. Next you visit McConnell's cabin which certainly was a step up since it had a real floor but the family was still in one room. Next the family moved to a much larger house with enough room for a schoolroom. Finally it's on to the big house with its slave cabins and even a doctor's office. Many special events are held throughout the year, from cotton picking to a candlelight Christmas tour and slave gatherings.
Experience Union County
Experience Union County with a visit to a true antebellum home. The Inn at Merridun can provide afternoon tea for groups. Then they can visit the Gist Mansion and Gardens at Rose Hill. Home of South Carolina's Secessionist Governor, William Henry Gist, Rose Hill is noted for its beautiful rose gardens, historic trees, Federal-style architectural features, and period furnishings. Your visit would not be complete without seeing the Cross Keys House—where Jefferson Davis and some members of his cabinet and a military escort made their last stop in Union and had the noon meal at the Cross Keys House on their flight from Richmond, Virginia—and the Union County Museum in Downtown Union. Voted “Best Local Museum in the State of South Carolina,” it is filled with historical materials ranging from local pottery, Civil War flags, photographs, paintings and rare books.
An Evening (or Lunch) With the Catawbas
An Evening (or lunch) with the Catawbas gives a group a literal taste of this Native American culture. The Catawbas will prepare a dinner (or lunch) for the group featuring traditional Native American foods. Then they will entertain the group with dancing, drumming and storytelling as well as insight into their history. Catawba Pottery is an important part of their tradition and an unusual craft. All pieces are formed by hand and not on a wheel and fired in an open fire rather than a kiln
Town of Winnsboro & Fairfield County
Tour the Town of Winnsboro with a step-on guide who will share the history including the Cornwallis House (where the general set up his winter camp) and the country's longest continually running town clock. Right outside of Winnsboro you can visit the South Carolina Railroad Museum and see old railroad cars in various states of repair and ride on a train (passenger car or caboose). Then visit Ridgeway. Traditionally a scenic short-cut to the beach, a step-on guide will provide your group with a driving tour of the town. Included are the old police station—the smallest on record—which now houses the Visitor’s Center, Ridgeway’s Century House which served as headquarters for Confederate General Pierre G.T. Beauregard after the fall of Columbia to Sherman’s Army, and more. Then, take in an auction at the R.H. Lee Company. Share in the excitement of a real-live auction. Participate in the action, or just watch as others make their bids and selections. After this, it’s time for lunch. Ridgeway has several restaurants sure to please. Choose from Olde Towne Hall Restaurant, Laura's Tea Room (also serving high tea), Rebecca's of Ridgeway, or the Olde Thymey Country Store and Restaurant. When lunch is over, spend the afternoon shopping in this quaint little town’s unique stores.
Landsford Canal State Park
Your group can stretch their legs at Landsford Canal State Park as they enjoy a walk along the last of the 19th century canals in South Carolina. The canal, designed by Robert Mills (the Washington Monument), has all of its major features still intact. Come see the Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies in bloom (usually in late May/early June).
Andrew Jackson State Park & the Rest of Lancaster County
North and South Carolina still argue over which state was the birthplace of Andrew Jackson. At Andrew Jackson State Park in Lancaster, a letter is displayed in which our seventh president wrote that he was born on South Carolina soil. A museum and one-room schoolhouse are reminders of that pioneer era. After visiting the park, your group an lunch among the elegant surroundings at Kilburnie, the Inn at Craig Farm or amid the eclectic Backstreet Gallery and Garden of Bob Doster in downtown Lancaster.
Community of Boykin
The Community of Boykin lets you step back in time with its grist mill (which still grinds corn into grits and cornmeal), Rosa Lee's Cottage, Swift Creek Baptist Church, nature sites, and broom making. Visit with Susie as she makes colorful brooms on 100-year old equipment in a restored settler's cabin and entertains you with stories. Two options are available for group meals: Lunch on the screened in porch at the Boykin Grill, or dinner at the Mill Pond Steakhouse, offering the finest in American cuisine in an atmosphere of casual charm.
Cheraw, the Prettiest Town in Dixie
The fastest talking Southern Tour Guide will charm you in Cheraw as she takes you on a tour of the "prettiest town in Dixie." Whether she's telling stories of jazz great Dizzy Gillespie as a child bouncer at the talking picture show or relaying the gossip about the society woman taken from her home in a wheelbarrow during the Civil War you can almost see the people she's talking about. Groups get the special treat of touring the oldest home in Cheraw (pre-Revolutionary War) since it is the guide's home. The group can even bounce on the Charleston jostling bench on the front porch. A highlight in Cheraw is Old St. David's Church which includes the graves of soldiers from every war, including some British ones from the Revolutionary War.
Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill in York
For true Southern hospitality visit Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill in York. Johnny Appleseed entertains the group with his story and you can warm up in the winter with wassail or cool down in the summer with a cider slushy. The turkeys (named Eb and Flo) will follow you around and may sit beside you on a bench. Take home an apple peeler which cores the apple and spirals the slices, a sure way to get the grandkids to eat their apple a day. The owners will gladly carry your purchases to the car and make sure before you leave you taste a hot apple cider doughnut.
Hilarious comedy and chilling drama in fun-filled, interactive performances are NarroWay's trademarks. With dinner theatre, tours, field trips and spectacular holiday shows, NarroWay has a host of activities your group will talk about for years to come. The Gospel According to Tennessee: Set in 1926, this fast-paced musical dinner show take you to East Tennessee where the fun never ends, Sing-a-long with fabulous old Southern classics and watch the gospel truths unfold through the eyes and imagination of Tennessee. Not Just Another Love Story: Laugh and cry with America's greatest generation, and remember the days of World War II. From an exciting collection of 40's favorites to a stirring patriotic medley, this dinner theatre is both nostalgic and inspirational. Based upon the biblical story of Hosea, this NarroWay classic is...Not Just Another Love Story. The Real Christmas Story: Sit back and enjoy a hearty Christmas dinner as NarroWay recreates holiday memories that you will talk about for years to come. Guaranteed snowfall at every performance! See your favorite Christmas scenes! And yes, there's even a visit from St. Nicholas himself! Then watch in awe-stricken wonder as NarroWay Productions beautifully recreates the real Christmas Story.
Carowinds Theme Park
Carowinds theme park brings movie magic to life in a world of thrilling entertainment and fun for group of all ages with over 100 state-of-the-art rides, shopping, restaurants and live shows! Your group will be thrilled by the Intimidator roller coaster or one of the other magnificiant rides. TOP GUN is an inverted steel roller coaster including six stomach-swirling inversions and speeds up to 62 mph. Some members of your group may enjoy relaxing in WaterWorks Water Park, offering ten football fields of the coolest fun, or reliving memories in the beach-themed Carolina Boardwalk section. The Thrill Capital of the Southeast promises lots of fun for everyone!
Camden, A Visit to South Carolina’s Oldest Inland City
South Carolina's oldest inland city, Camden, has much to offer. Tour the fortified grounds and the reconstructed home occupied by British Lord Charles Cornwallis during the American Revolution at Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site. Enjoy an authentic 18th century lunch in the Kershaw Cornwallis House, a treat reserved for our motorcoach tours. A step-on guide will provide a tour of Camden's Historic District, providing a view of the beautiful historic homes and buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, most of which have been restored to their former glory. Watch horses exercise at Springdale Race Course and tour the National Steeplechase Museum in the "Steeplechase Capital of the World.". The season kicks off with the world-renowned rite of spring, the Carolina Cup, and ends with the Colonial Cup in the fall. A must see is the newly opened, South Carolina Equine Park.
Historic Downtown Chester & Surrounding Areas
Historic Downtown Chester. Built on a hill, Historic Downtown Chester offers offers a unique blend of architectural styles, with many original Victorian-era facades. Monument Square features a stately Confederate monument, 19th century cistern designated a national landmark, authentic Civil War cannons and the historic Aaron Burr Rock. The nationally registered Historic District has historic churches and homes and other buildings. Walking tour brochures available in boxes throughout the town for visitors who want to explores on their own. Revolutionary War historical sites abound, including the county's Old Catholic Church and Cemetery, where 60 Revolutionary War soldiers are buried. Visit the site of Brainerd Institute, one of several educational institutions for freed slaves and their children started by the Board of Missions for Freedmen of the Presbyterian Church USA. Your group will enjoy a stop at the Chester County Historical Society Museum — located in the old 1914 Chester jail, the museum includes notable collections of Native American artifacts and firearms from the Revolutionary Era to the present, period costumes and relics of the War Between the States and the Chester County Transportation Museum. Occupying an 1888 railroad freight depot, this museum houses early buggies, wagons, a 1925 school bus used in Chester County, 1916 Ford, 1934 and 1939 Ford and a large collection of artifacts and pictures related to the development of transportation in Chester County. A few miles north, take a farm tour at Cotton Hills Farm, or for the more adventurous do a tandem jump at Skydive Carolina!.
For the pottery lovers in your group, a morning spent at Myersart Studio is just the ticket. This pottery art is influenced by the surroundings of the owners' 100-acre farm in Hickory Grove, SC. Members of your group can make their own piece of pottery to take home with them and will be served lunch at the studio.
McLeod's Roadside Market, Farm and Antique Museum
"Life's a peach" is more than a slogan for the McLeod family in the small town of McBee. The McLeods operate one of the largest peach orchards in the area, growing 22 varieties on 400 acres on sandy loam, just outside of town. The orchards have been in the McLeod family since 1916. Peaches are hand picked every third or fourth day during the season and each tree is picked six times. Once picked, the fruit is sent through an ice-cold water bath to slow the ripening process. It is then sorted by size and sealed with an ultra-light wax coating which closes the pores to keep it fresh. Peaches are hand-graded and selected for shipment. The produce is sold in the market along with their own specialty breads and jellies (sweet potato, peach nut, etc.). The blackberry cobbler and ice cream are incredible, as are the burgers and fries. The McLeod operation is truly a sight to see. And if that was not enough, your group would enjoy a visit to the McLeod Farms' Antique Museum located next door to the Roadside Market and Farm. The museum is home to over 20 antique cars, including a 1920 McLaughlin, 1930 Lincoln, Model T's and Model A's. There are over a dozen tractors from yesteryear along with other memorabilia that include farm implements, tools, phonographs, butter churns and many other items of interest.