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OLDE ENGLISH DISTRICT

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The Olde English District honors its storied past while embracing the future. Here you can enjoy small-town charm, outdoor recreation, unique shopping opportunities, wonderful eateries, fun family adventures and so much more. It’s also a fantastic place to simply relax and recharge, disconnecting from the rigors of everyday life.

Spanning the counties of Chester, Chesterfield, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Union and York, we invite you to see all that we have to offer. We know you’ll love what you discover in South Carolina’s Olde English District.

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York County

Just south of Charlotte, North Carolina, York County is a vibrant area packed with outdoor recreation, local restaurants and buzzing breweries. It is home to Kings Mountain National Military Park (as well as a state park by the same name, which commemorates a key Revolutionary War battle. The Anne Springs Close Greenway is a natural escape, perfect for an afternoon picnic or leisurely hike. Grab a bite in Downtown Rock Hill, also known as Old Town, at Kounter, Old Town Kitchen & Cocktails or Flipside Restaurant, and be sure to check out some of the nearby watering holes after a delicious meal.

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Union County

Officially in South Carolina’s “Upstate,” Union County starts to hint at the foothills that rise to rolling hills and vistas. A visit to Union is not complete without a tour of downtown Civil Rights-era historic sites — nor without a stop at Midway BBQ. History buffs will love the Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site in Sumter National Forest, which tells the rich yet complicated story of many generations of plantation dwellers. Adrenaline junkies, however, may want to visit the Union County Dragway just southeast of the town of Union.

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Chester County

With various water access points, agri-tourism destinations and scenic state parks, Chester County offers opportunities for both outdoor adventure and relaxation. Visitors often gravitate to the Catawba River or Landsford Canal State Park. The 523-acre Chester State Park is a haven for hiking, picnicking, boating and fishing. From enjoying annual festivals such as the Flopeye Fish Festival in Great Falls or Lily Fest at Landsford Canal State Park to stopping by local farms for u-pick produce, Chester County is a breath of fresh air from life’s hustle and bustle.

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Lancaster County

With a rich art community, Lancaster County features galleries and a variety of collectives sprinkled throughout, including Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studios. The Lindsay Pettus Greenway intersects nature and public art in a surprising setting, while history buffs will not want to miss Andrew Jackson State Park, which tells the story of the President’s boyhood and South Carolina’s storied role in the fight for American independence. Also noteworthy is the Native American Studies Center housed at USC Lancaster with its impressive collection of Catawba Indian pottery.

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Chesterfield County

Downtown Cheraw is a quaint and cozy town for dining, shopping and learning the area’s history, including the life of hometown favorite, Dizzy Gillespie. Nearby Pageland supports a strong antiquing district while two state parks invite visitors to do as much or as little as they like. Cheraw State Park has an 18-hole championship golf course, mountain biking and hiking trails, and fully outfitted cabins and campsites. Nature lovers will enjoy Sand Hills State Forest and the Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge. Find all this and more in beautiful Chesterfield County.

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Fairfield County

Home to the South Carolina Railroad Museum, Fairfield County is the gateway to the 283-acre Lake Wateree State Park, which sports 100 paved camping sites, an on-site tackle shop and a mile-long nature trail. Situated on about 2,600 wooded acres, Carolina Adventure World offers the thrills of ATV, UTV and dirt bike riding. Fairfield County also celebrates the quiet charms of small-town living. Don’t miss Laura’s Tea Room in Ridgeway and the longest continuously running clock in the U.S. in Winnsboro, whose settlement dates back to 1777.

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Kershaw County

In the county seat of Camden, a vibrant downtown attracts foodies, antiquers, equine enthusiasts and pickleball players, among others. Nearby, you’ll find charming inns, distilleries, grist mills and historic sites that invite a leisurely stroll. Many varieties of birds make their homes in cypress stands along Lake Wateree, while Goodale State Park offers an excellent opportunity to view native flora and fauna. The Revolutionary War Visitor Center and the Historic Camden campus interpret the origins of the nation.

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Lowry’s Christmas Parade

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Chester State Park

5 Things to Do in Chester County

With various water access points, agri-tourism destinations and scenic state parks, Chester County offers both outdoor adventure and relaxation opport…

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How to Experience the Battle of Huck’s Defeat Reenactment

Every year, Historic Brattonsville brings the American Revolution to life with a reenactment of the pivotal Battle of Huck’s Defeat. Located in M…

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Polly's Ice Cream in Pageland

9 Spots to Grab Ice Cream in the Olde English District

After exploring the many quaint towns of the Olde English District during summer, there’s nothing better than indulging in a sweet treat. The OED boas…

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Goodale State Park

Floating Through The Olde English District

Discover the natural beauty surrounding South Carolina’s waterways by floating through rivers, ponds and lakes. We’ve compiled a guide for…

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Cotton Hills Farm in Lowrys, SC, has been in the Wilson Family since 1882.

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Peach season is here, and there is nothing better than a fresh, juicy peach. Georgia may be called “The Peach State,” but South Carolina act…

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Your Guide to Antique Shopping in the OED

Calling all antique shoppers! The Olde English District boasts many unique shops filled with beautiful, high-quality items ranging from charming knick…

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Lindsay Pettus Greenway trail

5 Things To Do In Lancaster County

With a rich arts community, South Carolina’s Lancaster County is home to many galleries and murals. Grab a coffee or pastry from Daily Grind Coffee Ba…

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5 Things To Do at Lake Wateree State Park

Welcome to Fairfield County’s ultimate outdoor playground! Lake Wateree State Park is your gateway to an unforgettable outdoor escape. Whether you’re…

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5 Things To Do at Cheraw State Park

Cheraw State Park is the perfect destination for both a relaxing getaway and an exciting adventure in nature. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast,…

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Hilton Garden Inn

Exceptional Service Recognized in the Olde English District

The OED is excited to announce the recipient of this year’s Hospitality of the Year (HEY) Award: Essie Cunningham, breakfast server at Hilton Garden…

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From the suburbs of Charlotte, N.C., to tucked-away towns and rural communities, the Olde English District offers just the kind of getaway you need. We offer an array of hotels, bed & breakfasts, cabins, camping and more across our seven counties.

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We love to see you enjoying your time in the Olde English District. Share your photos on social media using #oedtravel for a chance to be featured in our gallery.

Beat the heat this summer 🌊🌞 Grab a tube, kayak, or other floating device and hit the many bodies of water in the OED! Here are a few (of many) spots to consider:

☀️Lake Wateree
☀️Lake Wylie
☀️Lake Monticello
☀️Catawba River
☀️Lake Juniper at Cheraw State Park

🛶Whether you’re into kayaking, canoeing, or tubing, the OED has various lakes and rivers, each offering a different way to get on the water! 

📸 Share your floating photos with us and tag #OEDTravel for a chance to be featured!

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📹: @visityorkcountysc via @137north 
📍: Catawba River
🌳Guess that South Carolina State Park 🌳 Can you guess which park features this stunning spillway?

☀️ Along with the spillway, the park boasts an 1800s living history farm, two lakes, campsites, trails, and more!

⬇️ Guess away in the caption below!
It’s blueberry season at @ivyplaceberryfarm 🫐 Send this to someone you want to pick berries with this June and July! 

🫐Pro tip: Check @ivyplaceberryfarm ‘s website and social media for the most updated produce info! 

🔗For a list of more u-pick farms in the #OED, click the link in our bio! 

#oedtravel #discoversouthcarolina
🏕 @lakeshorefamilycampground has officially set up camp on Lake Monticello in Fairfield County!

🛶 As the only lakefront campground on the lake, this spot offers stunning views and spacious campsites! Operated by a family who loves camping themselves, it’s designed for both short and long stays. 

⛺️ Follow their social media (@lakeshorefamilycampground) to lean more about the campground!
☀️ Looking for a family-friendly summer getaway? Here are some fun activities to enjoy in the #OED:

🌳Hike at a state park and enjoy a picnic 
🍦Pick produce and grab a scoop (or three) of ice cream at a farm
⏳Explore the many historic sites and museums in the region
🎢Spend the afternoon on world class coasters
🐐Get up close to goats and other animals 

🔗To help get you started, we created a summer getaway guide for your next visit (link in bio)! Happy exploring!☀️