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Online Exploration - Part 4 Fairfield County

We get a lot of folks that stop by the OED Vistor Center wanting to see small towns, nothing too far off the interstate, small enough to park and walk around, and somewhere where everyone is friendly. Well, lucky for us that Winnsboro and Ridgeway in Fairfield County are in our area and just the right ticket! You just couldn't ask for better examples that show off SC small town charm!

Downtown Winnsboro is well worth checking out. Explore the local art seen at The Artists Coop,  ByrdMan Art, and Christy Buchanan pop up shows.  There's little shops to check out, The Donut Guy & The Barn Express restaurant, as well as the beautiful the clock tower. Stop in at the Chamber to see about a personal tour!

And you can't pass through Winnsboro without checking out The Fairfield County Museum! It's packed with all kinds of neat stuff, including samples of the famous Winnsboro Blue Granite! Check out a video about the museum here: mueseum video. They also have a fantastic genealogy society (the Fairfield County Genealogy Society) located inside the museum. They can help you find relatives or let you use their resources to explore on your own. 

Ridgeway is such a neat little town! It's nestled right outside of Columbia but feels like a 1,000 miles from anywhere. It's chopped full of fantastic boutique shops, Ruffs Hardware store, and Laura's Tea Room. You could spend the whole day in this laid back town. Be sure to pick up a self guided tour brochure from the nation's smallest Police Station downtown. Check out a video tour from our friend Lando Masty here. 

Fairfield County is the place for tea loves! Winnsboro has Cornwallis Tea House and Ridgeway has Laura's Tea Room. Cornwallis Tea is great stuff! We carry it at our store and visitors go crazy over it! The Fairfield Green is a fan favorite! Stop in and have some tasty treats as you sip some delicious hand-curated and brewed tea.

Laura's Tea Room is a big deal for high tea! Call ahead and make an appointment for your group. It's a great fancy event for your Girl Scout troop or multi-generations of family! You can pick out a hat on your way upstairs and have your picture taken with the Queen! Downstairs is a lovely tea shop with tons of choices of tea pots, cups and saucer, and teas. You can have an informal tea (or other beverage) downstairs in The Deli with a great sandwich, soup, or salad! Trust me, try the Monte Cristo! 

Would you like to learn more about tea before you go? Try here for The Six Types of Tea  and here for Your Guide to Brewing Tea from our friend at Mei Leaf. 

Fairfield County also has a section of one of the most awesome trails in South Carolina - the Peak tp Prosperity Trail. This rail to trail system is part of the Palmetto Trail Passages. The flat & easy 10.8 mile trail has plenty of bridges and railway trestles to keep everyone interested. You can download a map at the bottom of this page and listen to audio bit describing wildlife and trail construction here.

Of course when you think of outdoor adventure in Fairfield County, you have to mention Carolina Adventure World. You can bring your own dirtbike, side by side or atv or you can rent one at CAW. They have tons over 100 miles of trails featuring various skill levels, a mud bowl, a racing track, and so much more. It's an atv riders dream come true! You can also stay with them by camping, staying in their cabins, or their yurt (YES! They have a yurt!). 

Check out some videos on their website here and some from our friends at Fisher's ATV World here


 Finally, you just can't talk about Fairfield County without mentioning the one and only South Carolina Railroad Museum.  This treasure was totally created and run by volunteers, many of which were former railroad workers. They have a great museum that includes a cool model train set-up and lots of info about the importance of trains in South Carolina. Of course everyone wants to ride on the trains though! The museum runs special events trains for most holidays, a once a year BBQ train, and the Steam Train. Most weekends during the summer you can book tickets and bring your family to ride the rails. Check out their website here to look at schedules and buy tickets

Get yourself pumped up by watching SCETV's short video about SCRM here.

Get to exploring!