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Cheraw Hub and Spoke Itineraries

Day 1

  • Arrive Cheraw late afternoon. Check into hotel. Dinner at local restaurant.

Day 2

  • 9:00am - Guided Tour, Town of Cheraw (Allow 22 hours)
    The fastest talking Southern Tour Guide will charm you in Cheraw as she takes you on a tour of the Aprettiest 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. In the cemetery are graves of soldiers from several wars, even some British ones from the Revolutionary War.
  • 11:30am - Lunch at Local Restaurant (Country Kitchen or The Back Porch)
  • 12:45pm - Tour Cheraw State Park (Allow 12 hours)
    Cheraw State Park was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a New Deal Program created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The program was designed to provide employment during the Great Depression while addressing national needs in conservation and recreation. The park uniquely combines outstanding recreational opportunities: equestrian trails, hiking and biking trails, rustic cabins with full amenities, group camps and family campsites near Lake Juniper from which you can enjoy boating, sailing and fishing. Cheraw also provides a championship 18-hole golf course designed by Tom Jackson, with a layout so unique that no two fairways are adjacent to the other. The park is also Audubon Certified, and home to the threatened Red Cockaded woodpecker and migratory birds.
  • 2:30pm - Shopping & Antiques or Nature Tour (Allow 3 hours)
    Option 1: Spend a few hours shopping at some of the areas finest antique stores (Sentimental Journey Antiques, Thomas Antique Imports, etc.) and gift shops. Option 2: Nature Tour of Cheraw Fish Hatchery, a warm water hatchery that raises and distributes over 2 million fish for public waters throughout the state each year; Sugar Loaf Mountain, a geological phenomenon of sand capped with ferrous sandstone towering more than 100 feet over the surrounding terrain. Sugar Loaf is a mini mountain, the remnant of America=s oldest mountain chain. Picnic shelters, a fishing lake and nature trails make this the most popular recreation area in Sand Hills State Forest and Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge, 46,000 acres of land and water provide opportunities for a wildlife drive. Observation towers and a photography blind available for viewing the more than 190 species of birds that make their home in the refuge. Also offers an auto tour, hiking trails, picnic areas, hunting and fishing.
  • 5:30pm - Return to Hotel
  • 6:40pm - Depart for Dinner at Area Restaurant

Day 3

  • 9:00am - Depart for Camden. Along the way, drive through Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge.
  • 10:30am - Guided Tour, Kershaw-Cornwallis House (Allow 1 hour)
    At Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site, offering a view of colonial village life during the Revolutionary War period. Included are two circa-1800 log houses, and the authentically reconstructed Kershaw-Cornwallis House, a stop on the Revolutionary War Trail. Commandeered by Lord Cornwallis during the Revolution, the Kershaw-Cornwallis House served as the British headquarters during the war. Trails lead visitors to fortifications, a powder magazine, picnic facilities and nature trail. A large variety of local crafts, period reproductions and other special gift selections are found in the gift shop. Special events include Revolutionary War Field Days on the first weekend in November with local crafts, living history demonstrations, regimental drills and other festivities.
  • 11:45 am - Guided Tour, Steeplechase Racing Museum (Allow 1 hour)
    A part of the Carolina Cup Racing Association and National Steeplechase Museum, experience the excitement of Kershaw County's nationally renowned steeplechase races, the Carolina Cup in the spring and the Marion DuPont Scott Colonial Cup in the fall. A viewing stand welcomes visitors for early morning thoroughbred workouts. The National Steeplechase Museum is on the grounds of Springdale Race Course and features the national story of steeplechase through archival and interactive exhibits. Kershaw County also hosts many equine shows and races, horse farms, polo games and fox hunting.
  • 12:45pm - Lunch at Camden Restaurant (The Pearl)
  • 2:00pm - Guided Tour of Boykin (Allow 12 hours)
    Historic Boykin. Take a step back in time with a visit to the Boykin Mill Pond community where you can see grain ground at the restored mill or watch as brooms are hand-made on 100 year-old original equipment at the Broom Place, a circa 1740 former slave quarters. Home of the Battle of Boykin's Mill, this location has been named one of the top 10 Carolinas' Civil War sites by Clint Johnson in his book, ATouring the Carolinas' Civil War Sites. Shoppers will be intrigued at the Boykin Company Store by floor-to-ceiling shelves filled with fresh farm products, general merchandise, gifts, gourmet foods and other tempting delights. Nearby is Swift Creek Baptist Church where generations of worshipers lifted their voices in prayer. The church still has its slave gallery intact.
  • 5:00pm - Arrive back at Hotel
  • 6:30pm - Depart for Dinner (Fine Dining at The Mill Pond Restaurant)
    Situated on the banks of an old mill pond, the aptly-named Boykin's at the Mill Pond Restaurant takes visitors by complete surprise with its homey outward appearance, concealing a ritzy restaurant serving dishes like rack of lamb, blackened rib eye steak, and broiled swordfish. This is gourmet dining at one of South Carolina's finest restaurants. according to AFodor's Travel Guide.

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