Day Trip: Edgefield, SC

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Edgefield, SC

A beautiful, bustling town that is only a little over a one hour drive from Columbia – the perfect distance for a great day trip. Known for its pottery production.29th Annual Midlands Area Senior Games

Tompkins Memorial Library is the official visitors center of Edgefield. The Welcome Center provides maps, books, and souvenirs, as well as information about businesses, services, and activities in Edgefield. Open Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm, Saturday 9:30am – 1:30pm. Call Tonya at 803.637.4010 for group tours offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays! $5 per person. Check out the tour “Murder Mayhem” – held in the square and in Willowbrook Cemetery (2nd most historic cemetery in South Carolina). The library is also the headquarters of the Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society and the South Carolina Genealogical Society. Visitors who are here to do research on the history of our area or its people always find able assistance and valuable materials.

EVENT:: Annual Southern Studies Showcase

Friday, Sept. 16th – Saturday, Sept. 17th | $30 | Tompkins Memorial Library

Every September this fun, educational event is held in Edgefield with a variety of speakers and events surrounding historic and genealogical research. Reservations need to be made before Sept. 9th, 2016 if you want to be guaranteed dinner on Friday night. Also, if you wait to make your reservations during the morning of Friday, Sept 16th ticket prices are raised to $40. Registration begins at 9:30am at 104 Courthouse Square on the 16th. Events go all day until 4:45pm. Then, there will be a block party on Courthouse Square from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. The following day the events begin at 8:30am and go until 12:15pm. You’ll break for lunch on your own (towards the bottom of this article we make a lunch suggestion!) and come back by 2pm for event(s) that last until 4:15pm. They suggest that if you need a place to stay the night to reserve a room at the Edgefield Inn (702 Augusta Rd.) for a special rate of $60 a room or Pleasant Lane Acres Bed & Breakfast located at 318 Pleasant Lane Rd, as these are two close accommodations. Call Tompkins Memorial Library at 803.637.4010 with additional questions & to reserve your spot(s) for a FUN time.

Oakley Park Museum: Oakley Park was built in 1835 by Daniel Bird, a Virginian who came to Edgefield and became a very successful cotton planter. After the War Between the States, it was purchased by General Martin Witherspoon Gary, a former Major-General of the Confederacy. Oakley Park was used as his headquarters in 1876 when he was the leader of the Red Shirt movement, a campaign to restore Democratic government to South Carolina. As you can guess the house contains a remarkable collection of Civil War and Reconstruction era artifacts! Open to the public Thursday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. 300 Columbia Road 803.637.4027

Edgefield Discovery Center: Local museum by day and dinner theater by night! The center offers Discovery Centerexhibits that interpret the heritage corridor, the region, local themes and attractions. Free! Open Tuesday – Friday 10am – 4pm; Saturday 10am – 1pm. 405 Main Street 803.637.3833

Discover Local Artisans: The Phoenix Factory located at 230 Simpkins St. continues the 200-year-old tradition of  producing high quality stoneware made from the clays of Edgefield District. Take a tour of it for $3. Ike Carpenter, located at 500 Main St., is one of Edgefield’s most beloved characters, as he whittles his artwork and tells tales of the history of the county, where he has lived his entire life. Lastly, located at
206 Jeter St. watch the Village Blacksmith fire and mold local ironwork! Call Tonya at 803.637.4010 for hours & information. *Most shops closed on Mondays! 

SC AgriTourism AdWalk the Ten Governors Rail Trail:
Amazingly, ten of our state’s governors hail from Edgefield County. This .9-mile paved trail commemorates each man along the way with stone markers. The trail winds around Slade Lake, over quiet streets and neighborhoods, a ball field and a wooden bridge (formerly a railroad trestle). There’s also a fishing dock on the picturesque lake and lighting for evening strolls. Trail begins at Piedmont Technical College on Main Street. 506 Main St.

Edgefield Lunch: Park Row Cafe
Rated #2 for restaurants in Edgefield by TripAdvisor! Offers excellent soups, fresh salads, and tasty sandwiches. This quaint, old country store has daily lunch specials. Open Monday – Friday: 10am – 4pm & Saturday: 10am – 2pm. 108 Courthouse Sq. | 803.637.0040

Large Cheese Board
Their large cheese board. The perfect snack to go with a few Happy Hour cocktails!

Edgefield Dinner: Old Edgefield Grill
Rated #1 for restaurants in Edgefield by TripAdvisor, Old Edgefield Grill is an old, rustic restaurant that is quite the local gem. Walk on wood floors and dine at tables with white table cloths in this historic Victorian home. With food that is fresh, locally sourced, and made to order visit them for dinner Wednesday – Saturday from 6-9pm. They open at 5pm for drinks, appetizers, and salads.
202 Penn St. | 803.637.3222

Featured Event :: Dave’s Day

Saturday, July 9, 2016 | 10am – 1:30pm on the square; 2-4pm in the clay studio 

scene in portugal / island of madeira

Savor food from local restaurants, while enjoying the celebration in the square. Then, walk to the clay studio to listen to speakers. Dave the potter lived in the Edgefield District in the 1800s and made beautiful jugs, storage jars, and other stoneware vessels. This will be a celebratory day with special speakers and performers to celebrate the life and legend of Dave!

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