March 11, 2022 marked 64 years since nine-year-old Frances and six-year-old Helen Gregg of Florence, South Carolina, and their nine-year-old cousin Ellen Davies were playing approximately 60 yards from the special playhouse that had been built for them near the woods behind their house. This may seem like an innocuous historical event, but it became one of the most startling moments of the Gregg family’s life. Out of nowhere, an atomic bomb dropped on that playhouse. That’s right, an atomic bomb. While most of the state has pushed the memory of this nuclear bomb in South Carolina out of mind, the Mars Bluff bomb crater where it happened remains a bizarre roadside attraction that’s a sobering reminder or the near loss of many lives from that day. It’s chilling to think of what could happen now, in an even more technologically advanced moment.

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Do you recall this nuclear bomb in South Carolina or any of the media surrounding this oddball unfortunate event in our history? Have you ever visited the Mars Bluff Atomic Bomb Impact Crater? Fire up some feedback and let us know.

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Attractions In Florence, South Carolina

What else is in Florence, South Carolina?

Check out these additional attractions while making your way through Florence, South Carolina to visit the Mars Bluff bomb crater.

  • Florence County Museum
  • Timrod Park
  • Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center
  • Seminar Brewery