South Carolina August 15, 2016
13 Hidden Gems You Have To See In South Carolina Before You Die
With so much to see and do in South Carolina, it’s sometimes hard to make up your mind what to do next. Here are some things that definitely should be on your bucket list to do in South Carolina before you die.
1. South Carolina's "Little Fenway"
Go check out Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville. This 5,700-seat stadium is a scaled down replica of the Famous Fenway Park in Boston. The Greenville Drive baseball team is the A Affiliate of the Red Sox and has their own "Green Monster" at Fluor Field.
2. Pretty Place Chapel
For the view of a lifetime from the venue of an eternity visit the Pretty Place Chapel in Cleveland, SC. Also known as Fred W. Symmes Chapel, this hidden gem is located at the YMCA Camp. The schedule here can change so call before you go. The number is (864)836-3291, extension 0.
3. Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim
Tour one of the oldest Jewish synagogues in the nation. Founded in 1749 in Charleston,
Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim
has the longest continuous congregation in the U.S.
4. Victoria Valley Vineyards
Victoria Valley Vineyards is one of a handful of vineyards in the Palmetto State. They're celebrating 10 years of producing European Vinifera wines. Take a tour and feel like you're in France when you're really in Cleveland, SC.
5. South Carolina State House
Hiding in plain sight in the heart of the Capital City are six bronze stars on the exterior of the State House. They mark the spots on the building that were hit by Sherman's cannons during the Civil War. A trip to this State House is anything but boring.
6. Hunting Island Light
Brave the 167 stairs inside this beauty to get to the observation deck at the top for an amazing view. The Hunting Island Light is no longer a working navigational light, but when she was she could be seen for 17 miles.
7. Hampton Plantation State Historic Site
Take a guided tour of this historic location in McClellanville. Or, just wander the grounds at your leisure. There's a tree here nearly as big as South Carolina's famed Angel Oak. Tours are only offered on certain days. More info
8. Aiken's Thoroughbred Hall of Fame
Forty champions have trained at the Aiken Training Track. This great equestrian musuem showcases each one.
9. Historic Myrtle Beach Colored School Museum
This historic school opened in 1932 in a effort to provide an improved learning facility for African Americans who were being educated on the fly in local churches. It closed in 1953. The City of Myrtle Beach has managed to preserve/restore this building and it's open to the public. Tour the four-room window into the past on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. until 12 noon.
10. Historic Camden
Visit the Revolutionary War site in Camden and you'll also be standing in South Carolina's oldest inland town. By the time of the Revolutionary War Camden was a bustling center of commerce.
11. Newberry Opera House
The Newberry Opera House first opened in 1881. It's a grand testament to Victorian civic architecture and still serves as a performing arts venue in the Midlands.
12. Chapel of Ease ruins
Visit the ruins of the Chapel of Ease on St. Helena Island. This place of worship was built in 1740 by plantation owners on St. Helena Island because it was too far to travel to the church in town. The cemetery here is said to be super haunted.
13. Magnolia Cemetery
When Magnolia Cemetery was opened in 1850 is was in "the country" outside of Charleston. Today, it's one of the finest old cemeteries in the Holy City. You haven't lived until you've visited the departed at this historic graveyard.
These 13 hidden gems in South Carolina are a must-do. How many of these have you already crossed off your list already?
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