Plan Your Trip to the Old 96 District
There are so many things to do and see in South Carolina’s Old 96 District, it is hard to know where to start! Whether you want history, shopping, outdoor adventures or a quiet getaway, let us help you plan your trip.
Visit historic Abbeville – a town filled with Southern charm and friendly people. Tour historic churches and museums and learn about the final meeting of the Confederate Council of War right where it took place. Abbeville is called “the birthplace and deathbed of the Confederacy”. Abbeville County is filled with pleasant rural scenes and off-the-beaten-path treasures.
Meet the spirits who created the distinct and colorful history of Edgefield. Political figures, military heroes and steel magnolias all repose in one of the most historic cemeteries in South Carolina. Explore the National Wild Turkey Federation Winchester Museum which displays dioramas and animatronics explaining hunting techniques and conservation of the North American wild turkey. Watch a local potter as he continues the longtime tradition of Edgefield pottery using distinct clay from the surrounding areas. See a blacksmith make amazing pieces of art. Step back in time as you visit a locally owned distillery that cooks up ‘shine and other spirits.
Visit the hub of the Old 96 District as you pet the goats at Emerald Farm and sample the arts and culture at the art galleries in downtown Greenwood. Experience cultural historical and natural displays at The Museum in downtown Greenwood. Shop the many stores and boutiques in the Uptown area of Greenwood. Enjoy a play at the Greenwood Community Theatre. Tour the Benjamin Mays Preservation Site and learn of the man who Martin Luther King called his mentor. Visit the site of the first Southern land battle of the Revolutionary War at Ninety Six National Historic Site in Ninety Six, SC.
Laurens County is conveniently located off Interstates 26 and 385. It is home to Presbyterian College in Clinton, Musgrove Mill State Historic Site and Episcopal Church of the Epiphany. Take a walking tour of the historic Square in Laurens. Visit the Laurens County Museum along with the Clinton Museum.
Visit McCormick, built over “Billie” Dorn’s gold mine tunnels, once one of the richest in the nation. McCormick Arts Council at Keturah (MACK) offers presentations of the arts in different media. Outdoor recreation abounds in a county that is 90% contained in Sumter National Forest. Pan for gold at Heritage Gold Mine Park. Visit the only resort state park in SC-Hickory Knob Resort State Park. Fish, kayak, swim or just relax.
History & Heritage
Tour historic churches and museums and learn about the final meeting of the Confederate Council of War right where it took place. Political figures, military heroes and steel magnolias all repose in one of the most historic cemeteries in South Carolina including long-time United States Senator Strom Thurmond. Watch the potter as he makes Old Edgefield pottery from clay. See a wood carver bring crafts of yesteryear to life. Visit the Heritage Corridor Discovery Center and learn the colorful past of the Old 96 District. The site of the first Southern land battle of the Revolutionary War occurred at Ninety Six National Historic Site. Musgrove Mill State Historic Site was a key battle for the Patriot soldiers.
Arts & Theater
Enjoy outstanding theatrical performances at Abbeville Opera House and the Greenwood Community Theatre. The Old 96 District offers traveling exhibits and permanent collections at several art galleries as well as displays of local artists. One-of-a-kind jewelry, paintings, drawings, pottery and other media are available for sale. Pan for gold and purchase antiques in off-the-beaten-path shops.
Explore the National Wild Turkey Federation Visitor Center displaying dioramas and animatronics explaining hunting techniques and conservation of the North American wild turkey. Outdoor recreation abounds in an area that is largely surrounded by the Sumter National Forest. Hike and bike the scenic trails in the Old 96 District. Camp in the six state parks in the region featuring primitive to RV campgrounds. Fish for bream, crappie, largemouth bass, striper and other species in our five well-stocked lakes.
Gardens & Goats
Get close to nature as you pet alpacas, goats and sheep. Bush River Farm and Emerald Farm provide an idyllic way to spend an afternoon in the country. Stroll through the test gardens at Park Seed Company and visit the packing facility at the world’s largest family-owned mail order seed company.