And if you’re already out and about in your car, it’s worth visiting some of the region’s other sites. We did a quick stop by the Benjamin E. Mays House Museum, which celebrates the contributions of the man who was a spiritual mentor to Martin Luther King Jr. and who advised three presidents –Kennedy, Johnson and Carter. We also drove out through the town of Ninety Six and into Lake Greenwood State Park, which is stunning. The park’s visitor center has a permanent exhibit about the Civilian Conservation Corps, which was responsible for creating this park and many others around the state. If camping is your thing, this is the place to do it.
Another highlight when you’re out and about in Greenwood is a visit to Emerald Farm, where they raise goats and have been making goat-milk soap and lotions for decades. There’s also a train ride there and a variety of other activities, but I blew right past all of that – and the peacocks proudly strutting around – for my chance to spend time with the Saanen goats. I even had the opportunity to feed a few of them, including a baby, and that was a highlight for me. I found out later that if you time your visit just right, you can try your hand at milking a goat. So that’s something to try on a return visit.
And we will be back. We were there for the Great American Eclipse – Greenwood was in the line of totality, and it was an amazing place to witness this once-in-a-lifetime event – but I’d like to come back for the Festival of Flowers, which happens every single year. And Claire tells me that the Inn really gets decked out for the holidays, so perhaps we’ll mark that on the travel calendar, too.
Well, that is a wrap on our trip to the SC Old 96 District. And, we will be back!