5 Places in Old 96 to Experience History

If history and heritage are your thing, it’s time to plan a tour of South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast. Our area boasts miles and miles of shoreline, state parks, and opportunities for adventure, and underlying it all are hidden gems of South Carolina history. We’ve got 5 stops in the Old 96 District for you to […]

What’s in a Name? SC’s Old 96 District

Why is this area of South Carolina called the Old 96 District? From all reports our region was named after a judicial district dating back to the Colonial era when law and order came to the South Carolina backcountry. This area was 96 miles down from the Cherokee Path around Keowee, a major Cherokee town […]

National Plan Your Vacation Day

The Secret to Maximizing Your Vacation Time This Year “So much to do, so little time.” While the phrase may sound like it perfectly describes our lives, research shows there actually is time. Americans universally say that vacation days are important to them, yet 54 percent of workers aren’t using their hard-earned vacation time. Project: […]

Antiquing & Collecting in Old 96 District South Carolina

The act of acquiring things that are no longer perfect has many names. Picking, antiquing, collecting, restoring. We call it junkin’ and pickin’. If you find yourself regularly milling through antique stores and flea markets, searching for a piece of America’s history, you are one of us; a curator of American culture. The Old 96 […]

Walk Where Battles Were Fought and Heroes Were Forged

The Ninety Six National Historic Site was the site of the very first southern land battle of the Revolutionary War in November 1775 south of New England. Seeking to push the British out of their last stronghold in South Carolina, American Gen. Nathanael Greene attacked on May 22, 1781. Anticipating Greene’s arrival, Loyalists soldiers erected […]

Finding the Long Cane Massacre Historical Site

The Long Cane Massacre is a bit of tragic history tucked away at the end of a dusty road in Troy, South Carolina.     If you aren’t watching for the historical markers, you might just miss the site of a significant event in the settlement of South Carolina.     Following the signs, the […]

The Phoenix Factory’s Old Edgefield Pottery is History in Your Hands

The Phoenix Factory’s Old Edgefield pottery continues the longtime tradition of Edgefield Pottery, pottery made in the Old Edgefield District of South Carolina from about 1820 to the early twentieth century. Owning a piece of Edgefield is like holding a small piece of history in your hands. Much of the Edgefield pottery was made before […]

Preserving Area History

Teresa Kemp is passionate about preserving the history and traditions of the African-American population in McCormick County. The South Carolina Wild’s Heritage Center is now open in the former train depot in downtown McCormick. Interactive exhibits and activities, a Children’s Corner and plantation quilts are just a small part of what lies in store for visitors! […]

Jars and Faces. Pottery and Places.

Jars and Faces. Pottery and Places. Over 4,500 years ago, Native Americans along the Savannah River discovered how to create pottery, using Spanish moss, palmetto fibers and the rich clay deposits in the Edgefield, South Carolina area. Edgefield pottery was alkaline glazed, unlike pottery from outside the South. Edgefield pottery first appeared around 1820 when […]