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Discover the spirit and charm of the true South in South Carolina’s Olde English District. The name refers to the region’s early settlement by the English in the mid-1700's. Revolutionary War and Civil War battle sites, period homes and historic monuments abound here.

Bisected by I-77, the Olde English District is located between Charlotte, North Carolina and Columbia, South Carolina. Wherever your final destination, you can discover the treasures of the Olde English District on your way. The district is dotted with picturesque areas ­ like Winnsboro SC, which features the longest continuously running town clock in the United States, Old St. David’s Church in Cheraw SC, and the spider lilies at Landsford Canal State Park.

Explore our waterways and woodlands; visit our campgrounds and state parks, steeped in history. Spend a day or two at one of our fabulous antebellum country inns and B&B’s, or golf some of the most beautiful courses in the Southeast. So come on, get off the Interstate and enter the wonderful world of the Olde English District, where you will find deep rooted traditions and lots of smiling faces.
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Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site & Gist Mansion
Offers visitors insight into the upcountry cotton plantation of South Carolina’s “Secession Governor,” William Henry Gist. Rose Hill served as Gist’s primary residence during his tenure as governor and during the tumultuous months of pending Civil War. The early 19th Century Federal style house, its furnishings, surrounding gardens and outbuildings document the lifestyle, and changes experienced by the Gist family and African Americans who occupied the plantation from the antebellum-era through Reconstruction.

Spider Lilies at Landsford Canal
The last of a dozen 19th century South Carolina river canals, Landsford Canal has all of its major features intact. The park has a trail along the canal and a Lockkeeper’s house which contains interpretive exhibits on the canal system in South Carolina. Out in the river is one of the largest known stands of rocky shoals spider lilies, tough plants that hang tight in the swift water and bloom spectacularly in a huge blanket of white in late May and early June. An easy-to-walk trail along the river leads to a viewing deck.

Kilburnie, the Inn at Craig Farm
Kilburnie, the Inn at Craig Farm is a luxurious, beautifully maintained Bed and Breakfast with the aura of a small private hotel. This 178 year old antebellum “Grand Dame” was moved in 1999 to 400-acre historic Craig Farm and completely restored to her former Greek revival grandeur. Recommended by Southern Living Magazine, Kilburnie attracts connoisseurs of sophisticated comfort, and romantic privacy. All commodious guestrooms have fireplaces and spacious private baths complete with Hydro therapy whirlpools. Kilburnie’s quiet and expansive country setting belies its 30 miles proximity from Charlotte, NC. Kilburnie is known for its friendly European laced hospitality and its grounds are an exceptional setting for weddings, family reunions and special events. A separate upscale executive meeting center at historic Craig House provides the ultimate privacy and comfort for corporations and civic groups. The innkeeper, Johannes Tromp is the former General Manager of Windows on the World restaurant, which before 9/11 was one of New York City’s premier establishments.

Springdale Race Course & National Steeplechase Museum
Experience the excitement of Kershaw County’s nationally renowned steeplechase races, the Carolina Cup in the spring and the Marion DuPont Scott Colonial Cup in the fall. A viewing stand welcomes visitors for early morning thoroughbred workouts. The National Steeplechase Museum is on the grounds of Springdale Race Course and features the national story of steeplechase through archival and interactive exhibits. Kershaw County also hosts many equine shows and races, horse farms, polo games and fox hunting.

Historic Brattonsville
Listed as a National Register District, Historic Brattonsville has flourished to become one of the largest restoration and living history sites in the Southeast. Historic Brattonsville is a 775-acre living history village and Revolutionary War battlefield site featuring 29 historic structures including house museums that chronicle the development of the Carolina Piedmont from the 1750s through the 1840s. Award winning heritage farm program includes preservation of rare breeds of farm animals. Living history programs each Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Special events include a Battle re-enactment the second Saturday in July, Sweat of Our Brows, the second Saturday in September, Pottery Festival the first Saturday in October and annual Christmas Candlelight tours the first full weekend in December. Site includes the Walt Schrader Trails, 8 miles of hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding trails. Unique gift shop.

South Carolina Railroad Museum
Equipment owned by the museum includes #44, a ten wheeler steam locomotive once operated in the SC Lowcountry. Visitors are welcome 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month, June through October for train rides. Open 9a.m.- 4p.m. Other weekends for special events include Train Rides with Santa, held for three Saturdays following Thanksgiving Day and the Easter Bunny Eggspress Trains, held the two Saturdays prior to Easter Sunday. Admission is charged for train rides.

City of Light
A visit to this beautiful campus features the Inspiration Chapel where events are videotaped, translated into the main languages of the world, and distributed globally; the Inspiration Café and Book Center; the Inspiration Prayer Room and Personal Prayer Rooms.

Carowinds Theme and Water Park
The country’s only theme park located in two states, Carowinds features 108 action-packed acres that straddle the North and South Carolina border with more than 60 world class rides, shows and attractions. Experience a taste of “down under”, down South at Boomerang Bay Water Park, a 16-acre Australian-themed Outback oasis of wet fun that features more than 25 water activities! Boomerang Bay is open mid-May through Labor Day on regular park operating days and is free with park admission. Rub elbows with your favorite Snoopy celebrities. Enjoy thirteen exciting roller coasters, including new for 2015, the Fury 325. See your favorite Christian and Gospel music stars perform in the 13,000 seat Paladium Amphitheatre. Open daily during the summer and weekends in the spring and fall.

Andrew Jackson State Park
“Old Hickory”, the seventh president, wrote that he was born on South Carolina soil on March 15, 1767, at the plantation where his uncle, James Crawford, lived. This plantation, his birth site, is now a 360-acre state park which features a museum and a one-room 18th century schoolhouse.

Catawba Indian Nation
The Catawba Nation, located 8 miles east of Rock Hill, South Carolina, is the home to a highly creative group of Native American potters. Scholars tell us the Catawba Indians are aboriginal to the Carolinas and that the Catawba pottery tradition has survived for over 4,500 years, long before the craft made its debut in the Southwest. The tradition has been passed on within the nation. It has survived contact with Europeans, wars, centuries of economic and cultural stresses and contact with modern technology including glazes, paints and the potter's wheel. In spite of these outside influences, the pottery tradition has remained as one of the purest art forms of its kind.

McLeod’s Farms Roadside Stand & Antique Car Museum
Homegrown fruits and vegetables, bakery and ice cream shop. The Antique Museum is home to over 20 antique cars, including a 1920 McLaughlin, a 1930 Lincoln, Model T and Model A. There are over a dozen tractors from yesteryear along with other memorabilia that include farm implements, tools, phonographs, butter churns, and many other items of interest.

Historic Boykin
Take a step back in time with a visit to the Boykin Mill Pond community where you can see the grinding of grain at the restored mill or watch as brooms are hand-made on 100 year-old original equipment at the Broom Place, Home of the Battle of Boykin’s Mill. This location has been named one of the top 10 Carolinas’ Civil War sites by Clint Johnson in his book, Touring the Carolinas’ Civil War Sites. Shoppers will be intrigued at the Boykin Company Store by floor-to-ceiling shelves filled with fresh farm products, general merchandise, gifts, gourmet foods and other tempting delights. Nearby is Swift Creek Baptist Church where generations of worshippers lifted their voices in prayer.

Cheraw State Park and Golf Course
South Carolina’s first state park is located in the Sand Hills region. Cabins, campsites and hiking trails dot these 7,000 acres of forest. The 309-acre lake offers fishing and other recreational opportunities in a beautiful setting. An 18-hole championship golf course with full service pro shop is a popular attraction.

Historic Camden Revolutionary War Park
Historic Camden offers a view of colonial village life during the Revolutionary War period. Included are two circa-1800 log houses, and the authentically reconstructed Kershaw-Cornwallis House, a stop on the Revolutionary War Trail. Commandeered by Lord Cornwallis during the Revolution, the Kershaw-Cornwallis House served as the British headquarters during the war. Trails lead visitors to fortifications, a powder magazine, picnic facilities and nature trail. A large variety of local crafts, period reproductions and other special gift selections are found in the gift shop. Special events include Revolutionary War Field Days on the first weekend in November with local crafts, living history demonstrations, regimental drills and other festivities.

South Carolina Jazz Festival
The state’s Jazz Festival is held in jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie’s historic hometown of Cheraw yearly in October. The festival fuses the soulful sounds with the rich heritage of great jazz making this three day celebration a great time of exposure to a genre of incredible music. Performances include the legendary as well as rising star jazz artists. Check back often for the current lineup and updated schedule of events. www.Scjazzfestival.com

Union County Museum
Housed in a beautifully restored 1923 building, the Union County Museum contains a broad collection of the county’s history. Amassed over a period of more than one hundred years, artifacts include furniture, farm and textile equipment, pictures, portraits, personal items, several hundred photographs, pottery, glass, textiles, books and extensive archival materials. Every period of the county’s history is represented. Included in the Military Exhibit are two of the three Civil War battle flags, which survived the war as the well as the table upon which the Ordinance of Secession was drawn up and signed. Gift Shop on premises where books, maps and other items of historical interest are available. An extensive land grant map book can be purchased as well as artwork by local artisans. Many of these items are one-of-a kind and are not available at any other location.

Chester’s Two Museums: Historical & Transportation
Located in the old 1914 Chester jail, Historical Society Museum includes notable collections of Native American artifacts and firearms from the Revolutionary Era to the present, period costumes and relics of the War Between the States. The Transportation Museum opened in 2007 in the 1888 Freight Depot on Seaboard Railroad, contains buggies, wagons, a 1925 School Bus used in Chester County, a 1934 Ford, a collections of license tags from the first issued in 1917 through 1975, a 1896 wooden rim bicycle and many car and train related items. The Museum was created through a Department of Transportation Grant.

Timken Sports Complex
Timken Sports Complex is a brand new facility in Union, South Carolina that boasts a total of seven ball fields, including one championship field for baseball. Each field has two bullpens that are fenced in for the players' and fans' safety. Timken also features a 4,900 square foot North main tower, and a 1,800 square foot South main tower that include concessions in each tower, bleacher sunshades, amply-sized air conditioned restrooms, family restrooms, a game room, a parent lounge, and a press facility. The other features, such as the irrigation and lighting systems, make the new complex a top notch baseball and softball facility. Players and coaches will appreciate the outstanding quality of the playing fields.