The southwestern region is known as South Carolina’s capital for equestrian sports. This region is a true heaven for both the rider and the horses. The region is also known for its mild winter, freshly scented autumn and unsurpassable flowering gardens in the spring. Known as a winter resort for some of America’s richest families, it was not uncommon for celebrities such as the Goodyears, Whitneys, Astors, and Vanderbilt’s to have homes here. Magnificent villas, old streets, beautiful gardens and a restored 19th-century inn recall the golden age of the city as a resort for the fine company.
The small town of Barnwell is the county seat of Barnwell County and was named after the Irish John Barnwell. On the northern border runs the Edisto River and on the southeastern border, the Savannah River separates the city of Georgia. Barnwell and its surroundings offer a variety of activities, such as fishing, hunting, swimming or boating. In addition, Barnwell also offers some sights and landmarks. The latter include the Episcopal Church of the Holy Apostles and the rectory, as well as the Bethlehem Baptist Church and the Old Presbyterian Church, all of which have been included in the National Register of Historic Places. Another attraction is the unique “Sundial Monument”, which is located in front of the “Barnwell County Courthouse” and is the oldest sundial in the United States.
The small town of Aiken is located in the homonymous Aiken County and is its county seat. The history and founding of Aiken dates back to 1835, and its name was given by William Aiken, who was a founder of the Charleston railway company. After the end of the Civil War, Aiken was especially popular as a resort and summer retreat for Charleston’s affluent society. Today Aiken is known as a university town and the center of thoroughbred breeding. As the breeding of thoroughbreds has a long tradition, a polo tournament is held every Saturday, as it was in 1882. Since South Carolina owns very few wineries, the nearby winery Aikens is considered a true rarity. Other attractions include the Hopeland Gardens, the Aiken County History Museum, the DuPont Planetarium, and the Thorougbread Racing Hall of Fame. Also worthwhile is a visit to the “Citywide Arboretum”, the farmers market, the magnificent estate “Rye Patch” and of course the historic city center of Aiken.
The city of North Augusta is located in the Aiken County of South Carolina on the north bank of the Savannah River. The area on which today’s North Augusta is located was already settled over 300 years ago. The English then founded a trading post called Savannah Town, North Augusta was founded in the early 20th century. The city is best known for its many historic houses including Rosemary Hall and Lookaway Hall. Other attractions include the Bell Farms Strawberry Patch, the Mount Vintage Plantation Golf & Athletic Club and the River Golf Club. If you want to know more about the history of North Augusta and are interested in history, you should definitely visit the Living History Park, which is without a doubt a recommended tourist attraction.