The long and windy roads of South Carolina lead to many hidden treasures. While the state is known for countless popular tourist destinations from the coastline to the mountains, it is replete with lesser-known and equally beautiful landmarks on the roads less traveled. Many of these landmarks lie within the Olde English District, which is composed of seven counties in north central South Carolina — Chester, Chesterfield, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, York, and Union.
“South Carolina’s history is rich and storied,” says Lynn More, office manager at the Olde English District. “We had more battles and skirmishes in the Revolutionary War than any other state. But when history was written, we weren’t always included. We want to highlight these parts of our great state so that they are at the forefront of everyone’s mind when they are ready to travel — not only for tourists but also for residents. There is so much to do right at your back door.”
One turn off the beaten path can open up endless back roads that can lead to a quaint donut shop or a sprawling manicured state park. From the history enthusiast to the thrill seeker, counties in the Olde English District have something for everyone. Whether it’s skydiving in Chester County, hiking the Palmetto Trail in Fairfield, or golfing in Cheraw, opportunities for soaking up the sun will never be lacking!
Those looking to immerse themselves in history can take a walk through Andrew Jackson State Park in Lancaster, where they will learn about the seventh president’s boyhood. The African American Cultural Center in Camden highlights the rich history of African Americans in the region. The Catawba Indian Nation, the only federally recognized tribe in South Carolina, is celebrated in Rock Hill at the Catawba Cultural Preservation Center. Outdoor adventures and state park exploration have been welcome respites for tourists and residents alike who are ready to get out of the house and breathe in the fresh air, while still being able to social distance safely.
The team at the Olde English District is committed to honoring and promoting the diverse, amazing culture of the state while also making it easy for visitors and residents to research the endless opportunities for travel. Their website — OldeEnglishDistrict.com — provides valuable resources for visitors looking to plan their next vacation or a simple Sunday drive. One click of the desired activity and all of the options are laid out in detail. Downloadable vacation guides outline the amazing attractions, accommodations, campgrounds, golf courses, and historic sites in these treasured seven counties. And one can’t forget the food! Restaurants and eateries in the Olde English District can please even the most discerning of palates. The website allows visitors to choose their preferred category of restaurant and discover ample delicious dining options.
“South Carolina is such a special place — to eat, to play, to relax, and to learn — and it’s so important to us to showcase all we have to offer,” says Lynn. Regardless of budget, age, or interest, a quick 10- to 20-minute road trip down the beautiful, less traveled Main Streets of South Carolina can lead to an unforgettable journey. Robert Frost surely said it best:
“I took the road less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”