Bamberg County developed along the railroad and was primarily an agricultural area. Today you can take your pick for Edisto River adventures, a Civil War battlefield, historic depots and plenty of rural charm.
Erected in 1898, this is one of the older remaining structure houses on the Claflin University campus. Claflin University, founded in 1869 as Claflin College, is the oldest historically black college in South Carolina. It was the first college in the state to welcome all students regardless of race or gender.
The Branchville Railroad Junction & Museum is no ordinary place. In fact, it is the first railroad junction in the entire world! The museum explores the history of Branchville and features model trains, artifacts and memorabilia. There's even a top notch restaurant on site, called the Eatery at the Depot!
The Edisto Memorial Gardens is made up of 150 acres of azaleas, camellias, roses and other flowers spaced among giant oaks and century-old cyprus trees, cherry and dogwood trees.
The Great Branch Rosenwald Teacherage was one of eight homes built in SC to house principals and teachers who taught in the Great Branch Rosenwald School. The home was built in 1924 and reamins the only in-tact home in SC built during the era of providing educational facilities for African Americans. The school was built in 1921 and burned by arsonists in the early 60's. The restored home has a welcome center, artifact room and a student research room.
Elloree is a Native American word meaning "The Home I Love." Find out why as you browse this state-of-the-art museum that will guide you through Elloree as it was in 1900. You can see the recreated stores, bank and hotel while also exploring a plantation cotton gin, see the 18th century Snider Cabin and meet the farm mule, Ruby Doo.
This church was built in 1849 to accomodate the residents of the village who made their summer homes in the cool pine forest of Eutaw Village (present-day Eutawville). The church has most of its original features and has an adjoining cemetery.
Holly Hill Depot, circa 1921, was built on the sites of two previous depots dating back to 1886 when the Eutaw Railroad reached Holly Hill. The railroad defined the location for the town’s business section and it was responsible for the town’s growth and founding in 1887. The depot is now a visitors and a satellite office of the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce.
The I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium is truly the only facility of its kind, an interdisciplinary Museum and Planetarium on any Historically Black College and University campus in the United States. It is the only museum in South Carolina recognized for its Collection of African Art by the Naitonal Museum of African Art Library. Located within SC State University, The Stanback serves the University and the public alike by offering programs, exhibitions, lectures, publications, Planetarium shows, classes, and art related research; all demonstrating a commitment to helping residents of South Carolina and visitors to the state to better understand South Carolina's cultural heritage.
Visit Santee Cooper Country and discover the rich history and outdoor adventures of this region. The Visitors Center is the perfect place to begin your journey. The staff of the center will help you plan your exploration while the brochures are plentiful! The Center represents the counties of Berkeley, Calhoun, Clarendon, Orangeburg and Sumter
Springfield High School (built 1929) is beautifully restored and now a place for you to tour a depression era school building with many exhibits and events offered throughout the year. The school is on the National Register of Historic Places.