Named for Revolutionary War figure John Barnwell in the 1800s, Barnwell County grew as the first passenger railroad in the United States rolled through the primarily agricultural landscape. The railroad linked the port city of Charleston to Hamburg, now in the North Augusta area of Aiken County. Barnwell County was on the fiery Civil War route of General Sherman, though several structures of this time period remain. The once bustling railroad towns have now transformed to sleepy townships that have maintained their agricultural roots and the rural landscapes hold a charm all their own.
Located in a historic home, the Barnwell County Museum features permanent history displays and also houses temporary exhibits. Here you can explore everything from Sherman's march through the area to prominent local figures.
Locals and visitors alike flock to Healing Springs for the mineral water, which flows from artesian wells. Folklore about the land stretches back to Native Americans, who reported that the water had healing properties. The legend continued through the Revolutionary War until today. The last owner of the springs deeded it to God and it is now a favorite spot to collect the fresh spring water.
This depot was constructed in the 1900s and was moved to its present location in 1985. The building is part of a long railroad history here, including as an overnight stop for the Best Friend of Charleston. This railroad was the first passenger train in the United States.
This museum focuses solely on the the historical and cultural influences of agriculture on the area. Displays and equipment tell visitors the story of agriculture from the 18th-19th centuries.
Barnwell State Park is one of 16 state parks built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression and is best known for fishing the huge population of crappie, bream, bass and catfish.
Cabins and camping spots are available near the park lakes along with boat rentals, picnic areas, and a nature trail.
This is not just a library! The building also houses a huge variety of geneaological research and records for Barnwell County.
This historic church dates back to 1857 and survived the burning of Barnwell during the Civil War. It has been said that the church was used as a horse stable and the baptismal font as a watering trough. Tradition holds that the windows were hidden before troops arrived and re-installed after the war.
Formerly the Leigh Banana Case Company Commissary, this historic building was moved to its present location in the early 1950's. In 1998, Master Potter, Liz Ringus moved her pottery business to this location and features her pottery & local artists.
This museum ventures back 150 years to explore local history, including when Williston was known as the "asparagus capital of the world."
Here authentic Mennonite/Amish home-cooking is served via a delicious buffet. Miller's is famous for its fried chicken, fresh bread, and desserts. The restaurant has been open since the 1980s.