Known as one of the oldest inland cities in South Carolina, Edgefield is the home to 10 former Governors of South Carolina. The surrounding rural area is full of vast peach fields, farms, and town squares that will take you back in time.
Noted as "The Peach Capital of the World", Edgefield County has a remarkable history of agriculture and peach cultivation. The Edgefield County Peach Museum is your first stop to find out why. Pick up some local peach products here and get visitor information on things to do in the area, especially the roadside produce stands and farms!
One of the most historic inland cities in South Carolina, the Edgefield Town Square has remain mostly unchanged since the early 1800s. The most noteworthy features of the square are the brick courthouse (circa 1839), the oldest weekly newspaper in South Carolina, moonshine distillery, and the Old Edgefield Pottery studio.
Hickory Hill Milk is old-fashioned whole milk and guaranteed to be hormone free. All of the milk is non-homogenized, allowing the cream to rise to the top. Sound delicious? It is! Find out for yourself by scheduling a tour of the farm to see what makes Hickory Hill dairy products different from the rest. Regular, buttermilk and chocolate are available.
Oakley Park was built in 1835 by Daniel Byrd, a Virginian who came to Edgefield and became a very successful cotton planter. The beautiful mansion later was the home of Gen. Martin Witherspoon Gary, a fiery Confederate politician and father of the Red Shirt movement that assured the election of Wade Hampton as governor in 1876. Oakley Park is open for tours Thursday-Saturdays and is also available to rent for special events
The Wild Turkey Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to the restoration, management and hunting of the wild turkey. The amazing comeback story of the American wild turkey unfolds through the exciting displays at the NWTF Museum such as 3-D dioramas and interactive exhibits. Schedule a tour ahead of time for special activities like archery and skeet shooting!
The Nut House is one of the many quaint shops in historic Ridge Spring. It is known as THE source for quality pecans direct from the farm. Pecan selection includes in shell, cracked, shelled, roasted pecans, spiced pecans, chocolate covered pecans, pecan brittle, pralines, pecan stuffed dates, white chocolate clusters, honey, stone-ground grits, barbeque sauce and of course a pecan cookbook.
Rev. Alexander Bettis, a former slave who could read but couldn't write, established Bettis Academy in 1882 to provide education for African-Americans in South Carolina. Bettis Academy provided both day and boarding options for its students. Its curriculum emphasized the Bible and religious instruction, literacy, mechanical and agricultural arts, and home economics. Bettis Academy closed in 1950. An annual Earth Day event is held there each April. The site is currently closed for tours.
Cook's Farm isa family owned and operated Roadside Market and Greenhouse specializing in hand-graded peaches since 1960. Seasonal produce is available at the roadside stand seasonally, along with local products like dressings and salsas!
As the Charlotte, Columbia and Augusta Railroad rolled through, Trenton established itself in the late 1860s. The area is known as a Pine House community, a name derived from the "Piney Woods Tavern," which was a stagecoach station located nearby. Today the Trenton Square can be your starting point to discovering the charming plantation homes and historic churches in the area.
The D.A.Tompkins Library is headquarters of the SC Geneaological Society and also the Old Edgefield District Geneaological Society. The library is the go to place for geneaological research and has a tremendous collection of the Edgefield Advertiser (the oldest newspaper in South Carolina) dating back to 1836. It is also the place to start your experience in Edgefield, a community that was founded in the 1700s.