Prior to the formation of Saluda County in the late 1800s, this area was known as Redbank. The word Saluda came from the Cherokee name for the major river in the area. The county is comprised of the city of Saluda and the towns of Ridge Spring, Ward, and Monetta, each community connected with strong ties of agriculture.
This historic sanctuary was built in 1873 along with the two-acre cemetery with more than 400 gravesites and interesting sculptures. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One of the oldest churches in the area, Spann has early documented dates of 1805. The cemetery dates back to 1842 and is the town's only burying ground.
Ridge Spring is named for the natural raised ridge of the land and for it's spring water. Legend has it that the Native Americans who once lived here chipped out the basin in the rock into which flows the water for the spring. European settlers came here in the 1700s and eventually a town grew up around a water tower and railroad in the mid 1800s. Downtown Ridge Spring today is the heartbeat of this agrarian community, and is famous for its quaint shops and breathtaking farmland.
Daylily Depot Gardens is an official daylily display garden of the American Hermerocallis Society. With over 900 varieties of daylilies and over 50 varieties of irises, you'll want to visit during peak blooming times. For the irises that time is mid-April with repeat blooming from late May through December. The daylilies bloom from early April to mid-October with abundant blooms through mid-July. For special visits, please call (803) 685-7219. Daylily Depot also has pick-your-own blueberries from June to early August that are open 7 days a week!
Downtown Saluda walks you through the past and present of this small town. Here you'll find the local Saluda County Museum, the courthouse and military heritage monuments and also the community theater. Make sure you call the museum to schedule a tour of the Bonham house, which was home to James Butler Bonham, South Carolina's very own hero at the Alamo. Also check out the nearby Redbank Church are any of the locally owned restaurants and village shops.
Since 1918 four generations of the Watson family has perfected the art of growing fresh produce. Here you can tour the farm to learn more about the operation, pick up any produce that is in season or visit Peaches N' Such, the on-site restaurant where (no surprise here) the peach ice cream is a favorite.