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Thoroughbred Country State Parks Deals

Reserve a Barnwell State Park cabin or campsite and get a free for greatly reduced rates on activities at any of 4 other local state parks during your stay! Try one or all four. Choose from:

Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site

Tour the beautiful plantation home of Governor James Henry Hammond. Buy one tour ticket, get a second of equal or lesser value free. Admission $4/Adult, $2.50/SC Senior, $3/Youth

Rivers Bridge State Historic Site

Take a free guided tour of the Battles of Rivers Bridge where Sherman fought on his march to Columbia.

Aiken State Natural Area

Rent a canoe for $5 and paddle a portion of the pristine South Edisto River, the longest, free flowing blackwater river in North America.

Lake Warren State Park

Rent a fishing boat with the motor, paddles and life jackets for $15.00 and fish one of South Carolina's best kept secrets.

For more information about these specials please contact Barnwell State Park at 803-284-2212.

Barnwell State Park hours are: 11-12 am and 4-5 pm.


 Barnwell State Park Stay and Play Brochure 2011

Rivers Bridge State Historic Site now offers Tours of Battlefield

Ehrhardt – On Feb. 2-3, 1865, 1,200 Confederate soldiers made a stand at Rivers Bridge on the Salkehatchie River against Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s sweep across South Carolina during the final months of the Civil War. Behind stout earthen fortifications, the Southerners fought a division of about 5,000 Union soldiers. Union troops crossed the swollen swamp on both ends of the Confederate line to finally win the battle. Today, Rivers Bridge SHS, as the only South Carolina State Historic Site commemorating the Civil War, preserves the battlefield and its fortifications.

Beginning in May 2011, Rivers Bridge SHS will offer a guided tour of the battlefield the first Saturday of each month at 2:00 p.m. Visitors will meet at the park community building prior to the tour for demonstrations of Civil War equipment, stories of how the battle effected the lives of the men who fought there and revelations of how the results of the battle changed the history of South Carolina. The tour will then examine the still intact fortifications as well as the natural topography that lead one Union general to call Rivers Bridge "… the strongest position I ever saw in my life."

The first guided tour of the Rivers Bridge battlefield will be on May7 at 2:00 p.m. All visitors should meet at the community building. Rivers Bridge SHS no long charges admission to the park but there is a fee for the tour of $5 for each adult, and $3 for each student (ages 6-16). Rivers Bridge SHS is located near Ehrhardt, SC. For more information, visit www.SouthCarolinaParks.com or call the park at (803) 267-3675.

Barnwell State Park is now a geo-caching site.

Geo-caching is a techno-sport using global positioning satellites (GPS) and hand-held systems to locate specific “finds” in state, local and national parks and forests. Currently, the park has 3 caches the Turkey Feather Trail, Barnwell State Park-Upper Lake and Springs, and Water Source for Farm Animals.

The Sandhills region of the South Carolina State Park Service is working on a region wide geo-caching challenge. Inside 13 caches will be part of a clue for the final cache. Once the last cache is found, the geo-cacher will receive a prize. Before any caches are placed in any State Park the placement site must be approved by the park manager. For more information about geo-caching in South Carolina contact Bryn Harmer from Lee State Park at 803-428-5307 between 11 am – 12 pm or email: leesp@scprt.com.


Super-Fresh Tuesdays from Aiken Naturals!

Magnolia Natural Market & Cafe in Aiken hosts Aiken Naturals organic market every Tuesday from 11:30 am to 6 pm. Partners Lynne Harrison and Naomi Frost-Hewitt bring their experience to Aiken Naturals providing the freshest certified organic produce to this European style market. Aiken Naturals also offers a co-op membership program for weekly discounts. For information on how to become a member, visit web.me.com/aikennaturals


Aiken Depot | What's new in Thoroughbred Country

The City of Aiken Visitor Center and Train Depot406 Park Ave., SE.

Regular hours for the Depot and Visitor's Center are Wednesday - Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm. Phone: 803-293-7846 or 1-888-AikenSC. www.aikenis.com


Ladyfingers, A new Bakery, Catering & Produce at 11450 Dunbarton Blvd., Barnwell. Ladyfingers is available to cater your parties, weddings, anniversaries, and other events. Ladyfingers does character birthday cakes, traditional birthday cakes, red velvet cakes, 7 layer chocolate cake (their signature item), strawberry lemonade and all types of pound cake. Hours Monday - Friday 9 am - 5:30 pm. Saturday 9 am - 1 pm. Phone 803-259-5808.


Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC  is once again offering a limited number of Savannah River Site (SRS) tours to the general public. Site tours provide an opportunity for those interested in SRS to better understand the Department of Energy's facilities and workers that changed the face of Aiken, Barnwell and Allendale counties, nearby cities and helped win the Cold War. Guests will also learn about facilities supporting future missions of the Savannah River Site. All tours are free of charge. Registration for the tours can be made at www5.hanford.gov/SRSTours/  or if no internet access is available, individuals may call 803-952-8467 for assistance. Seats are limited to two individuals per reservation and participants may reserve only one tour date per year. Other restrictions apply, see website for details. 


Aiken County Historical Museum Tours

433 Newberry St. SW, Aiken. The Thursday/Friday tours are back at the Aiken County Historical Museum starting. Due to popular demand, the award-winning tours by Owen Clary and Elliott Levy have been scheduled again. Bring your friends, guests and/or family, young and old on one of these fascinating tours. The tours start at 10:30 am. Call the Museum at 803-642-2015 to schedule a tour.


Arts & Heritage Center & Gift Shop  is open in the North Augusta Municipal Center. The Center's exhibits focus on the history and art of North Augusta and the surrounding area. Phone: 803-441-4380  www.artsandheritagecenter.com  
Sunday, May 28, 2017
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