Things to Do in Barnwell County
Barnwell County Museum
Discover Barnwell and the South's heritage through exhibits, guided tours and special programs. Vocal and instrumental performances are also offered at various times
Barnwell Historic Tour
Within easy walking distance from Barnwell's town circle, view the Church of the Holy Apostles Episcopal Church, where Union soldiers stabled their horses and the church yard where many famous South Carolinians are buried. Other historic register buildings include Saint Andrew's Catholic Church, the oldest Catholic church in South Carolina, and the former Presbyterian Church, now home to the Circle Theatre performing arts center. The country's only vertical sundial, built in 1858, sits in the park in front of the County Courthouse, located on the circle.
Blackville Historical Tour
Your step-on guide will present historical downtown, churches and homes, Healing Springs, Civil and Revolutionary War sites and the Mennonite Community. Choose the Mennonite Church History and Culture option and one of the church elders will invite you in and share the history of their church and a bit about their way of life. Another option is a visit to Lill's Herb Garden. Here Lill shares her herb garden and secrets for growing, preserving and using herbs. You may choose to end your tour with the Afternoon Tea option. You will be welcomed into a Mennonite home where you will enjoy a choice of several kinds of tea as well as sandwiches and pastries. A trolley is available for the town portion of the tour for an additional fee.
Located in the town's circle are many unique shops. Enjoy an old fashioned ice cream shake while sitting at an old soda fountain in Berley's Pharmacy. Take home a souvenir from Evelyn's Jewelry and Gifts.
Little Red Barn Pottery & Art Gallery
Formerly the Leigh Banana Case Commissary, the old country store was moved from the former town of Ellenton during the construction of the Savannah River Site in the early 1950's. The main gallery now showcases the work of over 50 local craftsmen and antique dealers. The shop also houses the pottery studio of Elizabeth Ringus, Paw Print Pottery. Visitors favorites include SC Face Jugs, quilts hand-stitched by Mennonite women, local honey and handmade soaps.