Barnwell County was directly in Sherman’s path during the Civil War, but plenty of history remains here along with mom & pop restaurants, Healing Springs, art venues, a state park & more.
Designated Heritage Corridor Sites in barnwell County
barnwell county museum
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.
agricultural heritage museum
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
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.
church of holy apostles
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.
little red barn gallery
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.”
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