Local Attractions & Restaurants :

LILL'S HERB GARDEN - The Herb & Flower Garden is beckoning you to "come out and smell the flowers", as the expression goes. Lill grows a wide range of flowers trying to have something in bloom all summer long, particularly native plants to South Carolina and also old-time and heirloom plants and herbs.  Come on out and have a stroll!  Located on the same property as the cottage in Blackville, we invite you to come and learn about the many uses of herbs in your cooking or decorations and growing.  The most requested information is the history and making of a Tussie Mussie.

THE HERITAGE CORRIDOR- Designated by Congress in 1996 as a National Heritage Area, the Heritage Corridor runs from the foothills of Oconee County in the northwestern corner of the state, along the Savannah River, through the Edisto River Basin, to the port city of Charleston.

RUSSELL'S PIZZA - Best hand-tossed pizza in the area in the restored "original " Dodge Motor Co. building owned by Stanley Brown in the mid 1900's at 502 Main St., Blackville, SC .Open Monday-Saturday lunch and Sunday dinner.  Call 284-3001.

LAKESIDE GRILLE - Family run seafood restaurant with additional southern cookin overlooking Lake Edgar Brown in Barnwell, with the right price.  Located at 188 Gilmore St. in Barnwell. Open Monday-Saturday 11:00-9:00.  Call 259-0700.

MILLERS BREAD BASKET -Family run Mennonite restaurant serving a variety of meats and vegetables daily, such as meat loaf and fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, fresh homemade bread and pies such as coconut cream, shoo-fly, pecan and more. Located at 322 Main St. in Blackville.  Open Monday.-Saturday 11:00-2:00 and Thursday & Friday evenings 5:00-8:30.  Call 284-3117.

GOODLAND'S BAR-B-QUE -Located in the center of Springfield, at 648 Springfield Rd.

SPRINGFIELD FLEA MARKET- Just outside of the small town of Springfield where Hwy 3 & Hwy 4 intersect is the 'BEST" place to shop on Saturday morning for a treasure, plants, farm fresh vegetables, bargains, etc.

BARNWELL STATE PARK - Fishing available in either a 16 acre or an 8 acre lake. Nature trails, picnic shelters, playground, meeting facility, campsites. Located off Hwy 3 on State Park Road. Call 284-2212.

EDISTO RIVER - Get out and see all of nature for yourself on the river.

HEALING SPRINGS COUNTRY STORE -Take a trip into the past to a store built in the 1920's and find those hard to find items. Located at the corner of Healing Springs Road. and Hwy 3.open Monday & Tuesday ,Thursday & Friday 10:00-5:30, Saturday 9:00-4:30.Call 284-3377.

HEALING SPRINGS -Located approximately 3 miles North of Blackville. These springs were deeded to God in 1944 by Luke Boylston. The Indians believed in the spring's natural healing powers and brought wounded soldiers here to drink and rest up. Locals and the people who come from miles around still believe in the springs' powers today.

AGRICULTURAL HERITAGE CENTER-Located on Edisto Research at 127 Heritage Rd., Blackville this 1900's house will take you back in time as "it used to " as Barbara gives you a historical tour high lighting on science and agriculture in the area. Call 284-9182 for hours.

REGION 3 DISCOVERY CENTER - Located at 87 Heritage Rd. ,2 miles out of Blackville is a wealth of information about the 4 counties, Aiken, Bamberg, Barnwell, Orangeburg surrounding this Rails, Rivers, Crossroads area. This is a part of the Heritage Corridor, which goes from the mountains. to the sea. The train ride will take you back to the good ole days and show life as it was then. The hands on interpretive displays will educate with enjoyment. A gift shop with local made crafts and other unique gifts and Thomas the train room for the little ones.  Open Tuesday- Saturday 10:00- 5:00.Call 284-3976.

PARROTS ANTIQUES & GIFTS - Original country store in Blackville is now a gift shop but had you come thru town in the early days you would have found a lot of activity going on here as it was a grocery store along with Mr. Brown being a broker for watermelon, cucumbers and asparagus.  He also had many workers who would come in to be paid, hence he had his rather large safe in the back room, which is still in the store. Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:00-5:00, Saturday !0:00-4:00.  Call 284-3670.

AIKEN, SC - which is 30 minutes away has an abundance of unique shops, and dining, polo activities, horse farms, Aiken mall ,Hitchcock Woods, Hopeland Gardens, beautiful town, turn of the century homes, rich in history and more.  Call Thoroughbred Country 649-7981 or toll free 1-888-834-1654.

LITTLE RED BARN - Local made pottery by Liz Ringus along with our own local "naturalist " Larry Price with photography and framing in Barnwell at the junction of US278 and SC37.There is also other local vendors displaying their crafts here. Shop for that hard to please person on your list with something special made in South Carolina.  Open Wednesday - Friday 10:00-5:00, Saturday 9:00-3:00.  Call 541-7900.

HEALING SPRINGS BAPTIST CHURCH - Mother of many Baptist churches in the area.  Organized by Nathaniel Walker.  The bricks for the foundation and columns, which are still used today, were made a short distance from the church by slave labor.  The pulpit was near the center of the church in the early days but after the slaves were freed it was moved to the rear, where it still is today.  Located close to the Healing Springs.