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Popular tourist attractions in South Carolina


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Popular tourist attractions in South Carolina are the state’s famous gardens. In the Charleston area are Magnolia Gardens, which are on a 17th-century plantation and are especially noted for displays of azaleas, magnolias, and camellias; Middleton Gardens, which date from the 1740s and are the oldest formal landscaped gardens in the United States; and Cypress Gardens, which contain a lake where bald cypress trees grow. Other notable gardens include Edisto Gardens in Orangeburg, Kalmia Gardens in Hartsville, and Swan Lake in Sumter. In Brookgreen Gardens, near Marrells Inlet, more than 500 sculptures are displayed in a setting of native trees. The Botanical Garden complements a zoological park at Riverbanks, in Columbia.

There are numerous historic places of interest in the state, many of them in Charleston. The Heyward-Washington House, which dates from about 1770, was the home of Thomas Heyward, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Encarta

Among the many other historic landmarks in Charleston are the Old Powder Magazine, which was built about 1713; the Old Exchange, which dates from 1771; Saint Michael’s Episcopal Church, which was begun in 1752; and Saint Philip’s Episcopal Church, which was completed in 1838. Columbia has a number of historic sites, including the Robert Mills House (1823), and the boyhood home (1872) of Woodrow Wilson, commemorating the 28th United States president. Clemson, a town in northwestern South Carolina, is the site of Fort Hill, which dates from 1803. It was the home of the American statesman John C. Calhoun. The Beaufort Historic District includes more than 170 buildings.

Sporting events


Sporting events are a feature of South Carolina’s yearly calendar. Trial, steeplechase, and harness races are contested on three weekends in March during the Triple Crown in Aiken. The Carolina Cup steeplechase is held in the spring and the Colonial Cup steeplechase is held in the fall in Camden. Sailboat regattas are held in June, July, and August at Columbia, Beaufort, Mount Pleasant, and Charleston. An annual stock-car race is run at the Darlington Racetrack on Labor Day.

Numerous festivals


Numerous festivals also brighten the year in South Carolina. April events include the Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival in Mount Pleasant, which celebrates the shrimp fishing industry. In the first week of June the Sun Fun Festival is celebrated at Myrtle Beach.

The Golden Leaf Festival


The Golden Leaf Festival is held each September at Mullins, while the Jewel City Jubilee occurs in Ruby. The Lee County Cotton Festival is held each October in Bishopville. The South Carolina State Fair takes place at Columbia in October. Encarta "South Carolina" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia

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