Pee Dee Weekend (Part Two) Florence, Marion, Williamsburg

Saturday , 11, January 2020 Leave a comment

We finished off our weekend stopping at places in three other counties. I also decided to throw Anderson County into this post since we checked it off the a couple weeks later.

County: Florence

Point of Interest: Pecan Festival

It was exciting to find a festival happening in Florence during the weekend we planned to visit. We were looking forward to trying out different pecan related products, but unfortunately the Pecan Festival did not live up to this expectation. It was located in downtown Florence and spanned a number of blocks, but featured more of the food you would find at a County Fair. I actually never even saw a place to you could try pecan related food. The girls enjoyed watching a few of the dance performance that were scattered through the blocks of booths of food and items that people were selling.

The highlight of the Pecan Festival was the STEM booths that were set up for kids to try different activities. The girls especially enjoyed the Clemson booth which was set up to make paper airplanes. Leslie was also excited to run into one of her classmates when making a sandart and get her nails painted. Next time in Florence, I would like to visit Lynches River County Park as it appears there are a number outdoor activities for kids and different programs offered throughout the year.

County: Marion

Point of Interest: Bike Hike Trail

Across the country, there are trails that have been created from the old rail systems in order to connect communities. I love the idea behind this project and you can learn more on the Rails-to-Trials Conservancy website. There are 23,000 miles of trails across the country and in South Carolina there are a total of 25 trails. One of these is located in Marion, the Bike Hike Trail. This trial is 1.1 miles long and connects the downtown out to farmland in the county. This original rail track connected Mullins to Sumter and there are two other trails along this track but they are not all connected at this time. We enjoyed grabbing a cup of coffee and walking a portion of the trail!

Another interesting fact about Marion is the Beneteau factory is located there. Beneteau makes sailboats and we actually sailed on one for a week while in the BVI back in 2010 through Sunsail. As we drove by the factory, there were a number of hauls with the Sunsail logo in the yard getting ready to head out to sailing grounds across the world.

County: Williamsburg

Point of Interest: Brown’s BBQ

I struggled with finding something to do in Williamsburg, so I was glad that we ran across Brown’s BBQ right around lunch time. Brown’s BBQ claims to have some of the best BBQ in South Carolina. This vinegar based BBQ was delicious and Avery especially loved the pot roast that was offered on the buffet. Brown’s is a family owned business that has been around for 30 years in Williamsburg County. It sure did get busy while we were there, so it must be a local favorite!

County: Anderson

Point of Interest: Kid Venture

We visited Anderson right after Thanksgiving on our way back to Beaufort from Georgia. There were two stops in Anderson. First, we visited with my Grandmother who is in a retirement home in Anderson. She was able to see all three girls and we had a nice visit. We then grabbed lunch and headed out to Kid Venture, a playground created by a local volunteer group. It is unique because it offers playground equipment you might not find on a traditional playground because it was designed with ideas from kids in the local community. It is located besides a pond with many ducks to feed. This was a great stop before we hit the road back to Beaufort.

We now have 13 counties left. I have a few ideas for places to stop in these counties but any suggestions in the following counties would be appreciated! Cherokee, Union, Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster, Chesterfield, Berkeley, Georgetown, Orangeburg, Calhoun, Lexington, Allendale, and Bamberg,

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