Point of Interest: Heritage Gold Mine Park
From Abbeville we drove back down south to McCormick County and stopped at Heritage Gold Mine Park. Our original intention was to let the girls pan for gems, but we were talked into a mine tour. The big girls found some interesting gems to add to their rock collection and then we set out on the tour. After walking up a hill and getting a history lesson on the background of the mine, we walk past where the ground had caved in on the mine at some point. We were then lead down some stairs to the base of a hill with a hole in the side with an iron gate covering the entrance. As we continued to get a gold mining history lesson, Leslie turned to me and asked, “are we going in there?” pointing to the hole in the side of the rock. I told her of course not, but to my surprise that was the entrance to the underground old mine. Bryan had to bend down to get into the “mine” and he could not stand straight up. Despite the little flashlights we had been given to use, it was dark and we kept walking deeper into the mine. This gave me serious anxiety, but the girls seemed to be enjoying the adventure and the crickets that were along the edges. We finally made it to the end, snapped a quick picture and then quickly hurried out to the the light at the end of the tunnel. All I could think about is the tunnel caving in, as it had in the places we were just walking above ground.
Point of Interest: Hitchcock Woods
We stayed overnight in Aiken on Friday and Saturday night, we were able to drive around the town throughout our weekend, but our official stop in this county was Hitchcock Woods. These woods are the largest privately own urban forest in the country. There are 2100 acres of land and close to 70 miles of trails for people and horses to use. On our morning walk came across a couple people riding horses and they allowed Avery and Leslie to pet the horse. It was interesting to see such vast woods in the center of a city.
Point of Interest: Ten Governor’s Rail Trail
Our final destination on our weekend trip, was Edgefield County. We picked up subs and headed to the Ten Governors Rail Trail for a picnic and walk. The county created a trail highlighting the 10 South Carolina Governors who were from Edgefield. There is a different governor featured every .1 miles on the 1 mile path. The path leads you around a lake and over a bridge and then onto the old railroad tracks that have now been turned into the trail. We had a nice picnic surrounded by ducks and then walked the trail. Some of the famous governors we saw were Storm Thurmond who started the trail and “Pitchfork Ben” Tillman.
So, that completed our weekend tour. We have now completed 20 counties and have 26 counties to go!!