One tank trips: American history abounds in the Old 96

Nestled in the upper western section of South Carolina is the Old 96 District, which features plenty of natural beauty and history to explore.

NINETY-SIX DISTRICT, S.C. – Nestled in the western section of South Carolina’s Upstate is an area known as the Old 96 District.

Made up of five counties — Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, and McCormick — there’s something for everyone.

History buffs will love the crucial role Old 96 placed in the both Revolutionary Wary and Civil War. Battles were fought in the area with several landmarks still standing today. To add to your dive into the Carolinas’ past, you can also tour historic homes and museums.

For something that the kids will enjoy, feed the goats and take a miniature train at Emerald Farm in Greenwood. While there, you can mine for gold at Heritage Gold Mind Park in McCormick.

If you want to experience the outdoors, Old 96 features over 600 miles of biking and hiking trails, as well as six state parks.

Upcoming events in South Carolina's Old 96 District

Dinosaur Discovery 

When: July 1 - September 9, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Where: The Museum of Greenwood

Come see life-size triceratops, explore the maze, and dig for fossils! Great fun for the entire family. 

South Carolina Festival of Flowers Art Show

When: July 1 - 31

Where: The Federal Building in Greenwood, S.C. 

The SCFA celebrated its 50th anniversary in June. The show features artwork from artists all over South Carolina and across the southeast. 

Cruise In Car Show

When: August 19 

Where: Downtown Greenwood

Let the good times roll and join the Rock 'n' Roll Cruisers Car Club! Bring your favorite car and a folding chair and enjoy some great music from 6 - 9 p.m. 

Great American Total Eclipse

When: August 18 - 21

Greenwood, South Carolina is hosting a weekend-long celebration of the total solar eclipse with events planned for all ages. The total eclipse can be seen at 2:39 p.m. and will last for two minutes and 28 seconds. 

Viewing areas

Eclipsefest on Lake Greenwood: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. -- Live music and lakeside viewing areas at Camp Fellowship

Ninety-Six National Historic Site: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. -- Solar system activities and viewing area from Star Fort Pond

Uptown Market: 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. -- Interactive art project, viewing area and interactive water feature

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