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“The Village of the Red Rocker!”

By Glenn Arnette, lll

The beauty still haunts me about Walterboro, South Carolina. Who would have thought all of that history would be hiding in plain sight and so beautifully displayed.

The quaint little Washington Street located in the heart of downtown is certainly the first place to stop and visit. My first stop was the Old Bank Christmas and Gift Shop. You will not believe the collections of Christmas items in the shop. Everything, yes everything is there from ornaments, trees, villages including the Byers Carolers, Old World Christmas ornaments and the Jim Shore Wood Carving Collection. It certainly was an hour well spent. (Call 843-549-6555 or email [email protected] You must speak with Cindy and John Corley, the owners, as their knowledge of items is like shopping QVC or Home Shopping Network. Remember they are open year round and celebrate Christmas each and every day of the year.

Continued shopping of Washington Street yields Antiques and more. What a paradise to find that special piece of furniture, sliver or china. I am talking about those wonderful large and small historical cabinets, tables, chairs, etc. If you are into the antique world, you must stop and visit the Bachelor Hill Antique Shop operated and owned by David Evans and Jorge Ruiz. Fantastic and you will never find a better shop anywhere else in the South. (Call 843-599-1365 or email [email protected]

Before we continue our adventure in the downtown area, you must plan time to have lunch, dinner or DRINKS at The Blarney Stone Restaurant. Believe me when they say fresh food expertly prepared at reasonable prices, they are talking about Cajun Crab and Shrimp over pasta, Shrimp and Grits or their famous Blarney Burger. Delicious! Reservations are not needed, but if you prefer call 843-782-4774 or check out their website at [email protected]

As you exit the restaurant you will find other quality antique shops including Antiques and Collectables, Gallery 225, Low Country Antiques, Green Lady Antiques, Veranda, Choice Collectables Washington Street Antiques, Albert House Antiques, Antiques of Wichman, Lucas Street Antiques and more just to name a few.

Just around the corner from Main Street in Walterboro, South Carolina you will find many historical places to visit. An absolute must is the South Carolina Artisans Center under the direction of Gale Doggette. This facility represents more than 200 of the state’s finest artists and craftsmen. [email protected]

From there visit the Bedon-Lucas House Museum. (C 1820) and close by the Walterboro Library Society Building. On my visit to the Library I met two ghosts, Elizabeth Reeves and Ethan Reeves. As actors they were presenting a very important part of the library’s history. Then you have the Colleton Museum under the direction of Gary Brightwell. This was the old Colleton County Jail and now is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Finally a quick tour of the Colleton County Courthouse designed by Robert Mills, the designer of the Washington Monument, the Washington DC Treasury Building and many other South Carolina Courthouses.

Another special museum is the privately owned Slave Relic Museum under the leadership and direction of Danny Drain. It is the center for research and preservation of the African American culture. For information and details call them at 843-549-9130.

On the outskirts of Walterboro you must visit the Tuskegee Airmen Monument. This was the training ground for the famous airmen. This was also the site of a WWII POW camp and base hospital.

Finally, the Great Swamp Sanctuary! This is one of the finest opportunities to experience the magnificence of the best nature-based attractions in the South. It is the Lowcountry at its best. You can enjoy the boardwalks, hiking, biking and canoe trails. It is a day experience and certainly one for the entire family. THIS IS A MUST! For more information and details, call 843-549-2545 or go to their website at Pictured above is Jeff Lord, City Manager who's heart is 100% behind this exceptional project.

My personal thanks to Jack Jackson and Gilda Barnwell for the historical tour of Walterboro. Your costumes were great and your presentation absolutely perfect. Thank you!

By-the-way, if you have an interest in visiting this historical South Carolina Lowcountry “treasure” call the Chamber of Commerce at 843-549-9595. You will be delighted! Congratulations to

David Smalls, President and his fantastic staff.

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