Aiken County Historical Museum
The museum is housed in a 1931 Winter Colony mansion – one of only two open to the public. Three floors of exhibits tell the history of Aiken County from past to present. A one-room school from the 1890’s, the William Gregg Buttery and an 1808 log cabin are also on the museum grounds. Admission is free, donations accepted. Tue-Sat 10am-5pm. Sun 2-5pm. Closed Mondays and national holidays. 433 Newberry St SW, Aiken. (803) 642-2015. http://aikenmuseum.us.
Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame & Museum, Hopelands Gardens
Aiken trained horses who have gone on to become national champions are enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Trophies and photographs from America’s best known equestrian riders, polo players, and steeplechase riders. A large collection of Englehard trophies are on display. Sept-May, Tues-Fri 2pm-5pm & Sun 10am-5pm. June-Aug, Sat 10am-5pm & Sun 2-5 pm, weather permitting. Admission is free. 135 Dupree Pl, Aiken. 803-642-7631. www.aikenracinghalloffame.com
Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site
1859 Greek Revival antebellum mansion of James Henry Hammond and four generations of his family. The house is complete with furniture, decorative arts and artwork from the various periods of occupation. The site also features two slave quarters and a stable with exhibits. Special programs are offered throughout the year (see website). Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Grounds are open daily 9am to 6pm year-round. House tours Th-Mon at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. Admission charged for house tours. , 181 Redcliffe Rd, Beech Island. (803) 827-1473. www.southcarolinaparks.com/redcliffe
Barnwell County Courthouse & Sundial
The original courthouse, built in Boiling Springs in 1789, was succeeded by several buildings on the present site. The present courthouse was built in 1878-79. The unique vertical sundial in front of the courthouse was given to the town in 1858 by Joseph D. Allen, who at that time was a state Senator from Barnwell. Legend has it that this is the only vertical sundial in the United States and though erected two years prior to standard time, it keeps within two minutes of that. 141 Main St, Barnwell.
Living History Park
Plays host to special events including Colonial Times which exhibits examples of everyday life in the 18th century. A meeting house, backwoods cabin, educational cabin, smoke house, blacksmith forge, stage, Colonial barn and tavern round out the park. Located at the entrance to the park is the Sensory Garden, one of only a few accessible sensory gardens for the sight impaired. The total access garden is of the 21st century in a Colonial setting. 299 W Spring Grove Ave, North Augusta.