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Pedaling through history

Posted 10/18/2013 7:22:00 PM

I am not much of a bicycler. I used to be, when I wasn’t old enough to drive. But since I turned 15 and got my license, well, the bicycle has been relegated to the occasional spurts of “I need to get fit.” Columbia, however, is no place for an out-of-shape cyclist. I spend more time pushing my bike up hills than I do coasting down them.

Well, the Yemassee Revitalization Corporation has a ride that even I could pull off.
This Saturday (Oct. 19), you can explore historic Prince William Parish pedaling the country roads of Hampton County.

There are two touring options: one 67 miles, the other 34 miles. The route is flat and has little car traffic. There are stocked rest stops every 15 miles and at the end, lunch refreshments and a celebration on the grounds of Buckfield Plantation.

Organizers point out clearly that this is not a race. All riders must be over 16 years old and must wear helmets.

You can register online for $35 or on the day of the ride for $45.

The ride starts at 8:30 a.m. at Buckfield, 7 Kress Road, Yemassee.

Buckfield Plantation dates to the 18th century landholdings of Isaac McPherson. In the early 20th century the property was owned by Claude Kress, brother of the retail chain founder.

It later was owned by J.D. Hollingsworth, a South Carolina multimillionaire textile magnate who left the bulk of his estate to Furman University, which sold the property to a private landowner.