Less Traveled 2010

Tracy Pou



Small Town Spotlight -- Saluda

Posted 8/25/2010 1:59:00 PM

Covering only about two square miles, the town of Saluda might be small, but it has a big history.

Two famous heroes of the Alamo, William Barrett Travis and James Butler Bonham, were natives of what is now Saluda County. Visitors to Saluda will find a monument honoring their birthpace on the Saluda County Courthouse square.

At the nearby Saluda County Museum, there’s an entire room dedicated to their memory. The exhibit features an Alamo diorama, an oil painting of Travis and Bonham called “Bonham’s Farewell” and various other pieces of artwork and historical memorabilia.

Just southeast of Saluda off U.S. 178, you’ll find Bonham’s birth place. The Bonham House, also known as Flat Grove, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You can arrange a tour of the home by contacting the Saluda County Historical Society or the Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Office.

Rich history isn’t the only thing that awaits you in Saluda. The town also is home to a number of quaint shops, restaurants and a vibrant community arts scene. The historic Saluda Theatre provides the stage for dance recitals, talent shows and productions from Saluda’s community theater group.

For more information on all that Saluda has to offer, contact the Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Office at (803) 781-5940 or see www.LakeMurrayCountry.com.