Less Traveled 2010

Tracy Pou



Small Town Spotlight: Denmark

Posted 9/23/2010 12:00:00 PM

Interested in a small-town escape with big–time options for fine-art and antique shopping? Denmark is the place. Denmark has a quaint downtown that is home to a number of different shops and the renowned Jim Harrison Gallery. Depending on when you visit, you might just capture a glimpse of the writer and award-wining artist at work in his gallery, which showcases his rural landscape and nature artwork.

Around the town of Denmark and not far from Harrison’s gallery, you’ll find the types of buildings, historical sites and small-town attributes that have served as muses for much of the artist’s work. Just down the road is the Denmark Depot. The circa 1920 building still serves as a working passenger-boarding station for Amtrak.

Other historic sites in the town include Voorhees College. Founded in 1897, the school is one of the oldest African American institutions of higher learning in South Carolina. There’s also the old AT&T building. Listed on the National Register of Historic places, it currently houses the Caroline Collection. With multiple floors of antique displays, the shop is one of the largest venues for antiques in the Southeast.

You’ll also find other interesting shops on Denmark’s Main Street. Poole’s 5 & 10 is an old-fashioned five and dime that sells a hodge podge of items. Brooker True Value appeals to all tastes. There, you’ll find everything from lumber to fine china.

With history, charm, fine art and eclectic shopping options — Denmark is definitely a small town worth visiting.