Less Traveled 2010

Tracy Pou

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

Small Town Spotlight: Eutawville

Posted 1/23/2011 9:23:00 AM

If you enjoy the outdoors and fishing, Eutawville is the place for you. This week’s small town spotlight is located in Orangeburg County and is well-known for Lake Marion which sits in its backyard.

When I was younger, I spent a lot of Saturday mornings and afternoons in Eutawville with my father fishing off the banks of the lake. One of the highlights of our trip was the stop we’d always make at one of the local bait and tackle shops to pick up fishing supplies, snacks and fresh minnows.

During a recent trip back to Eutawville, I wasn’t able to find the little shop where we always stopped. I guess it has closed. However, there are others, like Fish Tales and Bells Marina, that are still open. Fish Tales is where locals and visitors gather to shoot the breeze and swap catch-of-the–day stories. The store also has a few cabins out back that can be rented for overnight fishing trips. Just across the road from Fish Tales is Bells Marina Restaurant and Campground. There, you’ll find everything from motel and waterfront cabin accommodations, to sporting goods, to all-you-can eat wildlife specials every Saturday.

Eutawville isn’t just for anglers. If you’re a history buff, you’ll definitely want to check out the Eutaw Springs Battle Ground. The site, located just off Highway 6, is where the last major battle of the Revolutionary War was fought in South Carolina. The area includes burial grounds, historical markers and a few park benches that overlook a portion of Lake Marion.

In addition to fishing and history, Eutawville also has a variety of antique and specialty shops in its downtown area. So whether you’re looking for a peaceful getaway to drop your fishing line or want to find that one-of-a kind trinket in one of several antique stores, Eutawville is the place to explore.