Less Traveled 2010

Tracy Pou

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

Small Town Spotlight -- Elloree

Posted 6/1/2010 4:38:00 PM
If you're looking to stroll the streets of a charming small town, shop for unique antiques or grab a bite at a quaint little cafe, you'll definitely want to visit Elloree. Having recently undergone a $1.2 million downtown revitalization, Elloree has a lot to offer.

The Elloree Heritage Museum and Cultural Center is a town highlight. The museum includes 10,000 square feet of exhibit space that includes a diorama of downtown Elloree as it existed in 1900, a replicated home of the town's founder, an original cotton gin, art gallery and much more. A large portion of the museum is dedicated to Elloree's agricultural history. You'll see a variety of horse-drawn plows, planters and other tools that farmers used to work the land. Don't leave the farm wing without meeting Ruby Do. The taxidermied mule pays homage to the history of mules in Elloree and the vital role they played in southern agriculture.

While agriculture has shaped the landscape of Elloree, the area is much more than a farm town. Elloree offers visitors first-class antique shopping, fishing, hunting, horse racing and and other recreational activities. Elloree is located on the west bank of Lake Marion and is accessible by I-26 or I-95. To learn more about what's going on in the town, see www.www.elloreesouthcarolina.com. The Elloree Heritage Museum and Cultural Center is open Wednesday-Saturday from 10a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit www.elloreemuseum.org for more information.