Less Traveled 2012

Ernie Wiggins

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

Small Town Spotlight: St. George

Posted 12/17/2011 9:53:00 AM

The good folks in St. George believe in the old real estate phrase: “Location, location, location.” They are positioning their quiet little town as the perfect stopover for weary travelers.

“Reflect, Relax, Recharge and Return” is the message being sent to visitors to the Dorchester County city that lies just a short distance from busy roadways carrying motorists to Beaufort and Charleston and other major S.C. vacation spots.

As the city’s website declares: “We Welcome You to St. George, South Carolina, the Best Place to Rest, right off of I-95 and I-26. Rest, Relax and Get Refreshed. … You're going to enjoy your stay with us!”

The city’s Visitor and Information Center is housed in the beautifully restored Klauber Building, 225 Parler Ave., which also is home to the town museum and the regional chamber of commerce.

St. George might be best known as the site of the annual Grits Festival held in April, but it also is richly historical. The Klauber Building itself dates back to the 1890s and was built by Judge Leopold Klauber as a mercantile store. Other significant historical structures include the late 18th-century Appleby Congregationalist Church building on U.S. 78, the Koger House on Wire Road, which is the oldest private residence in Dorchester County, and the Indian Field Campground, a rustic Methodist camp meeting site built in 1848.

Back at the Klauber Building, visitors will find answers to their rest and recreation questions at the center’s new Heritage Corridor kiosk. The interactive touch screen kiosk provides information on the state’s varied landscape, rich cultural and historical offerings, and restaurants and accommodations along the Heritage Corridor.