Thoroughbred Country South Carolina for History Buffs

Experience four beautiful counties in western South Carolina where yesterday is preserved for today. History from every American era is evident throughout this region known as Thoroughbred Country, South Carolina. Come explore Civil War battle sites and historic plantation homes. Visit our small, quaint towns where you will find museums rich with history and local culture. Discover churches of the past and stories of the Charleston to Hamburg rail line.

Whether you’re interested in railroad history, equestrian legends or unique South Carolina places of historical significance, Thoroughbred Country has a lot to offer.

Train Museum | Thoroughbred Country

We invite you to enjoy rich history and make memories of your own at these spots.

Aiken’s Historic Downtown – Aiken, Aiken County

AT&T Building – Denmark, Bamberg County

Barker’s Mill/Skirmish at Barker’s Mill – Sycamore, Allendale

Barnwell County Courthouse & Sundial – Barnwell, Barnwell County

Battle of Aiken – Aiken, Aiken County

Battle of John’s Town Memorial – Salley, Aiken County

Battle of Rivers Bridge State Historic Site – Ehrhardt, Bamberg County

Beech Island Historical Society Visitors Center – Beech Island, Aiken County

Church of the Holy Apostles – Barnwell, Barnwell County

Confederate Cavalrymen – St Thaddeus Church Cemetery – Aiken, Aiken County

God’s Acre Healing Springs – Blackville, Barnwell County

Greg Humphries Rare Book Library – Wagener, Aiken County

Hamburg – North Augusta, Aiken County

Living History Park – North Augusta, Aiken County

Mennonite Community – Blackville, Barnwell County

Miss Arnold’s Schoolhouse – Allendale, Allendale County

Mizpah Church – Bamberg, Bamberg County

Morris Ford Earthworks – Barnwell, Barnwell County

Old Simmons Family Burying Ground – Bamberg, Bamberg County

Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site – Beech Island, Aiken County

Silver Bluff Baptist Church – Beech Island, Aiken County

Site of Ellenton – Jackson, Aiken County

St. Thaddeus Church & Cemetery – Aiken, Aiken County

The SC Railroad Marker – Aiken, Aiken County



Aiken Trolley Tour Historic homes and churches; equestrian sites; the Battle of Aiken; and more.

Beech Island Historical Society Guided Tours – Tours of historic Beech Island and Zubly Cemetery.

Blackville Historic ToursGuided tours of Blackville and the surrounding area.

Pedego Electric Bikes – Schedule a History Homes and Horses experience tour.

Tailored Tours of AikenTailor a tour to your interests. Ghost tours available year-round.



Aiken County Historical Museum – Aiken, Aiken County

Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame - Aiken, Aiken County

Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum – Aiken, Aiken County

Barnwell County Museum – Barnwell, Barnwell County

Blackville Heritage Museum – Blackville, Barnwell County

Savannah River Site Museum – Aiken, Aiken County

Wagener Museum – Wagener, Aiken County

Williston Museum – Williston, Barnwell County



Carriage House Inn c.1872 – Aiken, Aiken County

Lookaway Inn – North Augusta, Aiken County

The Willcox – Aiken, Aiken County

Wisteria Cottage Bed & Breakfast – Blackville, Barnwell County


All history buffs are encouraged to visit the ‘Historical Places’ section of our digital Visitor Guide. Here you will find more historic churches, cemeteries and markers to add to your next visit.