Down on the Farm

Pull on your boots and get ready to get a little dirty today! We’ll kick off the day with some wild destinations before easing into a relaxing afternoon around Downtown Pendleton.

Arrive at T. Ed. Garrison Arena for a tour and overview, and hopefully catch a glimpse of a show happening there. Garrison Arena is owned by Clemson University and is part of their Clemson Extension Program. There is so much to see here and learn! Be sure to check the arena’s event calendar before you head up to the complex to see if you’ll be able to catch a rodeo, horse show, or even a dog show.

Next, hop back on US-76 and head down the road a little ways to Boxwood Manor. This lovely property is owned by Annette Buchanan, whose family has owned this home since this part of South Carolina was Cherokee territory. Learn why it’s called Boxwood Manor, enjoy a tour of the house, and you could even have a catered lunch under the pavilion for groups (call our team at Visit Anderson to learn more). While you’re here, ask Annette about the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, an art installation that unifies several Upstate counties through quilt-inspired art panels. There are three unique quilts at Boxwood Manor – can you find them all?

Lastly, visit Downtown Pendleton, where you’ll spend the rest of your day. Stroll around the Village Green, a beautiful and charming town square that doubles as a bustling hub for business. In warmer seasons, you’ll find farmer’s markets and concerts going on here; around the holidays, you’ll see seasonal scarecrows or Christmas decorations instead.

A few other highlights we recommend while you’re here: grab a cup of coffee from the Village Bakery and Cafe, or a sweet frozen treat from Mama Rae’s Ice Cream Shoppe. Feeling a little more daring? Sip on some craft rum from Swamp Fox Distilling! Immerse yourself in days gone by when you step into The Pendleton Bookshop and sit back in one of their cozy chairs. You’ll be transported to another world with a great book. Finally, check to see if there’s a show on at the Clemson Little Theatre’s Pendleton Playhouse. The Clemson Little Theatre opened in 1931 and is one of the oldest community theatre companies in the state!

The possibilities are endless in Anderson County, and the exciting attractions in and around Pendleton are just a taste.

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