Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, & McCormick Counties

24 Things To Do in 2024

Making plans and goals for the new year? South Carolina’s Old 96 District has so many unexpected wonders awaiting you! Featuring the counties of Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, and McCormick, this region is largely known for its small-town charm and outdoor adventures. Here are 24 things we are excited about in 2024—and you should try, too! 

#1 Attend a Local Festival

Road tripping through the Old 96 District? Thinking of a weekend getaway? Plan your 2024 travel around an Old 96 District festival and you will not be disappointed. Grab a plate of the best BBQ you’ve ever tasted, shop from local vendors, enjoy special attractions and music, take in the sights and smells like you just stepped into a small-town movie.

#2 Visit a Revolutionary War Battlefield

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” There is so much historical value in the Old 96 District to explore and learn from! You’ll definitely want to see our most visited two Revolutionary War battlegrounds along with many other historical points of interest. Scenic, beginner-friendly trails run through each, winding their way across battlefields and historic markers. We’re especially excited about trying a candlelight tour at Ninety Six Historic Site, the location of the first southern land battle of the Revolutionary War. 

#8 Try the Gator and Grits

Indigenous Underground in Abbeville, SC, home of 2023 South Carolina Chef Ambassador, Erica McCier, has become famous across the Southeast for their Gator and Grits. Not feeling brave enough for the gator? The shrimp and grits is also the best we’ve tasted this side of the Mississippi. 

#13 Find Crystals at Diamond Hill Mine

Diamond Hill Mine outside of Due West, SC, is a real, unsalted gem mine (meaning everything you find actually comes from this mine.) Their large equipment often lets specimens slip through the cracks, so aspiring excavators can bring their own equipment and dig for as long as they like. Some of the best Amethyst, Smoky, Angle Plated, Aura, and other crystals are found here. Garnet and Epidote have also been recovered.

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