40 Travel Photos to Inspire You to Visit the Olde English District in South Carolina

My favorite travel photos from my adventures road tripping across the Olde English District in South Carolina.

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Jason Barnette


June 9, 2020

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One. Two. Three times I visited the Olde English District in 2019. The first was and last visits were epic road trips crisscrossing through charming towns and past exciting state parks. By the end of the year, looking back at my favorite photos, I realized this historic district in South Carolina had etched a special place in my heart.

It all started in Fort Mill. Love at first sight. I spent a few days in Rock Hill and then a few more days months later. Historic Brattonsville. Andrew Jackson State Park. Camden. Cheraw. I just kept traveling the Olde English District.

My camera was always in my bag, always slung across my shoulder. It was a series of photogenic adventures. Here are my favorite travel photos of the Olde English District that are sure to inspire you to visit soon!

Quite, charming, and beautiful, downtown Fort Mill was a great place to spend a day.
Trees cast a shadow across Main Street in downtown Rock Hill, making any day a cool day to explore.

Not to be outdone by the large towns, the blink-and-you-miss-it Ridgeway was absolutely gorgeous and fun to explore.

The National Steeplechase Museum in Camden was thrilling and educational to explore.
When in Camden, look for the miniature statues of boykin spaniels. Ask a local to learn the reason why you’re looking for this dog.
Fountain Park in Rock Hill has, well, a ginormous fountain in the park.

Need a break? Go for a hike. The Riverwalk is just minutes from downtown Rock Hill and offers beautiful views along the Catawba River.

Speaking of the Catawba River, the rocky shoals spider lilies are one of the most stunning natural displays in the country. You’ll find these rare blooming flowers at Landsford Canal State Park.

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Lake Wateree State Park has a secret overlook with a gorgeous view of hte lake within walking distance of the campground.

The lakeside trail at Goodale State Park offers another beautiful natural view near Camden.
The rustic cabins at Cheraw State Park are very rustic, but still a nice place to spend a few nights to explore the area.

While at Cheraw State Park play golf by day, go for beautiful scenic walks at sunset.

Wanna learn some history? Andrew Jackson State Park is built near where the president was born and includes information on his childhood and political career.

Dizzie Gillepsie was born in Cheraw, and you can see his likeness at this statue downtown.
Old Saint Davids Church played a small but important role during the Revolutionary War, and on most days visitors can freely explore inside the old church.
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Historic Camden is one of the best places in South Carolina to learn about the American Revolutionary War. The site includes several historic homes and buildings to explore on guided tours.

My favorite places to learn about the Revolutionary War in the Olde English District is Historic Brattonsville.
The annual Battle of Huck’s Defeat at Historic Brattonsville reenacts a pivotal battle during the Revolutionary War.

On an average day, visitors to Historic Brattonsville can freely explore the historic buildings and chat with living history reenactors.

Hungry? Southern Sugar Cafe in Fort Mill makes thick sandwiches that will keep you full for hours.
Millstone Pizza and Taphouse in Rock Hill crafts delicious brick oven pizzas and serves them with craft beer.

The Improper Pig in Fort Mill has comfy seating with large windows, and the meals are served on quaint metal trays.

The Garden Cafe in York requires reservations on most nights because it is such a popular place to eat. Why? Just look at that food!
A pimento grilled cheese sandwich and potato soup at Laura’s Tea Room in Ridgeway makes a great lunch any day.

Amor Artis Brewing in Fort Mill is the kind of place where you take some friends, order a craft beer, and enjoy it for awhile. A long while.

Go to Legal Remedy Brewing in Rock Hill. Order a flight of their craft beer. Find one you like and order another.
Any night that ends with dessert at Amelie’s French Bakery in Rock Hill is a very good night.

Food Truck Fridays is one of the best times to visit Rock Hill. Walk the streets around Fountain Park, closed to vehicles, find some food and beer, and enjoy the live music.

Dusk on Main Street in Rock Hill is just as gorgeous as it is peaceful.
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