After saying our good-bye's to friends in NC, we headed south through SC for a quick stop on Lake Hartwell, a Corp of Engineers lake that straddles the SC and GA border, off I-85. We have stayed in a couple COE parks, on Lake Lanier, when we lived in GA, and most recently the COE park on Table Rock lake in Branson, MO. As with the other parks, Twin Lakes campground did not disappoint. All of the sites have at least lake views and our site was lakefront. Gorgeous views of the lake and the occasional boater.
Since we were only staying two nights, we decided to see what as much as we could see of the area and headed in to the little town of Pendleton, SC. We stumbled upon their local library which had some interesting ruins on its property, so we stopped to investigate. They were the ruins of Tanglewood Mansion, that not only burnt down to the ground, once, but twice. It was an interesting mansion with the exposed lower level in back with the fireplace running all three floors.
After driving around seeing more of Lake Hartwell and of Clemson University, which owns just about everything in and around Clemson and Pendleton, we decided we needed some lunch and what better place than Rick's Pizza Pub. Located in an old bank, this was some amazing wood fired pizza! We had a veggie white pizza and it was soo good, there was no time to get a picture.
We then headed over to view another mansion, the Woodburn Plantation, which was closed.
Driving out of the plantation drive, we stumbled upon a little agricultural museum, so we stopped to investigate. The Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum of South Carolina is an amazing place, staffed by volunteers who are all too happy to share the history of farming life in the south. This is a hands on museum that depicts the history of cotton and tobacco farming as well as offering live animals, vintage farming equipment and even a period schoolhouse. Admission is free but a small donation is suggested. What a great find! Unfortunately we were soo busy learning that we forgot to take many pictures. Seems to be a theme that day.
We ended the day with a walk around the campground. Even though it was the end of November and there was a nip in the air and only in the high 40's, there were still several campers there, enjoying the beautiful area. This is one of the only campgrounds open year round and they close all but one loop. I can only imagine how busy this place is during the warmer months.
From here we move onto GA for a couple stops, including Gainesville, GA where we lived for 10 years.
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