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  • In many ways, Lancaster County is an arts community. Several artists live here, work here, and display their art here. Lancaster initiated the Arts in Education program, a statewide program first piloted here to bring hands-on art instruction from artists-in-residence to students from elementary to high schools. Drama productions, classical and folk music concerts, and chamber choir performances are scheduled throughout the year. Something is always going on in the arts in Lancaster—from art, pottery, and drama workshops to gallery crawls.

    The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County
    The Community Playhouse performs popular musicals and plays at their spring, summer, and winter productions.  Summer Drama Camp available in summer.

    The Lancaster Arts League
    The Arts League meets the third Tuesday of each month during the school year for hands-on art and fine crafts workshops. It also co-sponsors the annual Marian Hagins Art Competition, held in September and exhibited through the end of October at the LCCA Gallery. For details, call 803-283-3965 or 803-285-1820.

    The Lancaster Chamber Choir
    The Chamber Choir performs in concert in May, December and again in the spring. Regular auditions and rehearsals are held September through April. Season tickets are available. If you are interested in joining or finding out about the next concert, call 803-283-8927 or eareese@mac.com.

    Lancaster County Council of the Arts (LCCA)
    The mission of the Lancaster County Council of the Arts (LCCA) is to enhance the quality of life in Lancaster County through arts education and programming, to form community partnerships for promotion and support of the arts, and to serve as a resource center of the arts.

    Performing Arts Series
    For more information, please see Performing Arts page on our website.

    Bob Doster
    Bob Doster is an internationally acclaimed artist who makes his home and studio in Lancaster. Bob’s unique style of metal design ranges from free-floating steel in multi-colored tables and accent pieces to monumental sculpture. He is the winner of the 2006 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Artist of the Year Award – the highest honor awarded artists in the State of South Carolina.

  • There are 36 Historic Markers in Lancaster County.

    Barr’s Tavern Site   –   DAR 29-11
      E of US 521 at northern city limits of Lancaster, SC      


    Battle of Hanging Rock   –   SCHM 29-1
      Intersection of Old Camden- Waxhaw Road & US 521, Heath Springs      


    Beaver Creek Skirmish   –   DAR 29-19
      Intersection of Roads 13 and 15, S Lancaster county      


    Birthplace of Andrew Jackson   –   DAR 29-9
      US 521, S of Andrew Jackson State Park      


    Birthplace of Andrew Jackson   –   DAR 29-9
      intersection of Charlotte Highway (U.S. 521) and Old Church Rd., Van Wyck, SC      


    Boundary Line   –   SCHM 29-14
      At southern edge of Andrew Jackson State Park on US 521      


    Buford Monument   –
      Buford Battleground County Park on Rocky River Road, Lancaster, SC      


    Buford’s Bloody Battleground   –   SCHM 29-2
      SC 9 and US 522 E of Lancaster, NW side of this intersection      


    Camp Creek Methodist Church   –   SCHM 29-21
      4721 Great Falls Hwy., Lancaste, SC      


    Capture of Provisions at Flat Rock   –   DAR 29-19
      Intersection of Roads 13 and 15, S Lancaster county      


    Clinton Memorial Cemetery / Isom C. Clinton   –   SCHM 29-22
      Clinton School Rd., Lancaster, SC      


    Flat Creek Baptist Church   –   SCHM 29-20
      Infront of the church, S.c. Hwy. 265 near Kershaw      


    Franklin Academy   –   DAR 29-8
      Central Elementary School, Dunlap Street, Lancaster      


    Haile Gold Mine   –   SCHM 29-27
      Haile Gold Mine Rd., Kershaw, SC      


    James Ingram Home   –   DAR 29-10
      Road 15 at intersection with Hanging Rock Road, about 2 miles S of Heath Springs      


    John Simpson   –   SCHM 29-4
      The Courthouse Lancaster County      


    Kershaw   –   SCHM 29-23
      Intersection of N. Hampton St. (U.S. Hwy. 521) and E. Hilton St. (U.S. Hwy. 601), Kershaw, SC      


    Kershaw’s First Library   –   SCHM 29-24
      N. Cleveland St., Kershaw, SC      


    Kilburnie   –   SCHM 29-16
      204 North White Street, Lancaster, SC      


    King Hagler’s Murder   –   DAR 29-7
      SC 5, 2 miles W of US 521      


    Lancaster   –   SCHM 29-26
      On W Arch St at main St (US 521), Lancaster, SC      


    Lancaster & Chester Railway   –   SCHM 29-29
      512 S. Main St., Lancaster, SC      


    Lancaster County Courthouse   –   SCHM 29-4
      The Courthouse Lancaster County      


    Lancaster Normal and Industrial Institute   –   SCHM 29-6
      East Barr Street, Lancaster      


    Lancasterville Presbyterian Church   –   SCHM 29-15
      on West Gay Street between French and Plyler Streets, Lancaster, SC      


    Leroy Springs House   –   SCHM 29-17
      Corner of Gay and Catawba Streets, Lancaster, SC      


    Major Crawford’s Home   –   DAR 29-12
      SC 5, .25 mile W of intersection with US 521      


    Memorials and Archaeology   –
      Buford Battleground County Park on Rocky River Road, Lancaster, SC      


    Mt. Carmel Campground   –   SCHM 29-13
      about 1.6 miles S of Cauthen Crossroads on Road 19      


    Oldest Continuous Public School Site in Lancaster County   –   DAR 29-8
      Central Elementary School, Dunlap Street, Lancaster      


    Robert Mills   –   SCHM 29-5
      208 W. Gray Street, Lancaster      


    Stephen Decatur Miller   –   SCHM 29-18
      Junction of us 521 and SC 75      


    The Jail   –   SCHM 29-5
      208 W. Gray Street, Lancaster      


    The Revolution in the Backcountry / Sumter’s Camp at Clems Branch   –   SCHM 29-28
      Harrisburg Rd. (S.C. Sec. Rd. 64), between Hancock and Fort Mill      


    Waxhaw Presbyterian Church   –   SCHM 29-3
      US 521, N of Lancaster at Road 775 (A dupli­cate marker is located Waf Lancaster on SC 9 at SC 9 by-pass)      


    Welsh’s Station / Kershaw Depot   –   SCHM 29-25
      at the Kershaw Depot, N. Cleveland St., Kershaw, SC

    A blog by Kim Blum-Hyclak

    Take a leisurely walk through Lancaster’s picturesque downtown historic sites.  A plaque is located in the sidewalk in front of each historic site.  This plaque corresponds to the list of historic locations.  For more information, call 803-286-8414.

    196 Andrew Jackson Park Road
    Lanaster, SC 29720

    Hike the nature trails, take in the historic museum and schoolhouse and fishing in the lake.  A 25-site campground is located on the lake at the station, tent, and RV sites.  Primitive camping is also available.

    The South Carolina Tourism website

    1824 Craig Farm Road
    Lancaster, SC 29720

    Kilburnie, believed to be the oldest surviving dwelling in Lancaster, was built circa 1827.  It was moved to its present location at Craig Farm where it serves as a unique bed and breakfast.

    512 South Main Street
    Lancaster, SC 29720

    The headquarters of the L & C Railway houses a railroad museum filled with memorabilia of earlier railroad days in Lancaster County.  A scale model of the L & C Springmaid Line, which extends from Kershaw to Chester, runs through the museum.  The facility is also home to L & C Rail Tours, offering luxury tours and parties aboard the Golden Tower and the J. P. Henderson, the company’s private rail cars.  One of the country’s top private rail car restoration and rebuilding shops in also located here.  Currently open by appointment.


    The Lancaster Shag Club is an organization of people in Lancaster and surrounding areas interested in the Official State Dance of South Carolina, the Shag.  The club is dedicated to promoting and preserving beach music, shag music and shag dancing.  Lancaster Shag Club Inc. is a member of the Society of Stranders (SOS), a corporation owned by the Association of Carolina Shag Clubs (ACSC).

    1898 Park Drive
    Catawba, SC 29704

    Located in Chester and Lancaster County, currenty open to the public on the Chester side.  The park is home to the rare Rocky Shoals Spider Lily, which grows in the shallows of the river.  Hike the nature trails to view the bald eagle nests, see remnants of the historic canal, or view the lilies in bloom.  Kayaking and canoeing are also popular year-round.


    3200 Commerce Drive, Suite A
    Richburg, SC 29729-9492
    Telephone: 803.385.6800
    Fax: 803.789.7077
    Toll free: 1.800.968.5909

    The Olde English District is one of eleven tourism regions located in South Carolina.  The name refers to the region’s early settlement by the English in the mid-1770’s and to the Revolutionary War battles fought here.  The District is made up of seven Counties:  Chester, Chesterfield, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Union and York.


    At South Carolina’s scenic State Parks, you will find the best boating, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and hiking in South Carolina.

  • HomePlace Bed and Breakfast
    7096 Pageland Highway
    Lancaster, SC 29720
    803-285-7773 or 800-249-7773
    Bed and Breakfast located fourteen miles east of Lancaster and eight miles west of Pageland.

    Quality Inn
    114 Commerce Boulevard
    Lancaster, SC 29720
    Complimentary breakfast, internet computer kiosk, complimentary weekday newspaper, on-site fitness center, and swimming pool.

    Kilburnie, the Inn at Craig Farm
    1824 Craig Farm Road
    Lancaster, SC 29720
    Bed and Breakfast located three miles north of Lancaster.

    Lancaster Inn
    1391 Charlotte Highway
    Lancaster, SC 29720

    Super 8
    1201 Highway 9 Bypass
    Lancaster, SC 29720
    Free continental breakfast, free high-speed internet, swimming pool.

    1100 North Main Street
    Lancaster, SC 29720
    Free Bear Bites breakfast, pets allowed, swimming pool.