If you’re looking for the “Southern Jewel” everyone is talking about, you’ve finally found it! Berkeley County, South Carolina, located just minutes from Downtown Charleston and 1 ½ hours from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is cradled in what is quickly becoming known as the “emerging new south” and offers visitors a 12,000 year old education.
Churches and History
Berkeley County is rich in history, and legends. Many who visit the area tour the historical churches located throughout the county. These churches date back from the 1700s and have been immaculately maintained so locals and visitors can step back into time. The St. Stephen Episcopal Church dates back to the early 1700s and has been preserved in original condition. The church features beautiful stained glass windows and original woodwork throughout.
Visitors can view Strawberry Chapel’s holding tombs and also hear the infamous story of “Little Miss Chicken.” As legend tells it, back in the 1700’s, a teacher tied a young girl to one of the tombstones overnight... (we don’t want to spoil it for you so you will have to visit to catch the rest of the story!)
When viewing the St. James Church in Goose Creek, South Carolina, you will be transported to the time when ladies wore flowing gowns and men wore long tails and vests. Other area churches afford visitors the opportunity to experience the “feeling” during the time when our nation was young and just becoming established. Please contact the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce for more information as church tours are by reservation only.
If you visit during the fall, the six-acre West Farm Corn Maze offers over three miles of winding trails. After finding your way out of this wondrous maze, go pick a pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch, find your way through the Hay Bale Maze, take an authentic, down-home hayride, and stroll down Scarecrow Alley. The West Farm Corn Maze also features a play area and Farm Zoo for our youngest visitors.
Year-round visitors and groups come to Berkeley County to enjoy activities on the water, horseback riding, racing on the mountain bike trails, camping, hiking and benefit from the vast historical, environmental and scientific educational experiences.
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