It may be best known as the home of 10 governors, but the small town of Edgefield lays claim to much more than a strong political legacy. This rural community of just 4,750 residents has a charming town square, a downtown district on the National Register of Historic Places, fun antique stores and boutiques, friendly local eateries and a thriving artisan community.
And if that weren’t enough, it’s also the U.S. headquarters of the National Wild Turkey Federation where you’ll find the only museum in the world dedicated to wild turkeys.
Located near the western edge of the state on the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor, Edgefield makes a perfect day trip for visitors looking to experience a different side of South Carolina.
In the center of town is Courthouse Square, a village green that remains much as it was when it was established more than 230 years ago. Among the historic buildings on the square is the Edgefield County Courthouse, once the scene of duels, shootouts and even a murder or two.
The square’s park-like green space features several monuments: an obelisk to the Confederate soldiers of Edgefield; a stone with the names of the 10 governors and five lieutenant governors of South Carolina that were born or lived in Edgefield; and a statue of Strom Thurmond, the longest-serving senator in U.S. history and the only one to reach 100 while in office. The Edgefield native son is buried in the town’s historic Willowbrook Cemetery.
Many of the historically significant buildings on the square are now occupied by shops and restaurants, including Carolina Moon Distillery and Park Row Market No. 1, housed in a general store dating back to at least 1952.