Walterboro & Colleton County
Walterboro offers the best of South Carolina with rich history, untouched nature, and small-town charm. Discover the Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary, Discovery Center, SC Artisans Center, Colleton Museum & Farmers Market, Tuskegee Airmen Monument, the Bedon-Lucas House Museum, and plenty of shopping and dining options. walterborosc.org/visit.
Walterboro Welcome Center, 1273 Sniders Hwy, (843)538-4353
The trail head is located on a three acre site about 2 miles north of the intersection of US Hwy 17 and SC Hwy 303. It is adjacent a CSX rail crossing in the Green Pond community. Phase 1 of the trail will be run along an old abandoned Atlantic Coast Rail Road Line right
of way that parallels SC Hwy 303 for about 1.8 miles to Clover Hill Road. The trail is ideal for walking, biking, general exercise and bird watching. www.acetrail.org
Bear Island Wildlife Management Area
Bear Island is located in eastern Colleton County near Green Pond approximately 13 miles from U.S. Highway 17 off of Secondary Road S-15-26 (Bennett’s Point Road). Bear Island is managed to provide quality waterfowl habitat and to protect local endangered and migratory non-game species. Public recreational opportunities are provided for hunting, nature observation and fishing.
South Carolina Artisans Center
334 Wichman Street, Walterboro, (843)549-0011. Mon-Sat 10am-5:30pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.
The South Carolina Artisans Center is the premier travel destination in the Lowcountry for handcrafted art. Designated by our legislature as the “Official South Carolina Folk Art and Craft Center,” the retail center features the artwork of more than 300 of South Carolina’s finest, juried artists. We invite you to explore our handcrafted art from handpicked artists. See, touch, smell, taste, and shop…Representing over 200 of the State’s finest juried artists and craftsmen, demonstrations & exhibits.
The Bedon-Lucas House Museum
Located in the historic district at 205 Church Street, this 1920’s “high house” was purchased and restored by the Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society. The interior has been preserved and features original heart of pine floors. For tours please visit the Colleton County Historical & Preservation Society page : http://cchaps.com/.
Highway 61, Cottageville, (843)835-5912.
This honey bee farm, petting zoo, cafe and gift shop is an experience that all should have. See honey bees at work from a screened observation area.
Tuesday – Thursday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
Friday and Saturday
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Colleton Museum & Farmers Market
506 E. Washington Street, Walterboro, (843)549-2303. Tues.-Fri., 10am-5pm. Sat., 12-4pm. Located in the Historic District of Downtown Walterboro, the museum features a permanent collection that explores the county’s history from prehistoric times to the early 1900s. The museum also has an ongoing exhibit on “Animals of the ACE,” a natural history display featuring wild animals indigenous to the South Carolina Lowcountry. The museum also features changing art collections monthly. The Colleton Farmers Market offers fresh vegetables and fruits, local honey, local crafts, plants, baked goods, prepared food, music, and much more. The Colleton Farmers Market is open from May through October on Tuesdays from noon-6pm and on Saturdays from 9am-1pm. In November and December the Market is only open on Saturdays from 9am-1pm.
Colleton County Courthouse
101 Hampton Street, Walterboro. Completed
in the fall of 1822, the outside walls are three bricks (28″) thick. The first nullification meeting in South Carolina was held here in 1828, when Robert Barnwell Rhett called for the immediate secession of the state legislature in protest of Federal tax laws. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Donnelly Wildlife Management Area
With more than 8,000 acres of diverse habitats, Donnelley Wildlife Management Area is a favorite Lowcountry destination for birders looking to run up their list of avian sightings. Located in Green Pond on land once used for rice cultivation, the property features a historic rice field system now managed to attract waterfowl and other migratory birds. Among its impressive resident and visitor population are roseate spoonbills, Eurasian wigeon ducks, red-cockaded woodpeckers, bald eagles, painted buntings and the rare sandhill crane. www.discoversouthcarolina.com
Forde Doll and Dollhouse Collection
500 Hampton St, Walterboro, (843)542-9498. For the Miniaturist and Doll Enthusiast. The Forde Doll and Doll House Collection features a rare exhibit of more than 50 doll houses, room boxes, toy kitchens, paper dolls and antique dolls all on permanent display.
Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary
Detreville Street, (843)538-4353.
Comprised of over 800 acres of braided creek and hardwood flats. The sanctuary offers an asphalt bike/ walking trail, a canoe/kayak-looped trail, a beaver pond, a duck pond, a butterfly garden, wildlife food plots, and feeding stations. Bridges, boardwalks, and a natural walking trail, including a portion of Charleston to Savannah Wagon/Stagecoach Road. A 10,000 square foot Discovery Center is planned. The Sanctuary is open from daylight until dark every day and there is no charge. Information may be obtained by calling (843)549-2545. Free tours – groups welcome.
Hickory Valley Historic District
Church and Whetsell Streets, Walterboro Designated a historic district. Originally settled by Lowcountry planters, the area was home for some of the town’s founders & prominent families. Most homes were built between 1821 & 1929.
Walterboro Library Society Building
80 Wichman Street, Walterboro. Now headquarters of the Colleton County Historical & Preservation Society, the “Little Library” was built in 1820 when the Library Society was established. The small frame building is an excellent example of Federal architecture. Listed on the National Register of Historical Places.
Pon Pon Chapel
The ruins are situated on what was once the Parkers Ferry Road, 1 mile from SC 64. One of two chapels of ease established by an Act of the General Assembly in 1725 to serve St. Bartholomew’s Parish. This chapel burned in 1801 & 1832. It was known as Burnt Church after 1832. The ruins today are enough to distinguish the chapel’s gracious features.
Tuskegee Airmen Monument
LowcountryRegional Airport, Hwy. 17-A. During World War II, the Walterboro Army Airfield served as a training ground for the Army airmen including a group of the Tuskegee Airmen. A monument honoring the bravery & dedication of the Tuskegee Airmen was placed in Walterboro Army Airfield Memorial Park at the site of the original airfield in May 1997. Also was the site of a POW camp & base hospital.
Self-guided Tour of Historic Walterboro
Designed to walk you through a reminiscent portion of Walterboro’s past blended with the lovely Southern charm of today’s lifestyle. Much of the grace & charm of the early settlers’ lifestyle remains tangible, as evidenced by Walterboro’s architectural styles. The city abounds with fine examples of 18th Century structures. Four buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places, several more seek registration. Brochures available at the Walterboro Welcome Center.
Walterboro Welcome Center
1273 Snider’s Hwy, Exit 53 off I-95
Drop on by and we will welcome you to Walterboro and Colleton County… gateway to the ACE Basin and the Front Porch of the Lowcountry! Come to visit or stay for a lifetime. Many of our visitors do just that. Inside the center you will find lots of informational brochures, beautiful pictures and helpful advice from the friendly staff.
Westvaco Nature Trail
Hwy 17. Jacksonboro
In addition to local flora and fauna, see historical landmarks such as the King’s Highway, (dating from the 1700’s) former rice fields, and an old phosphate plant site.