Abbeville SC, a gem nestled in the Old 96 District SC, was founded in 1758 by French Huguenots. It is a town steeped in history. Downtown Abbeville SC feels like you went back in time a hundred years. The Court Square forms the heart of historic downtown. This classic design is a relic of the past and is setup to gather, walk, and explore. It features a unique selection of shops and restaurants. There’s also a replica of Big Ben’s iron bell and the Abbeville fountain. The Abbeville Opera House is also worth a visit. This historic building designed by William Augustus Edwards of Edwards and Wilson was opened in 1904 and dedicated in 1908.
Downtown Abbeville SC Walking Tour
Guests can easily enjoy the various sites of the town and take in local history and architecture. Abbeville makes it especially easy. They provide a Historic Walking Tour that includes 60 stops each with QR codes visitors can simply scan with their phone to learn abut the historic significance of each spot.
Abbeville SC – Steeped In History
Guests can see the Town Hall and the Trinity Episcopal Church which dates back to 1842. They can also see the Burt-Stark Mansion which was where Jefferson Davis, in 1865, conceded defeat in the Civil War.
For the Revolutionary War history buff, just minutes away from Abbeville, there are several battleground sites. The main one that is a must see is the Ninety Six National Historic Site.
In 2008, Abbeville’s efforts to preserve its history and cultural heritage were commended by First Lady Laura Bush, who recognized Abbeville as a Preserve America Community.
Abbeville SC Nature
In terms of outdoor beauty and activities, Abbeville is a mere 20 minutes from the Savannah River. Here the border between Georgia and South Carolina is formed. Visitors can also dip a toe into Lake Russell, an area where the river swells into a swimming and fishing paradise. Calhoun Falls State Park is located on this lake. Here, fishermen will find bass, crappie, bream, walleye, stripers, and catfish.
Where To Eat In Abbeville
If you’re looking for a quick bite, Rough House is a delicious spot for a hot dog or midday snack. The restaurant has been serving up food since 1932 and you can tell as soon as you walk through the door. The interior is chock full of character, the dogs are delicious, the beer is cold, and you can even get a scoop of tasty ice cream to enjoy on your after-lunch walk around town.
We also loved Swartzentruber’s for traditional Amish baked goods and Main Street Coffee Company. Other Abbeville classics include Village Grill, a local favorite that emphasizes the freshest, local fare, and Blondies on the Bricks—open for breakfast and lunch with a playful menu named after famous blondes and some truly decadent desserts.
Where To Shop In Abbeville
For shopping, Breezy Quarters sells natural, handmade body products, like lotions and soaps, using sustainable ingredients. Nearby, Divine Your Space is a beautiful urban home and garden design shop downtown. In addition to gardening supplies, you’ll find home furnishings such as tables, chairs, lighting and local art. Crate and Quill is also a must for those looking for antiques and unique Abbeville goods. Vendors have booths full of all kinds of goodies from old books to furniture pieces from the 1800s.
Where To Stay In Abbeville
When you’re ready to retire, The Belmont Inn, on the National Register of Historic Places, is located on the square in Abbeville. The Inn features 25 cozy guest rooms. After a day of experiencing all the attractions you can enjoy a refreshing drink on the spacious veranda before retiring to the comforts of your room.