A Day in Pendleton

Pendleton is a unique city in the upstate of South Carolina. Founded in 1790, it has a rich history that attracts visitors from around the country. If you’ve only got a day to spend in Pendleton, here are the highlights that you should see!





The town square of Pendleton comes straight out of a storybook. Locals call it the green because of the beautiful green lawn in the center of this lovely downtown. Here, there are several shops and restaurants to see including:


Village Bakery and Cafe


1826 Bistro


The Smokin Pig


Viva Wine Bar


The Mercantile


Brooklyn Style Pizza


Mama Rae's Ice Cream Shoppe


If it’s a nice day and you’d like to walk around and take in the atmosphere, there’s also a walking tour of the historic sites in town. To get your free brochure with a map of all the sites, stop by our visitor center on the green in Pendleton! The address is:


125 E Queen St

Pendleton, SC 29670


Pendleton is also home to two historic houses, Woodburn and Ashtabula, that offer a glimpse back in time. To see their hours and schedule a tour, click here. Photos courtesy of the Pendleton Historic Foundation.





While in town, you’ll also want to stop by the Agricultural Museum of South Carolina. Even if you aren’t a farmer, this place is awesome. There are several indoor and outdoor exhibits that educate visitors on the past, present, and future of agriculture. You’ll also get a chance to meet some animal friends! The museum houses some very friendly pigs and chickens that would love to meet you.



If you’re looking for a trail to explore, Fant’s Grove is a great area to check out. There are several miles of trails that are accessible via hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. They offer great views of nearby pastureland as well as Lake Hartwell.



A day in Pendleton is sure to be one that you’ll enjoy!

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