10 Fun Facts About South Carolina

I have been posting a lot lately, mostly about some serious topics. I also have some more serious posts coming up. Because of this, I wanted to just share some fun facts about South Carolina.

Here Goes:

1. Campbell's Covered Bridge built in 1909, is the only remaining covered bridge in South Carolina.

2. South Carolina grows more peaches than any other state except California.

3. The oldest formal gardens in the U.S., Middleton Place, was founded in 1740 and took 100 people more than 10 years to complete.

4. The walls of the American fort on Sullivan Island, in Charleston Harbor, were made of spongy Palmetto logs. This was helpful in protecting the fort because the British cannonballs bounced off the logs.

5. The state dance of South Carolina is the Shag!

6. Sumter has the largest Gingko farm in the world.

7. The state beverage is milk. The state hospitality beverage is tea.

8. The Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel was started in 1856 by a railroad company and is bored for more than a mile into the granite heart of fabled Stumphouse Mountain. The coming of the Civil War in 1859 ended the work on the project. Some years ago, Clemson University made Blue Mold Cheese in the tunnel successfully for the first time in the South.

9. Duncan Park Baseball Stadium in Spartanburg is the oldest minor league stadium in the nation.

10. Every few years, Irmo has a sighting of some kind of water monster that inhabits Lake Murray. The monster first 'surfaced' in 1973 when residents of Irmo and Ballentine saw a cousin of the Loch Ness Monster. It was described in The Independent News in 1980 as "a cross between a snake and something prehistoric."

These are just 10 of the many reasons I love South Carolina. I hope you begin to love it as much as I do.

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