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Underrated places in SC

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I want to know what do you guys think are some underrated places in SC. Personally, being a native of Orangeburg County, I think that Santee is a very underrated place. I think it's an oasis on the otherwise desolate I-95 through SC for one. It offers many recreational opportunities, and can really serve as a local getaway of sorts.

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Santee has real potential I think as the coast becomes more crowded and expensive. It is probably SC's most "developable" community on an inland lake (except perhaps the Columbia end of Lake Murray). Also, nearby Elloree - http://www.elloreesouthcarolina.com - has done an amazing job revitalizing its downtown for a town of under 1,000 in population. It puts many of the state's larger towns and cities to shame.

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A town that I am surprised has not done better economically is Georgetown. It has a lot of great historic architecture and proximity to the Grand Strand. I know the town's been hit with major layoffs and such, but I am still surprised something more has not happened there.

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Very true. It's also one of SC's oldest cities.

It's interesting that I have never been through downtown Elloree. I guess I'll have to take a trip that way next time I go back home.

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I think Manning could do better and take advantage of it's location on I-95. I must give Manning some credit though, they have been building new restaurants and they have two nice big fountains right on the interstate. They also have Lake Marion, which is a really nice Lake.

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Kingstree, the County Seat of Williamsburg, is highly under rated. Its a great little town, and its definately work a trip through there just to explore the town for half a day.

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I went to college with a few people from Cheraw. Never heard of the place until I went to college, as a matter of fact.

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^ As did I, but I had heard of the place before hand :) The people I know speak very highly of the place. I think Dizzy Gilespi(sp?) is from there. If it isn't him, then it is some other famous jazz musician.

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I agree totally about Santee. Manning is also nice and has potential. Newberry isn't really underrated, but I do think it could blow up even beyond current expectations. And I don't know if these are actually overrated either, but watch out for Camden, Sumter and Florence.

Also... as Columbia grows, look for a mid-state equivalent of GA's Lake Oconee resort area to spring up -- a somewhat scaled-down equivalent. Possibilties include Santee, Newberry/Prosperity/Chapin, and maybe even Greenwood or Saluda. Anything's possible. :)

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My hometown: Cheraw, SC

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St. David's Episcopal Church, c. 1770. Last to be built under the authority of Geroge III

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Town Hall, c. 1858. Staircase by Robert Mills

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Dizzy Gillespie, native

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First Citizens Bank, c. 1805. Largest bank outside of Charleston unitll 1815

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Market Hall, c. 1836

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Powe House, c. 1790. Sherman's headquarters when he and his 60,000 troops occupied the town in April 1865. Thankfully, the town wasn't torched!

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