Spartanburg: A Place of C.H.A.R.M.
Amanda: Wanna go with me to the Chapman Cultural Center?
Sal: I don’t think so!
Amanda: Are you kidding me? They’re teaching the Salamander Slide in the dance studio and there might just be a play tonight. We can always go see interesting stuff at the art and history museum.
Sal: Not to mention the cool science center. I guess I am in!
Amanda: There is so much for patrons of the arts like us to do and see in Spartanburg!
Sal: Yeah, one of my favorite things is the Stone Soup Storytelling Festival!
Amanda: And I love the Hub Bub Showroom!
Sal: And the Galleries and statues all around town!
Amanda: So much art! So little time!
Sal: Do you know that Spartanburg was named for the Spartan Regiment that fought in many key battles of the Revolution?
Amanda: Yep! And did you know that historians say that there is a line through Spartanburg County and every time the British crossed this line they lost?
Sal: It’s true, here in Spartanburg we “own” the tales of the backcountry story.
Amanda: Is that so?
Sal: Yeah, Earl’s Ford, Gowen’s Old Fort, Wood’s Fort, Fort Prince, Cowpens, Cedar Springs, Wofford’s Iron Works, Blackstock, Musgrove’s Mill, and Walnut Grove Plantation were all battle sites!
Amanda: Oh, what tales we can tell!
Sal: Did you know that I saw the ghost of a Revolutionary War Soldier that was killed and buried at Walnut Grove Plantation when I was there?
Amanda: Ooooh! Don’t talk about it!
Sal: Don’t be silly! He was a friendly ghost with a tale to tell. And that’s not all; we have all kinds of other history. We’ve got racing, musical, and military history. We even have petroglyphs that are prehistoric!
Amanda: Oh, sooo much history…so many stories to tell!
Amanda: How you gonna keep ‘em in Paree, after they’ve seen our farms?
Sal: What are you talking about?
Amanda: I’m talking about the Agri-tourism here in Spartanburg. We’ve got peaches, strawberries, blackberries, apples, veggies galore…not to mention at some farms you can pick your own!
Sal: Yeah, and we even have a brewery that uses our peaches and fruits to make their beer. It’s called R J Rockers!
Amanda: Yeah, we can become Palmettovores!
Sal: What‘s that?
Amanda: People that only eat produce grown in South Carolina, of course!
Sal: Sounds good to me!
Sal: Sports galore…that’s what we’ve got here!
Amanda: Yeah, a real paradise!
Sal: We’ve got water parks, nature preserves, hiking, biking, history trails, nature trails, Collegiate sports, golf resorts, lakes galore with lots of shore, equestrian trails, pedestrian rails, and even a zoo with stars in it too!
Amanda: We were once the textile capital of the world, but those days are gone!
Sal: Gone, but not forgotten….we have many textile heritage sites that show what it was like in those days.
Amanda: But what about now?
Sal: How would you like to see just how that little red convertible we rode in the parade was made?
Amanda: yea, right!
Sal: No kiddin’ you can. The BMW Zentrum has a factory tour. They even show you how they test drive them on the track.
Sal: BMW was not the first time Spartanburg was in love with cars.
Sal: Yeah, Spartanburg was a center of early stock car racing. We had David Pearson, Bud Moore and a host of others. All this evolved into NASCAR and you know how great that is!
Amanda: I should; you watch it every weekend!
Sal: But that’s not all that’s made here. There are quarries, candle companies, and loads of international industries. We even have…
Amanda: Sounds like Spartanburg’s got it all!
Sal: Yep! It’s the best place in the world…nestled at the foothills of the mountains and just a few hours from the sea…boasting magnificent places and smiling faces. It’s a place of history with a bit of mystery!
Amanda: Yep, it’s got charm alright.