lake hartwell museums

The Lake Hartwell area has fine collections and exhibits from Ty Cobb and Shoeless Joe Jackson to Antique Buggys and Grist Mills. Expand your knowledge and understanding by visiting the array of museums in the area.

Georgia Hartwell Region | Georgia Toccoa Region | South Carolina Clemson Region | South Carolina Anderson Region
Georgia Hartwell Region
Church-Waddel-Brumby House & Athens Welcome Center
280 E. Daugherty St
Athens, GA 30601
Stop by and tour this Federal-style 1820 house that is decorated in period furniture and get local visitor’s information.
Georgia Museum of Art
90 Carlton St.
Athens, GA 30602
Due to construction, the galleries and shop are temporarily closed. The Georgia Museum of Art is scheduled to reopen in early 2011.
Free, suggested donation $2
ware-lyndon house museum Ware-Lyndon House Museum
293 Hoyt St.
Athens, GA 30601
706-613-3623 ext. 244
Free, Tues. & Thurs. noon- 9pm
Wed., Fri. & Sat. 9am – 5pm
"1840’s Late Greek Revival home with Italianate influence", 20 minute audio tour
Elberton Granite Museum and Exhibit
1 Granite Plaza,
Elberton, GA 30635
Open Mon. – Sat., 2 – 5pm, closed holidays
This small museum has an interesting short film that shows the many ways to remove and process granite. Clues are given to help explain the town’s two mysteries. Listen to a short tape recording to find out about “Dutchy” and pick up the two handouts: the “Georgia Guidestones” and “The Fall and Rise of Dutchy”. Outside the museum is a large solid granite spear. It’s amazing what can be made out of solid rock!
Crawford Long Museum
28 College St.
Jefferson, GA 30549
On Jefferson Historic Square
Tues. – Fri. 10 am – 5 pm
Sat. 10 am. – 4 pm
Adults $5.00
Seniors (age 65+) $4.00
Students $3.00
Children Age 5 and Under Admitted Free
A medical museum showing early anesthesia equipment and medicine making items, the antebellum Pendergrass Store building houses a recreated 1840’s doctor’s office and apothecary shop.
Ty Cobb Museum
461 Cook St.
Royston, GA 30662
Adults(over 18 years of age)$5.00
Seniors(age 62 and over)$4.00
Children(under age 5) & Active Military FREE
Open: Mon. – Fri. 9am – 4pm, Sat. 10am – 4pm
Baseball player Ty Cobb’s museum
ty cobb museum
Georgia Toccoa Region
Alpine Antique Auto Museum Alpine Antique Auto & Buggy Museum
Hwy 115 Clarkesville, GA – Near the edge of town
Call 706-754-0444 for hours and information
Charlemagne’s Kingdom
8808 North Main St.
Helen, GA 30545 706-878-2200, call for hours
A couple from Germany created this special exhibit and gift shop. It has 400 feet of small scale train track running through the 20 by 50 foot display with 300 alpine architecture buildings, bridges, towns, rivers, mountains 22 feet tall and 800 figures with sound effects. Two levels of viewing. You will be amazed at what they were able to create, from boats on the North Sea, windmills, skating rink, pool, a circus and the Alps with tunnels and bridges! Adults $5, Children $2.50 (children under 5 are free). Great spot for train lovers of all ages
Currahee Military Museum
In the Toccoa Train Depot
160 N. Alexander Street
Toccoa, GA 30577
Currahee Military Museum
South Carolina Clemson Region
Ashtabula Plantation
2725 Old Greenville Hwy
Central, SC 29630
3 miles East of Pendleton on SC Hwy 88
Call for hours. Ten acre site with an 1820’s home that has been restored and furnished with period items
Collins Ole Towne
28 Lawton Rd
Central, SC 29630
The town is an example of a 1930s village with a barbershop, general store and schoolhouse. Call for hours, cost and directions.
Central History Museum
416 Church St.
Central, SC
Open Sun. 2 – 4, except major holidays
This 1893 house contains a collection of historic memorabilia about the local area. They also have gardens with roses, gardenias, azaleas and sculptures.
Campbell Geology Museum
Located by the SC Botanical Gardens
Wed. – Sat. 10am to 5pm, Sun. 1pm to 5pm, closed Clemson University Holidays
$3 Adults/ $2 Children, free admission every 3rd Sat.
This small museum has a large collection of minerals, gems, meteorites and fossils from all over the world. The best part of the museum is the dark room where you can view beautifully colored rocks that glow under ultraviolet light
Campbell Museum of Natural History
Campbell Museum of Natural History
Kinard Annex Building
Clemson, SC
Open Mon. – Fri. 8am – 4:30pm. FREE, very small, less then 20 minutes needed. It’s just 1 room and 2 hallways filled with a bear, buffalo, skunk, tiger, owl, deer, moose, monkey and an interesting collection of bird skeletons, all sizes from a tiny hummingbird to a large Pelican.
Get a free parking pass and map at the Clemson University Visitor’s Center at Alumni Hall
Fort Hill Museum and Art Gallery
101 Calhoun Dr.
On the Clemson Campus
Clemson, SC 29634
See Clemson campus information above for parking pass info.
Open Mon. – Sat. 10am – 12pm and 1-4pm, Sun. 2-4:30pm
Federal and Greek Revival style antebellum mansion built in 1803, former home of John C. Calhoun and Thomas Green Clemson.
Hanover House
Located at the Clemson University Botanical Gardens
Clemson, SC
Sat., 10am to noon and 1pm to 5pm and Sun. 2pm to 5pm. closed on Clemson University holidays
Built in 1716, early French Hugenot Colonial Architecture. The museum interprets the lifestyles of the people from the Low country of South Carolina. Home was moved to Clemson when it was threatened with flooding by Lake Moultrie. It is furnished with 18th and 19th century period artifacts.
Old Stone Church
101 Stone Circle
Clemson, SC 29631
About 12 miles from I-85, between Clemson & Pendleton on US 76 & 28
Presbyterian Church built in 1797. Famed Colonel Robert Anderson and General Andrew Pickens of the Revolutionary War are buried in the church’s cemetery. Many of the old graves stones can still be read.
Old Stone Church
Golden Creek Corn and Grist Mill
201 Enon Church Rd
Easley, SC 29640
Between Easley and Liberty
Call for hours.
Take a tour and watch the grinding of grits, corn meal and wheat flour at this 1800’s mill. The equipment is run by a waterwheel. Near the mill is a Country store, art, photo and literature museum that traces grist mill history.
Christ Episcopal Church
10 North Church St.
Greenville, SC 29601
This Gothic-Revival church was the first church built in Greenville.
The Children’s Museum
300 College Street
Greenville, SC 29601
Tues. – Sat.9am – 5pm
Sun.1pm – 5pm
Monday closed
$12 per person (Age 2 and up)
Greenville History Tours
206 S. Main St.
Greenville, SC
Fri. and Sat., guided walking tours, $8 for those 10 and over, younger kids are free
Kilgore-Lewis House
560 North Academy St.
Greenville, SC
Free tours of the historic house (c1838) and gardens any time from 10am to 2pm Mon. – Fri.
Museum of Confederate History
15 Boyce Ave
Greenville, SC 29601
Free, Open: Mon. & Wed. 10 am – 3pm, Fri. 1pm – 9pm, Sat. 10am – 5pm & Sun. 1pm – 5pm
Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum
356 Field Street
Greenville, SC Across from Fluor Field in downtown Greenville
Admission is free.
Upcountry History Museum
540 Buncombe St.
Greenville, SC 29601
Adults $5, 4 – 12 years old $3, kids under 4 free
Open Tues. – Sat. 10am – 5pm and Sun. 1pm – 5 pm, closed on major holidays
Interactive exhibits that depict upcountry life from early settlers to current times, one area lets visitors stroll through Greenville in the 1850s, civil right movement and textile industry also featured
BMW Zentrum
1400 Hwy 101 South
(exit 60 from I-85 in SC)
Greer, SC 29651
Open Mon. – Fri.
Museum shows the past, present and future of BMW, racing cars, motorcycles, historical vehicles and a virtual tour of the factory.
Tours of the plant are offered by appointment for people over 12 years of age, $5, call 888-Tour-BMW (868-7269) for more information
The Greer Heritage Museum
215 Trade St.
Greer, SC 29650
Timms Mill
Timms Mill Rd
Pendleton, SC
Email for a tour appointment,
See the water wheel, explore the inside of a 19th century grist mill and enjoy some of their corn meal.
Woodburn Plantation
Pendleton, SC
I-85 exit 19-B to US 76 for 8 miles, look for signs
Call for hours, four story 1830’s mansion furnished with period items.
Pickens County Museum of Art & History
307 Johnson St.
Pickens, SC 29671
Free, open Tues. thru Sat.
Local artifacts and photos, a 1903 jail cell, replica of a fort, doll house, old medical instruments, art gallery with changing exhibits, garden and a gift shop with local artists works.
Hagood Mill
138 Hagood Mill Rd
Pickens, SC 29671
19th century water wheel powered gristmill, cotton gin, 2 log cabins with period items During daylight hours, you can picnic and hike on a shaded trail, over bridges and by a stream. The mill is open for tours, call for times and dates. Restrooms and a store that sells grits.
Hagood Mill
Duke Power World of Energy
7812 Rochester Hwy
Seneca, SC 29672
Open Mon. – Fri. 9am to 5pm, Sat. noon – 5pm, closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Day. 800-777-1004
Located on Lake Keowee beside the Oconee Nuclear Plant, from Hwy 123 in Seneca, turn right onto Hwy 130 (next to Ingles). Travel 9 miles to the center on your right.
Handicapped accessible, animated display’s and computer games help you learn about creating energy from natural sources like falling water, coal and uranium. The self guided tour with audio stations takes about 30 minutes. It contains a beautiful night sky, rain clouds, a water wheel and a fish pond all the while teaching about power on a very high educational level. This makes it good for all ages. The adults won’t be bored and the kids will enjoy the displays. There is also a ¼ mile easy to moderate nature path, fishing area, picnic sites, butterfly garden and scenic views of Lake Keowee.
Lunney Museum
211 W. South First St.
Seneca, SC
Collection of late 17th century to early 20th century antiques can be seen in this California style bungalow.
Keowee-Toxaway State Park
108 Residence Dr.
(SC 11 at SC 133)
Sunset, SC 29685
On Lake Keowee, hike, fish, picnic and visit the small Cherokee Indian Interpretive Center (FREE, open daily 11am – 12 pm and 4 pm-5 pm) where you can learn about the history and culture of the Cherokee Indians, that once lived in the Keowee Valley. Boat ramp and wooded campsites are available and a 3 bedroom cabin on Lake Keowee with a private boat dock. Restrooms are provided by the Interpretive Center. The parks 4 mile Raven Rock hiking trail is strenuous and takes about 3 hours.
Oconee Veteran’s Museum
13 Short St.
Walhalla, SC 29691
Behind the Oconee County Court House
Free, Open Sat. 10am – 3pm
1st floor handicap accessible
Oconee Heritage Center
123 Brown’s Square Dr.
Walhalla, SC 29691
Free, donations accepted
Open Tues., Thurs. and Fri. noon – 5pm and Sat. 10am – 3pm
Located in the historic tobacco warehouse, the center has a 250 year old dug out canoe, a depression-era tenant farmer’s house and much more.
Oconee Station Oconee Station State Historic Site
500 Oconee Station Rd
Off of Hwy 11
Walhalla, SC 29691
Tours offered on Sat. and Sun. from 1pm – 5pm
A stone fort built in 1792, to protect the settlers from the Indians, and the 1805 William Richard’s House are located here. Picnicking, fishing, a 1 ½ mile trail that goes around a pond and a tour of the fort and the Richard’s house are available.
South Carolina Anderson Region
Anderson County Fire Department Museum
400 South McDuffie Street
Downtown Anderson, SC
Call for hours or just stop by and if the firemen are there, they will most likely show you around.
Learn about the history of firefighting in Anderson and check out their collection of antique fire trucks and equipment.
Anderson County Museum
202 E Greenville St.
Anderson, SC 29621
FREE, Open Wed. – Sat. 10am-4pm, Tues. 10am-7pm
Check out a large display that has a unique miniature model of the Anderson County Fair Grounds and exhibits on Anderson County’s history. Wheelchair accessible.
Belton Historic Railroad Depot
50 N. Main St
Belton, SC 29627
Open Wed. – Sat. from 10am – 4pm.
The former railroad depot now houses the SC Tennis Hall of Fame, the Ruth Drake Museum which focuses on the railroad, agricultural, industrial and cultural history of Belton and Upstate SC. There is a traveling exhibit area and the depot sponsors several events each year. Bluegrass music is performed at the depot every 2nd and 4th Sat. at 6pm, cost $5.
Belton Historic Railroad
Iva Museum Iva Museum
106 E. Broad St.
Iva, SC 29655
Open Thurs. – Sat. 10am – 4pm
Learn the history of Iva and Iva’s Jackson Mill. Arrowheads, rocks and farm tools