Have a Picnic with History

8 Jun

Where is that you ask? For our South Carolina and Charlotte areas, it’s right here in your back door! Just down the street in Lancaster, South Carolina is the picturesque, history enriched, beautiful Andrew Jackson State Park.

Yes, you may already know that Lancaster, SC claims fame to Andrew Jackson, the 7th president of the United States.  South Carolina has honored him by instituting this state park just over the North Carolina line on Hwy 521 South. As a school aged youngster, I enjoyed taking field trips to this park during my history classes, family outings, and I recently visited some family members that were camping here. This last time I really took time to take in the beauty of the park.

If you’re thinking about visiting the park, here are a few highlights:

  • A museum with Revolutionary War artifacts and artifacts from the life of Andrew Jackson
  • A stunning statue located on-site named The Boy of the Waxhaws, for your family photo opportunities
  • An 18-acre park lake for boating and fishing with Jon boat rentals available (you  need fishing license for SC to fish)
  • Two one-mile loop trails for walking and hiking to take on nature at its finest
  • Old school house replicas, to which I still find fascinating
  • 25 campsites for your camper rentable by night, weekend or week
  • Two picnic shelters that can be rented for private events if you choose
  • The Meeting House for group gatherings
  • Amphitheater for community events
  • 360 acres of breath taking parkland for visitors to enjoy and bird watch

Best of all, it only cost pennies for all this entertainment and history! Admission is $2.00 for adults, $1.25 for SC seniors, and ages 15 and younger are free.

What are some of your favorite things to see at the Andrew Jackson State Park?

By Casey Ballard

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