Created in 1991, the Living History Park in North Augusta, near Aiken, is a unique attraction that focuses on the area’s colonial history. Here you’ll find different structures created to give visitors an idea of what everyday life was like back then, similar to Colonial Williamsburg or Old Salem.
What to See at the Living History Park
There’s a tavern, barn, garden, mercantile, apothecary, livery, cabin, and more. Over 25,000 people, including large groups of school children, descend upon the small town’s park every year.
Some buildings are open year-round while others are only open for special events. Sometimes you’ll see costumed demonstrators performing different tasks like whittling, cooking, blacksmithing, and creating medicines.
The park is popular for weddings, picnics, community fundraisers, and historic reenactions. Check the schedule before you visit to get the most out of your trip.
I visited during the yearly Under the Crown festival, which included a special dinner with a historic guest. There were demonstrations in different buildings and food and drink at the tavern. Traditional music and dancing is a part of the fun. It was kept as authentic as possible.
Tips for Visiting the Living History Park
Living History Park is located at 299 W. Spring Grove Avenue, North Augusta, South Carolina 29841. It’s open 365 days a year from dawn until dusk. It’s free to visit, but some events are ticketed and cost extra. Parking is available on the surrounding streets for free.
Where to Eat Near the Living History Park
Sno-Cap Drive In is a short drive away and is an old-school drive-in with favorites like burgers and milkshakes. The Highlander British Pub has English pub fare, including Scotch eggs and shepherd’s pie.
For Italian dishes, visit DiVino Ristorante Italiano. The menu includes lasagna, risotto, and seared duck breast, as well as weekend brunch.
Where to Stay Near the Living History Park
If you’re looking to stay nearby, the Crowne Plaza North Augusta is the closest place to stay. The hotel has amenities like a rooftop bar, outdoor pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, and modern guest rooms.
Rosemary Inn Bed & Breakfast (review here) and Lookaway Inn across the street are two grand mansions now operating as inns, with gourmet breakfasts, bicycles for rent, and free WiFi throughout the properties.
I visited the Living History Park with Thoroughbred Country, South Carolina and Laurie Rowe Communications.