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.
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 of 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.
If You Go
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.
I visited the Living History Park with Thoroughbred Country, South Carolina and Laurie Rowe Communications.