Welcome to Marlboro County!
Towns: Bennettsville – Blenheim – Clio – McColl – Tatum
Marlboro County has always been one of the richest agricultural counties in South Carolina. Cotton made this area one of the wealthiest in the state prior to the American Civil War and up to the early 1900s. Legend has it that the land is so rich it was once sold by the pound instead of the acre!
The lifestyle and affluence of those bygone years are captured and preserved in the stately Victorian, Queen Anne and Greek Revival style homes and public buildings throughout the county. Step back in time at the Bennettsville Visitors Center to see original marbleized slate mantels, heart pine floors, gas light fixtures, chandeliers, and more dating back to the 1800s. Visit one of the oldest theaters in the state, the Marlboro Civic Center. Built in 1917, this former historic opera house was once a major stop for vaudeville and musical shows on the New York to Miami circuit.
Stop in Blenheim and take a drink from the Blenheim Mineral Springs. Discovered in 1781 by a soldier during the Revolutionary War, the water from this spring was once used in the manufacturing of Blenheim Ginger Ale.
Stroll Downtown Bennettsville for delightful, locally owned shops and eateries. Check out Breeden’s – they’ve been offering quality meats since 1926. Stop by McArthur Farms for delicious Certified SC Grown produce. Walk the picturesque trail that encircles beautiful Lake Paul A. Wallace.
Get a taste of real-deal southern cuisine at Stanton’s Barbecue & Fish Camp, a unique fly-in restaurant that’s been serving up delicious food for over 30 years.