Spartanburg

Overview

Introduction

Just northeast of Greenville, 95 mi/150 km northwest of Columbia, Spartanburg has seen an influx of international industry, making it a surprisingly cosmopolitan city for its size. (It probably pains Georgians to know that Spartanburg also calls itself the "Peach Capital of the World.") Visit the Spartanburg Regional Museum, the Spartanburg County Museum of Art, Price House and Walnut Grove Plantation. The last is especially interesting—in the various outbuildings you'll find a kitchen, a smithy, a school and a doctor's office. Walnut Grove illustrates how many of the old southern plantations acted as villages unto themselves. As you drive north out of Spartanburg on Interstate 85, watch for the huge peach perched on a pedestal outside Gaffney (actually, it's a water tower painted to resemble a peach).

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