Set against the backdrop of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, Landrum came to be in the year 1880 after the railroad was extended north from Spartanburg. The area continued to grow as more and more lumber mills and corn mills were established and this growth reached a peak when a market was established for the agricultural products of the area. Landrum continues to enchant both locals and visitors alike as they dine at its quaint eateries, walk through unique antique and specialty shops or take long drives along scenic roads.
Here are the top things to do in Landrum:
1. Campbell's Covered Bridge
The only remaining covered bridge in the state of South Carolina, Campbell’s Covered Bridge was constructed in 1909 and bears a 38 foot (11.5 m) long, 12 foot (3.6 m) wide pine structure that spans Beaverdam Creek. The quaint and enchanting bridge was originally named for Lafayette Campbell, who was the owner of a nearby grist mill. He eventually allowed his property to be used for the bridge’s construction and as they say, the rest is history.
Back in the day, covered bridges were especially popular in mountainous areas as they served the function of offering extra protection for river and creek crossings through snow and ice. On top of that, covered bridges provided additional convenience by reducing travel time during various extreme weather conditions. Campbell’s Covered Bridge crosses a charming, meandering stream and offers travelers a great nature view of the state of South Carolina and the scenery that can be found in the area. The bridge is now owned by Greenville County.
Campbell's Covered Bridge
Address: 171 Campbell Covered Bridge Rd, Landrum, SC 29356
Website: Campbell’s Covered Bridge
2. The Millstone Gallery
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Millstone Gallery is one of Landrum’s most popular galleries with beautiful fine art, professionally crafted wooden sculptures, as well as an assortment of functional pieces. Variations of arts and crafts ornaments are available for viewing and purchasing.
Featured works and collections range from woodcarvings, drawings, turned bowls, cutting boards, animal carvings and wood, as well as antler pens to jewelry, carved wood utensils, pendants, hand forged knives and photography. Ron and Kathleen Robbins have turned the gallery into a feast for the eyes and imbued it with that genuine sense of hospitality that the South is so well known for.
The Millstone Gallery
Address: 110 N. Trade Ave. Landrum, SC 29356
Facebook: The Millstone Gallery
3. The Carolinas' Harvest House Restaurant
This family-owned restaurant in Landrum serves traditional and new American food. The Carolinas’ Harvest House Restaurant strives to serve quality dishes with a large helping of Southern hospitality.
Menu selections are vast and tantalizing. The Carolinas’ Harvest House Restaurant features Smokey Peminto Cheese Fries (hand cut fries smothered in home made Smokey Pimento cheese), Mini Crab Cakes (a Charleston inspired crab cake served with traditional Remoulade sauce), Carolinas’ Harvest House Restaurant’s signature Chicken Salad, as well as Californian, clubhouse and Reuben dishes.
The Carolinas' Harvest House Restaurant
Address: 22345 Asheville Hwy, Landrum, SC
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4. Southside Smokehouse & Grille
If traditional western cuisine is your thing, the Southside Smokehouse & Grille serves creative and classic comfort food the Southern way. A full bar, outdoor dining area and frequent specials on the menu are just a few of the perks at this Landrum eatery. At Southside Smokehouse, guests are treated to an assortment of traditional American comfort food. The menu blends old and new, offering choices that range from NC style barbecues to Louisiana Cajun and Creole dishes all the way to Southern classics like fried chicken or shrimp grits.
If you are a vegetarian then the Southside Smokehouse has done a good job of accommodating dietary restrictions and creates vegetarian, vegan and gluten free items for guests whenever possible.
Southside Smokehouse & Grille
Address: 726 S Howard Ave, Landrum, SC 29356
Website: Southside Smokehouse & Grille
Decorated, reclaimed wood pieces are on offer at Rustiques, to cater to the contemporary home enthusiast. With a philosophy that centers on bringing the past to life through reclaimed, refurbished and antique revival pieces, Rustiques offers a full range of unique upcycled art and decorative items ranging from antiques and vintage collectibles, art and accent decor as well as reclaimed materials.
Rustiques also specializes in crafting custom sliding barn doors with a grand selection of hardware and 100 year old wood. With a team of reclamation specialists that are always on the lookout for distinctive hand crafted architectural features and material, Rustiques has definitely captured the essence of their market by being one of the most meticulous architectural antiques and home decor shops in the area.
All credit is due to the creators and owners of Rustiques, Emily Provchy and Genevieve Scribner, who both came up with the idea of the business while they were working at a bank together in Greenville, South Carolina. It was then that the idea for a unique antique and art shop where the past and present would meet was born. Rustiques offers a truly unique and warm shopping experience and can be found along The Antique Trail.
Address: 702 E Rutherford, Landrum, SC 29356
6. Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve
The Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve is an area owned and managed by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. This moderately challenging dirt trail is well known for its adventurous pathways and beautiful scenery. The track will take hikers up the south side of Squirrel Mountain and down the north side to the South Parcolet River.
The area north of the river is home to several waterfalls, while the views of the very steep southern side of Hooker Ridge and Hogback Mountain as well as the cliffs on Round Mountain are all visible from this trail, making it a one of a kind outdoor adventure.
Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve
Address: Oak Grove Rd, Landrum, SC 29356
Website: Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve
Picture perfect Landrum, South Carolina
Nestled below the Blue Ridge Mountains, Landrum enchants both locals and visitors alike as they dine, shop and explore through all of the places it has to offer.
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