Mullins, South Carolina is a small town located a 20-minute drive from the eastern border with North Carolina. The quiet streets are lined with tall trees, spacious lawns, and red brick churches with white steeples. The town’s history in tobacco production leads to it being an interesting location for historical locations that are characteristic of the Southern United States. Below are our picks for the best ways to pass your time here!
1. Get a home cooked meal at Webster Manor
This quirky restaurant is the place to get classic southern cooking in Mullins. As a guest, you’ll sit and enjoy a meal on the front porch and living room of this traditional home that has been converted into a buffet restaurant. This adorable addition to the city’s charm is near the city center, on east James Street, which is just off of Main Street. It is just one block over from another restaurant on this list, and just two blocks from the Tobacco Museum. Webster Manor is open from 10:30am to 2pm and serves lunch, can host parties and receptions, and is also a Bed & Breakfast.
Address: 115 E James St Mullins, SC 29574
Facebook: Webster Manor
2. Learn about state history at the South Carolina Tobacco Museum
The South Carolina Tobacco Museum is located right in the city center, at the crossroads of the two main roads: Front Street and Main Street. With the city’s long history as being a tobacco hub of the south, there is plenty to see and learn at this small museum. Multiple guests have praised this museum for having very informative guides that are great at explaining the history and items on display at the museum.
The museum’s main focus is on the cultivation of tobacco and other aspects of farm life in the rural areas of South Carolina before the 1950s. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 11am, then from 12pm to 4pm and is closed on weekends. Group tours are welcome as well as tour buses. Admission to the museum is 2 USD for adults and 1 USD for children and seniors. There is also an on site gift shop, so you can pick up a souvenir to commemorate your visit.
South Carolina Tobacco Museum
Address: 104 E Front St, Mullins, SC 29574
Website: South Carolina Tobacco Museum
3. Find something special at Golden Leaf Antique Market
This locally owned antique store is a great place if you’re looking to find a unique treasure from your visit to Mullins. The market is located two blocks south of the main crossroads on South Main Street. The store is tucked in a large red brick building that is adorned with some antique signs of various origins. Guests can find a wide variety of antiques here, ranging from knick-knacks, furniture, kitchen supplies, holiday decorations, rugs, paintings, jewelry, and more. There are over 60 dealers that do business from Golden Leaf. Guests have praised the great selection of the owners and say that there is always something interesting to find. The store is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 5:30pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm, and is closed Monday and Sunday.
Golden Leaf Antique Market
Address: 303 S Main St Mullins, SC 29574
Website: Golden Leaf Antique Market
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4. Experience southern hospitality at O’Hara’s Restaurant
O’Hara’s Restaurant is another locally owned restaurant that features buffet style American food. O’Hara’s is located one block north of the main town crossroads off of East Wine Street. The building is historic and features a red brick exterior with a porch that shows off curved arches, making for a welcoming standout on the city street. Guests have noted that the restaurant is a one of a kind experience that also manages to be great for families. Others made a point of referencing the kind and friendly hospitality exhibited by the owner of the restaurant and the staff.
The restaurant is open Tuesday through Thursday 11:30am to 2pm, Friday 11:30am to 2pm and 6pm to 9pm, Saturday 6pm to 9pm, and Sunday 11:30am to 2pm. O’Hara’s is closed on Mondays. On Tuesday through Friday, as well as Sunday, guests can enjoy a country, salad, and dessert buffet. Friday and Saturdays 6pm to 9pm feature the prime rib and seafood buffets. It is recommended that guests make reservations if they would like to visit this restaurant.
Address: 123 East Wine Street Mullins, SC 29574
Facebook: O’Hara’s Restaurant
5. Lumber River State Park
Just over the border in North Carolina lies the Lumber River State Park, a great place to enjoy some untouched nature. The park is full of waterways that make for a range of fun activates such as kayaking, fishing, and boating. Fishermen can expect to find black crappie, catfish, panfish, and largemouth bass. There are piers, as well as plenty of space on the riverbanks to fish to your content. It is important to plan any kayaking, canoeing, or boating due to the highly fluctuating water levels of the waterways in the park, so consulting the resources and guides of the park is recommended.
Hiking is another great activity available in the park. There are three trails that run through the park, each of a different length and with varying features. The nature experience can be further enhanced with a stay at one of the many campsites through the park. There are both primitive campsites as well as group campsites (which need to be reserved ahead of time). Some are also equipped with handicapped accessible facilities. The amenities available change from campsite to campsite, so it is a good idea to check which best accommodates your needs.
Lumber River State Park
Address: Lumber River State Park Chalk Banks, 2819 Princess Ann Rd, Orrum, NC 28369
Website: Lumber River State Park
Small town hospitality
Mullins is a great example of a small southern town that takes its history and its food seriously. Visiting here can all but guarantee you some great meals, beautiful scenery, and local history. If you’re looking for towns off the beaten path, this is a great option.
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