At a time when many people are seeking a simpler, more rural lifestyle, both for retirement and to raise a family, Edgefield County is increasingly becoming the locale of choice.
Edgefield County boasts industrial mills, peach farms and even a few cotton farms, and soybean producing. There are three national conservation, education and preservation organizations–the National Wild Turkey Federation, Quail Unlimited, and Waterfowl USA–that promote the conservation of wild turkey, quail, and waterfowl. We also have in Edgefield County the Edgefield County Peach Museum. Discover the remarkable history of the cultivation of peaches on the Ridge in South Carolina by visiting the Peach Museum in Johnston. Not only will you enjoy a stimulating and educational interpretation of the industry, but you will also be able to purchase real peach preserves. During the peach growing season, from the blooming of the trees to the picking of peaches (March-August), you can head out into Edgefield County’s spectacular countryside to explore the sights and visit a myriad of colorful roadside peach and vegetable stands.
New houses and residential communities–some with golf courses–dot the county. Some residents have chosen to renovate some of the graceful old home places, returning them to their former glory. Gentlemen horse and cattle farmers are commonplace, with picturesque spreads set among the gentle rolling hills of the area.
Edgefield County is also a popular stop for antique collectors, with shops to satisfy every taste, from fine antiques to pre-owned treasures. The downtown merchants in Edgefield offer downtown shop-a-rounds to entice everyone to shop local whenever possible. Christmas campaigns, tree lightings, ribbon cuttings, events on the town square are just a few of the many things the downtown development associations of each town are trying to promote to keep people interested in Edgefield County.
Golf enthusiasts will find plenty to occupy them at the areas golf courses–Pine Ridge Plantation, located between Johnston and Edgefield; Persimmon Hill Country Club, located between Johnston and Saluda; Mt Vintage Golf Club, located between Edgefield and North Augusta; and North Augusta Country Club, North Augusta, SC. Mount Vintage Plantation, a beautiful residential and equestrian community is located on Sweetwater Road in Edgefield County.
Those looking for more back-to-nature activities can enjoy unlimited hours of hunting, camping, hiking, swimming, boating, fishing and other water sports at nearby Sumter National Forest and Lakes Thurmond and Murray.
There are plenty of after-school activities for children living in Edgefield County. The Edgefield County Recreation Department offers a full schedule of youth activities, including softball, baseball, football, and soccer.
Edgefield County is an area steeped in history, but it also is looking to the future. With its scenic countryside, lifestyle amenities, and convenient location, it is quickly becoming one of the fastest-growing counties in the region.