Seated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Seneca, South Carolina, was built by the railroad business, and still basks in the historic buildings and cordial atmosphere of the Southeast. Visitors with an eye for architecture and a love of the outdoors will enjoy the attractions in Seneca, including various historic homes and nature trails along Lake Keowee.
Duke Energy: World of Energy
Although the kids might not think the World of Energy (duke-energy.com) sounds very exciting, they'll be surprised when they see the entertaining displays and educational games and movies they can enjoy. Once a stroll through the energy exhibits is done, the family can enjoy a picnic lunch by scenic Lake Keowee. A butterfly garden is a relaxing spot to rest and take some photos before heading out on a nature trail hike or a visit to the sandy shores of Keowee. Complete the visit with some fishing from the piers and you'll know why the World of Energy is such a well-known attraction. Free admission.
Historic Ballenger House
In the midst of the Seneca Historic District, the Historic Ballenger House (ballengerhouse.org) would be a great first stop in an exploration of the area's art galleries, shops and restaurants. Built in 1925, the red brick house is under the loving care of the Seneca Woman's Club. Used as a luxurious venue for parties or weddings, this classic Southern home also hosts numerous public events and free tours by appointment.
Built in 1909, this historic bungalow is home to a display of regionally significant memorabilia and Victorian furnishings. Enjoy the Arts and Crafts architecture and the classic carriage house along with the nostalgic double-seat outhouse. Transport yourself to the sophisticated past of this community during tour hours of 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Admission is free.
Ram Cat Alley
Although this street may have been covered with fish-seeking felines in the 1870s, Ram Cat Alley (ramcatalleysc.com), once Main Street, is home to an eclectic blend of colorful storefronts that give you a feel for the old railroad days of Seneca. A stroll down this street in the historic downtown area of Seneca will delight shoppers and foodies alike. Antique, home décor and gift shops line the infamous Ram Cat Alley, helping visitors work up an appetite to be fed at one of the eateries. A well-timed visit will give tourists the chance to enjoy an event such as "Jazz on the Alley" or open gallery nights.
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