I recently had the opportunity to work with the good folks at Social Design House on a project for the York County Visitors Bureau. They commissioned a driving tour of the country roads in western York County, SC. I spent a beautiful autumn day riding around the county with Zan Maddox, taking photos, talking with people and enjoying some good local food. Using the photos from the day as reference, I made a few illustrations for the driving tour brochure. Here are a few:
Olivet Presbyterian Church in McConnells. This building was erected in 1886, the year of the "Great Earthquake" of South Carolina. I always admired this structure on my trips between home and college.
Apples at Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill. We keep a stock of their hard cider at the house and always attend the Apple Festival in October.
Black's Peaches on Hwy. 5, right next to Windy Hill. I always stop here for some sweet potatoes, preserves or other local produce on the way to go see my in-laws in Cherokee County.
The barn behind Black's Peaches
Mr. John Carter at the historic Hill's Store in the town of Sharon. John showed us around his magnificent 3-story general store. It is one of the most grand structures in the area, and he is one of our best storytellers.
The McGill's Store near King's Mountain. The McGill family has been in the mercantile business here for over 150 years.
We pulled into the Bullock's Creek cemetery to find this man carrying on a South Carolina tradition, barbecue hash. This was served the next day at the Bullock's Creek Tractor Show.
These places & traditions are local treasures, and I'm really thankful for the opportunity to experience them, and hopefully contribute to their preservation.
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