McCormick County Photo Trek

14 thoughts on “McCormick County Photo Trek”

  1. Tom,

    Enjoyed your photo trek. We spend a lot of time up in these areas of Little River, Long Cane Creek, Sumter National Forest, the state parks, and the unique area surrounding Savannah Lakes Village & Golf Clubs. The towns, waterways, and public lands in the area are great for exploring and wildlife viewing. I often take my sons out with me on these adventures, and it seems we learn something new each time we are out. is great source of infomraiton/mapping of paddling routes, hiking biking trails, and historical sites. You can also find information about upcoming events in the region in the news room and blueway caldendar. Come back on a morning other than Sunday, and there are a number of unique stores in downtown McCormick for antiquing, an early 1900’s soda fountain at the drug store, traditional hardware store, artist shops at the McCormick Arts Council, and several restuarants.

    Thanks again… Really enjoyed your photo tour of the area. Felt like I was traveling along with you!

    All the Best!


    1. Thanks, Kirk. I knew that hitting these small towns on a Sunday would be problematic. I really want to get back down to the Willington bookstore and museum, as well as some of the shops in McCormick.

      The Little River Blueways site is excellent! I wish I’d had these maps before setting out on our trip. I definitely want to do some of the paddle routes on both Little River and Long Cane Creek.

  2. Your family history on your mother’s side is my history also since she was a sister to my dad. I enjoy these ramblings from afar. Thank you for sending it out for others to gain knowledge from.
    Do you have any pictures of the house in NinetySix where our grandparents lived. I vividly recall going there as a child. We could share those stories sometime if you wish.

  3. This was a great read. I had a good laugh at, “as if feeling part of her soul drain away.” LOL.

    The family cemetery was a great find and I haven’t seen too many head stones made of that stone either. They looked like they were in good shape for their age.

    Also, I was thrilled to see a photo of the exposed bridge crossing Long Cane Creek. When I was driving to Augusta a lot earlier this year, I passed this bridge every time and I always thought I should get a photo of it, but never did.

    Great adventure!

  4. Thanks Tom… Yes, definately bring the kayak the next time you visit the Little River Blueway Adventure Area… Amazing scenery all of the paddling routes above huguenot parkway on Little River and Long Cane Creek are buffered by national forest land. The wildlife in these areas is abundant. Bald Eagles are seen on every paddling trip trip we take.

    A return trip just to hit the Willington Book Store and the Willington Historical Center is worth your time. Back in the early 1800’s Willington and the area that is McCormick County today had a strong economy (cotton) and Willington Academy alumni were the leaders of our state and our young nation at the time. Dr. Moses Waddel was the head master, who later went on to turn around the University of Georgia. Even back in the 1800’s, the academy was known as the “School in the Woods.” Interesting correlation with the nature based recreation the Little River Blueway region offers to residents and visitors today.

  5. Tom – enjoyed reading about your travels. Hubby and I recently drove the Little River Blueway; loved those back roads. I regret not stopping to take pictures.
    I, too, am descended from Peter Ouzts – the line of Henry Ouzts. Which is your line? One day – I want to find that cemetery also. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Enjoyed your trek up 378. We obviously share some of the same relatives. Otherwise I would not be even looking at this website. My connection is Peter Ouzts – Henry Ouzts – Sarah Ouzts m. Wright Dorn. I’m a native of Saluda Co – Good Hope Section of county. Have in years passed when I made trips to my home, I would visit McKendree Church and look among the headstones for relatives. I was not even aware of the cemetery, just so close to McKendree when I was making my visits. We all share a lot of DNA. Don’t get to visit any more, so do enjoy the little research I can do on the internet. What fun! Happy traveling, relative (coz?).

  7. I just stumbled upon your blog today and really enjoyed reading about your search for the Ouzts cemetery and accompanying pictures. I grew up in Elberton, Georgia, just across the state line from Calhoun Falls, but lived all over the country before coming back to Elberton in 2009. I am descended from 2 of Peter Ouzts’ sons, Martin and Jacob. I have always wanted to go search for that cemetery, and I may be able to use your blog directions to help me when I finally get around to it. I find that trying to locate places in South Carolina will get me lost more often than not. When I go to Edgefield for a funeral or birthday party from time to time, I always end up going a different way, not intentionally but just from lack of map skills or poor sense of direction. I always get there, though, like some slightly tipsy homing pigeon. Thanks for marking (and photographing) the sometimes obscure path.

  8. So – it’s been 6 years since I read your Trek and posted that I want to go to the McKendree Cemetery. Hubby and I were near there yesterday – looking for the Ansel Talbert Cemetery off Hwy 278. Didn’t find it but werre near. My maiden name is Talbert. Both my parents were from Edgefield County – with some more distant relatives in McCormick County. I have Ouzts and Dorn in my Smith line also. A number of relatives on here.

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