May 18, 2008

Eating & Exercising in Santee, South Carolina

Thanks to a fellow rver, today we found a neat place to eat...Lone Star Barbecue & Mercantile is located in Santee, South Carolina.

Opened in 2001, the restaurant is comprised of four old country stores from the late 1800's and early 1900's. They are connected to each other via a long corridor at the rear of the buildings.

Each building has its own dining area and its own history.

The O.K. Zeagler's store was used as a setting in the 1989 movie, Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken, starring Gabrielle Anwar of the USA Network's "Burn Notice".

Lone Star Barbecue & Mercantile was the dream of Pat Williams, pictured below with another happily-stuffed customer.

The post office of the Lone Star Community, in use until 1995, is on display.

Each dining area is packed with antiques and memorabilia for all to enjoy.

Marlon had to use the bathroom but it too was closed in 1995.

Next, we went to see the Santee Indian Mound. At least sixteen graves have been uncovered at this mound, which was also the site of various religious rites in the 17th and 18th centuries.

During the American Revolution, the mound was used by the British as Fort Watson. Action at Fort Watson lasted eight days and ended with an important American victory.

Marlon needed some exercise. So he began his ascent to the top of Fort Watson/The Santee Indian Mound.

Stopping at the top to catch his breath, he found time to pose for a picture.

The top of the mound provides a wide view of Lake Marion.

Chatfield was bored by all this talk of old buildings, old mounds and old wars.

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To be continued...

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