There are several interesting things to see and do around Ehrhardt, including several places listed on the National Register of historic places. If you're just passing through the town, this may not be immediately evident. But with a little research on the web beforehand, you'll find that there is more than meets the eye in this small town, and it's defnitely worth a stop.
There is abundant farmland, and many are stewards of this rich land. Wildlife abounds, and as a result, there are quite a few hunting lodges in the area. (Scroll down to see list) White-tailed deer, turkey, dove, wild hogs, ducks and quail are commonly hunted here.
The second or third week of August every year since 1976, the locals have put on a town festival called Schuetzenfest. The name orignated from the German term Schützenfest, meaning "marksmen's or hunter's festival". There are many events leading up to this weekend affair, including the 'Taste of Ehrhardt' featuring good cooking from many local ladies and a beauty pageant to crown Miss Schuetzenfest. There is also a Singspiration, featuring local churches. The main event on Saturday includes a parade, ending with street dances on either end of the street. Locals enjoy this time to catch up with their neighbors and relax, and also to meet new people who have come to sample the festivities.
Rivers Bridge State historic site is also close to Ehrhardt. Guided tours of the old battlefield are offered the first Saturday of each month at 2 pm. Fee for the tour: $5/adult and $3/student (ages 6-16). Visitors will meet at the park community building (325 State Park Rd.) prior to the tour for demonstrations of Civil War equipment, stories of how the battle affected the lives of the men who fought there and revelations of how the results of the battle changed the history of South Carolina. The tour will then examine the still intact fortifications as well as the natural topography that lead one Union general to call Rivers Bridge "...the strongest position I ever saw in my life."
If you want to stay overnight, there are two excellent choices of Bed and Breakfasts at which to stay. The Ehrhardt Hall Bed and Breakfast is located within a beautiful old home, and just outside of town is Broxton Bridge Plantation, a historic plantation, where a Civil War Reenactment is held every year. There are also year round sporting and charity events held at Broxton Bridge.
We invite you to join our Facebook site called Fans of Ehrhardt, SC and take part in our discussions of bygone times. On our facebook site, there are also local announcements for activities that go on all year in and around Ehrhardt, so be sure to tune in and add your own.