Downtown Aiken – Aiken, South Carolina

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Downtown Aiken is the center of South Carolina‘s Thoroughbred Country, which also encompasses the surrounding counties of Allendale, Bamberg, and Barnwell. Its historic district is well-preserved and thoughtfully landscaped, with flowers, fountains, and sculptures both serious and fun. Unique shops, spas, and restaurants can be found throughout Aiken, and there are several nice inns and bed and breakfasts to enjoy.

Morgan Fountain SC

Michael Enloe of Aiken, 2012 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Since Aiken is known for its close association with horses and equestrianism, its downtown area is dotted with unique statues like this one. It shows Limehouse, a stakes winner who trained at Aiken’s Dogwood Stable and came in fourth in the 2004 Kentucky Derby. (Note: This statue was damaged by a falling limb and removed.)

Horse Statue in Aiken SC

SCIWAY, 2008 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Flat racing, steeplechases, harness racing, and polo all have long traditions in Aiken. The “season” begins in March with the Aiken Triple Crown. The three jewels in the crown event include the Aiken Trials (flat racing), the Aiken Spring Steeplechase, and a polo match.

Downtown Aiken

Larry Gleason of Aiken © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

This photo, taken along Laurens Street, showcases the charm of Aiken’s historic downtown district. Here are some of Aiken’s most beloved landmarks:

1) Hopelands Gardens
2) Aiken Post Office
3) Willcox Inn
4) Morgan Fountain
5) Aiken Town Clock
6) William Aiken Statue
7) Aiken County Historical Museum (Banksia)
8) St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church

Downtown Aiken Info

Address: Richland Avenue, Aiken, SC 29801

Downtown Aiken Map

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The purpose of the South Carolina Picture Project is to celebrate the beauty of the Palmetto State and create a permanent digital repository for our cultural landmarks and natural landscapes. We invite you to add additional pictures (paintings, photos, etc) of Downtown Aiken, and we also invite you to add info, history, stories, and travel tips. Together, we hope to build one of the best and most loved SC resources in the world!

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2 Comments about Downtown Aiken

Courtney LayNo Gravatar says:
November 15th, 2011 at 11:26 am

I live here and I have all my life. I love it here, it is always so fun and there is always something to entertain you.

Jeanne MelickNo Gravatar says:
November 11th, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Your town looks very beautiful — possibly a place for my husband and I to move to once I retire!


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