Stumphouse Tunnel – Mountain Rest, South Carolina
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Stumphouse Tunnel near the Oconee County town of Walhalla was designed as a railroad tunnel and built by Irish immigrants in 1852, with the goal of connecting Charleston to Knoxville, Tennessee, and eventually Cincinnati, Ohio. When the Civil War broke out, work on the railroad came to a halt. There were failed efforts to restart the work after the war ended, but eventually it was abandoned.
Clemson University bought the tunnel in 1951 and used it to cure their famous Clemson blue cheese for many years, as the environment was perfect for curing and gave the popular cheese its distinguished flavor. Later the cheesemaking lab was moved to the Clemson campus, with the conditions of the Stumphouse Tunnel duplicated to allow the cheese to retain its characteristics. However, the tunnel is still owned by Clemson and managed by the State Parks System. It is frequented by daytrippers from all over the state and surrounding areas. If you are able to visit the tunnel, make sure to also see the legendary Issaqueena Falls.
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Address: Stumphouse Tunnel Road, Mountain Rest, SC 29664
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