Spartanburg has a long and strong connection with stock car racing

Thursday, July 10, 2014

NASCAR
By Mike Hembree
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

The Hub City, so-named because of its railroad connections, for many years also was the “hub city” for NASCAR racing. Numerous top-level racing teams were based in and around Spartanburg in the 1950s and 1960s, and Spartanburg has produced four members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame – championship driver David Pearson, championship team owner and pioneer mechanic Bud Moore, championship driver Rex White and long-time team owner and mechanical whiz Cotton Owens. Others with ties to the area include James Hylton, Joe Frasson, Jack Smith, Buck Baker, Dick Brooks and Mario Rossi. Read More ››


Strawberry Hill USA

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Strawberry Hill
By Claudia Geagan
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

Strawberry Hill USA, a great place to buy strawberries and peaches and enjoy family fun, sits on over a thousand acres of rolling farmland in Chesnee, SC, in the northwestern part of Spartanburg County. Read More ››


A Visit to Walnut Grove

Friday, May 09, 2014

WG1
By Brad Steinecke
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

Whenever I visit Walnut Grove Plantation, I like to take a few minutes to walk out into the field facing the house and close my eyes. I enjoy letting the 21st century fade away, focusing on the quiet breeze and imagining the familiar natural landscape of the post-industrial Upstate transformed into its former self—the hardscrabble frontier of the remote and unforgiving back-country. Revived in my mind are the bands of Cherokee braves, the wolves, the buffalo, and the vast, unspoiled forests and rivers of the Carolina Piedmont for hundreds of miles. Read More ››


Music in the streets of Spartanburg

Friday, May 09, 2014

Jazz
By Susan A. Sistare
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

When I was a kid, downtown Spartanburg looked very different. I don’t recall much about it, except that the Montgomery building (the tallest one then) seemed like a skyscraper and Grandma’s Kitchen had the most delicious, greasy hamburgers this side of the Beacon. Read More ››


David Ezell and The Peddler Bar

Thursday, May 01, 2014

David Ezell
By Jeremy L. C. Jones
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

I didn’t expect such a cozy place to be tucked away upstairs. Read More ››


The Gardens of Spartanburg

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Fish Camp
By Jan Scalisi
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

You can drive by it on busy John B. White Sr. Boulevard and never notice it. You can even pull in and park at the entryway, but still have no clear idea of what’s ahead. It’s only as your walk unfolds, step by surprising step, that you begin to realize where you've arrived: in a peaceful garden in the middle of the city. Read More ››


The Fish Camp Experience

Friday, March 21, 2014
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My road to Landrum

Monday, March 17, 2014

Landrum - Kens Meat Fish
By Claudia Geagan
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

I used to be a city mouse, and by “city,” I mean places like Los Angeles or New York. Where, but there, I asked myself, could I find so much life? Where but there could I find so many interesting people and such great food to say nothing of the shopping? So what if they also provide plenty of crime and dirt. But now that I’ve become a country mouse, and I know the answer to “where.” Landrum, South Carolina, that’s where. And, with beautiful scenery to boot. Read More ››


The West Main Artists Co-op

Friday, March 14, 2014

Art
By Christopher George
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

From the outside, the steeply sloped roofline and large, ornate windows would make it easy for anyone to guess at the original purpose of the large red brick structure at 578 West Main Street. Originally housing a Baptist church, this 20,000-square-foot building planted on a small hill just west of downtown Spartanburg serves today as home to nearly three dozen working artists at the West Main Artists Co-op—without a doubt one of the most unique destinations for local art in Spartanburg County. Read More ››


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