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If You’ve Never Been to Croft State Park…

By Susan A. Sistare, produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project. Updated for accuracy in July 2019. When I told my brother, an avid mountain biker, that I was going to visit Croft State Park, he responded casually, "Cool. It's two bucks to get in. But I guess you knew that." Actually, I didn't know that. "What can you do there?” I asked him. He looked at me like I had three heads. "YOU'VE

Panthers Come to Town

By Laura Hendrix Corbin, produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project. It was a real-life Mean Joe Greene-Coca Cola moment. “Hey, kid,” I heard someone holler, and I turned to see then-Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme looking at the young fan standing next to me, proudly wearing his bright blue Panthers Pals T-shirt, eagerly waiting for player autographs. I touched the young man on the sho

Fishing Local Waters

By Brad Wright, produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project. When I was 6 years old I caught a 16-inch catfish off of my grandfather’s dock on the gulf coast of Florida. Although 25 years have passed since that day, I can still remember with remarkable clarity the exhilaration of having a fish on the line, the thrill of reeling it in, and the pride in having made such a fine catch. Other than that ca

Spartanburg Has a Long and Strong Connection with Stock Car Racing

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

Strawberry Hill USA

Strawberry Hill USA, a great place to buy strawberries and peaches and enjoy family fun, sits on over 1,000 acres of rolling farmland in Chesnee, SC, in the northwestern part of Spartanburg County. The farm is only an hour from Charlotte: take Exit 92 off Highway 85 and then proceed west along the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway (Highway 11), till you see the meticulous fields, the American flags and the red roo

The Gardens of Spartanburg

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. Amazing how Spar