The history of Hartsville comes to life when you visit the Hartsville Museum. Located in the historic downtown plaza, the museum is home to a fascinating display of local art and history exhibits. If the theater is your passion, the Center Theater is one of the region’s premier facilities for performing arts. Settle in for a dramatic theatrical production, or have some laughs with a comedy. Those people who have the desire to pick up a paintbrush will find a haven at the Black Creek Arts Council. The Council encourages and promotes local artists through art classes, art shows, and festivals.
Take a Hike and Play
When you want to get away from busy city life, make your escape to a city park. There are six parks in Hartsville, each offering plenty of space for quiet as well as activities. Go for a stroll on the walking path at the Vista, then stop at a pond and bask in the sun. Byerly Park has everything you need for some friendly sports competition, including baseball and soccer fields, tennis courts, running track, and horseshoe pits. There are also hiking and biking trails. Lawton Park has a boardwalk and pier for romantic sunset strolls and quiet reflection as you gaze into the water.
Tasting is Believing
One of the best parts about any small Southern town is the local restaurants. Hartsville does not disappoint, whether you want a diner or an elegant restaurant. Bizzell's Food & Spirits is a local favorite. Start with some shrimp and grits cooked to perfection and save room for their rich, sweet chocolate cobbler. Fried chicken lovers know that you need look no further than Yogi Bear’s Honey Fried Chicken. This cozy little diner has the plumpest, juiciest fried chicken you may ever eat. For great Mexican food at a good price, try a lunch special at Zapata’s Mexican Grill.