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Rocky Shoals Spider Lily Parks Mill: Site Open House
May 20 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
There is a huge interest in our Rocky Shoals Spider Lily site at Parks Mill on Stevens Creek in McCormick County. We have had so many groups ask about coming that we are scheduling two Open House Saturdays, May 13th & May 20th, beginning at 11:00am.
The purpose of these events is to familiarize people in the region with this beautiful historic site. We want to share our vision for its future, and to enlist the support and assistance of all Native Plant Society folks and other groups in carrying out this preservation mission. By working to inspire folks to embrace this wonderful resource with the same passion and intent as we do, we’re hoping to capture the spirit of a “Friends of the Park’s Mill Lilies” group.
You are invited to join with us at the site at 11:00 on May 13 or May 20.
We will discuss the botany of this wonderful rare plant, and its history, as well as the history of the Mill Site. We will discuss the history of how it came to be protected. We will discuss our management plans for the site, and hopefully motivate visitors to appreciate the site as much as we do. Then we will guide groups around the site to examine the lilies (they should be at peak of bloom), and to discuss the history and workings of the grist mill. We are planning for the event to last no more than two hours. Bring your own lunch and drink if you wish to enjoy a picnic on site, and we will have a bathroom facility (one) available.
All persons interested in attending the Open House, please register by emailing Virginia Meador at <[email protected]>. Include a cell phone number for last minute information.
Parking on the site is very limited, so we suggest that groups should van-pool to assure that we have adequate parking space. If you plan to travel in cars, we ask that you park in downtown Plum Branch (see map at left) and ride a van shuttle to the site. Call 864 979 3169 for a shuttle. Once there it’s a short walk on nearly level ground to the lilies.
If you are planning on bringing a group,please provide us with number of people in your group. We ask that one individual in your group take responsibility for making arrangements on behalf of your group and serve as our contact person. We will ask that each person sign a waiver of liability holding SCNPS and Naturaland Trust blameless in case of accidental injury.
From Columbia: Take I-20 toward Augusta, exit toward Edgefield on SC-19 (exit 18). Pass thru Edgefield on US 25 and take a left on SC-283. SC-283 will take you past the site to Plum Branch, where you can park in the downtown parking area. If you have a group in a van you may be able to park off the road near the entrance to the site. See maps on this page.
From Greenville: Take I-85 Exit 44A (Whitehorse Rd- US 25). This road will merge with Augusta Road (still US 25). Follow US 25 to Greenwood, then take US 221 to McCormick. In McCormick, take SC 28 five miles south to Plum Branch. In Plum Branch , there is parking. Call 964 979 3169 for a van shuttle, or the site (very limited parking) is about 3 miles east on SC 283 (Edgefield Street) out of Plum Branch. See maps on this page.