Visitor center hopes to draw locals to opening

AIKEN --- More than 1,000 people have already found it, but workers hope to get the word out to many more.


The Aiken County Visitor Center, which opened its newest office in late November, will be having an official grand opening from 2 to 6 p.m. May 14.

The center offers visitors information about the city and the county.

"There's more to Aiken County than the city of Aiken, but the city is a wonderful place to start," said visitor center worker Robbie Bellamy.

Ms. Bellamy said people either couldn't find the old visitor center site or they weren't impressed when they arrived. She said the new center now has much more to offer, and more people are finding it.

"Our (state) welcome centers are closing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the state because of budget cutbacks, so we are the substitute welcome center for our I-20 welcome center," she said.

Ms. Bellamy said people from all over the world -- including Japan, Germany and Australia -- have visited. She now wants to get the word out to locals.

"They need to know so they can tell their guests," she said.

Reach Preston Sparks at (803) 648-1395, ext. 110 or


What: Grand opening for the Aiken County Visitor Center's new site

WHEN: 2-6 p.m. May 14

WHERE: 113 Laurens St. in the historic Holley Building in downtown Aiken, Suite 107

PHONE: RSVP by Thursday at (803) 642-7557