To start things off, Doctor Ed West presented a historic overview of Summerville in the rear conference room of the Summerville Museum. His insight and colorful depiction of past and present set the foundation for an enjoyable and informative tour. Our tour guide on the trolley was Barbara Lynch Hill, Author of the Book "Summerville, South Carolina, 1847-1997, Our History" Barbara's delightful manner and vast knowledge of the Summerville area and its history added a flavor to the tour that only she could possibly provide. As the trolley wound around through the streets of historic Summerville, she shared stories and anecdotes from past and present that captured the imagination, enabling us an opportunity to partake in the adventures.
Before we started the actual tour we stopped by the Summerville visitor's center, where we met up with perhaps the most famous Summerville tour-guide of all time, the former Mayor of Summerville and tour guide emeritus Berlin G. Meyers. Mayor Myers and his wife Marlena posed for a few pictures in front of the Trolley. Marlena Myers then joined the tour as we moved on from the visitor's center to our next destination on the Sweet Tea Trail.
Located at 108 E 3rd N St in downtown Summerville, Coastal Coffee Roasters treated our tour group to a wonderful morsel of their home-made Lemon cream bars. They were great, and no doubt I'll be back for more. Coastal Coffee Roasters actually roast their coffee beans on site, enabling them to offer their customers a wide variety of freshly roasted beans and/or ground coffees. They also provide a venue for local entertainers and host special events like the Veteran's Day
celebration that will be taking place in November. There's always something great going on at Coastal Coffee Roasters: wonderful food; great coffee as well as a wide assortment of other beverages; a fun and relaxing atmosphere for friends and family; events and patriotic celebrations; and live entertainment featuring local talent from Summerville and the SC Lowcountry area.
Single Smile Cafe is Located at 100 South Main Street on Summerville's historic Hutchinson Square. This café has somehow captured the essence and charm of Summerville past and present. Offering a venue for local entertainment, an open-mic night, and high-quality food and beverage, Single Smile Cafe has become a highly favored hangout for locals and visitors alike. Early morning, afternoon, or evening, Single Smile café is always a relaxing, fun, and at times (Open-mic Night) exciting place to visit. They treated our group to some of their sweet and invigorating chocolate-covered coffee beans before we continued on to our next stop on the Sweet Tea Trail.
Next stop on the Sweet Tea Trail –Baker's Pond and Garden is located on Central Avenue about a mile south of the intersection of Carolina and Central. This dining establishment/garden center offers a most unique and extraordinary experience to its patrons. A standard of excellence is evidenced in every aspect of Baker's Pond and Garden. They treated our tour group to Barbecue pulled pork and Tomato pie. Beyond a doubt, it was some of the best I'd ever tasted. The pitmaster Seth Watari explained how the barbecue pulled pork was slow roasted over hickory, oak, and Pecan hardwoods. Along with award-winning sauces, this barbecue is exquisite! Their quality of goods and services along with an astute attention to the finest of details makes for an enjoyable and refreshing experience in every way.
Our final stop on the Sweet Tea Trail before heading back to the Summerville museum was the Timrod Library. Without a doubt, Timrod Library is at the top of the list of my favorite places in Summerville. Everything about this library; the building, books, atmosphere, and staff, are all an intricate part of what makes this Library a place of wonder, knowledge, and exciting discovery. It's in a class all its own and consequently is beyond comparison to any other library anywhere. There are books and reference materials here that cannot be found anywhere else; along with unique places to sit, read, contemplate and relax. We were given a fun and informative tour that concluded in the library's conference room at the rear of the building with thirst quenching refreshments and sweet treats.