Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2015 - 60
Landrum, South Carolina
Story and photos by Joe Tennis
The doorway to South Carolina's Dark Corner is
a spot where the mountains 'just sort of pop up.'
The Cherokee Foothills National Scenic
Highway connects some of the Palmetto State's
rockiest mountains, riding west of Landrum.
L a n d i n g i n L a n d ru m , S o u t h
Carolina, I hop into the Hare &
Hound and catch a crispy flounder.
It's as mouthwatering as a mountain
spring - and every bit as tasty as the
scenery of some stone-faced peaks
on the outskirts of town.
Settled as early as 1760, little
Landrum took its name after the
Rev. John Landrum gave land to
establish a railroad depot in 1877.
Today, this small city is part of
Spartanburg County, sitting just
below the North Carolina border -
with a population of less than 2,500.
"It's a really bustling, little
town," says 28-year-old Sarah
McClure, the operator of Landrum's
Southside Smokehouse. "There are
art things and music things happening now, and the library puts on all
Southside Smokehouse began as
a venture by McClure's parents. She
started helping while in high
mountains," McClure says. "The
mountains just sort of pop up."
So do horses.
"We have a plethora of horse
activity," says Stone Soup Restaurant
owner Suzanne Strickland. "This
area has a huge equestrian history,
too, which is why I love this area so
Strickland moved to Landrum in
1999 and opened Stone Soup
Restaurant about a decade ago.
Today, at 54, Strickland says, "It's
very important to live in an area that
enlarges my soul and makes me feel
Stone Soup serves such colorful
school. Later, McClure went out of
town and earned an art degree. Yet,
all the while, she worked in
Now, she's back in Landrum and
loving it. McClure also uses her
artistic eye when designing pretty
plates of smoked chicken, pulled
pork and catfish tacos.
"That is one of my favorite parts:
putting out real pretty-looking
food," she says.
McClure must naturally draw
inspiration from the rolling landscape of Landrum and the nearby
mountains. "We're right below
them, so we get a better view of our
While You're In Town
Hare & Hound: 864-457-3232; thehareandhound.com
Red Horse Inn: 864-909-1575; theredhorseinn.com
Southside Smokehouse: 864-457-4581; southsidesmokehouse.com
Stone Soup Restaurant: 864-457-5255; stonesoupoflandrum.com