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Colleton Museum & Farmers Market honored with top tourism award

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Charleston, SC: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley recognized outstanding achievements in tourism Wednesday at the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism & Travel, at the Belmond Charleston Place in Charleston. The annual awards honor projects and people who have excelled in tourism development, marketing and customer service.
Tourism’s Charles A. Bundy Award, which recognizes tourism success in rural parts of South Carolina, was awarded to the new Colleton Museum and Farmers Market in Walterboro. About five years ago, the community moved its treasured museum into a renovated 1950s grocery store, and later, an auto parts store, in the downtown area and added a farmer’s market in the attached pavilion. What transpired was a unique blend of culture and agriculture that illustrated this small town’s authentic appeal and enhanced the visitor experience. The museum continued to promote Colleton’s heritage, and the farmer’s market provided retail space for up to 50 local farmers who brought fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants for sale.
In its former location, the Colleton Museum welcomed 4,908 visitors, most of whom were local. Visitation has steadily climbed since the museum was moved to its new location, and in 2015, the museum saw 18,350 visitors. The museum continues to draw visitors with special programming and events.
Michelle Strickland, Tourism Director for the City of Walterboro, nominated the Colleton Museum & Farmers Market for the award. Gary Brightwell, director of the facility was “thrilled” and thanked Strickland and credited the community & county government for its support of the project.
The Governor’s Conference on Tourism & Travel is held every winter in South Carolina as an opportunity for industry leaders to network, collaborate and leverage opportunities to grow tourism. For more information, contact Dawn Dawson-House at [email protected] or 803-734-1779.

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