Primarily known to history as the birthplace of boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard, Mullins made its bones as a key tobacco market, and you can learn all about it at the South Carolina Tobacco Museum (corner of Front and Main Sts., 843/464-8194, www.mullinssc.gov , Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., $2 adults, $1 children), located in the old train depot. It recreates the life cycle of the plant from field to harvest, and there’s even a growing research library.
Mullins also celebrates its nicotine heritage in the Golden Leaf Festival (843/464-5200 www.mullinssc.us , free), held each September in the cute downtown area.
A good B&B in Mullins is O’Hara’s Century House Inn (123 E. Wine St., 843/464-7287, $50). For food, go no further than Webster Manor (115 E. James St., 843/464-9632, Mon.–Fri. 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m., $10–15).
While also a B&B, Webster’s main claim to fame is its outstanding buffet, for which people drive from miles around.