the most significant historic attraction in abbeville is the armistead burt house also known as the burt-starke mansion. the armistead burt house was the site of the last council of war of cabinet members of the confederate government. on may 2 nd 1865 president jefferson davis held his final war council with secretary of war john c. breckinridge and generals braxton bragg and basil duke. davis wanted to continue the fighting, using the still plentiful forces west of the mississippi river but breckinridge and the generals disagreed. davis resigned himself to the decision of the others, effectively ending the confederacy. davis then moved south to washington georgia then was later captured by union troops in irwinville georgia on may 10 th 1865. the burt-stark mansion is listed as a national historic landmark and is open to the public by tour. for those interested in architecture and civil war history this is a must see site when in abbeville.
the abbleville county confederate civil war memorial is located on courthouse square in downtown abbeville. this memorial is an obelisk with a draped flag motif which is common in the south.
the historic belmont inn was originally named the eureka hotel and was built in 1903. the eureka catered to traveling textile industry salesman. the eureka had thirty rooms and one public bath. there was also was a barber shop and banquet rooms for trade shows. touring theather companies stayed at the eureka when performing at the opera house across the street. the eureka closed in the 1970's and reopened as the belmont inn in 1984. sadly this historic hotel has recently closed and is currently up for sale. for those interested in architecture the bellmont inn is worth a look when in downtown abbeville.
Yoder's is a great lunch stop when making a day trip to Abbeville or Greenwood, SC. They have an "all you can eat" dinner buffet also on Friday and Saturday nights for $9.95.
They have home cooked food that rivals any Mennonite restaurant in the area. The restaurant itself is clean and rather unadorned. There are samples of quilting and woodworking projects for sale here and there.
The buffet starts off with the dessert selection, then a garden salad bowl with the trimmings. They also have a great cole slaw and homemade applesauce. They always have chicken livers on their meat line, and hot fried chicken. The night we were there we had sweet and sour meatballs. Their vegetables always include tomatoe casserole, a bit on the sweet side, and a broccoli rice casserole. Their mashed potatoes are homemade with dark or white gravy.
They serve biscuits and homemade yeast roles. Even if you don't purchase a drink or coffee they offer a cup of coffee at the end of your meal. Nice.
We have enjoyed coming here since we moved to the Augusta area in 1978 - their food is as good today as it was 30 years ago.