Inside the Whistle Stop you’ll find a model train that circles around the ceiling of the main dining and bar area. Near the back wall you’ll find a picture of the original American Cafe restaurant next to the board showing the daily special. When dining you may catch a young one enjoying a kids meal on the counter and bar stools kept from the original restaurant. Adults and kids alike can also go to the end of the counter and pull the cord to sound the whistle. In the additional dining space, the walls are lined with memorabilia with a Wurlitzer jukebox in the corner where you can play some of your old favorites. Just the place for anyone who has an affinity for trains or where you can experience a taste of the small town life.
The Whistle Stop at American Cafe opened up last fall in Travelers Rest, SC, just up the Swamp Rabbit trail from Greenville. The original restaurant located here was the American Cafe, purchased by Troy Styles back in 1945. The building sat unused since 2009, when the restaurant closed after 64 years. Troys granddaughter, Vickie Hawkins, purchased the building from surviving family and did a complete makeover on it complete with a replica of a vintage steam engine in the parking lot. The restaurant is currently open for lunch Monday – Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm. Dinner hours are planned to start Monday, January 27th and the rooftop dining will follow as the weather warms up. The Caboose Express is an outdoor pickup window that will let trail goers pick up a quick bite that they can take up on the roof to enjoy views of both the Swamp Rabbit Trail and downtown Travelers Rest.
These ice crystals appeared on the side of the Swamp Rabbit Tail north of Greenville. After a rain, the water seeps up from the base of a bank, then freezes on a cold day. More water pushes up from below, it also freezes and creates these strands of ice that look like pulled taffy.
The Swamp Rabbit Trail is well maintained by the park and recreation departments. But some trail users also pick up trash that would otherwise spoil the view of nature. This sign makes it clear that the trash thrown into the trees last week did not disappear and decompose on its own!
Greenville County is considering an extension to the Swamp Rabbit Trail that would go from Cleveland Park down to ICAR along this abandoned railroad track that is owned by the county. There are a number of issues to work out, but this Woodruff Road overpass will make crossing Woodruff Road a breeze.