Thursday, April 9, 2015

Top 10 Reasons to Live in Chapin

When I was growing up in a small town in South Carolina I hated it. As many teenagers tend to do. I yearned for the big city, the lights, the action. However, after 10 years of moving from coast to coast I ended up right here in sleepy little Chapin, SC. A whopping 14 miles down the road from where I grew up. And you know what? Those big cities can't hold a candle to what I get from living in a small town. Here's my top 10 reasons why Chapin, SC is absolutely the best place to call home.

1. Breakfast at Hardees
Because everybody who’s anybody is at Hardee’s for breakfast. It’s hard to get a parking space, the drive thru line is 15 cars deep, and it’s even though it’s still Hardee’s it feels more like Cheers because “Everybody knows your name.”

2. Local Law Enforcement
Because last November the Chapin Police Department actually started a “Pay It Forward” campaign. Throughout the holiday season instead of writing tickets for minor offenses they actually gave you a “Pass It On” coupon. How freaking cool is that?

3. Local Politics
Because we actually held a protest of our local Post Office because there were complaints that our post master was “too rude.” Now in most cities this would be preposterous. But in Chapin? The post master actually issued an apology and promised to try and be nicer. I freaking love this!!! LOVE IT!!! You can read more about the No Hugs for Huggins campaign by clicking on the link.

4. Gas station fried chicken
Because if you’re buying fried chicken anywhere else you’re doing it wrong. I kid you not the Kwik Way hands down has the best fried chicken in the South. HANDS DOWN. And if you thought Hardee’s was like the set of Cheers you need to stop by the Kwik Way at ANY meal time.

5. Christmas with the fire station
Because every year at Christmas our local fire department dresses someone up like Santa and puts him on the top of a fire truck. Then they drive around the neighborhood blasting Christmas music and throwing candy out to all the neighborhood kids. I mean can you name something cooler than Santa on a firetruck throwing out candy? I certainly can’t. 

6. Directions
Because in giving my parents directions to my kids’ school I literally said “Take the back road. Not the back back road, just the back road. And then take a right across from the field where they hold the tractor show every year. If you miss that one go on down to the house with the Clemson Tiger Paw in christmas lights on the roof and hang a right there. You know right in front of the old AT&T store.” Sadly, they had no idea what I was talking about. However, any of you reading this who live here know EXACTLY where this is. Clear. As. Mud.

7. We might not be Mayberry but...
        In discussing with several friends what exactly are the best reasons to live in Chapin the mention of Mayberry kept coming up over and over and over. It was about this time that I headed over to the local PD Facebook page to grab the image of their "Pass It On" campaign. And sure enough, this unexpected gem was laid in my lap.
        Because (see #2) our police department has had Barney Fife set as their profile picture for at least the last 4 months. Well, that is until this week when they changed it to a picture of Roscoe P Coltrane. 

8. The Lake
         Do I seriously need to make an argument for why Lake Murray is one of the BEST parts of living in Chapin? With over 500 miles of shoreline and covering a vast 50,000 acres Lake Murray is an integral part of our community. Just stop by the gas station around 2pm on a sunny Friday afternoon and you'll notice that everyone is heading out. There is nothing to compare to lake living.

9. Location, location, location
        We are 30 minutes from "the big city" of Columbia. We have all the amenities that you could ask for just a quick gander down the road. As I mentioned we are on the lake so there's no travel involved for you fresh water fish. If you're more of a salty dog we are only about 2-3 hours from the Atlantic (think Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Savannah). Or if you prefer the mountains that's a 2 hour drive to the North. Not to mention we are only 1 1/2 hours from Charlotte and 3 from Atlanta. So you can really get anywhere in a reasonable amount of time and you don't have to give up the smallness.

10. The community
Because when a local high school student was involved in a freak, tragic lacrosse accident the local support and outpouring has been astonishing. Even driving down the street several of the local businesses have changed their marquis to “Pray for Jack”. #prayforjack
Because when a local family suffered a house fire troves of people responded getting together donations of clothing. People that don’t even know this family gathering items and delivering donations. Just because it’s what you do.
Because at least twice a week I’m getting emails to sign up to take a family in need a meal. Because when we welcomed our third child we had families bring us meals for 30 days straight. I kid you not. We had more food than a Sam’s Club distribution center. 
The love and mindfulness and caring housed in this sleepy little town is awe-inspiring.

So there you have it. Just don't everyone move in here at once....we'd like to keep it small and sleepy just a little while longer.



  1. I'd move to Chapin solely for #9! We definitely don't have all of those choices within such close proximity in Kansas! But the small town, Barney Fife, and good food from the gas station? Oh yeah, we have that! :)

    1. Karissa we would welcome you with open arms!! Most of these are the same reasons we love Kansas but honey....honey....the lake. You are missing out!!!

  2. Nailed it! We love Chapin, our community of character. Thank you for this

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by!! I'm glad you liked the list!!!

  3. This article is spot on! I love my home town and as I get older, I miss it more and more. Nothing can compare to our sleepy little town!

    1. There are so many reasons to love living here. These were just the top 10 that made my list!! Glad you like the list!!

  4. I love this list so much!!

    1. Thank you thank you!! I'm glad you liked it!!!

  5. We were fortunate to move from FL to Chapin in 2013 and have loved it. The people are so warm and welcoming and everyone wants to know if you have "found a church"!! We have!! Our daughter is a Senior at Newberry College, a wonderful place (just a quick hop from our home) and our son attends Chapin High and is a Senior this year. I am so impressed with everyone there. They are professional, efficient and truly seem to care about the welfare of their student body! To have a school that leads a rally of support and a sign reading, "PRAY FOR JACK!" (and we do) is amazing! Our family is so happy to have moved here and when offered a chance to move to ATL last year, my husband flat out said, "We aren't moving! We love Chapin!" and we do!

  6. We moved from Irmo to Chapin in 2002 and love this little town dearly. The first summer here our kids attended Crooked Creek's Summer Safari and fell in love with a teen counselor named Sarah - who was also injured but in a freak 4 wheel drive accident and same as with Jake (and Austin, Justin Pepper, The Hewitt family and so many others) the town STEPPED UP!! Pray for Sarah signs covered the town and were our first indication of what a special place we moved to! From the yearly community service day to prayer walks to charity motorcycle rides and the Veterans Day program at CES, we are blessed with a community of character (ask a local about the R's).

  7. I grew up in Chapin back in the late 70's/early 80's. It was a great place to live back then. I sometimes wish I could do it all over again.

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    1. I will make you biscuits and gravy at least once a week of you do!!!

  9. I'd make an addition to #9: close to all of these places and can still see stars at night.

  10. Thanks for including our house when giving directions #6. We love our Tigers and we love Chapin!