This week, I had the opportunity to visit some acreage north of Lake Hartwell in Walhalla with prospective buyers. I learned that this area has some fascinating history. In the 1850's, the Blue Ridge Railway proposed a connecting route from Anderson, SC to Knoxville, TN going through the Blue Ridge Mountains. One of the tunnels was to pass through Stumphouse Mountain. After excavating about 1/3 of the 5800' tunnel at a cost of over a million dollars, construction was halted. The partial tunnel remained unused until nearly a century later when Clemson University found that the constant 50 degree temperature was perfect for curing blue cheese, and Clemson's Stumphouse Blue Cheese was born. Operations have now moved on campus, but the cheese is still highly regarded. Now the Stumphouse Tunnel is a state park and with the Issaqueena Falls practically adjacent, it makes a great destination for a day trip. If you can't make it up, click here for a short video tour of the tunnel.