The City of Aiken, at the western edge of the Sandhill regionof South Carolina, not far from the Savanah River, is a planned city – it was laid out with 230 parkways, which over time received extensive tree planting and landscaping. Because of the mild climate, rolling topography and sandy soil, in the late 19thcentury Aiken became a favorite wintering place for wealthy Northeastern families, who built winter houses andbrought their affinity for equestrian activitieslike fox hunting, trail riding and polo. As their equestrian activities became firmly established, Aiken became a popular international attraction, especially for polo. Later, in the mid 20thcentury, the selection and development of the nearby Savanah River Siteattracted engineers and scientists and workers to Aiken as a logical place live. For full article, read here.