Rolling To Santee

We’re following the Holy Highway (Isa 35:8) to Santee soon, and all our friends are invited. Here’s the scoop!


Have you ever heard of the Lone Star BBQ and Mercantile? It’s just outside the town of Santee on State Park Road. It’s a quaint little restaurant and country store with a special story. We’ll be sampling the food soon, and savoring the old stories too.

For now, however, here’s a little, good-natured warning. Typically, when your information comes from a friend of a friend … it’s not always completely reliable. That’s the situation we’re in right now. But what we do know enough about this place to know it’s definitely worth the effort to get there.

Here the story …


Once upon a time, as they say, there was a little town named Lone Star. It sprang up in the late 1800’s when the railroad was expanding across the Carolinas. Sadly, as the economy changed, the railroad no longer needed the place nor the people, so the train no longer stopped in Lone Star. Before long, the town just ceased to be.

Some people moved away. Others passed away. And the town became what we might call “a ghost town.” It would have all happened unnoticed by the world were it not for one man in the neighboring town of Santee. As he witnessed the old buildings bowing to the passage of time, this man had an idea. Little by little, he purchased some of the old buildings and moved each one to Santee. He saved their lives and even gave them new life!

But what does a man with multiple old homes from a deserted, old town do with them, you might ask? This particular man established a unique, Southern-style restaurant and country store for the visitors to enjoy. And he was expecting lots of visitors (more on that in just a moment)!

One-by-one, the man carefully placed these old houses side-by-side. When they were in exactly the right place, he connected them all with an enclosed walkway made of wood from some of the older, dilapidated buildings in Lone Star. When the construction was completed, he put a BarBQ restaurant at one end with plenty of seating for his guests. And in the other end, he established an old-fashioned general store (mercantile).

Of course, he even put some antiques and other cool, historical items in there — many still with the original boxes the items came in.


Yes, it’s true, we probably don’t have this story exactly right, but that’s part of the charm of telling “porch stories.” We know enough to make the story interesting and to share what this amazing, little place is all about. And that’s why we’re planning to meet up with some friends soon for lunch at the Lone Star BBQ and Mercantile.

As we all travel there, we’ll be doing the “Rolling Prayer” ministry together. Here’s how that works.

First, we set a day and time to meet and eat in Santee. Then we invite folks from throughout the Diocese (Charleston) to join us at this unusual restaurant. And to make the time really special, we ask everyone to pray the rosary on the way to Santee — and to pray another rosary on the way back home.

While at the restaurant, we’ll have fun together! We’ll also share personal and parish prayer requests with each other to ensure that lots of people pray for your needs and the needs of your parish family.

And that’s what the “Rolling Prayer” is really all about. As you go, pray for the world around you. When you arrive, love each other and pray for each other. And when you return home, continue to pray for the world around you. And always, be sure to enjoy the life that God has given you!

Oh yeah! Did we say that Santee is the mid-point on I-95 between New York and Miami? It’s been a favorite stop for travelers on I-95 for over 50 years. It’s also a great place for faithful folks to pray for weary travelers. So the man did all this with some understanding that God would bring people here.


If you’re reading this, consider yourself invited. If you want to be a part of the upcoming Rolling Prayer to Santee and the Lone Star BBQ and Mercantile, use the CONTACT page to send us a message. Tell us who you are, where your parish is, and how we can follow up with you (an email or a phone number to text).

We’ll make sure you know when the next Rolling Prayer will take place.


That’s our story, and we’re sticking to it. It’s cool to be Catholic. It really is. COOL2B!

In Christ!

One thought on “Rolling To Santee

  1. A great place to reflect on the quiet peace of yesterday. I know the place and the Family that made it happen. I hope to be able to join. It’s nice to reflect on a rocking chair moment on a porch.


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