st. paul's episcopal church cemetery is the final resting place of many of pendleton's influencial citizens. interned in st. paul's cemetery is confederate general barnard elliot bee who was killed in the first battle of manassas and was best known for giving general thomas jackson his nickname "stonewall". confederate general clement stevens is also interned in st. paul's cemetery. general stevens was a veteran of the battles of chickamaugua, secessionville, and vicksburg. stevens was killed at peachtree creek during the battle of atlanta. thomas green clemson who left his estate to establish clemson university is buried in st. paul's cemetery. st. paul's episcopal cemetery is listed on the national register of historic places.
built in 1822 st. paul's episcopal church is one of the oldest churches in anderson county. the bell tower used to contain a bell from the seabrook, a ship which once sailed from charleston to edisto island. the bell was later donated to the confederate army to be melted down for munitions. st. paul's episcopal church is listed on the national register of historic places.
the ashtabula plantation house was built by lewis gibbes in 1825. the home was later owned by gibbes' son lewis gibbs, a famous south carolinia naturalist. the house was expanded by later owners and the plantation grew to over 1,000 acres. ashtabula plantation is listed on the national register of historic places and is open to the public by tour.
woodburn plantation was established in 1800. in 1832 the plantation house was built by charles pinckey. the plantation covered over 1,000 acres and had 600 slaves. this excellent example of a south carolina upcountry plantation house is listed on the national register of historic places. the woodburn plantation house is open to the public by tour.
in 1800 john miller deeded this property to the presbyterians for a church and cemetery. the oldest grave in the cemetery is that of charles miller who died in 1795. some famous south carolinians buried in the stone church cemetery are john rusk, revoluntionary war general andrew pickens, revoluntionary war colonel robert anderson, and a number of confederate civil war dead. the stone church cemetery is listed on the national register of historic places.
the stone church was built by john rush in 1802. this church served the hopewell presbyterian congregation until the 1820's. in the 1820's the congregation moved a mile east to the developing town of pendleton. the stone church is listed on the national register of historic places.
the historic town of pendleton is located eight miles north of anderson off of US 76. for those interested in early american history, architecture, and southern culture pendleton should not be missed on a visit to anderson. the pendleton historic district is listed on the national register of historic places. pictured is farmers hall which was built between 1826 and 1828. the pendleton farmers society was founded in 1815. thomas green clemson planned the creation of clemson agricultural college, now known as clemson university at farmers hall.
the old anderson county courthouse was built on the site of the 1820 first courthouse. this interesting victorian building was built in 1898. the current courthouse is located across the street. for those interested in victorian architecture the courthouse is worth a look when in downtown anderson.
If you're into sewing and redecorating, there's a place called All About Fabrics/Phoenix of Anderson at an old mill in Iva that once a month (usually the first weekend) has a ridiculously priced sale on leftovers, seconds, and samples. Fabric and drapery priced by the pound. Large area rugs for $50. Foam, sewing accessories, furs, flannel, batting - you name it - all cheap. Guys won't be too bored - T-shirts for a couple of bucks, cammo fatigues for $5-10, and landscaping fabric rolls (I got 4' x 100 yds for $50). Get their frequent buyer card for an extra discount.
The Anderson main library is a relatively new, really nice, clean library that is surprisingly large. For geeks like me, it actually has a large number of comic books (well, "graphic novels") in a specially marked section near the CD's, the new fiction section, and some in the regular fiction area. Besides Batman and Spiderman, there are some more adult-themed comics, so you should keep an eye on what your kids read. They also have a pretty good VHS, DVD, and CD collection as well as books for home repair and remodeling in case you need that.
During the summer they show free movies in the evening (usually kids movies, so if you have kids...)
If you're from out of town and want to quickly check your email, go upstairs, and at the top of the stairs is a station that is specifically for that purpose. You don't need to be a resident or have a library card. If you have a laptop, they have free wireless - go upstairs and there are tables in back of the reference section where you can sit.
Well, not really a 3-eyed fish... that we know of... It's a bit of a drive, but make a day of traveling towards Seneca and Westminster to the "World of Energy" at the Oconee nuclear power plant. There are interactive displays about nuclear energy and local nature. And how often have you ever visited a working nuclear power plant?
Starting in early summer in that direction, you can go pick fresh blueberries of different varieties the likes of which you have never tasted at the Happy Berry Farm a few miles from the World of Energy. And figs. And blackberries. Take tupperware containers or those plastic clamshell things from the grocery store that you buy strawberries in to hold your berries as you pick them - (864) 868-2946.
Then head up to the Stumphouse Tunnel (which is very cool for kids - take flashlights) which is a huge tunnel bored into the mountains when they were trying to get a railroad through (Civil war stopped it). Walk for a while in the tunnel, and you will find an airshaft which brings in light and where it's always raining. Issaqueena Falls is right near the tunnel and is a great spot for a picnic.
While you're in Seneca, drive west on 123 to just past the Wal-Mart and Home Depot, then look for the house-shaped kuzdu bush on your right. Yes, that is a house under there that the kudzu has overgrown.
While visiting, you HAVE to go to the Jockey Lot out on highway 29 between Anderson and I-85 on the weekend. Allow 2-3 hours to look at all the STUFF (there's no other word to describe it - new, used, vegetable, mineral, natural, synthetic, barking, clucking - it's all here), make sure you buy the fresh fried donuts at one of the 2 donut stands and get both the cinnamon and powdered sugar toppings (and eat them while they're hot), get a shaved ice cone during the hot summer, check the expiration dates on any packaged food items you buy, and go early for fresh local (sometimes) produce. New shoes, knockoff designer sunglasses, used books, new furniture, decorative knicknacks, toys, live animals of all sorts, Southern memorabilia, leather goods - you get the picture. The jams and jellies are very interesting, and you'll want to pick up Moonshine Jelly among others. There's lots of new and used stuff for grownups as well as kids, so take a wad of cash, make a shopping list (tools, kitchen items, home accessories, etc) and empty your trunk before you go.
Don't expect quality, but definitely expect quantity. If you've been to shopping stalls in Thailand or Hong Kong, the Jockey Lot is similar, but add a big yard sale in for good measure. Closes @ 2PM, so go early.
downtown anderson is a nice side trip when traveling on I-85 between atlanta and greenville. main street in downtown anderson has a nice collection of shops and restaurants.
the anderson county civil war memorial is located on the grounds of the new anderson county courthouse. this standing soldier motif is common in the south.