Anderson Travel Guide

  • ashtabula plantation
    ashtabula plantation
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  • st. paul's cemetery
    st. paul's cemetery
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  • woodburn plantation
    woodburn plantation
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Anderson Things to Do

  • st. paul's cemetery

    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...

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  • st. paul's episcopal church

    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...

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  • ashtabula plantation

    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.

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  • woodburn plantation

    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.

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  • stone church cemetery

    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...

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  • stone church

    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.

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  • pendleton

    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...

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  • downtown

    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.

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  • old anderson county courthouse

    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.

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  • confederate civil war memorial

    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.

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  • Cheap fabrics, rugs, t-shirts, etc.

    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...

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  • Anderson County Library

    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...

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Anderson Hotels

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  • Country Inn Suites Anderson

    116 Interstate Blvd, Anderson, SC 29621

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Hampton Inn Anderson North

    411 Alliance Pkwy, Anderson, South Carolina, 29621, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Comfort Suites Anderson

    118 Interstate Blvd, Anderson, SC 29621

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Anderson Restaurants

  • bar-b-que

    the smoking pig is located in pendleton about three miles north of I-85 on US 76. the smoking pig is one of the best bar-b-que joints in south carolina. great pulled pork, brisket, and brunswick stew. only open thursday-saturday. well worth the three mile side trip off of I-85 in the anderson-clemson area.

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  • historic location

    the 1826 restaurant is located in the historic farmers hall in downtown pendleton. this excellent cafe style restaurant offers southern and american cuisine. a great place to have lunch or dinner in the anderson-clemson area. great food moderately priced.

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  • american

    j peters is a very good restaurant located on main street in downtown anderson. for lunch they offer a great sandwich selection. their dinner menu offers steaks, seafood, and pasta. good american fare moderately priced.

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  • Great for date night..

    Delicious, need I say more? Nami is located at Portman Marina with a beautiful view of the lake. This is a perfect place to take someone special for a romantic night out, or your family to celebrate a graduation, etc. The atmosphere is relaxing and beautiful. The wait staff is friendly and attentive, and the price is just right. You can choose to...

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  • This location is better than all the...

    EDIT 8/12/09: Ryan's Anderson has gone down the tubes. Now they're pretty much like all the other mediocre to bad Ryan's. It's very sad. First, the pico de gallo went bye-bye. Then the food started to taste bland. Now, even their steaks are tough. Meh.ORIGINAL REVIEW (sometime around 2005-2006?):For those unfamiliar with Ryan's, it's a Southern...

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  • General restaurant advice

    Foodwise, if you're from a city, or are used to really great food, well, I'm sorry. Kick that palate a notch or two down, then check out Tucker's for Sunday brunch, Ryan's on Clemson Blvd next to Target for dinner or lunch anytime (not the Ryan's at the intersection of 28, 81, and 29, though) and Golden Corral on weekends for breakfast, the two...

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Anderson Local Customs

  • by KryFreeman Written Jun 23, 2006

    3 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    1) "Sir" and "Ma'am" everyone. Elsewhere, they'd think you're rude, but here they think you're rude if you don't.
    2) "Tea" is always sweet and iced. If you want it hot, say so.
    3) Directions are given with every store, church, tree, and rock along the way, not by address and cross st. You have to get to know EVERYTHING here. Once someone spent 5 minutes giving me directions like "you'll pass a big church on the left, but keep going for a while, then you'll see a Kmart, but keep going..."
    4) Everyone remembers everyone they've ever met here. I called a guy that moved my dock once 3 years ago, and he remembered who I was and where I lived. Good thing I paid him on time.
    5) Businesses here work on Southern time. If you're from a city and expect things to happen quickly like they do where you're from, it ain't gonna. If they say they'll call you, expect a call next week, not later today.
    6) Public transportation and sidewalks in most areas is non-existent. Cars rule. I once walked 2 blocks from a garage where my car was getting worked on to Hertz and both the garage and Hertz folks looked at me like I was crazy.
    7) If you move here, get into the habit of waving at your neighbors and other vehicles in your neighborhood. You're that "rude North'ner felluh" if you don't.
    8) If you're from a city, every business and restaurant has a website and is probably in the Yellow Pages. Not so here. You have to know where everything is. See Tip 3.
    9) "Meat and 3" is a type of eatery. You choose one of a handful of meats, and chose 3 side dishes which they consider vegetables, but can include mac & cheese, and mashed potatoes.
    10) Fruits and veggies are not big in the Southern diet. My wife brought a ripe, raw peach to work and a co-worker said "mmm, that would be good fried." Recently she bought a bag of cherries, and a lady behind her in line asked if she was going to make a pie. My wife said, no, she was going to eat them raw, and the lady was taken aback and said "Oh, good for you," as if that was a foreign concept.

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Anderson Warnings and Dangers

  • by KryFreeman Updated Dec 21, 2007

    Hoo boy. If you aren't from the South, you may not be aware of these evil little creatures. If you see a small mound of loose dirt , stay away from it. Especially on a lawn or under a plant. Underneath that mound are thousands, nay, millions of tiny little pincered ants that are not only aggressive and will literally chase you, but have venom that itches like crazy, hence the name "fire ants" (you feel like you're on fire). Most regular black ants will crawl onto your shoe and go, "Whoops, where am I? I'd better leave." Not the red ant. Oh no. The red ant will go looking for flesh and say, "Gee, I wonder what that tastes like? CHOMP!" Not satisfied with a mere nibble before moving on, having taught the victim a lesson, it just hangs on and stings you. Or bites some more until you finally say, "What's that little tingling? Ow. OW. OWWW!!!!" Woe to the unsuspecting Northerner who trods upon an anthill in flip-flops. They mass quickly and will converge on anything they perceive as a remote threat. One ant is annoying enough, but you get 5 or more thinking you're the buffet special, and you won't quickly forget the red mound of dirt... Remember to keep the kids away, especially if they are sensitive to other things like bee stings, as the venom can cause anaphylaxis.

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Anderson Favorites

  • by limozine Written Oct 5, 2002

    Favorite thing: If you are in Anderson on a weekend you should definitely visit the Anderson Jockey Lot. It claimed (at one time) to be the World's Largest Flea Market. I don't know if that claim still holds true or not, but if you like those kinds of things you should pay it a visit.

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