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The town of Anderson, South Carolina, is the county seat of the Anderson County, near the Greenville-Spartanburg metropolitan area.The thriving city of over 25,000 people is perhaps best known as the first city in the United States with a constant supply of electrical power, earning it the name Electric City, in the late 19th century. The proximity to Lake Hartwell and Lake Keowee is one of the big attractions of Anderson SC real estate. For more information on Anderson homes please contact us using the link above.

History of Anderson, South Carolina

Anderson DowntownThe history of Anderson includes thousands of years of Native American inhabitation.At various times, the Mississippian, Catawba, Creek and Cherokee tribes have all occupied the area to varying degrees.Archaeologists have found evidence of human activities early as 11,000 years ago in the state.

The area, now known as South Carolina, was part of the Cherokee Nation in 1755, when the Cherokee Nation ceded the Eastern section of their territory to the State of South Carolina.Robert Anderson, along with his friend, Andrew Pickens, both of later Revolutionary War fame, surveyed the western section of the new state.The rest of the modern-day state of South Carolina was gained by default when the Cherokee were driven north and west by Revolutionary forces in 1777.The Anderson District was the official boundary of land opened up to European settlement until 1783.

Anderson District was created out of the much larger Pendelton District in 1780 and the courthouse for the whole area was in the town of Pendelton.In 1791, the governmental power was moved to Pickensville (named for the same Andrew Pickens) where it remained until 1800 before the first log county building and courthouse was erected on the site, almost exactly in the center of the Anderson District.Some of the settlers that continued to arrive set up near the building, causing the site and fledgling village to be called Anderson Courthouse.Wealthy aristocracy followed these settlers and bought land for plantations and summer homes in the area.

 Golf Course CommunitiesAmong the earliest settlers were former Revolutionary War soldiers who were given land deeds in place of their back salaries that the newly formed independent state could not pay in a legal, recognized currency.These grants, given out in 1786, were responsible for bringing the first wave of European migration to the area including many Scots-Irish farmers moving out from other colonies.Golf and waterfront communities south carolina

Very early settlement was widespread.Big Creek Baptist Church was among the first in the area, established in 1788 a few miles up the road.Roberts Presbyterian Church followed in 1789 and has also been known as Simpsons Meetinghouse, for the first preacher, Reverend John Simpson.The Sandy Springs Methodist Camp was established in 1825, with the St. Johns Methodist Church soon to follow in 1828.

The city of Anderson was founded in 1826 when Anderson County was created from the old-style Anderson District, though not incorporated until 1833 by an act of the South Carolina legislature.The original log county courthouse was replaced and the town continued to grow.

Maize and hogs were among the main economic staples of the area for much of the 19th century.The use of cotton as a cash crop came much later in this area when mills began popping up all over the county along railroad lines in the mid to late part of the century.

The town has had several colleges on the same centrally located site since 1858 when the Johnson Female University was founded.University hill functioned as a Confederate treasury branch during the Civil War.Afterwards, in 1866, the Collegiate Institute was founded.Instruction continued for twenty years, only to be replaced by the Patrick Military Institute in 1887 until the turn of the century.The site finally became the site of the University Hospital in the 1920s. In 1889 Clemson University, one of the top public schools in the nation, was founded with a grant from Thomas Green Clemson.

Anderson homes for saleThe first textile plant came to Anderson in 1888, to take advantage of the fast moving Rocky River.An early form of hydroelectric power for a municipal area was made possible in 1895 when William Whitner created a turbine for for the McFalls Mill, 6 miles east on the Rocky River.This caused Anderson to be called "The Electric City" as the first one of its kind in North America.With excess capacity than their mill needs called for, they sold the power and transferred it through a central control station along linesFor the first time, the industry of a small town could have electric power!A larger plant was moved 11 miles down the road to Portman Shoals, also on the Rocky River, two years later.
From this larger plant, Oliver Bolts Cotton Gin became the first to use an electric motor powered over long-distance lines, as he contracted with the newly formed, water, light and power company.Having previously been outfitted with a steam-powered motor, this demonstrated conversion got larger mills interested.Mills began springing up to take advantage of the innovation.The town grew quickly as people moved in to take advantage of the mill and factory jobs opening up in the Anderson area.

Today Anderson is conveniently located midway between Atlanta, Georgia, and Charlotte, North Carolina, on Interstate 85; linking the town to a steady stream of inter-city commerce in that fast growing region.With its proximity to property in Greenville County, Anderson real estate remains affordable but steadily rising.There are plenty of available rentals, with an overabundance of rental property in the area.The number of home residents in Anderson is steadily increasing.

Anderson SC Real Estate Listings

NEWest Anderson Real Estate Listings

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$141,460

Us Highway 76 None, Belton

Great opportunity to own a recreation / home site close to downtown Anderson and only 35 minutes from downtown Greenville. Property boasts a stream, hardwoods and some p...

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$162,514

Us Highway 76 None, Belton

Great opportunity to own a recreation / home site close to downtown Anderson and only 35 minutes from downtown Greenville. Property has hardwoods and some pines. Excell...

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$304,868

Us Highway 76 None, Belton

Great opportunity to own a recreation / home site close to downtown Anderson and only 35 minutes from downtown Greenville. Property boasts streams, hardwoods and some pi...

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$278,472

21 Ione Circle, Williamston

SPECTACULAR SINGLE LEVEL HOME ON LARGE 1.125 ACRE WOODED HOME SITE!! Brand new homes on large wooded home sites are extremely hard to find, so don't let this one get away...

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$199,900

9 Cane Hill Drive, Piedmont

Beautiful Home in a fantastic location! This 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bath home has many special features: Master on the Main level, Trey Ceiling in Foyer, Catwalk overlooking L...

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$19,900

536 Wellesley Place, Easley

Sitton Hill Building lot in Powdersville! Private secluded lot with mature trees and rare 30 foot driveway strip that opens to a private area tucked away from it all !!...

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$159,900

1218 Old Mill Road, Easley

Enter front door onto new hardwoods which flow to the left into the kitchen and dining area, here you will also find a bay window for lots of natural light, gleaming new ...

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$294,982

175 Wild Hickory Circle Unit Lot 34, Easley

NEW INCENTIVE - Take $7,500 off the price of this beautiful home! Plus, receive $2500 in closing costs with one of our preferred lenders! Waterford EECD - 11/15/2014, Thi...

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$119,000

115 Southgate Circle None, Piedmont

Cozy 3BR/2BA Ranch Home is MOVE-IN ready! Open Kitchen and Dining Room. French doors open to large back deck and great fenced in backyard. Some fresh paint. Nice Shiny H...

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$395,546

205 Rockbrook Court Unit Lot 50, Easley

Georgetown E - ECD - 1/15/2015. Stunning home in beautiful gated Airy Springs with 2 covered patios! This home boasts very open floor plan with 4 bedrooms and 4 full ba...

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$90,000

1620 Three And Twenty Road, Easley

Pasture fenced, bring your horses and cows, perfect building site, flat, level land. No mobile homes or parks

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$30,000

00 Ranch Circle, Easley

Two lots side by side in well established neighborhood in the Powdersville area. Great site to build your new home. Very private country setting close to schools and sh...

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$40,000

Ballard Road, Pelzer

Pelzer Ready for your dream home! 3.13 acres. Level with some younger trees. Peace and quiet tranquil setting yet close to interstate. Rare find!

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$129,900

109 Mirinda Lane, Piedmont

DON’T Wait! Powdersville and Wren High School! She will be GONE! This 3 bedroom 2 bath cutie pie is ready for YOU! New carpet and updated colors. Begging you to ente...

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$775,000

00 Highway 413 None, Anderson

Very special. Rocky River runs though the land and includes an ox bow! Over 12,000' of frontage on Rocky River plus frontage on Hencoop Creek. Over 4700' of Highway front...

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The Listings data contained on this website comes from various participants of The Multiple Listing Service of Greenville, SC, Inc. Internet Data Exchange. IDX information is provided exclusively for consumers' personal, non-commercial use and may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumers may be interested in purchasing. The properties displayed may not be all the properties available. All information provided is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed. © 2015 Greater Greenville Association of REALTORS®. All Rights Reserved. Last Updated April 27, 2015

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