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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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$49,900

142 Ellison Street, Belton

This Single-Family home is located at 142 Ellison Street, Belton SC it has 3 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms. Updated HVAC, New energy efficient Windows, and a large storage b...

  • Beds3
  • Baths1.5

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$159,900

407 Long Forest Circle, Anderson

Wonderful, spacious traditional home in a super convenient, quiet location. Stonewall Woods subdivision is just minutes from everything! Nice private fenced back yard, ...

  • Beds4
  • Baths3.0

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$250,000

131 Armistead Lane, Easley

Pendleton Plantation in Powdersville! Beautiful 4 BR, 3 ½ bath traditional with over 3200 sq feet. Formal Living Room & Dining Room with Hardwood flooring. Spacious G...

  • Beds4
  • Baths3.5

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$329,900

222 Gilmer Circle, Anderson

Beautiful Waterfront Vinyl Home on Lake Hartwell with Covered Boat Dock in Place! 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, approx. 2792sqft, Great Room with cathedral ceiling, Kitchen ha...

  • Beds4
  • Baths3.0

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$199,900

108 Eugene None, Piedmont

This is one of the largest homes in the neighborhood! The home features laminate wood flooring. The kitchen has espresso colored cabinets, a tile back splash and black ap...

  • Beds4
  • Baths2.5

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$303,000

114 Sentinel Ridge None, Belton

Westerly Floor Plan: Great homesite , trees align the outskirts for privacy, Kitchen opens to family room with stone fireplace, hardwood floors throughout first floor, ...

  • Beds5
  • Baths4.0

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$445,000

1144 Cartee Rd None, Anderson

Stunning Lake Hartwell home on deep water - 4BR, 3BA with Aluminum Double Slip Covered Dock w/ironwood decking, lift, wheeled gangway & power. Main level features solid r...

  • Beds4
  • Baths3.0

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$126,900

2213 Boulevard Heights None, Anderson

Wow, check out this affordable, attractive remodeled home being offered in Hanna school district! This home is perfect for the family with a large fenced back yard and a ...

  • Beds3
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$150,000

2015 Donaldson Road None, Anderson

A Chef's Retreat very near the City - Come and experience this serene property located in a very country setting but within minutes of shopping and entertainment. Listen ...

  • Beds3
  • Baths1.0

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$250,000

106 Pelham Lane, Anderson

The total average annual daily traffic count is 24,400. The Business is a dog grooming business that is still in operation. It does great business and information on the ...

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$450,000

1225 Autun Road None, Pendleton

59.4 acre farm in Pendleton, SC. Open fields (approx. 31 ac) and large hardwoods. Borders Three & Twenty Creek (approx. 1600'). 1000' of road frontage with public water a...

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$319,900

319 Tarleton Road, Anderson

Hartwell Lake waterfront property on sail boat waters! Available for only the second time in the history of the lake, this property is comprised of two lots with a combi...

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$450,000

4048 Six And Twenty Rd None, Williamston

The roof is less than two years old. The up stairs has a large unfinished bonus room that has already been plumbed for a bath room. It has 34.47 acres that has a spring a...

  • Beds3
  • Baths2.5

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$29,900

1 Lewis Street, Belton

Sold "as is" for investment property in the heart of Belton.

  • Beds2
  • Baths1.0

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$78,900

3 Donald Street, Piedmont

Charm of yesterday yet updates of today! Welcome to the Heart of Piedmont. As you approach this home you will notice the inviting front porch and low maintenance vinyl si...

  • Beds2
  • Baths1.0

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 March 31, 2015

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