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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

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117 Reserve Drive, Piedmont SC 29673


117 Reserve Drive, Piedmont

Beautiful 1.74 acre lot in fabulous gated community. Build your forever dream home on this hard to find beautiful lot. Community offers many amenities - Jr. Olympic pool,...

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117 Cedar Glen  Drive, Williamston SC 29697


117 Cedar Glen Drive, Williamston

~~~~ NOT A RIDE BY!!!!~~~~ JUST LISTEN TO ALL THAT THIS HOME HAS TO OFFER!!!!! All New Paint Throughout Entire House, Carpets Cleaned, New Floor Covering in Kitchen and L...

  • Beds 4
  • Baths 2.0

460 Chandler Road, Pelzer SC 29669


460 Chandler Road, Pelzer

Immaculate custom home that sits on 20+ acres. Just a short 20 minute drive from downtown Greenville, this executive home allows the convenience of the city and the priva...

  • Beds 4
  • Baths 2.5

1204 Pineview Drive, Easley SC 29642


1204 Pineview Drive, Easley

Spotlight on value in Powdersville! Just off Hwy 81 in the Wren school district. This really cute 5 BR, 3.5BA traditional is ready to move in. The Great room has lamina...

  • Beds 5
  • Baths 3.5

11 Langley, Pelzer SC 29669


11 Langley, Pelzer

100% Financing Possible Cozy....Cozy. This is a very nice home. Not a flaw. Roof ..3 years old. Heat and AC ..1 year old. New picture window and porch columns. Thi...

  • Beds 3
  • Baths 1.0


113 Claude Drive, Easley

Property includes (1) Single family home- 2 BR 1BA with a (1) BR/1BA apartment attached to back of home. Also includes an Apartment building with (4) units. Brick storage...

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4019 SC Highway 86, Easley SC 29642


4019 SC Highway 86, Easley

Welcome to your personal Country Estate! Almost 4 acres of beautiful level property with both cleared and wooded areas. Enjoy your very own cultivated blueberries and mus...

  • Beds 4
  • Baths 3.5


113 Claude Drive, Easley

Property includes (1) Single family home- 2 BR 1BA with a (1) BR/1BA apartment attached to back of home. Also includes an Apartment building with (4) units. Brick stora...

  • Beds 2
  • Baths 1.0

212 Kennedy Lane, Piedmont SC 29673


212 Kennedy Lane, Piedmont

Lovely one level, well-built custom home with workshop, one step entry from garage. Powdersville area. Two miles to medical clinics, local shopping, new Wal-Mart and scho...

  • Beds 3
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138 Breazeale Drive, Williamston SC 29697


138 Breazeale Drive, Williamston

Nice home in beautiful area of Williamston conveniently located close to Anderson and interstate. New heating and air installed 2 years ago and updated electrical too. Ho...

  • Beds 3
  • Baths 1.0

102 Running Fox Lane, Belton SC 29697


102 Running Fox Lane, Belton

New construction in Wild Deer Subdivision. USDA APPROVED AREA! Seller will pay $1,000 of the purchasers closing costs!

  • Beds 3
  • Baths 3.0

204 Hemlock Avenue, Anderson SC 29625


204 Hemlock Avenue, Anderson

This is a beautifully remodeled home with a large fenced in lot. New laminate hardwood floors in living room, kitchen and the master bedroom. Along with new heating and...

  • Beds 3
  • Baths 1.5

5 Citation Court, Anderson SC 29621


5 Citation Court, Anderson

Under construction in 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath home Lexington Pointe! Seller will pay $1,000 purchasers closing costs. USDA APPROVED AREA!

  • Beds 4
  • Baths 2.0

218 Ashley Road, Anderson SC 29621


218 Ashley Road, Anderson

Rare Find! Don’t comprise and have it all - a prime location off of Concord Road, a spacious traditional two story brick home, 9.13 acres of fenced pasture, excellent sch...

  • Beds 4
  • Baths 3.0

113 Corinth Drive, Piedmont SC 29673


113 Corinth Drive, Piedmont

Move in ready home, convenient location, award winning Wren School District. 4 spacious bedrooms 2.5 bathrooms with Master suite on main level. 3 of the bedrooms have Wal...

  • Beds 4
  • Baths 2.5

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. © 2014 Greater Greenville Association of REALTORS®. All Rights Reserved. Last Updated August 22, 2014

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