South Carolina is home to rich history, from centuries of Cherokee stewardship to becoming one of the original 13 Colonies and later the first state to secede from the Union during the Civil War. Anderson County is even named after Robert Anderson, a politician and Revolutionary War general. Museums across the county share the proud history of Anderson residents from years past, and special-interest exhibitions that focus on sports and agriculture also highlight some of the industries that put our county on the map – like electricity! Make sure you stop and take a picture in downtown Anderson with a statue of William Church Whitner, the engineer who first brought electricity to Anderson and the South.

Anderson County features multiple historic houses and historic districts that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Stop by these locations or keep an eye out for historic markers alongside roads to get a glimpse into our storied history: you never know what you’ll learn!

Historic Sites

Some of these sites offer tours and some are an adventure to even find, but they all share amazing histories! Learn more about Anderson County’s past and how our ancestors lived by visiting these sites – or even just stopping to read a roadside historic marker.


Exhibitions like the Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum of South Carolina help shed a light on this the Upstate’s top industries and even provide a hands-on learning approach for little ones! Many of these museums are free to visit, so take a day to gain some knowledge about Anderson County.

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