Anderson, South Carolina
South Carolina Anderson County Anderson
Anderson is located in northwestern South Carolina, 7.5 miles south of I-85, 18 miles southeast of Clemson, and 30 miles southwest of Greenville. It is the seat of Anderson County and part of the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson metro area.
Fondly known as the Electric City, Anderson acquired its nickname in the late 19th century when it became the first city in the South to make use of long distance cables to carry electricity generated from hydroelectric power plants. By 1897, Anderson boasted electric streetcars, street lamps, and the world's first electrically-powered cotton gin. Today, Anderson is also known both as the "City of Hospitality" and the "Friendliest City in South Carolina."
Anderson is the home of Anderson University, a private college that serves roughly 3,000 students. Anderson also lies just a short drive from beautiful Lake Hartwell, one of the Southeast's largest and most popular recreational lakes.
Things to Do in Anderson
- Hotels in Anderson
While there are several hotels located in downtown Anderson, the majority of Anderson hotels are located along Interstate Blvd, just north of I-85. These hotels are a bit cheaper and are just a short drive from Anderson's downtown area, Anderson University, and the Anderson Civic Center. Use our Anderson hotels guide to find honest, concise hotel reviews, all discounts, an unequivocal lowest rate guarantee, and no booking fees.
- Anderson County Museum
Anderson's 12,000-square foot Fred Whitten Gallery contains both permanent exhibits and changing exhibits. Exhibits range from textiles to military history to religious history. The Anderson County Museum boasts over 20,000 artifacts. The Reading and Research Room contains 1,600 volumes and 2,000 historic photographs for public study.
- Old Anderson County Courthouse
Anderson County has had plenty of courthouses! In fact, the town of Anderson was originally known as "Anderson Courthouse," but its name was eventually shortened to simply "Anderson." The courthouse shown here was built in 1898. Its clock and bell, however, both date from 1856, when they were part of yet another Anderson courthouse.
Anderson Arts, Entertainment
- Anderson theaters, theater groups
Several theater groups entertain the Electric City with plays, follies, musicals, and more. Learn about them here!
- Anderson County Arts Center
Established in 1972, the Anderson Arts Center is a 501(c)3 that promotes and fosters the practice and appreciation of the arts in Anderson County and the surrounding areas in South Carolina. Once a primarily rural and textile area, Anderson continues to grow at a rapid pace with close to 30 schools, over 230 manufacturers, including 22 international companies, in the county.
- Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium
Incorporated in 1991, the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium dates back to 1921 when the Anderson Music Club was organized at Bleckley Place just one year after the founding of the South Carolina Federation of Music Clubs. The Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium now includes the Anderson Symphony Orchestra.
Anderson Restaurants, Nightlife
Anderson Sports, Recreation
Anderson Tourism Organizations
- South Carolina's Pendleton District
The Pendleton District Historical, Recreational, and Tourism Commission was established in 1966 by the South Carolina Legislature to promote historic preservation and tourism in and near Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens.
VisitAnderson.com is produced by the Anderson Convention & Visitors Bureau.
- Anderson County Map
Our map of Anderson County documents the roads, highways, towns, and boundaries in and near Anderson. A great overview map for the Anderson area!
- City of Anderson maps
This resource will lead you to various maps of Anderson including Anderson's city limits, streets, parking, and historic districts. Each map is displayed in PDF format and can be enlarged using the magnification icon.
- Anderson Regional Airport - AND
The Anderson Regional Airport is a local airport serving Anderson County with a Category I Instrument Landing System for all weather operations. Fueling, aircraft storage, aircraft maintenance, pilot services, and aircraft services are also provided.
The airfield, which was dates from the mid-1930s, is located off Highway 24, but its predecessor, the Anderson County Airport, once accommodated Amelia Earhart as she flew across the country for the Beech-Nut baby food company. On November 14, 1931, a crowd of over 1,000 waited to greet her, including Anderson's then-mayor, G.T. McGregor.
- Greenville-Spartanburg Airport - GSP
This is Anderson's closest commercial airport. It is located roughly 40 miles from Anderson.
Anderson Jobs, Careers
- Jobs in Anderson
Our exclusive Anderson job board organizes jobs by type of employer, company name, and area within Anderson.
The Workforce Investment Board strives to connect employers and employees in Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties, ensuring that the local workforce development system is market-driven to meet employment and training needs of both businesses and job seekers. WorkLink funds programs for adults, dislocated workers, youth, and supports employers through On-the-Job and Incumbent Worker Training programs.
Anderson Business Resources
Businesses in Anderson
Anderson Schools, Colleges, Libraries
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