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The small town of Iva sits in Anderson County near the Abbeville County line. Unincorporated until 1904, it was settled in the late eighteenth century as Cook’s Station. The town, founded by Dr. Augustus Cook, was a shipping station for the Seaboard Railroad. When he discovered another community called Cook’s Station in South Carolina, Dr. Cook changed the town’s name to Iva in honor of his daughter, Iva Cook Bryson.

Iva SC Mural

David Reed of Norcross, GA, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Iva thrived for a time with a textile mill and local businesses. Jackson Textile Mill, seen below, was built in 1905 by Thomas C. Jackson. The mill was a dependable source of income for Iva residents throughout much of the twentieth century, causing economic hardships when it closed in the early 1990s. Today, the mill buildings stand empty in the center of the small town.

Iva Textile Mill

David Reed of Norcross, GA, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Pictured below is the old Iva Drugstore, which was built in 1906. Unfortunately, time took its toll on the building and it was demolished in October 2009. Today residents of Iva enjoy nearby Lake Secession, and the town’s proximity to other bodies of water such as Lake Thurmond, Lake Russell, Lake Greenwood, and the Savannah River lend to its nickname, “The Gateway to the Freshwater Coast.”

Iva Drugstore

Michael R. Bannister of Iva, 2008 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Iva sponsors community events such as the Summer Nights annual concert series and Art Week each January. In April of 2015, Iva hosted the inaugural Spring and Garden Express, a flower and garden event for local green thumbs.

Reflections on Iva

Contributor Michael R. Bannister shares, “In the early 1900s, Dr. Ernest Watson opened this drugstore and sold family remedies, Nunnally’s candy, fancy stationary, and school supplies.”

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Iva Info

Address: West Front Street, SC 29655
GPS Coordinates: 34.306092,-82.663960

Iva Map

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3 Comments about Iva

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
February 8th, 2017 at 8:20 am

Hopefully, the area Chamber of Commerce can help with your question:

Kim DaviesNo Gravatar says:
February 8th, 2017 at 8:16 am

I heard they’re cleaning up the town that I hope is being restored to its natural beauty. A friend told me many drugs and trap houses are still there. I am concerned because of purchasing a home.

Dennis Metz says:
March 7th, 2016 at 1:50 am

Great site for those of us who were reared here!


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