Pictured here is the old Shiloh School, located in Anderson County outside of Starr, near the junction of US 29 and SC 412.

Old Shiloh School House © 2009 Jessica Leigh Gentry

In the earliest days of our nation's history, the land that is now Anderson County was populated by the Cherokee Indians. Most of the white settlers who came to the area in the 18th century were Scots-Irish farming families moving south from Pennsylvania and Virginia. Pendleton is the county's oldest town, its charter dating from 1790.

The bucolic scene pictured here exists today in juxtaposition to a thriving manufacturing corridor. 230 manufacturing companies operate in Anderson County, including 11 automotive suppliers, 27 plastics companies, 22 international firms, and corporate headquarters for 26 companies.

SCIWAY thanks Jessica Leigh Gentry who took this picture in 2009.
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Here are a few resources we hope will help you through this hectic – but happy – season!

  • SC Shop - Give local! Shop online for SC books, art, and food ... plus holiday gift baskets.

  • SC Christmas Tree Farms - Find out where to cut your own tree, plus tree care tips and info on living trees.

  • SC Churches and Temples - Find out where you can share the spirit and meaning of the season with others.

  • SC Community Service Organizations - 'Tis the season to give! Learn how you can help the non-profits working in your community.

  • SC Holiday Lights Festivals - From the Lowcountry to the Upstate, everyone's showing their spirit!

  • SC Hotels - Where to send the in-laws. Umm, we mean, great guide for friends and family members in town for the holidays!

  • SC Malls and Shopping Centers - Sooner or later, it has to be done!

  • SC Resources for the Homeless - Thousands of South Carolinians are homeless this winter – find out how you can lend a helping hand.

  • SC Restaurants - Too many cooks in the kitchen? Find out where to get a good meal.

  • As always, please be sure to check out our complete December calendar. Also, remember that all of our event calendars, for every month of the year, are available on SCIWAY's website 24/7/365 – just go to

    Holiday Hope – Christmas Meal and Gifts – Greenville – December 19, 2009

    Holiday Hope is a community outreach event where a first-class Christmas meal is prepared and served to 6,000 people in Greenville County. Gifts are distributed to needy children as well. The event will be located at Carolina First Center. Register to receive help – everyone is welcome! Or if you'd like to help, sign up to sort toys, serve food, or help with transportation.

    All Month: South Carolina Holiday Lights - 7 world-class light displays around the state

    Dec 1-5: Myrtle Beach International Film Festival - categories include animation, features, and "Anything Goes"

    Dec 2-7: FestiVELO de Charleston - holiday festival of bicycles for families, lots of food, camping available

    Dec 3-6: ChristmasVille - Rock Hill - carriage rides, Snow Village with real snow, Festival of Trees, cookoffs, 5K

    Dec 5: Reindeer Run - Charleston - 5K run and walk, pet-friendly, benefits local charities

    Dec 6: Holiday Parade of Lights - 12th Street in Cayce & West Columbia - all entries will be lit!

    Dec 12: Colonial Christmas - Camden - Kershaw-Cornwallis House - holiday customs and demonstrations - site not available

    Dec 19: Holiday Hope - Greenville - community comes together to provide Christmas meal & gifts to needy

    Please click here to find links for ALL December events.

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