• Explore The Past

    Find a glimpse of history around every mountain, lake, and stream.

    Historic Sites

    A glimpse of history to be discovered at every location. Lake Hartwell Country features a medley of sites for all interests.

    Century Farms

    The South Carolina Century Farms Program was created in 1974 to honor families whose farms have been in the same family for one hundred years or more. Since the programs inception, over three hundred properties have been designated Century Farms in South Carolina with more than a third located in the Upstate and Lake Hartwell Country.

    Agricultural Museum

    Fostering agricultural education and practices, interpretation ranges from historic practices and artifacts, to the Future of Agriculture, hands-on outdoor classes, and how sustainable, local agriculture is experiencing resurgence in South Carolina

    Research & Collections

    Whether in search of the buried treasures in history or your roots of your family tree, these valuable resources can help you navigate the past.

  • Historic Sites

    Center Church

    Anderson County
    6645 West Oak Highway, Westminster, SC 29693
    864-710-1568 or 864-972-3462
    Interior- Call for appointment

    A quaint, historic Foothills church built in the late 1800's, Center Methodist Church, or "Center Church" perfectly represents the simplicity and beauty of late 19th century Appalachian architecture. The churchyard also features a historic cemetery dating to the mid-1800's, which includes veterans from the Civil War to WWII. The newly restored interior is open to visitors during the traditional Christmas Eve Service at 11am.

    Central Community Center

    Pickens County
    714 W. Main St., Central, SC 29630
    Exterior viewing only

    Formerly the Central African-American School (1925-1957), the building is available as a meeting space.

    Cherokee Foothills Visitor Center (Highway 11) – Table Rock State Park

    Pickens County 158 E. Ellison Lane, Pickens, SC 29671
    864-878-9813
    Website
    Open daily 9am-5pm except holidays

    Many of the Table Rock State Park lodges and other structures assembled by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) remain standing and are on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Hunter’s Store

    Anderson County
    125 E. Queen Street, P.O. Box 565, Pendleton, SC 29670
    864-646-3782 or 800-862-1795
    M-F 9am-4:30pm Year-Round

    1850 General Store in Pendleton Historic District, headquarters of Lake Hartwell Country (Pendleton District Commission), a regional tourism promotion agency for Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties. Includes the Regional Visitors Center and the Local and Family History Archives.

    Jennie Erwin Carnegie Library

    Anderson County
    318 Shirley Avenue, Honea Path, SC 29654
    Website
    864-369-7751

    Honea Path is the smallest town in South Carolina to be awarded an Andrew Carnegie Foundation grant to build a library, which opened in 1908. This historic building was restored and expanded in 1998.

    Jocassee Gorges Visitor Center

    Pickens County 108 Residence Drive, Sunset, SC 29685
    864-868-2605
    Website
    Daily 11am-12pm, 4pm-5pm

    The Jocassee Gorges Visitor Center houses exhibits about the region's amazing natural diversity, its importance as a scientific research destination, the history of the people who lived here in the past and features a three-dimensional topographic map of the region.

    McKinney Chapel

    Pickens County 1655 Cleo Chapman Rd., The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards Community, Sunset, SC 29685
    864-868-4897 or 864-868-2555
    Website
    Tours available by appointment

    Nestled into the Cliffs Community, this 1891 chapel was built deep into the Eastatoe Valley. Old burial grounds contain the graves of many area pioneers and slaves.

    Oconee State Park CCC Buildings

    Oconee County
    624 State Park Road, Mountain Rest, SC 29664
    864-638-5353
    Website

    Developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s, several of the original buildings are still in use, and the park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Oconee Station State Historic Site/Richards House

    Oconee County 500 Oconee Station Road, Walhalla, SC 29691
    864-638-0079
    Website
    Open for tours Sat & Sun 1pm-5pm, and by appointment.

    Oconee Station is a stone blockhouse that was used as an Indian Territory outpost, built ca. 1792. The two-story brick house nearby, built by trader William Richards in 1805, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Old Pickens Presbyterian Church

    Oconee County 300 Old Pickens Church Rd., Seneca, SC 29672
    864-878-9966
    Website
    Sunday 2:30p-5:00p, May-Oct.
    Group tours available by appointment.

    The 1850 church building is the only remaining structure on the site of the town of Pickens Courthouse, the seat of government for Pickens District until 1868, when it was divided into the present day Pickens County and Oconee County. Three Revolutionary War cemeteries surround the church. In 1868 the Courthouse and several residences were disassembled and moved to the new town of Pickens. The church is available for weddings.

    Old Stone Church

    Pickens County 101 Stone Circle, Clemson, SC 29631
    864-654-2061
    Website
    Exterior viewing only except by appointment

    A field stone construction dating from 1797-1802, this church was built for the Presbyterian congregation called “Hopewell”. General Andrew Pickens and Col. Robert Anderson worshipped here and are buried in the adjoining cemetery. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

    Silver Spring Baptist Church

    Anderson County
    Jackson Street, Pendleton, SC 29670
    864-646-3387
    Exterior viewing only.

    In 2008 this ca. 1874 African-American church was rebuilt as a community cultural center. The historic structure is available for event rentals.

    Southern Railway Passenger Station, Westminster Depot

    Oconee County
    129 Main St., Westminster, SC 29693

    Website

    The rail line was one of the principle reasons for the growth and development of the town of Westminster. The station is one of the town’s oldest buildings, having served as a gathering place and center of activity for this small community, today it operates as the home of the Westminster Chamber of Commerce.

    Strom Thurmond Institute & Special Collections

    Pickens County

    230 Kappa St., Clemson University Campus, Clemson, SC 29634
    Special Collections: 864-656-3031
    Strom Thurmond Institute: 864-656-4700

    Website
    M-F 8am-4:30pm; closed University holidays

    This site consists of two levels of exhibits and displays. The lower level of the building has changing special exhibits highlighting material from Clemson University Library’s Special Collections division. The upper level contains the Thurmond Institute with displays on Strom Thurmond’s life and career.

    Stumphouse Tunnel Park & Issaqueena Falls

    Oconee County
    150 Stumphouse Tunnel Rd., Walhalla, SC 29691
    864-638-4343
    Daily 10a-5p except Christmas & severe weather
    Website

    Launched in the 1850s as part of a plan to link the South to the Midwest by rail, the tunnel was never completed. Its constant 50 degrees and high humidity made it perfect for curing bleu cheese, for which Clemson University used it for many years. Issaqueena Falls, named for the Indian maiden of legend, is also located at the tunnel park.

    Timms Mill

    Anderson Country
    150 Timms Mill Road, Pendleton, SC 29670
    864-261-3366
    Website
    david@timmsmill.com
    Tours by appointment

    Still producing grits and cornmeal, this privately owned gristmill, established in 1784 by Isaac Timms, was moved to this site in 1898 and restored in 2004.

    Table Rock Lodge

    Pickens County

    246 Table Rock State Park Road, Pickens, SC
    158 E. Ellison Lane, Pickens, SC 29671
    864-878-9813

    Website
    Open daily 9 am-5 pm except holidays

    A carefully restored Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) era facility the Lodge at Table Rock State Park gives visitors a commanding view of Table Rock Mountain. The building can be rented for meetings, weddings, reunions and other gatherings. "Music on the Mountain", a bluegrass jam session, is held monthly at the Table Rock Lodge.

    Yoder’s at Meece Mill

    Pickens County

    1054 Meece Mill Road, Pickens, SC 29671
    864-878-2608

    Website
    Tours and groups by appointment

    Although this mill no longer produces grits, flour and meal, it has been preserved as a peaceful creek side retreat. It was originally constructed in the 1800’s, reconstructed in 1930, then in operation until about 1964. Call to make reservations for delicious homemade barbecue, barbeque sauce, and rolls.

  • Century Farms

    South Carolina Century Farms

    The South Carolina Century Farms Program was created in 1974 to honor families whose farms have been in the same family for one hundred years or more. Since 1974, over three hundred properties have been designated Century Farms.

     

    If you would like to apply for a Century Farm designation, please download the application below. In order to qualify, a portion of the original property must remain intact and the line of family ownership must be unbroken. To apply, the application must be sent in with copies of original documents such as deeds and wills to prove claims.

    SCCenturyFarmsApplication 

    Questions?
    We would be happy to answer any questions you have about the Century Farms Program. Please contact centuryfarm@pendletondistrict.org or call 864-646-3782.

    Current Century Farm Owners
    Are you a Century Farm owner? Help us keep your information current! Send updated contact information to centuryfarm@pendletondistrict.org.

  • Agricultural Museum

    Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum of South Carolina

    General Information

     

    Current Hours:
    Thursday & Friday Noon - 5:00 p.m.*
    Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.*
    Group tours by prior arrangement.

    Please check our Facebook page for updates on hours: facebook.com/BGAMSC

    –or- call 864.646.7271

    Mission

    The Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum of South Carolina is committed to the interpretation and preservation of South Carolina's agricultural heritage, and the impact and importance of agriculture to current and future culture and economies.

    About Us

    The Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum of South Carolina, named in honor of the late Senator T. Ed and Juanita Garrison's son, is an organization dedicated to South Carolina's agricultural heritage.

    Our goal is to help foster agricultural education and practices, and examine agriculture’s impact on our state's economy and culture: past, present and future. Our interpretation ranges from historic practices and artifacts, to the Future of Agriculture, and how sustainable, local agriculture is experiencing a resurgence in our state. Join us for a one of a kind experience, whether an individual or group, and "Come Grow With Us!"

  • Research & Collections

    Research  

    The Pendleton District Commission Research Room and Special Collections contains both primary and secondary sources relating to the history of Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties. Research materials include local and family history books, genealogical reference materials, cemetery surveys, photographs, and both family and local history files that contain a variety of materials. The archival collections include family and business records from the tri-county area, historically known as the Pendleton District.

    Special Collections

    The Pendleton District Commission contains both a research library and archival collection. Our archives and manuscripts collections focus on the people and places of the Old Pendleton District. The collections include correspondence, business records, photographs, books, family bibles, scrapbooks and personal items. Our artifact collections include textiles, furniture and a variety of objects.

    Research Room Materials 

    • Local history books
    • Topical history books
    • Family history books
    • Family files
    • Local history files
    • Photographs
    • Periodicals
    • Local genealogical reference books
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