The Pendleton District is the perfect combination of history and outdoor adventures. Located between Atlanta and Charlotte, the Pendleton District incorporates the natural beauty and rich history of Anderson, Oconee and Pickens County. Spectacular mountain panoramas, rolling hills, waterfalls, lakes and streams create a dream setting for recreation and discovery. Whether you want to spend the day at the lake or learn more about the rich history and culture, here you will find something.
The city of Anderson is the administrative headquarters of the eponymous Anderson County and is located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. In the mid-18th century, General Robert Anderson and General Andrew Pickens discovered the land of the Cherokee, which later became the city of Anderson. During the Industrial Revolution, Anderson became known as the “Electric City”. Especially worth seeing today is the city center with the Historic District, which consists of 16 blocks, including u. a. the “Anderson County Courthouse”, the “Sullivan Building” and the Confederate Monument in the Market Square. Many parks and six other historic districts invite to explore. Lovers of museums should definitely visit the local history Anderson County Museum.
Known as the “Gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains”, Walhalla is located in the northwest corner of the state of South Carolina. Walhalla was founded around 1850 by German immigrants, who gave it the name Walhalla in reference to a Nordic legend. According to Norse mythology, Valhalla means “Garden of the Gods”. Although many influences of the German settlers are no longer noticeable, so the inhabitants of Walhalla have yet tried to preserve a piece of German tradition and so they organize every year (as it is for Germans) the “Oktoberfest”. Also worth seeing is St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, which has also been included in the National Register of Historic Places. The city center also has numerous antique shops, china and jewelery shops and clothing boutiques.
The town of Pendleton in South Carolina Anderson County was founded in 1790. Originally the area was inhabited by Cherokee Indians, who were later expelled by the British. Pendleton has one of the largest historic districts in the US. The actual site and surrounding area have been incorporated into the National Register of Historic Places and have more than 50 historic buildings, most of which date back to 1860 or earlier and have survived to this day. The heart of the charming Pendleton is the Village Green (comparable to a village green). In Pendleton you will find in addition to the many historic buildings also great antique shops, boutiques and some excellent restaurants. For example, visit Ashtabula and Woodburn Historic House or St. Paul’s Episcopal Church & Cemetery.