The city of Anderson was founded in 1826 and incorporated in 1833. Exciting, right? That bit of textbook information doesn’t even begin to tell the whole story.
Anderson, South Carolina is named after General Robert Anderson, a Revolutionary War hero. During the war he served most of his time under the command of Andrew Pickens (namesake of nearby Pickens County). The two men were close friends and were the original surveyors of the areas now known as Anderson, Pickens, and Oconee counties. Before they surveyed the land it was Pickens who negotiated a treaty with the Cherokees to cede the land to the state of South Carolina.
The early settlers of Anderson were Scot-Irish corn and pig farmers that moved here from the Pennsylvania and Virginia colonies. Following Anderson’s golden years of hog and corn farming, the economy quickly shifted and became dominated by cotton farming. The demand for cotton sparked the explosion of the textile industry which flourished in Anderson until the 1980’s when it became much more cost effective to outsource textile processing to non-US-based mills. The textile industry is now all but extinct in Anderson.
Today, industry in Anderson County is dominated by hundreds of manufacturing plants. Some notable plants include Milliken and Bosch. Many of the smaller manufacturers make auto parts that are produced exclusively for the BMW plant in Spartanburg.
And that, my friend, is a brief history of Anderson, SC. The rest of this website is here to continue the story.