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Anderson City

Anderson City Hall is located at 401 South Main Street, Anderson SC 29624; phone: 864-231-2200.

Jeff Maxwell House, ca. 1876, 1109 West Whitner Avenue, Anderson, NC

Photo: Jeff Maxwell House, ca. 1876, 1109 West Whitner Avenue, Anderson, NC. The home was demolished in 1962 Photographed by Jack E. Boucher, 1960, Historic American Buildings Survey [HABS SC-322], memory.loc.gov, accessed December, 2013.

Beginnings

Anderson came into being in 1826 with the formation of Anderson County, and as a courthouse seat, the community was quick to develop. It grew despite the War Between the States and occupation for several years thereafter. [National Register of Historic Places, Anderson Historic District]

In the mid-1700 s, General Robert Anderson, with General Andrew Pickens, explored the Cherokee land that was to become Anderson. Settled by pioneering small farmers of Scots-Irish and English descent, the area's agrarian economy did not include slaves. It was the spirit of innovation and self-reliance that prepared its residents for the manufacturing boom in the 19th century. When Anderson sparked the Industrial Revolution in the South with the first long-distance transmission of hydroelectric power, it was dubbed the Electric City. [www.andersonchamber.com, accessed April 2009]

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