Pendleton 225 and Alive! - A Community Celebration
We Wished Pendleton, SC a Very Happy 225th Birthday in 2015
Pendleton, SC Celebrates 225th Birthday in 2015
Pendleton - 225 and Alive! was a town wide celebration of all things Pendleton.
During 2015, events and activities - some new, some special editions of perennial favorites - commemorated the town's 225th birthday.
This article chronicles all of those special events and the pictures and videos below exemplify what a wonderful celebration was held and enjoyed.
Town of Pendleton’s 225th Anniversary
Brief History of Pendleton, SC
Cherokee Indians lived in this region long before the American Revolution. It was the Cherokee’s choice to side with Great Britain during the war for independence and two months of fighting in the summer of 1776 between the Patriot militia and the Cherokees, aided by Loyalists, brought Indian defeat. Crops were destroyed, towns were burned and the Cherokees gave up, ceding their land to South Carolina. By 1789 this region became Pendleton County, later named Pendleton District. Today, that area is now Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties, but a common bond remains.
The Town of Pendleton was created in 1790 for a courthouse seat. It is named for Judge Henry Pendleton, a Virginian who fought in the Revolution and remained in South Carolina. Until a division of the district in 1826, the town was one of the most influential in the upper half of South Carolina. Initial settlement was by Scots-Irish veterans, but by 1800 the aristocratic LowCountry planters and politicians had discovered the Pendleton Area and built summer homes. It caused a mix of poorly educated farmers and well-educated wealthy citizens and together they laid the groundwork for the progressive region here today.
On April 2, 1790, commissioners of the new Pendleton County met for the first time and minutes of that meeting stated that a tract of land owned by Isaac Lynch was considered to be central in the county and “most convenient to erect the county buildings”. The next order of business was to select a Clerk of the County and Printer John Miller, who later would begin a newspaper after giving up the business in London and later Charleston, was unanimously chosen.
The commissioners were Andrew Pickens, Robert Anderson, John Miller, John Wilson, Benjamin Cleveland, William Halbert, Henry Clark and John Moffet. They determined each road should lead from Pendleton to or by their homes - but it worked well, as they lived in all parts of the county.
April 8, 1790, is the day the Town of Pendleton—also known as Pendleton Courthouse or Pendleton Village—can officially be dated. Book A, page one of Pendleton County land deeds records Isaac Lynch was paid five shillings by the commissioners for the land.
In November, 1790, the commissioners had ordered the surveying and staking out of six one acre lots for the public buildings and several businesses and families moved in. A log courthouse had been built on Tanyard Branch and it was 1797 before the first courthouse was built on what became the village green.
The state legislature, in the meantime, had determined there should be a new system of courts, and Pendleton became a district rather than a county. The lack of growth from 1790 to 1800 was due to the former Washington District, composed of Greenville and Pendleton counties, having a district seat at Pickensville (long gone, but located at Easley’s Wal-Mart site today).
When the Pendleton District was created, the commissioners ordered the formal layout of the town. It resulted in fifty-one town lots of one acre each and forty-three “outlots” of several acres each. One of the first to come and open a store (in When the Pendleton District was created, the commissioners ordered the formal layout of the town. It resulted in fifty-one town lots of one acre each and forty-three “outlots” of several acres each. One of the first to come and open a store which still stands today (build in 1793 site of the Village Baker Cafe), was William Steele, who also became the postmaster. By 1800, South Carolina low-country plantation owners had discovered Pendleton as a summer home retreat. R. W. Simpson, writing in a later period, said many were attracted “by the salubrious climate and its rich and fertile soil. Simpson said they built fine homes and though some were miles away, they referred to their place as being in “the Town of Pendleton”. Simpson said they brought refined customs and manners, “and the very name of Pendleton became a synonym for refined and beautiful women, and for elegant high-toned and chivalrous gentlemen”.
The Sponsors for 225 and Alive! Year-long Celebration!
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We want a card from each of the United States and at least 225 from SC. Also we want one from each country. Please spread the word to your friends and family. Mail Cards to Town of Pendleton 310 Greenville St. Pendleton, SC 29670
Schedule of Events for 225 and Alive!
225th Anniversary Events
- December 31, 2014 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Kick-Off Event on the Village Green with the band, Soul Play, food and special midnight surprise!
- January 10th 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Official Kick-Off Reception at Tri-County Technical College in the Ruby Hicks Library
- January 22nd at noon The State of Pendleton Luncheon in Cox Hall at the Pendleton Playhouse
- February 7th 3:00 p.m. Celebrating our African American Heritage at the Pendleton Community Center
- February 12 at 2:00 p.m. Tree Planting Event at the Anderson School District 4 Administration Building - Coffee and Water will be served.
- February 26th 6:00 p.m. Jane Edna Hunter Event in Cox Hall at the Pendleton Playhouse - cancelled due to weather
- March 5th, 6th, 7th 7:30 p.m. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs being sponsored by 225th Anniversary Committee at the Pendleton Playhouse
- March 8th 3:00 p.m. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Pendleton Playhouse
March 17th and March 19th Celebrating the Arts as Pendleton Per4ms
- 6:00 – 8:00 Musical Performances and Our Digital Story
- March 24 - "The Most Famous Woman You've Never Heard Of" Exhibit and Program at the library at 6 pm sponsored by Anderson Co Library System
- March 28th 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Celebrating our Agricultural Heritage at Old Farm Days at Ashtabula
- April 2nd 6:00 p.m. Pendleton’s 225th Anniversary Exhibit at the Anderson County Museum
- April 4th and 5th Spring Jubilee on the Village Green
- April 4th 8:00 a.m. Jubilee Joy Ride with launch at the SC Agricultural Museum
- April 4th 6:00 p.m. Bluegrass Under The Stars at the Tri-County Tech Amphitheatre
- April 15 - Clemson Area Blues Festival featuring Wanda Johnson 7pm Cox Hall
- May 3rd 6:00 p.m. Jazz In The Park on the Village Green
- May 14 - Pendleton Historic Foundation Annual Meeting at Cox Hall 6pm featuring Guest Speaker, Roger Stroup, former director of SC Archives & History
- June 6th 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Pendleton’s Official Birthday Party with music, cake and ice-cream on the Village Green. Enjoy the Carolina Coast Band!
- July 4th 10:00 a.m. Celebrating our Freedom at our Patriotic Parade in downtown Pendleton
- August 1st 7:00 p.m. Community Variety Show at the Pendleton Playhouse
- August 1 - Sept 18 Celebrating our Textile History at Hunter’s Store
- Sept 17 and 18 - Pendleton will host Sister Cities State Meeting at Cox Hall
- September 27th Doors Open Event from noon to 4:00 p.m.
- October 1st – 30th In honor of the 200th Birthday of the Pendleton Farmers Society a Farmers Hall Exhibit at Hunters Store
- October 11, Sunday- Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Barrett’s Place Playground 3-5
- October 24 - Fall Harvest Festival 10 to 5 on the Village Green
- November 22nd 6:00 p.m. Community Thanksgiving Service featuring a Community Choir at Pendleton United Methodist Church
- November 27th 6:00 p.m. Christmas Tree Lighting on the Village Green
- November 28th 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 9th Annual Holidays in the Village Christmas Market
- December 5th, 12th & 19th 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 9th Annual Holidays in the Village Christmas Market
- December 5th Noon – 4:00 Event at Boxwood Manor that includes classic cars, music, house tours, food, artists selling their wares and the FFA selling wreaths
- December 5th, 6th, 12th and 13th Christmas At Ashtabula
- December 13th 3:00 p.m. Annual Town Christmas Parade in downtown Pendleton
- December 31st 8:00 p.m. “A Toast To The Future” Event in Cox Hall at the Pendleton Playhouse
Monthly Features in Anderson Independent Mail
January: Nell Reeves and Lowther Hall
February: Robert Thompson and Pendleton Community Center
March: Jerry Sloan, Jr. and Farmers Hall
April: Jim Smith and Sitton House
May: Ben Morton and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
June: Hattie Smith and Kings Chapel AME Church
July: Harry Dunlap and Veterans Park
August: Ovalyn Williams and Textiles
September: Ed & Davie Kirkley and The Glen
October: Mayor Frank Crenshaw and Town Hall
November: Jo & Pete McConnell and Hunters Store
December: The Majors Family and the Mechanic Street Streetscape Project
Our Fearless Leader made the cover of the Anderson Magazine
Pendleton Timeline Book
The town of Pendleton, SC was founded in 1790. In honor of our 225th Anniversary the Pendleton Historic Foundation has published this Timeline covering 1785 to 2015. Pendleton is an important part of the what was known as the Pendleton District and the Pendleton Historic District is one of the largest historic districts in the United States.
A Review of this book by a friend:
As a citizen of Pendleton, I find the "Pendleton Timeline Book" very informative. From the founding of the town in 1790 to our 225 celebration in 2015, I can follow the growth of Pendleton.
I've learned the village and surrounding plantations were settled by some of Charleston's most prominent families. Today, Pendleton Historic Foundation maintains and shows two historic plantations: Ashtabula and Woodburn. Other historic homes are privately owned.
The history of the town's churches begins with St. Paul's Episcopal and goes on through the years to the other churches. These churches have played an important part in the lives of the Pendletonians.
As you read the timeline, the same names of the citizens are found in each generation and many descendants still live in Pendleton today.
The 1900's saw many improvements in the town and some population growth. Pendleton has maintained a population of around 3,000 citizens up through the 2000's.
Today Pendleton has thriving businesses around the Village Green or the Square - shops, restaurants, and even a US Senator's office. There is a theatre in town sponsored by citizens of Pendleton and Clemson.
Jackie Reynolds worked tirelessly on this project and the finished book is a testament to her hard work. If you love Pendleton SC, you will love owning this important book depicting some of the most important dates in history. I treasure mine and I am sure that it will stay in our family for years and years after I am gone.
This book is also available on the square in Pendleton at Mountain Made so stop in and look around and check out this book.
Monthly Meetings for Pendleton 225 and Alive
Pendleton - 225 and Alive! Committee
Formed in 2013, a group of enthusiastic citizens came together to form a committee to celebrate Pendleton's 225th birthday. The committee sought out civic groups, institutions of higher learning, churches, and citizens to "brainstorm" ideas for a yearlong celebration - all under the guidance of the Town of Pendleton.
The mission of the committee was to organize, seek funding, and host a yearlong celebration that highlighted the town's story through its people, schools, agriculture, textiles, and the arts.
225th Anniversary Committee
- Carol Burdette, Chair
- Tom Allen
- Wanda Batten
- Lenora Blanton
- Annette Buchanan
- Kim Burgess
- Frank Crenshaw
- Dr. Lee D’Andrea
- Rebecca Eidson
- Mona Fleming
- Vicki Fletcher
- Sandra Gantt
- Yvette Garrison
- Rhonda Gray
- Terence Hassan
- Nancy Hellams
- Powell Hickman
- Ingrid Jackson
- Martha Jeffries
- Davie Kirkley
- Lou Kopel
- Dr. Courtney Krueger
- Wendy Longo
- Ruthie Millar
- Jo McConnell
- Jackie Reynolds
- Lou Robinson
- Jim Smith
- Lori Solymosi
- Jean Vegod
- Scott Ward
Some 225 Committee Members Toasted Our Town on April 8
Thank you to our 225 Sponsors: AnMed, Independent Mail and The Palmetto Bank
Jo and Carol on Channel 4 WYFF May 30, 2015
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Important Pendleton SC Links
- Pendleton Historic Foundation: Ashtabula and Woodburn Historic Homes | Pendleton, SC
Pendleton Historic Foundation maintains two historic homes in Pendleton: Ashtabula and Woodburn
- Visit Pendleton District, Travel, Tourism - Pendleton District Commission
The old Pendleton District includes what now is Anderson, Oconee and Pickens Counties.
- Town of Pendleton
Town of Pendleton SC offers history, happenings and hospitality.
Where is Pendleton, South Carolina?
Historic Pendleton, SC is nestled in the foothills of Upstate South Carolina
Daffodils for Pendleton
Daffodils for Pendleton!
Sponsor or Daffodil Sponsors for Pendleton-225 and Alive!
Wow, Our Town came alive with DaffodilsClick thumbnail to view full-size
225 Trees for Pendleton and Thousands of Daffodils for Spring!
Committee Chairperson - Davie Kirkley
Davie's committee has Annette Buchanan and Lynn Merchant along with Juanita Garrison and Heather Majors.
Committee Report by Davie:
We have been working on our Feb.month event.
We are going to be planting 225 trees around town and surrounding areas with sponsorships and are still getting prices for trees to offer. If you plant a tree in your yard or sponsor a tree around town, you will receive a 225 Flag/sign to place by it for the year. This committee hopes to have them all planted by February. . You can plant them in your yard, at neighborhood entrances, sponsor one for a school or on public property. We will be giving ideas where they can be planted or sponsored.
The other part of the project is planting 225 daffodils around town or in your yard. We have sponsorships for 12,000 daffodils that have been ordered. We will be ordering more. I would like to propose to the Garden Club they sponsor some daffodils and maybe a tree. Annette and I looked at the Courtyard Garden and really did not think we had room to plant 225 in a group, but at the entrance we could plant some to carry the theme to the courtyard. We could sponsor some for a school, church, or public space. The cost of 225 daffodils is around a 100 dollars. I have some that I ordered that I can provide for around 85. This sale ends July 3 and the next orders will be around 125 with shipping.
I am telling you all this in hopes that some of you would like to buy some for your own garden. I think Linda McCuen could put some under her great dogwoods on her corner. What about Barbara Seals on her corner? Our committee hopes make this an ongoing project for getting people to come to Pendleton in the spring to see our daffodils and blooming trees. We will be getting the daffodils in mid Oct and planting in Nov. I am going to have volunteers planting around public places and if someone needs help, we will try to get them help.
I have daffodils at the triangle on 76, the new bed across from Buddy's Garage, Forest Hills neighborhood entrance, the Playhouse corner at Duke St and Mechanic. We have the School District is sponsoring 500 and more schools are hoping to plant. Merchant's Gate is doing 225 and others are still working on sponsorships.
Call Davie Kirkley (864-646-6291) if you would be interested in sponsoring a tree or 225 daffodils.
Over 14,000 Daffodil Bulbs were plantedClick thumbnail to view full-size
Scarecrow for Pendleton's 225th Birthday!
Sold 225 Mementos at the Fall Harvest Festival
The New Year Began
Soul Play Band was Fantastic!
A Great Time Was At By All At New Years Eve on the GreenClick thumbnail to view full-size
Happy New Year! Here's to a Wonderful 2015!
Kick Off Reception at Tri County Technical College - A Great Success!
Beautiful Reception at Tri Co Technical CollegeClick thumbnail to view full-size
Photos of the Reception at Tri County Technical College
- TCTC-Pendleton 225 Anniversary Reception - an album on Flickr
TCTC-Pendleton 225 Anniversary Reception
State of Pendleton January 22, 2015Click thumbnail to view full-size
African American Heritage Program at Pendleton Community Center
Photos from the African American Heritage Event at Pendleton Community CenterClick thumbnail to view full-size
Red Oak Dedication at School District Office
Red Oak Dedication Ceremony (taken from the school district website)
Over 50 townspeople from Pendleton shared in today's celebration of the Red Oak Dedication. Planted at the intersection of East Queen Street and Greenville Street stands the symbol of continued life and growth; both in District 4 and the Town of Pendleton. Today the dedication included remarks from Superintendent, Dr. Lee D'Andrea; Board of Trustees Chair, Dr. Tom Dobbins; 225th Pendleton Anniversary Committee Chair, Ms. Carol Burdette; Pendleton First Baptist Pastor, Rev. Courtney Krueger; and Town of Pendleton Mayor Frank Crenshaw. Participants nodded in affirmation of the true words emphasized by each speaker and condensed in a familiar quotation by Alexander Smith. “A man doesn’t plant a tree for himself. He plants it for posterity.”