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The Very Beginning

Long before the American Revolution, this area was inhabited by Cherokee Indians. The Cherokee chose to support Great Britain during the American Revolution, and two months of warfare between the Patriot militia and the Cherokees, with help from Loyalists, in the summer of 1776 resulted in Indian defeat. The Cherokees lost up and ceded their territory to South Carolina after crops were devastated and villages set on fire. This area was known as Pendleton District and Pendleton County by the year 1789. There is still a shared link even though that region is now Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties.

In order to house the courthouse, the Town of Pendleton was founded in 1790. It bears the name of Judge Henry Pendleton, a South Carolina-born veteran of the Revolution from Virginia. The town was one of the most significant in the upper portion of South Carolina until the district was divided in 1826. Scots-Irish soldiers were the first settlers, but by 1800 aristocratic LowCountry planters and politicians had found the Pendleton Area and had begun to construct vacation residences. It led to a mixture of rich, well-educated residents and uneducated farmers, and they worked together to lay the foundation for the progressive area that exists today.

Small Town Story of Pendleton



The town's official plan was mandated by the commissioners when the Pendleton District was established. It produced forty-three "outlots" with a total of several acres each and fifty-one town lots with a total of one acre each. William Steele, who also served as the postmaster, was one of the first to settle in the area and establish a business that is still operating today (location of the Village Café as of July 2022).

Pendleton had become popular among South Carolina low-country plantation planters as a getaway destination by 1800. Many were drawn "by the salubrious climate and its lush and productive land," R. W. Simpson said in a subsequent work. Although some of their residences were located far away, according to Simpson, they erected lovely homes and referred to their location as being in "the Town of Pendleton." "And the mere name of Pendleton became a synonym for sophisticated and attractive women, and for exquisite high-toned and chivalrous gentlemen," Simpson claimed they brought refined traditions and manners.

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