118 Interstate Blvd.
Anderson, SC 29621
Phone: (864) 622-1200
Fax: (864) 622-1202
Arts & Museums
The first boll weevil found in South Carolina is on display at this 6,000 square foot museum that contains numerous other displays and exhibits including pre-1925 farm equipment and tools, Cherokee Indian and local history artifacts, a replica of a cotton gin older than Eli Whitney's, and shellers and hullers.
Established in 1972, this art gallery features varying exhibits and displays by local and national artists, as well as special programs throughout the year including gallery receptions, special events, and outreach programs for all ages.
Located in the historic downtown courthouse, this museum depicts the history of Anderson County, starting from prehistoric times, through its many exhibits, artifacts, and memorabilia on local history and the area.
Ashtabula is a historic home that is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This plantation house that was built in the 19th Century, and is now available for private and group tours as well as private events. Public tours run from April to October, but private tours can be scheduled year-round.
Located within Clemson University's Botanical Gardens, the Bob Campbell Geology Museum will be of interest to anyone who is fascinated with the study of the earth and its minerals. Thousands of samples of rocks, minerals, fossils and gems are on display, along with artifacts like mining equipment and Native American tools. The museum also has a nice gift shop with a wide range of gemstones and books and souvenirs.
This art gallery affords visitors an opportunity to view the most current trends in architectural design and construction.
Local artist Deirdre Walsh has converted an old barn and outhouses, creating a charming and unusual exhibition and art and craft centre. As you enter the old stone building you will find a large open fireplace with traditional cooking implements and a small kitchen where visitors can help themselves to the teapot on the old range. The large gallery upstairs (the old apple loft) features regular exhibitions of work from artists form the region, ranging across different disciplines. There is a delightful selection of local crafts on sale and you will find Deirdre easy to bargain with. The gallery also provides workspace for visiting artists.
Housed in the old 1902 Victorian Pickens County Jail, this unique museum consists of two floors and contains Upstate history exhibits, as well as new and permanent art exhibits. A recreated 19th century pioneer cabin, a circa 1858 early post office, and a pioneer school setting are also part of the museum.
Built in 1826, this historic gristmill (a factory which turns grain into flour) is located about 35 minutes west from Greenville. It is a excellent example of 19th-century rural architecture and for nearly 200 years of America's existence, these mills were the norm in the South. During the decade of the 1960's, the gristmill industry was effectively shuttered when the federal government mandated that farmers test their grain for impurities and add preservatives. Yet after some legal maneuvering in the 80's, Hagood Mill started operations again albeit on a smaller scale. Today, the mill operates on third Saturday of every month, where visitors will find a miller gristing grain. Moreover, since it is run by the Pickens County Museum Commission, there are myriad events throughout the year in-and-around the mill.
Founded in 1987, the Greenville Cultural Exchange Center is a living museum of the town of Greenville's multi-cultural history. The center features a non-circulating library which is open to students, scholars and the public at-large. There is a resource center that exhibits the accomplishments of local African-Americans. The facility also serves as a meeting place for local community groups and hosts other receptions, and tours can be arranged to visit landmarks and other significant sights.