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Art on the Town

Friday, April 25, Art Crawl & After Party, 5-9 p.m.
Enjoy art outlets all along N. Main Street and end the evening at Wren Park. Tickets are available at Anderson Arts Center, 111 Federal Street. 864-222-2787

Saturday, April 26, Street Performances and Sidewalk Chalk Public Art event, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Enjoy jugglers, storytellers, musicians, and more from morning to afternoon all along Main Street in downtown. The “To me, ART is” ….. project offers the chance to “fill-in the blank” at downtown’s sidewalk chalk art event. Tell us what art means to you!

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Dog Park Coming to Downtown
A "Cocktails and Dog Tails" fundraiser will be held from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, April 30, at the Historic Calhoun Lofts so our furry friends will have a place to play at the new tba Dog Park. The dog park will be located on property between E. Benson Street and E. Whitner Street near Fant Street.

Wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres will be provided for a minimum donation of $25; tickets can be purchased in advance from Britney Britton (678-516-7393) or at the door in the form of cash or check made payable to the Foothills Community Foundation. All proceeds will be donated to the tba Dog Park.

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Request for Proposals

  • Purchase and Development of Property: We want your entrepreneurial spirit; we have three properties ready to make your business dreams come true. RFP
  • Producing the Freshtaste Event: Please submit your proposal by 12 p.m., Wednesday, April 30, 2014. RFP

Downtown Opportunities Presentation

Hilary Greenberg of Greenberg Development Services visited downtown for an assessment, and to identify opportunities. She has presented her findings and recommendations to us at a public meeting held on June 11, 2013. To learn more select the following links:


ETV Shorts

ETV Shorts is a weekly web series of stories gathered from around the state, and the crew recently visited Downtown Anderson, explaining "The City of Anderson's downtown is a true beauty! From the historic background and statues, to the modern artistic fish, to the words of wisdom on the pavement, there's much to see and do in the "Electric City." View the Downtown Anderson ETV Shorts.

View other Downtown Anderson-related videos on the City of Anderson's YouTube Channel or tune-in to ECTV-14 on Charter Cable.


Downtown Anderson

Downtown Anderson is the brightest part of the Electric City! The surge of development has brought Downtown Anderson charming new places to shop, dine, live, and work, with others in progress. Downtown Anderson seamlessly blends our heritage with the present and also with visions of the future. You will find a wide variety in Downtown, from traditional Southern cuisine to modern cafes, from antique shops to contemporary art galleries. Check out our Calendar of Events and directories to plan your visit.

History

Anderson is named for General Robert Anderson, a Revolutionary War hero, who came to South Carolina to assist his good friend, Andrew Pickens, in surveying land that had been given previously to the English Colony by area Native Americans. The City was founded in December 1826 and incorporated by an Act of Legislature in 1833.

The Electric City

Why is Anderson called the "Electric City"? In the late 1800s, Anderson boasted numerous textile mills. Anderson engineer William Whitner produced a way for electricity to be conducted by wires to these mills using hydroelectric power. Anderson was the first city in the United States to have a continuous supply of electric power and the first in the world to create a cotton gin operated by electricity. Mr. Whitner has several places of distinction in Downtown Anderson, including a statue in front of the Anderson County Courthouse and a street named in his honor. Also, at the corner of McDuffie and Whitner Streets, you will find Generator Park. On the grounds of this 10,000 square-foot park stands the century-old generator that was operated by Whitner at the Portman Power Plant.

Location

Downtown Anderson is located in the northwestern corner of South Carolina in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There are many lakes and rivers nearby, most notably Lake Hartwell. It is located along the South Carolina Heritage Corridor right off Interstate I-85, being about two hours from both Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina.