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erhaps nothing symbolizes the Upstate — its past and present — quite like Falls Park in Greenville. With a history that dates back to when the Cherokee Indians inhabited the area, this rocky spot on the Reedy River was a settlement long before Greenville had its name. Not so long ago, however, the waterfall was hidden from view, tucked away behind abandoned mills; the river banks were overgrown and mostly unseen. But, as the old mills that buoyed the Upstate for generations were replaced one by one with smarter, more technical and better-paying industry, the spot on the Reedy River came alive. With support from private business, local government, and area civic organizations and individuals, Falls Park began to sparkle. It emerged from the ruins of old factories and invasive flora, now with a formal name and status as a city park. Liberty Bridge, a pedestrian walkway, floats over the park, bent in an unlikely curve that celebrates structure and nature. The bridge leads to the sidewalks and roadways that tie together business and culture across Anderson, Greenville, Pickens and Spartanburg counties. The Reedy leads downstream to the Saluda River (eventually to the Atlantic Ocean) and upstream to the

watershed of northern Greenville County. It is here that its tributaries splinter off and disappear into lands that remain largely untouched and where the precise border between the Carolinas remains a mystery in some places. The Upstate is old and new. The Blue Ridge escarpment stretches across the region as an abrupt face to the nation’s old mountains and their natural and human history. Innovative industry, medicine and education drive the economy. Small business brings variety. Tour Hagood Mill in Pickens County for a taste of the mountains and a tour of history, both historic and prehistoric. Visit BMW’s Zentrum near Spartanburg to see one of the jewels in the Upstate’s manufacturing base – and the spark for so much that has happened to the region in recent years. Take in a show by professionals on a large stage in Greenville or one by enthusiastic amateurs on one of many community stages scattered about the area. Shop the malls. Shop the main streets. Shop out-of-the-way places. Explore the food. Watch the leaves turn and fall. Watch the flowers bloom and grow. The Upstate is South Carolina’s only land of four true seasons. Find a special place here and make it your own.

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he first thing a family moving to a new community wants to know is whether the educational opportunity for the children will measure up. Newcomers to the Upstate will be pleasantly surprised by the quality of education as well as the varied experiences its public and private schools have to offer.

Greenville County Greenville County Schools, the 51st largest public school system in the nation, with 68,796 students, offers one of the most diverse education experiences a family is likely to find in America. About 13%, or 8,700 students, choose the school they wish to attend rather than attending their neighborhood school. The almost 100 public schools and special centers in the district include 14 high schools, 11 magnet academies and 12 International Baccalaureate schools. There are 17 Palmetto’s Finest schools, a designation

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Ten Upstate high schools are on the 2010 Newsweek magazine list of America’s Best High Schools, an annual ranking of the top public high schools in the nation based on course offerings and student performance.


awarded to the state’s high-achieving publicschools; 13 National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence; 28 national PTA Schools of Excellence; 34 Baldrige Model Schools; and 40 Red Carpet schools, an award given by the state to honor customer-friendly schools.

As a sign of achievement levels in the district, 92.3% of graduates in the 2007-08 school year are pursuing higher education and garnered $84.9 million in scholarships. The district is also one of the county’s largest employers, with 9,138 employees, including 5,034 teachers. Greenville County School District is nearing completion of a district-wide school construction program. Students across the county attend quality school facilities with similar features. Equity is ensured as construction standards are the same for all schools serving the same grade levels. Each school is a state-of-the-art facility with classrooms of adequate size, innovative lab spaces, music and band rooms, infrastructure to support the latest technology providing the means for research and development of ideas, and improved environmental features such as better lighting and heating/air conditioning. The positive learning environment helps motivate students and teachers each day.

Spartanburg County Spartanburg County offers top-notch education options for families. Schools throughout the county are experiencing a building boom. Private and public schools are expanding to meet the growing needs of the community, as well as prepare students for the future. Spartanburg County has seven public school districts with more than 44,000 students enrolled. There are more than 39 elementary schools, 15 middle or junior high schools, nine high schools and four career centers or vocational schools. All school districts are fully accredited by the South Carolina Department of Education. District One serves the communities of Inman, Landrum, Gramling, Holly Springs, New Prospect, Gowensville and Campobello in northern Spartanburg County. Approximately 4,800 students attend its five elementary, three junior high, two senior high

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Greenville is the largest school district in South Carolina and serves the 800-squaremile county, as well as parts of Laurens and Spartanburg counties. Greenville County schools hold national accreditation from the AdvancED Accreditation Commission.

Private and public schools are expanding to meet the growing needs of the community. schools and the career center it shares with District Two. District One has also completed the District Accreditation Process by the Southern Association of Schools. It is the fourth district in the state to achieve this distinction and one of 150 nationwide. All schools include Smart Technology Rooms that are equipped with the latest

in interactive instruction and every classroom has Internet access. Student scores on standardized tests are among the highest in the state and 10 schools in District One have received Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards. District Two serves the city of Chesnee, Boiling Springs and several rural communities in the region. The district has seven elementary schools, one middle school, one intermediate school, one junior high school, one ninth-grade campus, two high schools and a career center it shares with District One. District Two schools rank in the top 10% of schools statewide and 10 of its schools have been recognized as Palmetto Gold or Silver Award recipients; some of the schools are Palmetto Gold and Silver Showcase schools. As the area continues to grow, the district adds an average of 200 new students each school year, and continues to add schools and update existing ones to accommodate the new students. District Three serves more than 3,000 students in its seven schools. Its student to teacher ratio is 20-to-1, which allows its staff to provide a safe, relevant learning experience in a nurturing environment.

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At Christ Church Episcopal School, we believe in educating the whole child and providing each student with every opportunity to succeed. Small class sizes, coupled with an International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum in the Lower and Upper Schools, enable students to excel, think critically, and develop a lifelong love of learning. Our quality education is enhanced by the Episcopal tradition through incredible opportunities to reach out to the community through service learning. to learn more about Christ Church Episcopal School, please visit

christ church episcopal school it all starts here. 245 Cavalier Drive • Greenville, South Carolina 29607 • 864.331.4223 Christ Church Episcopal School does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship programs, financial aid or other programs, or other school-administered programs and activities.

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Schools in the Upstate strive to provide the latest in state-of-the-art technology and best practices.

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District Four is the largest, geographically, of the school districts in Spartanburg County. It serves just over 2,900 students in its four schools. District Four is a progressive system with an expansive curriculum for all students that range from a large selection of Advanced Placement courses, as well as a quality remediation program and services for special needs students. District Five serves more than 7,600 students and employs more than 850 teachers in its 12 schools. The district recently opened a Freshmen Academy for ninth graders and two new elementary schools. District Six is one of the fastest growing areas in Spartanburg County. The district consists of nine elementary schools, three middle schools, one ninth grade school and one high school. The district was the first in the state to have all schools accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Approximately 10,000 students attend district schools. District Seven has more than 7,500 student enrolled at its 12 schools, which include eight elementary, three junior high and one high school, as well as a Career Technology Center and a Childhood/Family Learning Center. While all of the district’s schools are ex-

emplary, Spartanburg High School is a national model and has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education several times with a National Blue Ribbon Award. The average SAT score at Spartanburg High School remains above the state average and its Advanced Placement programs have the highest number of AP courses taught in the state. Its student to teacher ratio in core subjects is just 16.5:1. In addition, Spartanburg County is home to the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind and the Charles Lea Center/ McCarthy Teszler School, both offering programs for those with special needs.

Anderson County Anderson County includes five school districts serving more than 30,000 students in more than 50 schools. All of its

schools strive to provide the best possible education to students with the latest in state-of-the-art technology and best practices. Anderson School District One high school students set a precedent in 2008 on the SAT. The district-wide average was 536 on the math portion of the SAT, which took top honors for the state. In 2008, Anderson One approved an $85 million referendum to improve school facilities. Several projects are slated to for completion this year, including the addition of 10 classrooms at Wren Middle School and new field houses at Palmetto High School and Wren High School. More than 9,000 students are served at 15 schools, including a career and technology center it shares with Anderson School District Two.

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strong standards-based curriculum, accountability through testing and a strong support system that includes active parent-teacher groups, business-education partnerships and a large network of volunteers. The success of the foundation has been apparent in the district’s continued improvement on standardized tests.

Pickens County The School District of Pickens County recently embarked on a district-wide

building program that includes the construction of four new high schools, two elementary schools and the renovation of 13 other schools. In addition, the district is spending more than $7 million to increase technology in the schools. Serving more than 16,000 students, the district, which serves the entire county, has enjoyed many successes. In 2009, Daniel High School was named one of the nation’s top 1,500 public high schools by Newsweek magazine.

Several Upstate school districts are in the midst of building programs that include new construction and renovations. Anderson School District Two recently introduced several new K-12 initiatives to serve its 3,700 students. It began implementing Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, which teaches students behavioral expectations rather than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding. It has also developed an intervention reading program to help struggling readers and it has hired six reading teachers at the elementary and middle school levels and has plans to hire a high school level reading teacher. Anderson School District Three serves 2,570 students in six schools. It recently constructed Flat Rock Elementary School, the first new school built in the district in more than 30 years. The district’s many accomplishments include Iva Elementary School’s receipt of the Palmetto Silver Award, which is granted by the state Department of Education to schools who attain high levels of absolute performance or high rates of improvement. Anderson School District Four recently celebrated the opening of Mt. Lebanon Elementary School. Its six schools serve about 3,300 students and have achieved numerous accolades, including Riverside Middle, which was named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. Anderson School District Five works hard to build a strong relationship between students, parents, teachers and volunteers. The district encompasses 112 square miles and includes 17 schools serving 12,000 students. The district’s foundation is based on

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Anderson School District 1 801 North Hamilton St., Williamston, SC 29697 Phone: 864-847-7344

Anderson School District 2 10990 BHP Highway, Honea Path, SC 29654 Phone: 864-369-7364 Anderson School District 3 335 West Front St., Iva, SC 29655 Phone: 864-348-6196 Anderson School District 4 P.O. Box 545, Pendleton, SC 29670 Phone: 864-646-8000 Anderson School District 5 400 Pearman Dairy Road Anderson, SC 29625 Phone: 864-260-5000, Greenville County Schools P.O. Box 2848, Greenville, SC 29602-2848 Phone: 864-241-3456 Pickens County Schools 1348 Griffin Mill Road, Easley, SC 29640 Phone: 864-855-8150 Spartanburg School District 1 121 Wheeler St., Campobello, SC 29322 Phone: 864-472-2846 Spartanburg School District 2 4606 Parris Bridge Road Boiling Springs, SC 29316 Phone: 864-578-0128 Spartanburg School District 3 P.O. Box 267, Glendale, SC 29346 Phone: 864-579-8000 Spartanburg School District 4 118 McEdco Road, Woodruff, SC 29681 Phone: 864-476-3186 Spartanburg School District 5 100 North Danzler Road, Duncan, SC 29334 Phone: 864-949-2350 Spartanburg School District 6 1390 Cavalier Way, SC 29376 Phone: 864-576-4212 Spartanburg School District 7 610 Dupre Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29307 Phone: 864-594-4400


Abundant Life Christian School 630 Farr’s Bridge Road Greenville, SC 29611 Phone: 864-246-1055, 864-246-5001 K4-8 Anderson Christian School 4523 Liberty Highway Anderson, SC 29621 Phone: 864-224-7309 K3-12 Blue Ridge Christian Academy 424 Highway 101, Landrum, SC 29356 Phone: 864-895-9008, K4-10 Bob Jones Academy 1700 Wade Hampton Blvd. Greenville, SC 29614 Phone: 864-242-5100, 9th-12th Bob Jones Elementary School 955 White Oak Drive, Greenville, SC 29614 Phone: 864-242-5100, Ext. 6200 K4-6 Bob Jones Junior High 1700 Wade Hampton Blvd. Greenville, SC 29614 Phone: 864-242-5100, 7th-8th Calvary Christian School & Child Development Center 100 Duke St., Greer, SC 29650 Phone: 864-877-0597 Infant-12 Christ Church Episcopal School 245 Cavalier Drive, Greenville, SC 29607 Phone: 864-299-1522, K5-12 Clemson Montessori School Inc. 207 Pendleton Road, Clemson, SC 29631 Phone: 864-654-4483 Toddler-6 Easley Christian School 459 Saco Lowell Road, Easley, SC 29641 Phone: 864-855-8000 K2-12 Eddlemon Adventist Jr. Academy 1217 John B. White Sr. Blvd. Spartanburg, SC 29306 Phone: 864-576-2234 K-8 Hampton Park Christian School 875 State Park Road Greenville, SC 29609

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Phone: 864-233-0556 K4-12 Haynsworth Private School 228 E. Park Ave., Greenville, SC 29601 Phone: 864-235-3010 K2-2 Mitchell Road Christian Academy 207 Mitchell Road, Greenville, SC 29615 Phone: 864-268-2210 K3-8 Montessori School of Anderson 280 Sam McGee Road, Anderson, SC 29621 Phone: 864-226-5344, Infant-10 Montessori School of Greenville 305 Pelham Road, Greenville, SC 29615 Phone: 864-232-3447 K3-3 Montessori School of Mauldin Inc. 205-B E. Butler Road, Mauldin, SC 29662 Phone: 864-288-8613 www.montessorischoolofmauldin Infant-6 Mt. Zion Christian School 724 Garlington Road, Greenville, SC 29615 Phone: 864-297-6646 K3-8 New Covenant Presbyterian Church & School 303 Simpson Road, Anderson, SC 29621 Phone: 864-224-5675, K5-12 Oakbrook Preparatory School 190 Lincoln School Road Spartanburg, SC 29301 Phone: 864-587-2060 K4-12 Our Lady Of The Rosary Catholic School 2 James Drive, Greenville, SC 29605 Phone: 864-277-5350 K-8 Palmetto Prep 1950 Woodruff Road Greenville, SC 29607 Phone: 864-675-1002 Infant-5 Prince of Peace Catholic School 1209 Brushy Creek Road Taylors, SC 29687 Phone: (864) 331-3911 K4-8 Providence Christian Academy 526 N. Main St., Six Mile, SC 29630 Phone: 864-868-6896, K4-12 Shannon Forest Christian School 829 Garlington Road, Greenville, SC 29615 Phone: 864-678-5107 K3-12 Southside Christian School 2211 Woodruff Road, Simpsonville, SC 29681 Phone: 864-234-7595 18 months-12 Spartanburg Christian Academy 8740 Asheville Highway Spartanburg, SC 29316 Phone: 864-578-4238 K3-12 Spartanburg Day School 1701 Skylyn Drive Spartanburg, SC 29307 Phone: 864-582-7539 K4-12 St. Joseph’s Catholic School 100 St. Joseph’s Drive Greenville, SC 29607 Phone: 864-234-9009 6th-12th St. Mary’s School 101 Hampton Ave., Greenville, SC 29601 Phone: 864-271-3870 K4-8 St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School 152 Alabama St., Spartanburg, SC 29302 Phone: 864-582-6645 K4-8 Tabernacle Christian School 3931 White Horse Road Greenville, SC 29611 Phone: 864-269-2781 PK-12 Westgate Christian School 1990 Old Reidville Road Spartanburg, SC 29301 Phone: 864-576-4953, K3-12

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The University of South Carolina Upstate is the fastest growing university in the state, offering degree programs in the liberal arts, sciences, business administration, nursing and teacher education to more than 5,500 students.


Higher Education

he Greenville area has a rich, diverse higher education community that has something for everyone. Furman University, a private, independent, nonprofit institution located between Greenville and Travelers Rest, is one of the top undergraduate institutions in the Southeast. One of just four institutions that benefit from the Duke Endowment, Furman has produced leaders for South Carolina and the nation since the 19th century. They include Charles H. Townes, a Nobel Prize winner for his research on laser technology; Richard Riley, a former South Carolina governor and Secretary of Education under President Clinton; Mike McConnell, the director of National Intelligence under President Bush; and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford. Furman has two distinguished scholar-

ship programs for high-achieving highschool graduates: the Hollingsworth Scholars, for South Carolina residents; and the Charles Townes Scholars for out-ofstate students. The latter was endowed as part of a $17 million grant from the Duke Endowment. The Duke grant also is funding a major new Asian Studies program, adding to Greenville’s important and growing business and cultural ties with China. Founded in 1826, Furman now offers majors and programs in 42 subjects and is one of an elite group of colleges that qualify for a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Undergraduates come from 46 states and 31countries. Home to 2,660 undergraduate students, Furman has a full range of intercollegiate sports programs and is a member of the Southern Conference.

South Carolina is home to 84 institutions of higher learning, including: •

Three research institutions

10 comprehensive teaching institutions

Four regional campuses of USC

16 technical colleges

23 independent senior institutions

Two two-year independent institutions

Two private professional schools

24 out-of-state degree granting institutions

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Colleges & Universities North Greenville University 7801 N. Tigerville Road Tigerville, SC 29688 864-977-7000

Bob Jones University 1700 Wade Hampton Blvd. Greenville, SC 29614 864-242-5100

Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic 2020 Springfi eld Road Spartanburg, SC 29304 864-578-8770

Clemson University 201 Sikes Hall Clemson, SC 29634 864-656-4233

Southern Wesleyan University 907 Wesleyan Drive Central, SC 29630 864-644-5000

Converse College 580 E. Main St. Spartanburg, SC 29302 864-596-9040

Spartanburg Community College 800 Brisack Road Spartanburg, SC 29305 864-592-4800

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 225 S. Pleasantburg Drive, Suite E-7 Greenville, SC 29607 864-233-5288

Spartanburg Methodist College 1000 Powell Mill Road Spartanburg, SC 29301 864-587-4000

Forrest Junior College 601 E. River St. Anderson, SC 29624 864-225-7653

Strayer University 555 N. Pleasantburg Drive, Suite 300 Greenville, SC 29607 864-232-4700

Furman University 3300 Poinsett Highway Greenville, SC 29613 864-294-2000

Tri-County Technical College 7900 Highway 76 Pendleton, SC 29670 864-646-1500

Gardner-Webb University, Spartanburg Regional Campus 110 S. Main St. Boiling Springs, NC 28017 800-457-4622

University Center of Greenville 225 S. Pleasantburg Drive, McAlister Square Greenville, SC 29607 864-250-1111

Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary 200 E. Main St. Taylors, SC 29687 864-322-2717 Greenville Technical College 620 S. Pleasantburg Drive Greenville, SC 29606 864-250-8000 ITT Technical Institute 6 Independence Pointe Greenville, SC 29615 864-288-0777

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University of South Carolina Upstate 800 University Way Spartanburg, SC 29303 864-503-5000 or 864-552-4242 Webster University-Greenville Metropolitan Campus 250 Commonwealth Drive Greenville, SC 29615 864-676-9002 Wofford College 429 N. Church St. Spartanburg, SC 29303 864-597-4000

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Anderson University 316 Boulevard Anderson, SC 29621 864-231-2000

The Main Building represents both the best of Wofford College’s distinguished history and its promise for the future.

For a long time, Greenville was the only major metropolitan area in South Carolina without a state university. That gap in the state’s higher education patchwork is today being filled by innovative programs under the umbrella of the University Center, a consortium of public and private universities on the Greenville Technical College campus. Clemson University, Furman University, Lander University, the Medical University of South Carolina, South Carolina State University, the University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina Upstate are members of the University Center. The center offers more than 500 courses during evenings and weekends year-round in more than 58 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Degrees are granted by the participating colleges and universities. Tuition is set by each member institution, and all courses are taught by full-time faculty members from the sponsoring colleges and universities. Most Furman courses are taught on its campus. Greenville Technical College, the host for the University Center, is a public, two-year community college with more than 160 academic programs and more than 15,000 degree-seeking students. It has four cam-

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beginning of the Blue Ridge escarpment, is a Baptist-affiliated, private, nonprofit institution, with more than 2,000 undergraduate students and 106 pursuing graduate degrees. Students come from 30 states and 25 countries. North Greenville boasts an average class size of 16 students who can choose from more than 40 associate, bachelor or master’s degree programs. Clemson University, with its historic main campus about 30 miles west of Greenville, has made a major commitment to become Greenville’s university. Clemson’s International Center for Automotive Research, near the intersection of Interstate 85 and Laurens Road, represents more than $100 million of investment by taxpayers and corporations in a worldclass graduate program in automotive engineering. The project began with a $10 million investment by German automaker BMW, and has grown to include numerous other engineering and computing companies. The General Assembly has allocated millions of dollars to endow research chairs for professors in the graduate school. In nearby Spartanburg, Converse

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puses: the original Barton campus on South Pleasantburg Drive; the Brashier campus in southern Greenville County; the Greer campus on Highway 290; and the Northwest campus on White Horse Road. In 2008, Greenville Tech served 36,914 students and 480 companies in its continuing education division. USC Upstate, which has its main campus in Spartanburg, also serves hundreds of Greenville County students at the University Center. The university recently opened The George, a $30 million business school at 160 E. St. John St. in downtown Spartanburg. Bob Jones University is a Christian liberal arts institution. Founded in 1927 by the late Bob Jones Sr., it is said to be the world’s largest fundamental Christian school and serves 5,000 students from every state and 40 other countries. The university sits on 225 acres in the city of Greenville, has a 7,000-seat performance venue, and its museum and gallery contains one of the nation’s most extensive collections of Italian paintings. The university offers 115 undergraduate majors and 70 graduate programs. North Greenville University, located at the

College offers 33 majors to its all-female students. This private liberal arts school has been offering a broad education since 1890 and has been named to several “best college” and “best value” lists through the years. Wofford College, established in 1854, serves more than 1,000 students at its historic campus in the city of Spartanburg. This liberal arts school was listed amon Kiplinger magazine’s top 50 “Best Values in Private Colleges” in 2009.

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Taking Care

ealth care organizations in the Upstate don’t just focus on taking care of those who are sick, they believe in a healthy community and strive to provide unique and necessary wellness programs that educate the community on how to be healthy and stay healthy.

Greenville County Two major health care systems call Greenville County home and offer more than a dozen points of service delivery. Greenville Hospital System offers a full range of trauma care, surgical services and elective procedures. St. Francis Health System has facilities at several locations around the county and continues to expand as the county grows. Together, the two systems comprise the largest employment sector in the county. Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center is a nonprofit teaching and research institution that delivers high-

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With 7,500 employees and 1,000 physicians, Greenville Hospital System is the largest medical complex. St. Francis Health System has more than 2,100 employees.


quality, patient- and family-centered care. As a university medical center, and one of the largest publicly accountable health systems in the Southeast, it provides a variety of health services and facilities, including Greenville Memorial Hospital, Children’s Hospital, Cancer Center, Marshall I. Pickens Hospital-Behavioral Health, Roger C. Peace Hospital-Rehabilitation and Women’s

Hospital — all on the Greenville Memorial Medical Campus. Greenville Memorial is a 746-bed hospital that serves as a regional referral, teaching and research facility. As home to a Level 1 Emergency Trauma Center, the hospital also provides emergency services for the most severe injuries 24 hours a day. Other medical campuses are located in Simpsonville, North Greenville, Greer and on Greenville’s eastside. A 72-bed, short-stay hospital at Patewood (near Haywood Mall) opened in 2007 and vascular and musculoskeletal institutes have been added near this new facility. A nursing home debuted in 2007 on the new Greer Medical Campus; in 2008, medical offices and the 82-bed Greer Memorial Hospital (replacing Allen Bennett Memorial Hospital) opened on this campus. Hillcrest Memorial Hospital, Simpsonville Life Center Health & Conditioning Club and Hillcrest Medical Offices are all located

WE’RE THERE FOR YOU, IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH. One of the best ways to improve your family’s health is to form a relationship with a family physician. By following your family’s health for many years, they can do more than treat an illness. Family doctors also identify potential health risks and provide preventative care to help you get well and stay well. AnMed Health’s family physicians are your connection to a health system nationally-recognized for quality care and advanced technology. With 10 family medicine practices and more than a dozen pediatricians, our physician network covers all your family’s primary care needs. The network also includes specialists in obstetrics, gynecology, obesity care, orthopaedics, plastic surgery and endoscopy. Find a practice near you at

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on the Simpsonville Medical Campus. Specializing in short-stay and outpatient surgical procedures, Hillcrest Memorial Hospital offers the latest technology and an experienced surgical team. Each year, staff members perform more than 2,500 surgeries and care for more than 90,000 patients. As a result of its continually increasing role in academics, Greenville Hospital System has

achieved university medical center status. GHS also is a founding partner of Health Sciences South Carolina, a coalition that aims to improve the health and economic wellbeing of the state through a coordinated strategy to advance research and education. St. Francis Health System is part of Bon Secours Health System Inc. Founded in Greenville in 1932 as a private nonprofit institution, St. Francis has 319 beds, performs more than 15,000 surgeries annually, serves more than 120,000 patients annually, and hosts about 2,100 births each year. It also provides about $25 million in free services annually. The main St. Francis hospital downtown is a 245-bed, all private room facility that offers a complete range of surgical and diagnostic services. St. Francis Eastside is a 93-bed hospital that includes obstetrics and gynecology care, orthopedics, radiology and a Neonatal Care Unit. The eastside campus also provides 24-hour emergency room services. St. Francis also has two outpatient centers, one near its downtown campus, and the other adjacent to its eastside facility.

Open Arms Hospice on West Georgia Road in Simpsonville also is a St. Francis facility.

Spartanburg County Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System has been serving the community for more than 80 years. Recognized for its technological excellence throughout the Southeast, Spartanburg Regional’s surgeons are among the South’s most experienced in robotic surgery. Surgeons have used robotics to perform more than 450 urologic, gynecological as well as complex heart surgeries. Spartanburg Regional also offers a full array of services from home health, imaging services, pediatrics, occupational health, sports medicine and rehabilitation. Residents can also seek specialized care at the Gibbs Cancer Center, the Heart Center and the Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health. Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System recently opened a new hospital on Pelham road, just at the Greenville-Spartanburg county line. The Village at Pelham Medical Campus is located on 90 acres near the intersection of S.C.
































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Highway 14 and I-85. The campus consists of a medical office building, the Village Hospital and the Surgery Center at Pelham. Fifteen physician practices have moved into the medical office building, which features on-site laboratory services, state-ofthe-art imaging equipment, vascular services, occupational medicine and physical therapy. A minor care facility in the medical office building will ensure local residents have a place to be treated for smaller emergencies. The building also features a Health Resource Center — a place where patients, their families and the community can access or review health care educational materials. The Surgery Center at Pelham, opened in 2004, offers a range of surgical specialties, including orthopedics, plastic surgery, urology and gynecology.

Anderson and Pickens counties For the past four years, AnMed Health Medical Center has received HealthGrades’ Patient Safety Excellence award, a testament to its dedicated physicians and staff. AnMed Health consists of four inpatient hospitals including a 461-bed acutecare hospital, a Women’s and Children’s Hospital with 72 private rooms, a Health Rehabilitation Hospital with 37 inpatient beds and an outpatient rehabilitation facility. Wellspring is the organization’s 27-bed chemical dependency hospital and outpatient treatment center. In addition, AnMed also includes a Cardiac and Orthopaedic Center, a Cancer Center, a Digestive Health Center and more. The major health care facilities serving Pickens County include Cannon Memorial Hospital and Palmetto Health Baptist Easley. Celebrating 50 years of service in 2008, Palmetto Health Baptist Easley offers a 109bed general acute care facility. Its services include surgery, lithotripsy, MRI, CT Scan, and emergency and outpatient care, as well as cardiopulmonary services. It employs more than 220 physicians and 230 registered nurses who serve more than 124,800 patients annually. Cannon Memorial Hospital opened in 1949 as a three-room clinic and has evolved into a 55-bed, state-of-the-art facility. Its 60 physicians have access to a full range of the latest medical technology, equipment and services. The Upstate could not boast a well rounded quality of life without the presence of top-notch health care options.

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AnMed Health 800 N. Fant St. Anderson, SC 29621 864-512-1000

Palmetto Health Baptist Easley 200 Fleetwood Drive Easley, SC 29640 864-442-7200

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System 1 St. Francis Drive Greenville, SC 29601 864-255-1000

Patrick B. Harris Psychiatric Hospital P.O. Box 2907 Anderson, SC 29622 864-231-2600

Cannon Memorial Hospital Highway 178, W. G. Acker Drive Pickens, SC 29671 864-878-4791

Shriners Hospitals for Children 950 W. Faris Road Greenville, SC 29605 864-271-3444

Carolina Center for Behavioral Health 2700 E. Phillips Road Greer, SC 29650 864-235-2335, 800-866-4673

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System 101 E. Wood St. Spartanburg, SC 29303 864-560-6000

Greenville Hospital System 701 Grove Road Greenville, SC 29605 864-455-7000

SpringBrook Behavioral Health System 1 Havenwood Lane Travelers Rest, SC 29690 864-834-8013

Mary Black Health System P.O. Box 3217 Spartanburg, SC 29304 864-573-3000

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Economic Outlook

Photo/Courtesy of BMW Manufacturing Co.

BMW Manufacturing Co. in Duncan has been a magnet for more than 40 suppliers who have set up shop in the region since the first U.S.-made BMW rolled off the line in 1994.


Economic Outlook

ong a focal point for South Carolina’s manufacturing sector, the Upstate continues to attract expanding businesses because of the region’s transportation, education, research and quality of life assets. Their proximity to Atlanta, Charlotte and the Port of Charleston make Greenville, Spartanburg and the surrounding areas a sound business choice for relocation or expansion. In addition, mountain views and recreational opportunities entice the executives who will live here. In the last five years, Greenville County has amassed $1.4 billion in new capital investment and was ranked No. 5 in the nation by Plants, Sites and Parks magazine among the top cities for locating a new facility. In 2008, the Upstate Alliance had one of the best years of any economic development agency in the nation, announcing nearly $2.18 billion in capital investments and 5,800 new jobs in its 10-county region. That equated to 40% of economic

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The Upstate’s foundation is solid with more than 75 Fortune 500 companies and a number of companies with corporate or regional headquarters located here. Companies with headquarters in the area include Fluor Corp., Charter Communications, Hubbell Lighting, IBM, Kemet Corp., Michelin North America, Lockheed Martin Aircraft & Logistics Centers, ScanSource Inc., and others.


development announcements statewide. Many of those announcements came from manufacturers, some foreign, some domestic, some home grown in the Upstate. Of the total investment, $1.26 billion comes from businesses already located here, and 20 of the 69 projects announced are foreign investments. Several took advantage of the Upstate’s many business and industrial parks as well as tax incentives available at the state and local level that reduce property taxes, help alleviate infrastructure costs or aid the development of a work force. Information on those incentives is available from the Greenville Area Development Corp. at www., or from other local economic development agencies across the Upstate or the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. The Upstate is well-positioned to deal with the current economic challenges. Like many businesses across the country, Upstate companies are adjusting to a recession.

Economic Outlook

Economic Development Agencies

Major Employers in the Upstate Business


No. of Upstate Employees

State of South Carolina State


Greenville County Schools

School district



Alliance Pickens

Greenville Hospital System

Nonprofit hospital


Michelin North America

Designs, manufactures and sells tires


Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce

BMW Manufacturing Co.

Automobile manufacturer


Milliken & Co. Manufactures

Textiles, chemicals, carpets, composites


Healthcare System

Three hospitals and multiple facilities


Clemson University




Retail grocery chain


Anderson County Economic Development

Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce

Greenville Area Economic Development Alliance

Pickens Chamber of Commerce

Upstate Alliance

South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce Economic Futures Group

Duke Energy

Electric utility


AnMed Health

Health care system with four licensed hospitals


GE Energy

Engineers and manufactures gas and wind turbines


Health System

Health care/hospital services


Sealed Air Corp.

Food packaging


Bon Secours St. Francis

Fluor Corp.

Engineering, procurement, project management


Charter Business

Video, data and telephone services


centers for Coca-Cola Bottling Co., WW Grainger, Nissan North America Inc. and others. The community is expanding that blueprint. The Upstate Alliance continues to identify business opportunity and spur economic growth in the 10-county region. It works closely with the South Carolina Department of Commerce, the Greenville Area Development Corp., local economic development officials, elected officials and Upstate chambers of commerce. The agency has received many inquiries recently from companies in the automotive industry that could benefit from the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research and BMW’s multibillion-dollar plant in Spartanburg County. BMW has been a magnet for more than 40 suppliers who have set up shop in the region since the first U.S.-made BMW rolled off the line in 1994. The manufacturer’s ongoing $750 million expansion could bring more. The research partnership between Clemson, the University of South Carolina and the Medical University of South Carolina has led to increased opportunities in the biomedicine and life sciences industries that will boost the region’s knowledge-based

Source: GSA Business

economy. The automotive, biomedical and plastics industries dominated the inquiries to Upstate economic development officials in 2008. But the Upstate business climate isn’t defined by its manufacturing base. The communities have a growing stake in aerospace and advanced-materials industries, a piece in the defense industry and a large number of engineering firms.

Photo/James T. Hammond

However, Forbes magazine recently ranked Greenville among the top five counties in the nation best-suited to ride out the economic downturn. Existing companies are looking to align themselves to prosper when the economy turns around. BMW Manufacturing Co. is investing $750 million at its plant in Spartanburg County and American Titanium Works will begin construction in 2010 of a $422 million plant in Laurens County. The Upstate is also home to major distribution

Spartanburg Regional

GE Energy engineers and manufacturers gas and wind turbines from its Greenville facility.

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L i v i n g i n Greenville


Photo/S. Kevin Greene


RiverPlace offers multi-cultural restaurants, art studios, downtown living, luxurious office space and the Hampton Inn & Suites hotel – all in the bustling West End district of downtown Greenville.

eedy River Falls has been a magnet for homes and business since European settlers first entered the land of the Cherokee people more than two centuries ago. The Reedy River powered 18th century mills and remained a source of energy for industrial sites through the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, the falls environs comprise the centerpiece of a vibrant entertainment and business district that attracts visitors from around the world. A graceful foot bridge sweeps across the shallow gorge and gives pedestrians a

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splendid view of the falls that nurtured the city’s growth. Greenville is renowned for its arts community. Overlooking the Reedy River Falls Park is the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts. A block from the falls is the Peace Center, an unparalleled complex of theaters and entertainment venues that hosts traveling stage shows, local musical performances and business meetings. A few blocks away is the Bi-Lo Center, which attracts concerts by headliner entertainers and sports events. Several local theater companies have performance venues scattered across a

downtown district that has come to have the feel and warmth one might expect in Bergamo, Bruges or Beaune. Leave the spectacular downtown district, and Greenville features Victorian neighborhoods where historic homes are tenderly maintained and occupied by families that treasure their heritage. One such community is the HamptonPinckney district, where railroad engineers and employees raised their families more than a century ago. Further afield, the Cliffs communities and golf courses spreading across the Blue Ridge escarpment are attracting golfing giants such

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as Tiger Woods and Gary Player to design courses and participate in the region’s growth. Greenville is a major metropolitan area, nestled in rolling hills at 1,000 feet elevation. It is uniquely located to offer the best of the Blue Ridge mountains within an easy two-hour drive, including America’s castle, the Biltmore House; and spectacular vistas from 3,000-foot elevations at Caesar’s Head. Numerous lakes, large and small, dot the landscape and provide thousands of homesites for residents in search of a natural setting. World-class health care services are provided by Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center and the St. Francis Health System, at more than a dozen locations around the county. Furman University, Clemson University, Greenville Technical College, Bob Jones University, North Greenville University, and the University of South Carolina Upstate provide world-class education for the region’s youth, as well as continuing education for mid-career professionals and enrichment opportunities for retirees. A stable housing market and diverse manufacturing and services economy provides unparalleled career and living opportunities. Greenville has become the jewel in the crown of the South Carolina Piedmont.

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Greenville is a bustling metropolis – a mixture of new and old architecture. Clockwise from top, Reedy Rivers Falls Park, luxury condominiums at Riverplace, a Main Street sculpture near the Peace Center, the Wyche Pavilion for outdoor gatherings along the river, and festivalgoers enjoy downtown Greenville.

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nly in Spartanburg can a community preserve its textile roots, be a hotbed for international investment and also be a spirited college town. Named after the Spartan regiment of the South Carolina Militia during the Revolutionary War, Spartanburg is a melting pot of old and new Americana. With a textile history dating back to 1816, Spartanburg became known as the “the Lowell of the South” for its great cluster of cotton mills. Mills thrived by nearby streams and rivers. While many have closed in the face of increased economic globalization, some evolved and continue to flourish. Spartanburg is home to Milliken & Co., one of the largest privately-held textile and chemical manufacturers in the world. Based in Spartanburg since 1958, the company has 55 facilities worldwide working with more than 19,000 different textile and chemical products. Milliken has made good on its corporate motto, “Quality leadership through research,” with more than 2,000 patents. No matter where you are in Spartanburg County, you’ll encounter Southern hospitality but the person who greets you might have a German accent. Spartanburg has the highest per capita of foreign investment in the country, with more than 110 international firms representing some 15 countries. Companies such as BMW Manufacturing Co., Cryovac, Denny’s Corp., Michelin NA Inc., Kohler Inc.and Reeves Brothers Inc. all call Spartanburg home. Within the Central Business District, a new creative movement has risen. The Chapman Cultural Center is a three building complex that opened on St. John Street in October 2007. It houses the Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, Ballet Spartanburg, Carolina Foothills Artisan Center, The Music Foundation of Spartanburg, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg County Historical

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Photos/S. Kevin Greene

L i v i n g i n Spartanburg



Spartanburg’s downtown, marked by the iconic Daniel Morgan statute, has seen a resurgence over the past decade. In addition to new retailers and restaurants, corporations such as JM Smith Corp., Advance America Cash Advanced Centers Inc. and Extended Stay America Inc. have located their headquarters in downtown Spartanburg.

Association, Spartanburg Little Theatre and Spartanburg Youth Theatre, The Spartanburg Repertory Company and the Spartanburg Science Center. Several blocks down on Daniel Morgan Avenue is Hub-Bub, a gathering place for young artists, musicians, writers and actors. Above The Showroom, Hub-Bub’s gallery and performance space, there are three emerging artists and one creative writer who live for free and create as part of the Artists-in-Residence Program. A sister program, The Hub City Writers project, founded in 1995, has helped publish books by nearly 250 writers. The term “Hub-Bub” is derived from Spartanburg’s old nickname of “Hub City.” The Magnolia Street Train Depot, built in 1904, stands as a reminder of the city’s history as a center for transportation routes in the South.

More than 10,000 students at six colleges and universities fuel this new creative energy in Spartanburg. Located downtown, Wofford College, founded in 1854, is a small liberal arts college. The campus serves as the Carolina Panthers’ training camp in July and August. On the corner of East Main and North Pine streets sits Converse College, a liberal arts women’s college founded in 1890. In 2003, the college completed the most successful capital campaign in its history with $82.5 million in private gifts. The University of South Carolina Upstate, located near Interstate 85 and S.C. Highway 176, is the fastest growing university in South Carolina. The university, nearing 6,000 students, opened a 60,000-square-foot business school in Spartanburg’s downtown this year.

Spartanburg is also home to two, two-year institutions, each with a uniquely defined mission. Spartanburg Community College, with more than 4,000 students, is a leader in technical education. Spartanburg Methodist College, founded in 1911, is a private junior college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. At Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic, students from across the country come to its 80-acre campus in Spartanburg to study the practice that focuses on the correction of vertebral subluxation. The college has been producing chiropractics since 1976. Three shopping districts have been reborn in Spartanburg over the past decade. Near Interstate 26 on the western side of Spartanburg, WestGate Mall and the Dorman Centre shopping center stand out among a bustling retail corridor. Across town, you’ll find Hillcrest Specialty Row and a number of large retailers along S.C. 29.

In the center of it all lies Morgan Square, named after the general who commanded the American forces at the Battle of Cowpens during the Revolutionary War. A blend of local retailers and restaurants, the downtown district continues to evolve as the core of Spartanburg’s nightlife.

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ickens County is named for Gen. Andrew Pickens Jr., a Revolutionary War hero who served as governor of South Carolina in the early 1800s. Located in the northwest corner of the Palmetto State, Pickens County may be best known as home of Clemson University. Clemson began as a small agricultural college in 1893 with an enrollment of just 446. Today, that small school has become one of the country’s top public universities and enrolls more than 17,000 students a year. Clemson University has brought great recognition to the region and serves as one of the county’s largest employers. But, just down the road are two additional institutions of higher learning: Southern Wesleyan University, a liberal arts college that serves more than 2,400 graduate and undergraduate students; and Tri-County Technical College, one of the largest of the state’s technical colleges with more than 6,000 students.

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With a population of more than 116,000 residents, Pickens County is one of the area’s fastest-growing counties and the 14th largest of 46 counties. Manufacturing, leisure and hospitality are the largest industry employers in the county, followed by retail trade, education and health services. The county’s major cities and towns include Clemson, Pickens (the county seat), Easley and Pumpkintown. Easley is the largest of the towns with more than 17,000 residents. Its beautiful, historic Main Street is home to varied businesses and serves as the backdrop to numerous community festivals and events. And, for 10 years, Easley has hosted the Big League World Series. Pickens County is called the gem of the foothills because of its proximity to the Blue Ridge Mountains, its beauty and numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation. It spans 497 square miles and offers a plethora of water-based activities at Lake

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Photo/James T. Hammond

L i v i n g I n Pickens County

Pickens County

Pickens County is home to Clemson University, including Tillman Hall (left), built in the 1890s. Visitors seeking a scenic retreat can visit Table Rock State Park (right), part of the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway.

Hartwell, Lake Jocassee and Lake Keowee. Avid hikers also flock to the region to explore Table Rock State Park, which offers camping and fishing in two lakes. It also serves as the trailhead for the 80-mile long Foothills Trail. Residents and visitors alike enjoy cultural attractions including the South Carolina Botanical Garden and the Campbell Museum of Natural History, both at Clemson University; the Pickens County Museum; the Haygood-Mauldin House; Ferne’s Doll and Miniature Museum; and performances at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.

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Oconee County

L i v i n g I n Oconee County

Photo/Courtesy of City of The Cliffs

the Reserve one of the premier mountain developments in the Southeast. The golf course at the Reserve at Lake Keowee, Sunset, ranked No. 8 in the Upstate by The South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel. And that’s not the only spectacular golf venue in Oconee County. The Cliffs at Keowee Springs, which opened in 2009, debuted in The South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel’s selections in 2010 at No. 31 statewide. Four of the Cliffs’ courses earned places in the top 50 and are ranked Nos. 3-6 among Upstate courses. The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards, Sunset, ranked No. 3 in the Upstate, followed by Cliffs at Keowee Falls, Salem, at No. 4 and Cliffs at Keowee Springs, Six Mile, at No. 6. Few counties are blessed with as many public recreational venues as Oconee County, including county, state and naThe Cliffs at Keowee is one of several gated mountain-lake residential tional parks and forest lands. communities located on the shores of 18,500-acre Lake Keowee. Oconee State Park comprises 1,165 acres, pstate South Carolina offers A prime example of the mountain lake two mountain lakes, campgrounds, cabins, some of the most exciting and living available in the Upstate is Lake picnic areas and hiking trails. The park also is beautiful lake vistas in North Keowee, located mostly in Oconee County, the western terminus for the 85-mile Foothills America. Lakes Jocassee, but extending into Pickens County as well. Trail, which crosses the state’s mountain crest Hartwell and Keowee, nestled in the exThe 18,500-acre lake with 300 miles of and ends at Jones Gap State Park. treme northwest corner of South Carolina, shoreline bring visitors and residents to There are 25 waterfalls in Oconee combine the rich history of the Cherokee Lake Keowee for fishing, boating, waterCounty. people with modern amenities such as golf skiing, camping, swimming and picnicking. At Oconee Station State Historic Site, for courses, marinas and campgrounds. The Reserve at Lake Keowee, developed example, Station Cove Falls can be found Oconee County appropriately takes its by Greenwood Communities and Resorts just off S.C. 11, the Cherokee Foothills name from a Cherokee word meaning and launched in 2001, has sold hundreds of National Scenic Highway. A 1.5-mile “land beside the water.” Its population of homesites. nature trail connecting to a half-mile trail about 71,500 people has grown about 8% To date, The Reserve has sold more than that leads into Sumter National Forest over the past decade. Many of its newest $324 million of real estate, which includes and ends at Station Cove Falls, a 60-foot residents have come for the spectacular the re-sale of homes. The S.C. Homebuild- waterfall that’s considered one of the most mountain living available in the new comers Association recently awarded a home picturesque in South Carolina. The park munities springing up around the lakes. built there by The Berry Group a Pinnacle also contains Oconee Station, a stone With 625 square miles, its population per Award, which is given for outstanding blockhouse used as an outpost by the U.S. square mile of 106 residents is significantly craftsmanship in the construction of qual- military from about 1792 to 1799, and the below the 133 people per square mile of the ity homes. William Richards House, named for the entire state. (For comparison, Greenville A Jack Nicklaus golf course and more Irish immigrant who built it as a trading County has 480 people per square mile.) than $100 million of amenities makes post in 1805.


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Anderson County L i v i n g i n Anderson County

Photo/Courtesy of Anderson County Parks, Recreation & Tourism


The Anderson County Farmer’s Market and the Anderson County Farmer’s Market Pavilion play host to concerts, tournaments, festivals, family reunions, weddings, community meetings and more.

nderson County was established in 1826 and named for Revolutionary War general Robert Anderson. The city of Anderson was dubbed “The Electric City” in 1897 as the home of the world’s first electricpowered cotton gin. It also got its Electric City nickname through the innovations of engineer William Whitner, who produced a way for textile mills to be powered by electricity conducted by wires using hydroelectric power. Today’s Anderson is still “electric” and remains energized with outdoor adventures, a bustling business community and new innovations. One of Anderson’s grand attractions is Lake Hartwell. Managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the glistening waters

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o Anderson County is the only Upstate community to earn the National Civic League’s “All-American City” award, the oldest community recognition program in the nation. It is also home to Lake Hartwell, one of the largest and most popular lakes in the Southeast.


attract more than 10.6 million visitors annually. Lake Hartwell encompasses nearly 56,000 acres of water with a shoreline of 962 miles. The lake is dotted with boat landings, recreation areas, campgrounds and marinas. In addition to recreational use, rowing teams from the Northeast and Midwest come to Anderson to train in the late winter. Anglers from across the U.S. come to partake in various fishing tournaments, such as the Cabela King Kat fishing series. The Bassmaster Classic took place on Lake Hartwell in February 2008. This Super Bowl of bass fishing had an economic impact of more than $13 million in the Upstate. In addition to fishing tournaments, Anderson has hosted a number of sporting events, including youth basketball, baseball,

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More than 230 manufacturers including 22 international companies are located in Anderson County. Companies such as Associated Fuel Pumps Systems Corp., Michelin NA, Orian Rugs and Sargent Metal Fabricators call Anderson home. Thirty-seven miles of Interstate 85 frontage is located in Anderson County, more than any county in the Upstate. In June 2007, Walgreen Co. opened a distribution center in Anderson. In the next few years, as the center reaches full capacity, it is expected to employ up to 800 workers and ship approximately 80,000 cases daily to more than 700 Walgreens stores across the Southeast. Clemson University’s Advanced

The fall hot air balloon festival, Balloons Over Anderson, offers a variety of events, including balloon rides and games for children.

Materials Center, an innovation campus and technology park in Anderson, is all about making products smarter, better and faster. Inside Clemson’s 111,000-squarefoot research laboratory are some of the world’s brightest researchers. The National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense and NASA have all recognized the laboratory’s work and have offered funding to fuel future innovation. Anderson continues to be a place where outdoor adventure and innovation fuel a community.

L i v i n g I n Anderson County

softball and soccer tournaments. Clemson University’s T. Ed Garrison Arena, a 3,000seat indoor show arena, attracts equine and livestock events almost every weekend. From small private parties to concerts to the circus, the 3,200-seat Civic Center of Anderson hosts a variety of events. The annual Balloons Over Anderson is a three-day hot-air balloon festival at the 337-acre Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center. Held in the fall, the city hosts more than 80 hot-air balloons, food vendors, kids play area, remote control airplane show, and concerts. In Anderson’s downtown, there’s a new kind of electricity as the city’s Central Business District has witnessed a revitalization of new retailers, office space and condominium development. The Calhoun and The Chiquola condominium projects have brought more people downtown to live, work and play. Feeding into downtown is Clemson Boulevard, a thriving shopping district anchored by Anderson Mall. The retail corridor also features Anderson Station, North Pointe Centre and a Wal-Mart shopping center. The new Midtown Park is also on Clemson Boulevard and features Kohl’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Staples and other stores. On Highway 29, Anderson is home to the South’s largest flea market. Since its inception in 1974, the Anderson Jockey Lot & Farmer’s Market has grown to 1,500 dealers and 65 acres, attracting 30,000-60,000 people each weekend. In 2006, it was listed as the state’s most visited attraction. High-tech manufacturing and innovative research still has its mark in Anderson.

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Living in

drive through the Laurens County countryside can be like stepping back in time. A fog-shrouded field may reveal golden haystacks as the mists part. The Enoree River still flows freely where 200 American partisans forded the waters and defeated a force of British followers twice their numbers. In the Sumter National Forest, deer and other game animals abound, much as they did when the first white settlers arrived in the 18th century. Today, Laurens County is a vibrant, growing region that is adding new jobs and building new schools, while retaining the rural character that attracted settlers to the region more than two centuries ago. Rolling, forested hills give way to pastures and cultivated fields. They in turn yield to small towns still populated with 19th century mansions and historic church spires. Laurens County was carved out of the old Ninety Six District in 1785, and comprises 715 square miles that include the county seat of Laurens as well as the towns of Clinton, Cross Hill, Fountain Inn, Gray Court, Ware Shoals and Waterloo. Laurens County and its county seat were named for Revolutionary War leader Henry Laurens. Settled primarily

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L i v i n g i n Laurens County


Laurens County

The Presbyterian College campus makes downtown Clinton have a park-like atmosphere, featuring stately trees, a classic university horseshoe of brick buildings, and sculpture representing the arts fostered at the private college. Below, church spires punctuate the city of Laurens.

by Scotch-Irish and English immigrants in the mid 1700s, during the American Revolution many of its residents remained loyal to Great Britain. Several Revolutionary War battles were fought in the county, including the Battle of Musgrove’s Mill (August 18, 1780). Today, the Musgrove’s Mill battle site is a state park, open to the public, with educational exhibits about the role the battle played in the Revolution in the Upcountry. The park also features hiking paths along the Enoree River. The local historic courthouse on the square was built in 1840 and enlarged in 1857. But many of the county’s most interesting buildings are its historic churches. Duncan Creek Presbyterian Church, organized in 1764, is the oldest church in Laurens County, and the adjacent cem-

etery contains the graves of Revolutionary War soldiers. Other eighteenth century churches are Old King’s Chapel Methodist Church (1789) and Liberty Springs Presbyterian Church (1767). The oldest church building still in use is the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Laurens, constructed in 1850. President Andrew Johnson (1808-75), a native of North Carolina, worked as a tailor in the town of Laurens for a brief time in the 1820s. Laurens County was also home to Ann Pamela Cunningham (1816-75), the leader of the movement to preserve Mount Vernon, and educator Wil Lou Gray (1883-1984). Today, Laurens is home to more than 70,000 residents. While it continues to have many pastoral and agrian vistas, the county

ing Lake Greenwood with more than 200 miles of shoreline, and Lake Rabon. The Enoree and Saluda rivers provide fishing and boating opportunities. Laurens County has two private 18-hole golf courses; Musgrove Mill, an Arnold Palmer World Class Championship Course, and Lakeside Country Club, which includes swimming and tennis. Rolling S Golf Club is a public 18-hole course. The Enoree Ranger District of the Sumter National Forest consists of more than

170,000 acres located in Laurens County and the adjoining counties of Newberry, Union, Chester and Fairfield. The Enoree District provides a range of outdoor recreation activities, including hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, canoeing, photography and scenic viewing. The city of Laurens has the Laurens County Courthouse as the centerpiece of its town square (bottom). Also on the square is the city hall (top, left) and various war memorials.

L i v i n g i n Laurens County

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also is adding industries and jobs to replace now-closed textile mills and support a modern manufacturing and industrial society. Along its western side, Laurens County borders Greenville County, and that region has seen industrial growth spill over from the more populous, heavily industrialized Greenville County. New businesses are high tech, and some supply the BMW Manufacturing plant in Spartanburg County. A new industrial park in Laurens County, just across the line from Greenville, attracted American Titanium Works, which plans to build a $422 million plant. According to the Laurens County Development Corp., the county’s top industries for employment are: plastics (25.6%), metal related (24.2%), and distribution (18.2%). Of these companies, almost 30% of the employment supports the auto industry. Laurens County School District No. 55 is home to eleven schools, including Laurens District 55 High School near Laurens, that serve about 6,300 students from pre-school through 12th grade, in the city of Laurens and the western portion of the county. Laurens School District 56 comprises Clinton High School and its feeder schools, serving almost 3,200 students in eastern Laurens County. A new Clinton High School is scheduled to be finished in August 2010, and students are raising money to build a showcase teaching arboretum on the school campus. The Laurens County Higher Education Center at 663 Medical Ridge Road in Clinton, is a 39,000-square-foot facility serving Piedmont Technical College students who live in Laurens County. It also hosts two other local educational institutions – USC Union at Laurens and Laurens County Adult Education (Lifelong Learning School Districts 55 and 56). Presbyterian College, located in Clinton, is a Carnegie One Liberal Arts College affiliated with Presbyterian Church (USA). With about 1,200 students nestled in a town of 10,000 residents, Presbyterian College has achieved a reputation as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the nation. The Washington Monthly recently ranked PC No. 26 among all colleges and universities in the United States. In addition to its undergraduate offerings, the college is in the process of establishing a pharmacy school in the historic heart of the former textile mill town. Private and public lakes abound, includ-

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Sports and Recreation


Photo/Courtesy of GHS, Randy Hadaway

ith the Upstate’s metropolitan environment coupled with its pristine lakes and rivers nestled at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Upstate has become a favorite for cyclists, runners, hikers and water enthusiasts. The area boasts three professional teams, four Division I college athletic programs, excellent venues and dozens of amateur recreational leagues in a variety of sports. Greenville and Spartanburg have received Bronze Level designation as Bicycle Friendly Communities by the League of American Bicyclists. Fluor Corp., Mary Black Foundation, The Hawley Co. and Upstate Forever have also earned Bicycle Friendly Business designations. The Greenville Hospital System USA Cycling Professional Championships will return to Greenville for the fifth consecutive year during the weekend of Sept. 18-19. cyclists, including three-time U.S. ProfesTens of thousands of spectators will come to sional Road Race National Champion and watch a field of more than 100 professional Greenville resident George Hincapie, cover a

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115-mile course in and around Greenville. Held annually for more than 30 years, the Reedy River Run is a 10K run that takes place in March in downtown Greenville. Produced by the Greenville Track Club Inc., the race attracts thousands of runners and spectators from across the country. In addition to the run, which carries a $10,000 purse, the day’s festivities include other activities to promote healthy living and philanthropy. The Upstate is also home to many lakeside parks, recreation areas, fishing piers and boat ramps. In 2008, ESPN’s Bassmaster Classic took place on Lake Hartwell resulting in an estimated $13 million economic impact on the region. Other hotspots for outdoor enthusiasts are a variety of state parks. Caesars Head, Devils Fork, Jones Gap, Keowee-Toxaway State Natural Area and Table Rock provide challenging trails for the go-getter and beautiful waterfalls and nature scenes for the recreational sightseers. Most municipalities, churches and other

Sports and Recreation

Photo/Courtesy of USC Upstate

Photo/Courtesy of Anderson County Parks, Recreation & Tourism. Photo/Courtesy of Greenville Drive

The Upstate is home to a variety of sports, including (clockwise from top) recreational soccer in Anderson, USC Upstate Lady Spartans basketball, Greenville Drive baseball and Fluor Field in Greenville’s West End.

game season runs from March to June. For those in need of a stockcar-racing fix, the Greenville-Pickens Speedway is a half-mile, oval asphalt track that hosts weekly NASCAR sanctioned races. The grandstands can seat 20,000 and the adjacent fairgrounds offer full-service hookups for campers and weekenders. And if you care to get behind the wheel, the BMW Performance Driving School is a 134-acre site near its Greer manufacturing plant that offers two miles of track. For $99, you can visit the Zentrum museum, receive an exclusive guided plant tour and take the wheel in a two-hour exhilarating driving program.

Photo/Courtesy of Greenville Drive

local organizations in the area offer recreational leagues in just about every sport. The Upstate is home to a number of premier youth soccer clubs, including the Carolina Elite Soccer Academy in Greenville. Over the summer, more than 4,100 swimmers on 38 member teams participate in the Swim Association Invitational League in Greenville County. A variety of baseball programs are offered, including Little League and Dixie Youth Baseball. One of the most notable events is the Big League Baseball World Series, which will be held in Easley for the 10th consecutive year, July 28-Aug.4. The Upstate of South Carolina is known for championship-caliber collegiate athletics. Of the more than 22 universities in the Upstate, 11 offer athletic programs. Clemson University in Clemson, Furman University in Greenville, and Spartanburg-based Wofford College and the University of South Carolina Upstate are all Division I schools. In football, the Wofford Terriers have taken the Southern Conference title twice and the Furman Paladins once since 2003. Meanwhile, the North Greenville University Crusaders play as an independent member of NCAA Division II. A storied 2009 season with new Clemson Tigers head football coach Dabbo Sweeney ended with a loss in the Atlantic Coast Conference football championship to George Tech, 39-34. The Tigers went on to beat Kentucky, 21-13, in the Music City Bowl. They were led by a stellar performance by C.J. Spiller, who was later taken No. 9 overall by the Buffalo Bills in the 2010 NFL Draft. The professional sports market in the Upstate has received a bit of a nostalgic makeover in recent years. Fluor Field, which opened in April 2006, is home to the Greenville Drive, the Single-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Located in Greenville’s West End, the team averages 5,000 fans per game at the park that replicates the dimension of Fenway Park in Boston. In 2009 the team lost to the Lakewood BlueClaws in the South Atlantic League Championship. Greenville’s new ECHL hockey team’s home opener at the 12,000-seat Bi-Lo Center will be played on Oct. 21 against the Florida Everblades. The team’s new name, colors and logo will be unveiled this summer before its 72-game inaugural season begins Oct. 15. Also at the Bi-Lo Center the Greenville Force take to the turf as members of the Southern Indoor Football League. The 11-

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Tee Time

Tee Time

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short drive north of Greenville, sitting atop a 3,000-foot plateau near the North Carolina border, is one of the most beautiful golf courses in the nation. In 1995, Golf Digest named The Cliffs at Glassy golf course the “Fourth Most Scenic in the Nation,” trailing only the iconic courses of Cypress Point, Pebble Beach and Augusta National. It’s part of The Cliffs family of highend real estate and golf courses designed by the masters, including: Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Gary Player, Tom Jackson and most recently, Tiger Woods. The family of courses also includes The Cliffs Valley Golf Course in Travelers Rest, an 18-hole, par 72 course designed by renowned golf course architect Ben Wright. The course is surrounded by acres of forest protected by The Nature Conservancy and features a 28,000-square-foot clubhouse with a gourmet market. For more on those courses, visit www.cliff

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But The Cliffs courses aren’t the only ones to take advantage of the Upstate’s position in the foothills of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains and in a climate that offers the beauty of four seasons and allows for golf nearly any time of year. Travelers Rest, for example, also boasts The Clubs at Cherokee Valley. For more information, visit www These pristine Upstate courses are a reason Golf Digest has named the Palmetto state among the nation’s top five states for golf. But you don’t have to join an exclusive club or possess a 300-yard drive to enjoy a unique, affordable round of golf in the Upstate. Crosswinds Golf Course in Greenville is the only course in the world with 18 holes designed by 18 designers. Each hole is a Par 3, making the course a bit of a gimmick, but an icon in its own right and a fun round for all levels of play. For more information, visit www. In addition, The Furman University Golf Club in Greenville was redesigned in

Photo/S. Kevin Greene

Above, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Carolinas, The Cliffs Communities offer beautiful private, master planned golf communities. Right, Thornblade is the home course to the BMW Charity Pro-Am golf tournament, which attracts Hollywood celebrities such as Dennis Quaid, Terry O’Quinn, Kurt Russell and Catherine Bell.

2008 with the novice in mind. Among the many changes, the club added new irrigation systems to make the approaches more forgiving while maintaining the challenges of several bunkers. For more information, visit Verdae Greens Golf Club in Greenville has been home to the PGA tours Nike/ Upstate Classic for nine years. Like Furman and Crosswinds, Verdae Greens is designed to accommodate all skill levels. For more information, visit These are just a few of the state’s 375 golf courses, some with ocean views, others overlooking the mountains. More opportunities present themselves just outside of Greenville, in towns like Travelers Rest, Fountain Inn, Anderson, Spartanburg, Greer, Greenwood, Piedmont and others. Check out the courses, and find out why more than 900,000 people play a round while visiting South Carolina.

Tee Time

Golf courses GREENVILLE COUNTY Bonnie Brae Golf Club 1116 Ashemore Bridge Road Greenville, SC 29605 864-277-9838 Furman University Golf Club 3300 Poinsett Highway Greenville, SC 29613 864-294-9090

Greenville Country Club Chanticleer Course and Riverside Course 239 Byrd Blvd. Greenville, SC 29605 864-233-6227 Hillandale Golf Course 109 S. Parker Road Greenville, SC 29609 864-250-1700 Pebble Creek 101 Pebble Creek Drive Taylors, SC 29687 843-244-8872 Summersett Golf Club 301 Old Rockhouse Road Greenville, SC 29609 864-834-4781 Verdae Greens Golf Club 650 Verdae Blvd. Greenville, SC 29607 864-676-1500 Willow Creek Golf Club 205 Sandy Run Greer, SC 29651 864-848-4999

SPARTANBURG COUNTY Boiling Springs Golf Center 4370 Parris Bridge Road Boiling Springs, SC 29316 864-578-0101 Carolina Springs Country Club 2355 Carolina Country Club Road Spartanburg, SC 29306 864-583-1246 Country Club of Spartanburg 2500 Country Club Road Spartanburg, SC 29302 864-582-1646

The Creek Golf Club 640 Keltner Ave. Spartanburg, SC 29302 864-583-0003 The First Tee of Spartanburg 640 Keltner Ave. Spartanburg, SC 29302 864-583-7084

ANDERSON COUNTY Anderson Country Club, Anderson Course 1607 W Market St. Anderson, SC 29624-1150 864-225-8291 Boscobel Golf Club, Boscobel Course Highway 76 Pendleton, SC 29670 864-646-3991

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Green Valley Country Club 225 Green Valley Road Greenville, SC 29617 864-246-3941

Oak Ridge Country Club 5451 South Pine St. Spartanburg, SC 29302 864-582-7579

PICKENS COUNTY Keowee Key Golf & Country Club, Keowee Key Course 1 Country Club Drive Salem, SC 29676-4006 864-944-2222

The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards Golf Club, Vineyards Course 824 Club House Drive Sunset, SC 29685-2216 864-868-4444

Pickens Country Club, Pickens Course 1018 Country Club Road Pickens, SC 29671-9070 864-878-6083

The Reserve at Lake Keowee, Reserve 1 Course 921 Reserve Blvd. Sunset, SC 29685 864-869-2106

Cobb’s Glen Country Club, Cobb’s Glen Course 2201 Cobbs Way Anderson, SC 29621-4205 800-624-7688

Rolling Green Golf Course, Back Course 386 Hester Store Road Easley, SC 29640-7063 864-859-7716

The Rock at Jocassee, Rock Course 171 Sliding Rock Road Pickens, SC 29671-8349 877-878-2030

Pine Lake Golf Club, Pine Lakes Course 410 Carpenter Road Anderson, SC 29621-4916 864-296-9960

Rolling Green Golf Course, Front Course 386 Hester Store Road Easley, SC 29640-7063 864-859-7716

Smithfields Country Club, Smithfields Course 100 Pine Ridge Drive Easley, SC 29642-3217 864-859-9545

Saluda Valley Country Club, Saluda Valley Course 598 Beaverdam Road Williamston, SC 29697-9440 864-847-7102

Rolling Green Golf Course, Middle Course 386 Hester Store Road Easley, SC 29640-7063 864-859-7716

Southern Oaks Golf Club, Southern Oaks Course 105 Southern Oaks Drive Easley, SC 29642-7743 864-859-6698

Stone Creek Cove Golf Course, Stone Creek Cove Course 101 Lakefront Drive Anderson, SC 29626-6502 864-224-4653

The Cliffs at Keowee Falls, Falls Course 770 S Cherry Laurel Way Salem, SC 29676-3259 864-944-2010

The Walker Golf Course At Clemson University, Walker Course 110 Madren Center Drive Clemson, SC 29634-0001 864-656-0236

Woodhaven Golf Club, Woodhaven Course 215 Woodhaven Drive Pendleton, SC 29670-9728 864-646-9511

The Cliffs at Keowee Springs, Springs Course 141 Spring Cove Way Six Mile, SC 29682-3526 864-868-0422

Brookstone Meadows Golf Course, Brookstone Meadows Course 100 River Club Drive Anderson, SC 29621-7648 864-964-9966

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Dining Out

Dining Out

The following list is just a taste of the many restaurants in the Upstate region you can enjoy. GREENVILLE

Chicora Alley 608 S. Main St., Greenville 864-232-4100 Chop House 47 36 Beacon Dr., Greenville 864-286-8700 Coal Fired Bistro & Wine Bar 8595 Pelham Rd., Greenville 864-329-0400

Augusta Grill 1818 Augusta St., Greenville 864-242-0316

Davani’s 1922 Augusta St., Greenville 864-373-9013

Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria 25 W. Washington St., Greenville 864-232-3706

Devereux’s 25 E. Court St., Greenville 864-241-3030

Belgian Delights 2029 Wade Hampton Blvd.,Greenville 864-292-0230

Flat Rock Grill 1115 Woodruff Rd., Greenville 864-987-9383

Blue Ridge Brewing Co 217 N. Main St., Greenville 864-232-4677

High Cotton 550 S. Main St., Greenville 864-335-4200

Bonefish 1515 Woodruff Rd., Greenville 864-297-5142

Irashiai Sushi Pub 23 Rushmore Dr., Greenville 864-244-2008

Cazbah 16 W. Mcbee Ave., Greenville 864-241-9909

Larkin’s on the River 318 S. Main St., Greenville 864-467-9777

Photo/S. Kevin Greene

American Grocery Restaurant 732 S. Main St., Greenville 864-232-7665

º broiler . 1800 180º difference. Our steaks are cooked in a special 1800º broiler to seal in the juices and lock in that delicious flavor.

Serving dinner nightly. Private party facilities for 10 to 325. 851-A Congaree Road at the Crowne Plaza | 864.248.1700

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Dining Out Liberty Taproom at the Field 941 S. Main St., Greenville 864-770-7777

Takosushi 34 S. Main St., Greenville 864-271-5055

Lieu’s Chinese Bistro 1149 Woodruff Rd., Greenville 864-675-9898

The Bohemian 2 W. Stone Ave., Greenville 864-233-0006

Mimi’s CafÊ 1125 Woodruff Rd., Greenville 864 297-9545

Trio A Brick Oven CafĂŠ 22 N. Main St., Greenville 864-467-1000

Nantucket Grill 40 W. Broad St., Greenville 864 546-3535

Two Chefs Deli and Market 104 S. Main St., Greenville 864-370-9336

Pomegranate on Main 618 South Main St., Greenville 864-241-3012

Wine CafĂŠ at Northampton Wines 211A E. Broad St., Greenville 864-640-4840

Saskatoon 477 Haywood Rd., Greenville 864-297-7244 Sassafras Southern Bistro 2 W. Coffee St., Greenville 864-235-5670

SPARTANBURG A Caribbean Sweetness 1824 E. Main St., Spartanburg 864-582-3330

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Rick Erwin’s West End Grill 648 S. Main St., Greenville 864-232-8999

Bronco 1560 Union St., Spartanburg 864-542-0230

Smoke on the Water 1 Augusta St., Greenville 864-232-9091

Soby’s on the Side 22 E. Court St., Greenville 864-271-8431

Strossner’s 21 Roper Mountain Rd., Greenville 864-233-3996

Smokin’ Stokes 1622 Augusta St., Greenville 864 242-9716

Stellar Restaurant & Wine Bar 20 N. Main St., Greenville 864-349-1303

Sushi Hana 765 Haywood Rd., Ste E., Greenville 864-676-0200

Soby’s 207 S. Main St., Greenville 864 232-7007

Sticky Fingers Rib House 1 S. Main St., Greenville 864-331-7427

Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine 599 Haywood Rd., Greenville 864-297-4557

“When I grow up, I want to pay for checks. Just like Mommy does!’’

Capri’s Italian 1600 John B White Blvd., Spartanburg 864-576-4152 Delaney’s Pub 117 W. Main St., Spartanburg 864-583-3100 Four Seasons 1071 Fernwood Glendale Rd., Spartanburg 864-699-9730

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Dining Out

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Gerhard’s 1200 E. Main St., Spartanburg 864-591-1920

Nu-Way 373 E. Kennedy St., Spartanburg 864-582-9685

The Beacon Drive-In 255 John B White Blvd., Spartanburg 864-585-9387

Ike’s Corner Grill 104 Archer Rd., Spartanburg 864-542-0911

Renato’s 221 E. Kennedy St., Spartanburg 864-585-7027

Wade’s 1000 N. Pine St., Spartanburg 864-582-3800 GREER




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ANDERSON Bamboo Gardens 209 Hwy. 28 By-Pass, Anderson 864-261-8997 Carson’s Steak Warehouse and Saloon 150 W. Beltline Blvd., Anderson 864-226-9400

Bistro 107 Inc 107 Main St., Greer 864-879-1107

Chief’s Wings and Firewater 160 W. Beltline Blvd., Anderson 864-642-9379

Capri’s Italian Restaurant 111 Middleton Way, Greer 864-877-7655

Harbor Inn Seafood 3301 N. Main St., Anderson 864-222-1431

Clock Restaurant 603 W. Pointsett St., Greer 864-877-5768

Islander Pub & Grille 134 Exchange St., Pendelton 864-646-6337

Dragon Den Chinese Restaurant 2420 Hudson Rd., Greer 864-292-2828

Just More Barbecue 1410 Cherry St., Pendleton 864-646-3674

El Jalisco 1323 W. Wade Hampton, Greer 864-801-1009

Mama Penn’s 2802 N. Main St. Place., Anderson 864-226-1545

El Mariachi Restaurant 805 W. Wade Hampton Blvd., Greer 864-968-9181

Ole Coutnry Smokehouse BBQ 3819 Hwy. 81 N., Anderson 864-375-0050

Grand China 14156 E. Wade Hampton, Greer 864-877-8898

Sullivan’s Metropolian Grill 208 S. Main St., Anderson 864-226-8945

Lake View Steakhouse 3100 N. Highway 14, Greer 864-801-0415

The Galley Restaurant at Portman Marina 1629 Marina Rd., Anderson 864-287-3215

Mutt’s BBQ Restaurant 101 West Rd., Greer 864-848-3999 The Great Bay Oyster House 109 E. Pointsett St., Greer 864-879-1030

The Meeting Place Restaurant 124 W. Whitner St., Anderson 864-226-3162 Tucker’s Restaurant & Bar 3501 Clemson Blvd., Anderson 864-226-5474

Places to Stay

The following list is just a sample of the many places to stay in the Upstate region.

Places to Stay

Harward House Bed & Breakfast 247 White Dr. Simpsonville, SC 29681 864-963-8883


Hilton Greenville & Towers 45 W. Orchard Park Dr. Greenville, SC 29615 864-232-4747

Evergreen Inn & Spa 1103 & 1109 S. Main St. Anderson, SC 29624 864-375-9064

Holiday Inn – Greenville 4295 Augusta Rd. Greenville, SC 29605 864-277-8921

Gray House 111 Stones Throw Ave. Starr, SC 29684 864-352-6778

Holiday Inn Express 1315 W. Wade Hampton Blvd. Greer, SC 29650 864-877-0076

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites 107 Interstate Blvd. (I-85, exit 19-B), Highway 76 Anderson, SC 29621 864-226-3312

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites 1036 Woodruff Rd. Greenville, SC 29607 864-678-5555 Photo/S. Kevin Greene

Jameson Inn 128 Interstate Blvd. Anderson, SC 29621 864-375-9800 Knights Inn - Anderson, SC 3025 N. Main St. Anderson, SC 29621 864-226-6051 Krishina, Inc./Holiday Inn Express I-85, Exit-27 Anderson, SC 29621 864-231-0231 La Quinta Inn 3430 Clemson Blvd. Anderson, SC 29621 864-225-3721 Royal American Motor Inn 4515 Clemson Blvd. Anderson, SC 29621 864-226-7236 Stay Lodge Anderson 110 Extended Lane Anderson, SC 29625 864-260-9899 The Red Shutter Bed & Breakfast 116 Smith McGee Rd. Starr, SC 29684 864-352-6771 GREENVILLE Candleberry Inn B&B Retreat & Day Spa 105 Marshland Ln.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Downtown - Greenville, SC 407 N. Main St. Greenville, SC 29601 864-678-8000

Greer, SC 29650 864-201-1411

Greenville, SC 29615 864-254-6383

Comfort Inn & Suites 831 Congaree Rd. Greenville, SC 29607 864-288-6221

Embassy Suites 670 Verdae Blvd. Greenville, SC 29607 864-676-9090

Courtyard by Marriott 70 Orchard Park Dr. Greenville, SC 29615 864-234-0300

Garden House Bed & Breakfast 302 S. Main St. Simpsonville, SC 29681 864-963-3379

Cross Hill Inn 7143 Augusta Rd. Piedmont, SC 29674 864-299-0128

Hampton Inn 15 Park Woodruff Dr. Greenville, SC 29607 864-213-8200

Crowne Plaza Hotel – Greenville 851 Congaree Rd. Greenville, SC 29607 864-297-6300 Drury Inn & Suites - Greenville 10 Carolina Point Parkway Greenville, SC 29607 864-288-4401 Econo Lodge 50 Orchard Park Dr.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites 2681 Dry Pocket Rd. Greer, SC 29650 864-213-9331

Hampton Inn - Greenville Airport 47 Fisherman Ln. Greenville, SC 29615 864-288-3500 www.greenville/ Hampton Inn & Suites Greenville RiverPlace 171 Riverplace Greenville, SC 29601 864-271-8700

Hyatt Place 40 W. Orchard Park Dr. Greenville, SC 29615 864-232-3000 Hyatt Regency Greenville 220 N. Main St. Greenville, SC 29601 864-235-1234 La Bastide at Crescent Mountain Vineyards 10 Road of Vines Travelers Rest, SC 29690 864-836-8463 La Quinta Inn & Suites 65 W. Orchard Park Dr. Greenville, SC 29615 864-233-8018

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Places to Stay Mainstay Suites 2671 Dry Pocket Rd. Greenville, SC 29650 864-987-5566

Red Roof Inn 2801 Laurens Rd. Greenville, SC 29607 864-297-4458

Marriott Greenville 1 Parkway E. Greenville, SC 29615 864-297-0300

Residence Inn by Marriott 120 Milestone Way Greenville, SC 29615 864-627-0001

Masters Economy Inn 215 S. Main St. Mauldin, SC 29662 864-288-1770

Ryan Nicholas Inn 815 Holland Rd. Simpsonville, SC 29681 864-286-6000

Microtel Inn Greenville 1024 Woodruff Rd. Greenville, SC 29607 864-297-3811 Motel 6 3706 Grandview Dr. Simpsonville, SC 29680 864-962-8484

Photo/S. Kevin Greene

Pettigru Place Bed & Breakfast 302 Pettigru St. Greenville, SC 29601 864-242-4529 Quality Inn Executive Center 540 N. Pleasantburg Dr. Greenville, SC 29607 864-271-0060

Sleep Inn Palmetto Expo Center 231 N. Pleasantburg Dr. Greenville, SC 29607 864-240-2006 The Phoenix, Greenville’s Inn 246 N. Pleasantburg Dr. Greenville, SC 29607 864-233-4651 The Westin Poinsett 120 S. Main St. Greenville, SC 29601 864-421-9700

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Places to Stay

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Townplace Suites 75 Mall Connector Rd. Greenville, SC 29607 864-675-1670

117 Hiawatha Trail, Scenic Highway 11 Pickens, SC 29671 864-878-0078 SPARTANBURG

PICKENS 605 W. Main St. 605 W. Main St. Easley, SC 29640 864-855-1874 Hampton Inn Easley 8 Southern Center Ct. Easley, SC 29640 864-343-3636 Liberty Hall Inn & Cafe 621 S. Mechanic St. Pendleton, SC 29670 864-646-7500 Ramada Inn Clemson 1310 Tiger Blvd. Clemson, SC 29631 864-654-7501 Sleepy Hollow Plantation 220 Issaqueena Trail Clemson, SC 29631 864-207-1540 The Conference Center and Inn at Clemson University 230 Madren Center Dr. Clemson, SC 864-656-7155 The Inn at Table Rock (formerly Schell Haus)

Barking Fox Farm Guest House 890 Greenwood Rd. Landrum, SC 29356 864-457-7300 Best Western 125 Sloane Garden Rd. Boiling Springs, SC 29316 864-699-0000 Comfort Inn & Suites I-85, Exit 75 Spartanburg, SC 29316 864-814-2001 Country Hearth Inn 200 International Dr. Spartanburg, SC 29303 864-576-5220 Days Inn 101 Outlet Rd. Spartanburg, SC 29303 864-576-7300 Days Inn - Boiling Springs 115 Rogers Commerce Blvd. Boiling Springs, SC 29316 864-814-0560 Hampton Inn & Suites 108 Spartangreen Blvd. Duncan, SC 29334 864-486-8100

Hampton Inn & Suites Spartanburg 801 Spartan Blvd. Spartanburg, SC 29301 864-699-2222 www.spartanburgwestgatemallsuites. Hampton Inn Spartanburg North 121 Traveller Dr. Spartanburg, SC 29303 864-577-9080 Jameson Inn - Duncan 1546 E. Main St. Duncan, SC 29334 864-433-8405

Spartanburg Marriott at Renaissance 299 N. Church St. Spartanburg, SC 29306 864-596-1211 Super 8 Motel 488 S. Blackstock Rd. Spartanburg, SC 29301 864-576-2488 The Country Mouse Inn 120 N. Trade Ave. Landrum, SC 29365 864-457-4061 The Inn on Main 319 E. Main St. Spartanburg, SC 29302 864-585-5001

Quality Inn Expo Center 2070 New Cut Rd. Spartanburg, SC 29303 864-576-2992 Radisson Hotel & Suites -Spartanburg 9027 Fairforest Rd. Spartanburg, SC 29301 864-574-2111 Residence Inn by Marriott 9011 Fairforest Rd. Spartanburg, SC 29301 864-576-3333

The Red Horse Inn 45 Winstons Chase Ct. Landrum, SC 29356 864-895-4968 Walnut Lane Inn 110 Ridge Rd. Lyman, SC 29365 864-949-7230

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Arts Abound

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Arts Abound

he Greenville area boasts a wide variety of arts and culture venues and organizations in all disciplines. The city of Greenville is home to two large entertainment venues, the Peace Center and the Bi-Lo Center, which feature national acts and local performances. The Greenville Symphony Orchestra is just one of the organizations that regularly perform at the Peace Center. Greenville also boasts several art museums and multiple galleries, many of which are located in the lively downtown entertainment and shopping district. A history museum and several other performance venues round out the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art scene. Nearby Spartanburg boasts the Chapman Cultural Center, which encompasses history, art, music, dance and theater. Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium is home to the Spartanburg Philharmonic

Orchestra and serves as the venue for many national and local acts. Anderson features several art galleries and performance venues through colleges such as Anderson University and Clemson University. The city is also home to the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium, which has been in existence since 1921. Those wanting to take in a performance or view art have no limit of options in the Upstate. In addition to the energetic nightlife and plethora of family activities, the arts community in the Upstate gives the area a well-rounded character.

Anderson Arts Center As Anderson has grown from a rural town to a major hub in the Savannah River basin, the Anderson Arts Center has fostered the practice and appreciation of the

arts. Founded in 1972, the center features local and national exhibits, programming for all ages and public art projects. 110 Federal St., Anderson. 864-222-2787. www.

Belton Center for the Arts The Belton Center for the Arts displays rotating exhibitions in addition to providing art and dance classes for all ages. 306 City Square, Belton. 864-338- 8556. www.

Bi-Lo Center A 15,000-seat arena, the Bi-Lo Center offers shows from Disney on Ice to MonsterJam to The Eagles. Starting in 2010, the center will also be home to an ECHL hockey team. 650 N. Academy St., Greenville. 864-241-3800.

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Arts Abound

70 years later, in 1991. Now in its 18th season, GAMAC presents a Masterworks, Anderson Symphony Orchestra and Youth concert series annually. 864-231-6147.

Greenville Chorale Organized in 1961 to provide a community chorus, the Greenville Chorale features more than 200 singers from the Upstate and performs about four times a year. 864235-1101.

Greenville County Museum of Art Photo/Courtesy of Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium

Bob Jones University Museum and Gallery Recognized for having one of America’s finest collection of Italian paintings, the Museum and Gallery features many European paintings exhibited alongside furniture, sculpture, tapestries and porcelains. 864770-1331.

Carolina Ballet Theater

the facility is home to a history museum, several theaters, art studios, dance studios and offices for area arts organizations. 200 E. St. John St., Spartanburg. 864-542-2787.

Clemson Little Theater Begun in 1931 as a small reading group, the theater now produces seven live stage plays. 214 S. Mechanic St., Pendleton. 864646-8100.

Part classical ballet company and part contemporary arts organization, the Carolina Ballet Theater has been open since 1972. Electric City Playhouse The Electric City Playhouse offers six It also has a school for aspiring ballerinas. season shows each year. ECP also hosts 864-421-0940. a two-week children’s drama camp and Centre Stage production. 514 N. Murray St., Anderson. A 285-seat theater in walking distance of 864-224-4248. downtown Greenville, Centre Stage hosts Gallant Art Gallery music, comedy, drama, art exhibitions, Located in the Rainey Fine Arts Center at chamber music, concerts, independent film Anderson University, the gallery showcases screenings, guest lectures and galas. 501 student and faculty art in changing exhibits River St., Greenville. 864-233- 6733. www. throughout the year. 864-231-2000.

Chapman Cultural Center

Greater Anderson A facility 17 years in the making, Chap- Musical Arts Consortium

man Cultural Center opened in October 2007. Located in downtown Spartanburg,

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The Anderson Music Club was founded in 1921 and became incorporated at GAMAC

Located in downtown Greenville’s Heritage Green, the Greenville County Museum of Art offers lessons to artists of all ages, in addition to housing both permanent and rotating collections. 420 College St., Greenville. 864-271- 7570.

Greenville Little Theater The Little Theater began in 1836, then known as the Theatrical Corps. The theater is known for its professional quality as well as showcasing local amateur performers. 444 College St., Greenville. 864-2336238.

Greenville Symphony Orchestra Led by maestro Edvard Tchivzhel, the Greenville Symphony Orchestra performs regularly at the Peace Center for the Performing Arts. 864-232-0344.

Metropolitan Arts Council The Metropolitan Arts Council works to support all disciplines of art in Greenville. Last year, MAC distributed more than $125,000 to area arts groups and artists. 864467-3132.

Peace Center The Peace Center opened in 1990 and has since been home to the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and other local arts companies. The facility also hosts national traveling shows and concert tours. 300 S. Main St., Greenville. 864467-3000.

Rainey Fine Arts Center The Rainey Fine Arts Center is home to the College of Visual and Performing Arts for Anderson University. It includes three performance venues, as well as seven art studios. 864-231-2125.

Arts Abound

Showroom at Hub-Bub Previously an auto dealership, the Showroom at Hub-Bub now hosts art exhibits, regional and national music acts, film, theater, literary and community events. 149 S. Daniel Morgan Ave., Spartanburg. 864-5820056.

South Carolina Children’s Theatre

Spartanburg Creative Energy More than 100 organizations have joined forces to create a campaign celebrating and promoting creativity in all fields of study. 864596-3068.

Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium With an arena that holds 2,500 and an auditorium for 3,200, Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium is the place to go in Spartan-

Find your

Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra Led by music director Sarah Ioannides, the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra provides entertainment and education to the citizens of the area. 864-948-9020. www.

Twichell Auditorium Built in 1899, this 1,500-seat auditorium on Converse College’s campus has hosted artists such as Duke Ellington, George Burns and Yo-Yo Ma. It is also home to the college’s Petrie School of Music. 864-596-9725.

Upcountry History Museum A museum dedicated to preserving the history of South Carolina’s Upstate, the Upcountry History Museum features permanent exhibits, outreach, oral history presentations and student programs. 540 Bumcombe St., Greenville. 864-467-3100.

Photo/Courtesy of Greenville Little Theater

Opened in 1985, the South Carolina Children’s Theatre gives young people and adults the chance to work with directors, choreographers and musicians, as well as perform onstage at the Peace Center. 153 Augusta Road. 864-235-3885.

burg for shows, festivals and music events. 385 N. Church St., Spartanburg. 864-5828107.

Warehouse Theatre Located in a converted textile warehouse, the Warehouse Theatre is the home of 15 productions a year. 37 Augusta St., Greenville.


in Spartanburg.

ucked away near the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, the Spartanburg area offers an aesthetic Southern charm perfect for outdoor action. With beautiful parks, trails, and rivers, Spartanburg is an excellent location for bicyclists, golfers, and joggers… even football players. Every summer, Spartanburg is the proud home of the Carolina Panthers Training Camp. Spartanburg was rated the top city in South Carolina to live and No. 48th nationally, by Bert Sperling’s “Cities Ranked and Rated” 2007. Nothing could be finer than to be active in Carolina… Spartanburg, that is.

Find your action here.

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Attractions and Tours

n addition to arts and shopping, the Upstate is home to many other attractions for visitors and residents alike. Take a walk through Greenville’s Falls Park on the Reedy River or stroll through Spartanburg’s Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve. To get a feel for the Upstate’s cultural history, check out the Cherokee Indian Interpretive Center, or visit Cowpens National Battlefield or Kings Mountain National Military Park. A trip to Woodburn Plantation or Suber’s Mill will also provide a glimpse into the Upstate’s rich and varied history. After your history lesson, it’s time for some action. The Greenville Drive will provide that, and more. Affiliated with the Boston Red Sox, the Drive plays at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, and baseball games are frequent in the spring and summer months. Youngsters will love the Greenville Zoo or the Hollywild Animal Park in Inman. Many of the more than 500 animals at the Hollywild have appeared in movies or on

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The Upstate is home to botanical gardens, farms, historical battle sites and museums of all kinds. From science to history, the Upstate offers many activities to serve a variety of ages and interests.

o television, but they now roam freely in large natural enclosures on the 80-acre park. No matter your age or interests, the Upstate offers many activities, both indoors and out, to suit all needs.

Anderson’s Jockey Lot & Farmers Market

Inspired by a flea market in Mexico, the Anderson Jockey Lot has grown to more than 65 acres with more than 2,150 spaces. The average daily attendance is between 30,000 and 60,000. Located on U.S. Highway 29 in Belton. 864-224-2027.

BMW Performance Driving School Everyone gets the need for speed every now and then. For those who want to put the pedal to the metal in a fast luxury car, the BMW Performance Driving School is the perfect place to go. The driving school is located at the BMW’s North American headquarters in Greer and features a $12 million facility and road course. 888-3454269 for reservations, or visit www.bmwusa. com and click on programs and events.

Campbell’s Covered Bridge Built in 1909, Campbell’s Covered

Attractions and Tours

Bridge is the only remaining covered bridge left in the state of South Carolina. The bridge is located in Greenville County near Highway 15.

Cherokee Indian Interpretive Center

Photo/S. Kevin Greene

The Cherokee Indian Interpretive Center, located at Keowee-Toxaway State Park, traces the history and preserves the culture of the Cherokee Indian nation. The center is open year-round and is located in Pickens County off Highway 11. 864-868-2605.

Cowpens National Battlefield This Revolutionary War site commemorates the place where Daniel Morgan and his army vanquished Banastre Tarleton’s British army. Located in Gaffney, the site also offers trails and picnic areas. 864-4612828.

fission chamber to see how energy is made. 800-777-1004. http://www.duke-energy. com/visitor-centers/world-ofenergy.asp

Duke Energy’s World of Energy

Emerald Farm

One of the oldest surviving bridges in South Carolina, the Poinsett Bridge, built in 1820, was once part of the main highway from Charleston to North Carolina.

Located at Oconee Nuclear Station in See a variety of animals, visit the soap facSeneca, the World of Energy offers visitors tory and gift shop, or stop by the train and games and tips to use energy wisely. Enter a hobby shop at Greenwood’s Emerald Farm.


Falls Park on the Reedy Located in the heart of downtown Greenville, Falls Park on the Reedy features running and biking trails, as well as the Liberty Bridge, the only one of its kind in the United States. 864-467-4350.

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Attractions and Tours

Fort Hill/John C. Calhoun Museum Fort Hill was once the home of John Calhoun, a man considered to have been a major inspiration to secessionists. The antebellum plantation home in Clemson is furnished with family artifacts and is now part of Clemson University. 864-656-2475.

Freedom Weekend Aloft A rainbow of colors fills the sky eachspring during Freedom Weekend Aloft, a hot air balloon festival in Simpsonville. It’s a unique event that offers hot air balloon rides and tethered rides, as well as concerts, a family fun zone and food. 864399-9481.

Greenville Drive Part of the South Atlantic League, the Greenville Drive continues to set local baseball attendance marks at Fluor Field. The stadium, which opened in April 2006, replicates the dimensions of Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.

Greenville Zoo Located in Cleveland Park, the 10-acre zoo is home to numerous animals including giraffes, orangutans, elephants and more, promising a lot of family fun.

Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve This 10-acre public garden in Spartanburg includes perennial and annual flower displays, natural areas, woodland gardens, native plants, ponds and a variety of wildlife. Picnic areas are available. 864-574-7724.

Hagood Mill Hagood Mill was built in 1845 and operated until the mid-1960s. After several attempts to revise the historic gristmill, it was back in business in 1997 and is operated now during the third weekend of every month by the Pickens County Cultural Commission. The Native American Celebration in November is one of the biggest draws of the year. Located three miles north of Pickens. Take Highway 178 to Hagood Mill Road. 864-898-5963.

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Hit the (bike) Trail

South Carolina boasts several top-notch biking trails, many of which can be found in the Upstate.

The Croft State Natural Area in Spartanburg County offers a challenging 10.5-mile trail with connectors, featuring fast down hills, hard-packed trail sections and plenty of climbing areas. Several connector trails provide a variety of challenges.

Beginners can also test out their biking skills at Sadlers Creek in Anderson. The 7.8-mile trail goes around the scenic Lake Hartwell. Sadlers Creek is fairly new and is fast and flat with a few tight switchbacks. The trail is located 12 miles south of Interstate 85 on S.C. 187. There is an admission fee of $2 for those 16 and older.

The trail runs along scenic creeks and shady, forested areas. From September through November, check with the park before traveling since the trail may be closed for hunting. Call 864-583-2913 for park information.

Croft State Natural Area

In Greenville, you can bike ride along the Reedy River on the Timmons Park Mountain Bike Trail. The 2-mile trail runs through the 27-acre park and is perfect for beginning riders. Timmons Park is off East North Street between Laurens Road and Pleasantburg Road. TimmonsPark.html

Heritage Park and Amphitheater This facility in Simpsonville has it all: baseball and softball fields, batting cages, a mini train, a corporate shelter, two playgrounds, several miles of paved trails and full concessions. 864-228-0022.

Hollywild Animal Park This park in Inman is home to more than 500 animals, many of which have been on television or in movies. They roam freely in large natural enclosures or on man-made islands. On the “Outback Safari,” visitors are driven through 80 acres of free-roaming animals. 864-472-2038.

Kings Mountain National Military Park Learn why this “turning point” of the Revolutionary War occurred with a 26-min- CroftMtBike.html

Timmons Park Mountain Bike Trail Sadlers Creek

ute film, exhibit and 1.5-mile battlefield trail. Located in Blacksburg. 864-936-7921. http://

Oconee Station State Historic Site The Oconee Station State Historic Site in Walhalla began as a military compound against attack from the Cherokee Indians, and it later became a trading post. The park features a fishing pond and a 1.5-mile nature trail. 864-638-0079.

Peach Festival Gaffney goes all out for the Peach Festival each June, which celebrates the fresh peach industry in Cherokee and Spartanburg counties. This 10-day festival includes parades, sporting events, truck and tractor pulls, concerts by nationally known country music artists and plenty of food, topped off with delicious peach desserts. Located off of I-85 at Exit 92.

Attractions and Tours

S. C. Bontanical Garden The South Carolina Botanical Garden at Clemson University features 295 acres oflandscapes, gardens, streams and nature trails, as well as a sculpture collection and the Bob Campbell Geology Museum. 864-656-3405.

Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum and Baseball Library

Located in Greer, Suber’s Mill began operations in 1908 and is still in use today. Corn is ground for cornmeal and grits sold locally. The mill is owned and operated by the fourth generation of the founder. 864-877-5619

Upcountry History Museum A museum dedicated to preserving

the history of South Carolina’s Upstate, the Upcountry History Museum features permanent exhibits, outreach, oral history presentations and student programs. Located in Greenville. 864-467-3100. www.

Photo/S. Kevin Greene

Suber’s Mill

Photo/James T. Hammond

Disassembled and moved three miles to its new home on Field Street in Greenville’s West End, the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum displays records, artifacts, photographs, film and other items associated with the life and baseball career of Shoeless Joe Jackson. 864235-6280.

Woodburn Plantation Woodburn Plantation in Pendleton is an early 19th century plantation house, now on the National Register of Historic Places. 864-646-7249

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Forsyth Park, Savannah, Ga.



n the mood to explore? The Upstate’s location provides easy access to a host of interesting places. Just about anything you would want to see — from majestic mountains and tranquil rivers, to swinging hotspots and quirky stores — is within a few hours’ drive. So gas up, roll down the windows and don’t forget to take the back roads.

Asheville, N.C. Tucked into what seems like a cupped hand of a valley is a town that was built by pioneering souls that holds tight to its free-thinking, artistic roots. It’s a town that attracts thousands of visitors each year who flock to see mountain vistas, ogle the Gilded Age splendor of the Biltmore Mansion, shop an eclectic range of boutiques, or tuck into a variety of global cuisine at restaurants that feature local (and often organic) ingredients. Homegrown bands play at intimate venues, while plenty of touring acts stop in

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western North Carolina’s largest city. www. provides some of the best restaurants, beaches, entertainment and shopping in America. Cruise ships depart the Charleston docks. And Atlanta, Ga. historic plantations ring the city on the region’s The proud capital of the “New South” is a creeks and rivers. Just 200 miles from Greendiverse and welcoming metropolitan area. ville, Charleston treasures its past and shares Neighborhood enclaves, each with their own it with visitors like few other American cities distinctive flair, hold a wealth of sights and can. cultural attractions that range from pop (the Charlotte, N.C. Coca-Cola Museum) to fine art (the High Though the Queen City reigns over a Museum). The new Georgia Aquarium is bustling big business scene, Charlotte has already drawing thousands of eager spectaplenty of southern charm with a strong tors to view the watery world of deep sea dose of contemporary fine dining and a creatures. chic shopping scene that has sprung up in Charleston, S.C. all pockets of the city. Those preferring a This Lowcountry gem, settled in 1670 and more exciting pace will appreciate a plethSouth Carolina’s colonial capital, retains the ora of NCAA hoops along with the NBA’s charm of bygone days. Its stately mansions, Charlotte Bobcats. The NFL’s Carolina churches, theaters and public buildings date Panthers satisfy a taste for gridiron clashes back to the 18th century. Once one of the rich- and you can hear the NASCAR engines est cities on the Eastern Seaboard, today’s it roar just north of the city at Lowe’s Motor combines the traditional with the historic, and Speedway.

Day Trips

Charlotte skyline at night.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, N.C./Tenn.

Myrtle Beach, S.C. There is always something to do in Myrtle Beach. Located about two hours north of Charleston via U.S. 17, Myrtle Beach offers visitors two outlet malls, more than 100 golf courses, numerous nightlife and concert venues, as well as 60 miles of beaches. On the way, stop by Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and display garden.

Formed hundreds of millions of years ago, these mountains are some of the oldest in the world and are comprised of peaks that rise up more than 6,000 feet. The park encompasses more than 520,000 acres of forests, streams, rivers, waterfalls and hiking trails passing through valleys, peaks and forests with plenty of overlooks to take in scenic views. Perhaps even more striking than its size is the enormous variety of plants, trees, mammals, birds and fish — so many that the United Nations has designated the park an International Biosphere Reserve. More than 100 species of trees thrive in the park.

Savannah, Ga. Photo/Ryan Wilcox

Hilton Head Island, S.C. Well known among golf fanatics around the world, Hilton Head Island boasts nearly 30 golf courses nestled among lush pine and live oak forests that offer some of the most challenging holes on the East Coast. Hilton Head Island is the largest barrier island off the Atlantic coast between Long Island and the Bahamas. And while it is known for its beautiful beach and fantastic golf, it’s also

Trail to Looking Glass Rock, Asheville, N.C.

known for its shopping — from outlet malls to local boutiques — and its restaurants, many featuring seafood fresh off the boat. Hilton Head also includes a thriving arts and cultural scene and has the state’s second largest theater facility, the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.

About two hours south of Charleston is a waterfront town that will, no doubt, remind you of Charleston with its historic homes and lush gardens filled with azaleas, camellias and towering live oak trees. Founded in 1733, Savannah was the site of many famous Revolutionary and Civil War battles. This history has been preserved and is celebrated along with the city’s vibrant arts and cultural scene. Its more than 20 city squares, monuments, parks, historic homes, churches and forts will appeal to history buffs of all ages. Don’t miss River Street with its waterfront park, quirky shops and varied restaurants. www.

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Calendar of Events

Scottish Games Parade, Photo/S. Kevin Greene


Calendar of Events

hen the move is over and the empty boxes have been sent off to recycling (including that one box that has moved several times without being opened), it’s time to venture out into your new community. Luckily, the Upstate is a sprawling and busy place with events from the mountains to the rolling red hills.


The Battle of Cowpens Reenactment takes place at Cowpens National Battlefield. While many historic sites in the area remember the Civil War, this one marks the site of the 1781 Battle of Cowpens, considered by many historians to be a turning point in the Southern campaign of the American Revolution. 864-461-2828. http://

February Disco isn’t dead, at least not in Spartanburg in early February when Retrofest, the South’s Largest Disco Party, takes place at

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Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. This groovin’ fundraiser brings out not only some old clothes, but a lot of support for the American Red Cross. http://piedmont.


More than 100,000 people pack downtown for Spring Fling weekend. Festivalgoers enjoy music, entertainment, arts and crafts, carnival rides, a classic car show and international foods. 864-596-3105. www. March The Return to the Green festival The Greer Family Fest provides rides, celebrates Irish-style for St. Patrick’s Day. storytelling, arts and crafts, food and, for Held at Falls Park in Greenville, the festival those who like adventure, a mud volleyball features activities for children and adults tournament. 864-877-4841. www.greerincluding arts and crafts, live entertainment and food. 864-467-6667. www.greatergreenIn Pickens, the Blue Ridge Fest features some of the biggest names in beach bands on Friday night and a “cruise-in” with more April than 400 classic and antique cars. A motorSpring brings the beauty of azaleas to cycle rally on Saturday also helps to support the Upstate and it also brings the Azalea this charity fundraiser weekend. 864-240Festival to Pickens. Hundreds of blooming 3400. azaleas, arts and crafts, children’s games, The month ends with the Pontiac GMC a historical tour and an eclectic range of Freedom Weekend Aloft, one of the nation’s musicians highlight this mid-April celebralargest hot-air balloon events, in Simpsontion of spring’s arrival. 866-615-6603. www. ville. The festival attracts balloonists and their crews from all over the country for

Calendar of Events

outdoor arts and crafts shows in the state with more than 140 booths. 864-898-0261


Greek Festival, Photo/S. Kevin Greene

twice-daily mass balloon launchings and competition. Arts and crafts, carnival rides, concerts and fireworks round out the fun. 864-399-9481


The Turkey Day 8K race in Spartanburg started as a bet between two friends who decided all great cities have a Thanksgiving Day road race. The registration fee is canned food for the local soup kitchen. The event is sponsored by the Spartanburg Running Club. Hagood Mill near Pickens celebrates Native American heritage each November. Hagood Mill was built in 1845 and operated until the mid-1960s. After several attempts to revise the historic gristmill, it was back in business in 1997 and is operated now during the third weekend of every month by the Pickens County Cultural Commission. The Native American Celebration in November is one of the biggest draws of the year. In 2003, petroglyphs were discovered on a large rock often used as a picnic spot or play area for children. culturalcommission/

Blue Ridge Fest, Photos/Courtesy of Blue Ridge Fest

Art in the Park, sponsored by the Greenville Recreation Department and Upstate Visual Arts, is held on the Governor’s School December grounds in downtown Greenville. This anJune Beginning after Thanksgiving, Roper nual celebration features local and regional The Upstate Shakespeare Festival at Falls artists. 864-232-4433. www.upstatevisualart. Mountain Holiday Lights illuminate downPark in downtown Greenville is a chance for org/uvartnpark.htm town Greenville and I-85 in elaborate colortheater lovers to bring a picnic basket and ful light displays to celebrate the Christmas October enjoy two plays in a beautiful outdoor setseason. Spartanburg dresses in its international ting. Spartanburg, Fountain Inn, Greenville, wardrobe for the International Festival, For those who enjoy sheaf tossing and Anderson and Pendleton all host special which offers entertainment, costumes and bagpipes, the Greenville Scottish Games holiday events for families. A favorite is the cuisine to celebrate the wide variety of take place in early June at Furman Univerannual Greenville Poinsettia Christmas sity with plenty of activities for children and people that call the Upstate home. 864-596- Parade down Main Street the first Saturday 3105. of the month. 864-467-4485 tional-fest/ July During the second weekend of October, Spartanburg ushers in the patriotic season Fall for Greenville transforms 10 blocks of in the beginning of July with the Red, White downtown Greenville into a huge open-air and Boom festival in Barnet Park. The eatery as area restaurants offer samples of Fourth of July in Greenville is celebrated their specialties. with the Red, White and Blue downtown The event also features waiters’ races, ice festival. The event features a parade, firecarving, an antiques show, bicycle races and works, live music and barbecue. a soccer tournament. 864-467-5791. www. In July, Gaffney goes all out for the Peach Festival, which celebrates the fresh peach More than 30,000 people are estimated to industry in Cherokee and Spartanburg visit Pumpkintown the second Saturday in counties. This 10-day festival includes October each year. On Highway 8 about 10 parades, sporting events, truck and tractor miles outside Pickens, the annual Pumpkin pulls, concerts by nationally-known country Festival is celebrated on the grounds of an music artists and plenty of food, topped off old schoolhouse. The event includes tradiwith delicious peach desserts. www.scpeach- tional music, clogging, barbecue, antique cars and a parade. It’s also one of the largest

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A current license from a former residence must be surrendered. If you do not have a license from your former residence, you will need a birth certificate or two other forms of identification to obtain a South Carolina driver’s license. A beginner’s permit allows residents who are 15 years old to drive between 6 a.m. and midnight under adult supervision. A beginner’s permit is good for 12 months and may be renewed. To obtain a permit, apply in person at a license office and take the vision, sign recognition and knowledge tests. The South Carolina Driver’s Manual can be obtained at any license office listed below. A conditional/provisional driver’s license is issued to a person who is at least 15 years of age, but less than 16, who has held a beginner’s permit for at least 180 days and meets other requirements outlined in the South Carolina Driver’s Manual. The license allows the holder to drive alone in daylight hours and until midnight while accompanied by an adult. A regular driver’s license can be obtained at 17 based on criteria outlined in the driver’s manual. To operate a motorcycle, you also will need a motorcycle endorsement. Additionally, newcomers who operate motorcycles or mopeds exclusively may obtain licenses covering only those vehicles. The license fee is $12.50. Your South Carolina license will expire on your birthday five years from the date it is issued. Fees for beginner’s permits are $2 plus $2.50 for each knowledge test taken. If you own a vehicle, you will need to certify on the driver’s license application that the vehicle is insured by a liability policy. Call the Division of Motor Vehicles of the Department of Public Safety toll free at 800-442-1368 or visit the DMV website at for additional information. Greenville County 1310 N. Main St. Fountain Inn, 864-967-4013 1439 Laurens Road Greenville, 864-241-1145 15 Saluda Dam Road Greenville, 864-241-1147

Spartanburg County 8794 Fairforest Road, Suite B Spartanburg, 864-587-4713 1625 Southport Road Spartanburg, 864-594-4940 351 S. Main St. Woodruff, 864-476-5913 Photo/James T. Hammond

Newcomers who plan to operate motor vehicles must obtain a South Carolina driver’s license within 90 days of becoming a permanent resident. Most newcomers, unless they drive commercial vehicles, will need a class D license, which allows the operation of passenger cars and small trucks. If you hold a commercial license, you must obtain a South Carolina commercial license within 30 days.

610 Arlington Road Greer, 864-801-9375

Pickens County 2133 Gentry Memorial Highway Pickens, 864-878-1870 Anderson County 331 29 Bypass N. Anderson, 864-260-2205 306B Anderson St. Belton, 864-338-9327 MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION Register your motor vehicle at any of the driver’s license offices. Cars or trucks must be registered within 45 days of your move to South Carolina. To obtain a license plate, you need your vehicle’s title or current registration and proof of liability insurance. Also, you will have to pay the property taxes on your vehicle and furnish the registration office with a receipt issued by the tax office in the county where you live. After the initial registration, you will receive a tax notice by mail each year, about a month before the registration expires. The registration fee is $24. For those 64 years old, the fee is $22 and for those 65 and older, $20. The fee covers two years, but validation stickers for the license plate must be obtained each year. VOTER REGISTRATION To register to vote in South Carolina, you must be at least 18 years old and a legal resident of the county in which you register. You will have to furnish proof of residency, and register at least 30 days before an election to vote in that election. Register in person at these locations: Greenville County 301 University Ridge, Suite 1900 Greenville, 864-467-7250 Spartanburg County 142 S. Dean St. Spartanburg, 864-596-2549 Pickens County 222 McDaniel Ave., B-9 Pickens, 864-898-5948 Anderson County 107 S. Main St., Suite 101 Anderson, 864-260-4035 For more information, go to

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GOVERNMENT INFORMATION Greenville County 864-467-7020 City of Greenville 864-232-2273 City of Greer 864-848-2150 City of Fountain Inn 864-862-4421 City of Mauldin 864-288-4910 City of Simpsonville 864-967-9526 City of Travelers Rest 864-834-7270 Spartanburg County 864-596-2526 Town of Campobello 864-468-4545 City of Chesnee 864-461-3659 Town of Cowpens 864-463-3201 City of Inman 864-472-6200 www.cityofi Town of Lyman 864-439-3453 City of Spartanburg 864-596-2000 City of Woodruff 864-476-8154

Pickens County 864-898-5844 Town of Central 864-639-6381 City of Clemson 864-653-2030 City of Easley 864-855-7900 City of Liberty 864-843-3177 Town of Norris 864-639-2033 City of Pickens 864-878-3258 Town of Six Mile 864-868-2653 Anderson County 864-260-4000 City of Anderson 864-231-2200 City of Belton 864-338-7773 Town of Honea Path 864-369-2466 Town of Iva 864-348-6193 Town of Pendleton 864-646-9409 Town of Williamston 864-847-5910

UPSTATE SHOPPING Anderson Mall 3131 N. Main St., Anderson 864-225-3195; Anchored by Belk, Dillard’s, JCPenney and Sears, Anderson Mall includes more than 76 specialty shops like Aeropostale, Bath and Body Works, Champs, Victoria’s Secret and American Eagle. Carolina Foothills Artisan Center 124 W. Cherokee St., Chesnee 864-461-3050; Head to downtown Chesnee to shop for original handcrafted works by Carolina artists and artisans. Hours are 10 a.m.5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Haywood Mall 700 Haywood Road, Greenville 864-288-0511; Haywood Mall is the region’s largest shopping center with approximately 150 stores spanning the two-story building. Anchor stores include Belk, Macy’s, JCPenney, Dillard’s and Sears. Hillcrest Shopping Center and Specialty Row 1985 E. Main St., Spartanburg Unique, locally owned shops and nationally known department stores such as Ross, Marshalls and Stein Mart coexist on Main Street.

Prime Outlets Gaffney One Factory Shops Blvd., Gaffney 864-902-9900; Just 40 minutes northeast of Greenville via I-85, Prime Outlets features more than 80 outlet stores, including Banana Republic, Pottery Barn, Coach, Tommy Hilfi ger and The Gap. WestEnd Market 1 Augusta St., Greenville In a restored turn-of-the-century cotton warehouse, gift and specialty shops are complemented by restaurants and a fresh market and bakery. Westgate Mall 205 W. Blackstock Road, Spartanburg 864-574-7573; With six anchor stores and 130 specialty shops, Westgate Mall is a central shopping center for the Spartanburg community. Anchor stores include Dillard’s, JCPenney and Sears. LIBRARIES Anderson County Library System Anderson County Library 300 N. McDuffie St., Anderson 864-260-4500 Belton Library 91 Breazeale St., Belton 864-338-8330

Jennie Erwin Branch Library 318 Shirley Ave., Honea Path 864-369-7751 Lander Memorial Library 925 Greenville Drive, Williamston 864-847-5238 Pendleton Library 650 Mechanic St., Pendleton 864-646-3045 Piedmont Branch Library 1407 Hwy. 86, Piedmont 864-845-6534 Powdersville Branch Library 4 Civic Court, Easley 864-295-1190 Westside Community Center Library 1100 W. Franklin St., Anderson 864-260-4660 Greenville County Library System Main Library – Hughes Branch 25 Heritage Green Place, Greenville 864-242-5000 Augusta – Ramsey Family Branch 100 Lydia St., Greenville 864-277-0161 Berea – Sarah Dobey Jones Branch 111 N. Highway 25 Bypass, Greenville 864-246-1695

Photo/S. Kevin Greene

Little Stores of West End 315 Augusta St., Greenville 864-467-1770 This eclectic grouping of specialty stores sells such items as antiques and art, jewelry and stationery, learning toys, stencils and original gifts.

Iva Branch Library 203 W. Cruette St., Iva 864-348-6150

Fountain Inn – Kerry Ann Younts Culp Branch 311 N. Main St., Fountain Inn 864-862-2576 Greer – Jean M. Smith Branch 505 Pennsylvania Ave., Greer 864-877-8722 Law Library 302 E. North St. 864-467-8486 Mauldin – W. Jack Greer Branch 800 W. Butler Road, Mauldin 864-277-7397 Pelham Road – F.W. Symmes Branch 1508 Pelham Road, Greenville 864-288-6688

Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Library (Main Branch) 304 Biltmore Road, Easley 864-850-7077 Central/Clemson Regional Branch 105 Commons Way, Central 864-639-2711 Sarlin Comamunity Branch 15 S. Palmetto St., Liberty 864-853-5805

Simpsonville – Hendricks Branch 626 N.E. Main St., Simpsonville 864-963-9031

Village Branch 124 N. Catherine St., Pickens 864-898-5747

Taylors – Burdette Branch 316 W. Main St., Taylors 864-268-5955

Spartanburg County Library System

Travelers Rest – Sargent Branch 17 Center St., Travelers Rest 864-834-3650

Headquarters Library 151 S. Church St., Spartanburg 864-596-3500

West Branch 2625 Anderson Road, Greenville 864-269-5210

Boiling Springs Library 871 Double Bridge Road, Boiling Springs 864-578-3665

Pickens County Library System

Cowpens Library 181 School St., Cowpens 864-463-0430 H. Carlisle Bean Law Library 180 Magnolia St., Spartanburg 864-596-2511 Inman Library 50 Mill St., Inman 864-472-8363 Landrum Library 111 E. Asbury Drive, Landrum 864-457-2218 Middle Tyger Library 170 Groce Road, Lyman 864-439-4759 Pacolet Library 390 W. Main St., Pacolet 864-474-0421 Westside Library 525 Oak Grove Road, Spartanburg 864-574-6815 Woodruff Library 270 E. Hayne St., Woodruff

Chesnee Library 100 Pickens Ave., Chesnee 864-461-2423

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Quick Links AUTO S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles VOTER REGISTRATION S.C. Boards of Voter Registration AIRPORTS Greenville Downtown Airport Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport Oconee County Regional Airport Pickens County Airport Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport Government/City_Departments/ Memorial_Airport.htm TRAINS Amtrak Carolinas Association Passenger Trains PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION Greenville Transit Authority SPARTA spats/transit/index.htm MAPS Mapquest S.C. Department of Transportation Yahoo Maps COUNTY RESOURCES

Greenville County Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce

Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce

Anderson School District 2

Fountain Inn

Anderson School District 3

Greenville Area Development Corporation

Fountain Inn Government

Anderson School District 4


Greenville County Government

Greenville Government

Anderson School District 5

Greenville County Planning Commission

Greenville Jaycees SC Appalachian Council of Governments Upstate Better Business Bureau Spartanburg County Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce Spartanburg County Government Pickens County

Greenville Convention & Visitors Bureau Greer Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce Greer Government

Anderson Private Schools Greenville Public Schools Education Page education.html Greenville Private Schools Pickens Public Schools

Honea Path

Pickens Private Schools

Honea Path Government

Spartanburg School District 1


Spartanburg School District 2

Landrum Government

Spartanburg School District 3

Economic Development Alliance of Pickens


Pickens Chamber of Commerce


Spartanburg School District 5

City of Mauldin

Spartanburg School District 6


Spartanburg School District 7

Pickens County Government CITY RESOURCES Anderson City of Anderson Government Belton Belton Area Partnership


Town of Pendleton Government Powdersville Simpsonville Simpsonville Chamber of Commerce

Spartanburg School District 4

Education Page education.html Spartanburg Private Schools COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES Anderson University


Simpsonville Government

Central Government

Six Mile

Bob Jones University

Clemson Chamber/Six Mile

Clemson University


Converse College

Anderson County


Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce

Clemson Area Chamber of Commerce

Anderson County Economic Development

Clemson Government

Anderson County Government

Cowpens Government


Easley Easley Government

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Spartanburg Government Travelers Rest Travelers Rest Government SCHOOLS Anderson School District 1

ECPI College of Technology Faith Training Center Forrest Junior College Furman University

Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Greenville Technical College ITT Technical Institute North Greenville University Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic Southern Wesleyan University Spartanburg Methodist College Spartanburg Community College The University Center of Greenville TriCounty Technical College USC Upstate Virginia College in Greenville Webster University Wofford College PUBLICATIONS ONLINE Anderson Independent-Mail GSA Business SCBIZ magazine Spartanburg County Weekly News Group Spartanburg Herald-Journal The (Columbia) State

WLOS-TV 13 (ABC) WHNS-TV 21 (FOX) WYCW-TV (CW) WRET-TV 49 (PBS) SCETV (PBS) www.scetv.orgm AM RADIO STATIONS ONLINE 860, WLBG, Classic 86, news, talk, music 1260, WMUU, Unique, Christian FM RADIO STATIONS ONLINE 89.3, WLFJ, His Radio, Christian

NEWCOMERS CLUBS Newcomers Clubs in SC ORGANIZATIONS AND CLUBS Organizations Page Recreation Page html International Center of the Upstate Organizations Page clubs.html Recreation Page recreation.html

Greenville golf SC/Greenville.htm

93.3, WTPT, New Rock 93.3, The Planet

Spartanburg golf SC/Spartanburg.htm

93.7, WFBC, Today’s Best Music

Anderson golf SC/Anderson.htm

98.7 WSMW, Adult Hits 100.5, WSSL, Hot New Country 101.1, WROQ, Rock 101, Classic Rock 102.5, WMYI, My 102.5, Soft Rock

Pickens golf SC/Pickens.htm ARTS

107.3, WJMZ, Hip-Hop and R&B

Bi-Lo Center

HOSPITALS Anderson Area Medical Center

The (Williamston) Journal

Canon Memorial Hospital


Greenville Hospital System

Upstate Newspapers

Mary Black Memorial Hospital

Discover Upcountry Carolina Association

Palmetto Baptist of Easley

Electric-City Playhouse

Shriners Hospital: Greenville

Greenville Ballet

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

Greenville County

St. Francis Health System

COLLEGE PUBLICATIONS online The Collegian (Bob Jones University) The Tiger (Clemson) TELEVISION STATIONS ONLINE WYFF-TV 4 (NBC) WSPA-TV 7 (CBS)

Spartanburg Repertory Company Spartanburg Youth Theatre The Peace Center Upstate Visual Arts

PLACES TO GO Christ Church, Episcopal in Greenville Cowpens National Battlefield First Presbyterian Church, Greenville Fort Hill html

Hollywild Animal Park Kilgore-Lewis House Kings Mountain National Battlefield

Brooks Center for the Performing Arts

The Greenville News

Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium

Hagood Mill

Anderson County Fair

104.9, WCCP, Super Sports Radio

Spartanburg County Arts Center

Greenville Zoo

Anderson Arts Center

Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center

South Carolina Arts Commission

Warehouse Theatre


92.5, WESC, Carolina’s Best Country

94.5, WMUU, Unique, Christian

Pendleton District Historical, Recreational and Tourism Commission

Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area

Carolina Arts


Clemson Little Theatre

Pendleton Pretty Place chapel.php Price House Reedy River Falls Park and Falls Cottage

Museum of Art

South Carolina Botanical Garden

Greenville Symphony Orchestra Greenville Metropolitan Arts Council

Roper Mountain Science Center Spartanburg Science Center

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Newcomer Information ANDERSON Phone: AT&T, 800-336-0014; Cable: Charter Communications, 800-955-7766; Electric: Duke Power, 864-654-7128;

Water and sewer: Electric City Utilities, 864-231-2250 (sewer), 864-260-6347 (water); 601 S. Main St., Anderson; Garbage: City of Anderson Public Works Department, 864-231-2246; 601 S. Main St., Anderson; CLEMSON

Photo/James T. Hammond

Gas: Piedmont Natural Gas Com., 864-233-7966; 201 W. McBee Ave., Greenville;


Water, sewer and garbage: City of Pickens, 864-878-9819 (garbage) and 864-878-6421 (water and sewer); 219 Pendleton St., Pickens;

Phone: AT&T, 800-336-0014;

Phone: AT&T, 800-336-0014;

Cable: Charter Communications, 800-955-7766;

Cable: Charter Communications, 800-955-7766;

Electric: Duke Power, 864-654-7128;

Electric: Duke Power, 864-654-7128; or Greer Commission of Public Works, 864-848-5500;

Phone: AT&T, 800-336-0014;

Gas, water, sewer: Greer Commission of Public Works, 864-848-5500;

Cable: Charter Communications, 800-955-7766;

Sewer: Western Carolina Regional Sewer Authority, 864-299-4000; 561 Mauldin Dr., Greenville;

Electric: Duke Power, 864-654-7128; or Laurens Electric, 800-942-3141;

Garbage: City of Greer, 864-848-2151; 301 E. Poinsett St., Greer;

Gas: Piedmont Natural Gas Com., 864-233-7966; 201 W. McBee Ave., Greenville;

Gas: Fort Hill Natural Gas, 864-859-6375, Water, sewer and garbage service: City of Clemson, 864-653-2035; 1250 Tiger Blvd., Clemson; EASLEY Phone: AT&T, 800-336-0014; Cable: Charter Communications, 800-955-7766; Electric, water and sewer: Easley Combined Utilities, 864-859-4013; 110 Peachtree St., Easley; Gas: Fort Hill Natural Gas, 864-859-6375, Garbage: City of Easley, 864-855-7900; 205 N. First St., Easley; GREENVILLE Phone: AT&T, 800-336-0014; Cable: Charter Communications, 800-955-7766; Electric: Duke Power, 864-654-7128; Gas: Piedmont Natural Gas Com., 864-233-7966; 201 W. McBee Ave., Greenville; Water: Greenville Water System, 864-241-6000; 407 W. Broad St., Greenville; customerservice@; Sewer: Western Carolina Regional Sewer Authority, 864-299-4000; 561 Mauldin Dr., Greenville; Garbage: City of Greenville, 864-232-2273; 206 S. Main St., Greenville;

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MAULDIN Phone: AT&T, 800-336-0014; Cable: Charter Communications, 800-955-7766; Electric: Duke Power, 864-654-7128; or Laurens Electric, 800-942-3141; Gas: Piedmont Natural Gas Company, 864-233-7966; 201 W. McBee Ave., Greenville; Water: Greenville Water System, 864-241-6000; 407 W. Broad St., Greenville; customerservice@; Sewer: Western Carolina Regional Sewer Authority, 864-299-4000; 561 Mauldin Dr., Greenville; Garbage: City of Mauldin Public Works, 864-289-8904; 5 E. Butler Rd., Mauldin; PICKENS Phone: AT&T, 800-336-0014; Cable: Northland Cable, 864-882-0002; Electric: Duke Power, 864-654-7128; Gas: Fort Hill Natural Gas, 864-859-6375,


Water: Greenville Water System, 864-241-6000; 407 W. Broad St., Greenville;; Sewer service: Western Carolina Regional Sewer Authority, 864-299-4000; 561 Mauldin Dr., Greenville; Garbage service: City of Simpsonville Public Works, 864-967-9531; 110 Woodside Park Dr., Simpsonville; SPARTANBURG Phone: AT&T, 800-336-0014; Cable: Charter Communications, 800-955-7766; Electric: Duke Power, 864-654-7128; Gas: Piedmont Natural Gas; 864-576-5588; 501 W. Blackstock Rd., Spartanburg; Water and sewer: Spartanburg Water, 864-582-6375; Garbage: City of Spartanburg Public Works, 864-596-2000; 145 W. Broad

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