PENDLETON — A two-hour walking tour of historic Pendleton will be held March 11 and March 12. On both days, the tour will leave Hunter’s Store at 2 p.m., rain or shine.
Along the walk, participants will learn about the architecture used in early 19th century Up Country homes. Guests will also hear about the people who helped Pendleton grow into the social, political, and economic center of what is now Anderson, Pickens, and Oconee counties.
Costumed tour guide Ellen Harrison will talk about Ella Lorton, best friend of Floride Clemson; Richard and Tally Simpson, two hometown boys whose letters from the Civil War front lines give an intimate look into that war; and Bernard Bee, the man who gave “Stonewall” Jackson his nickname.
She also will discuss the three Clement brothers, perhaps the original “Band of Brothers,” and John Miller, a successful London newspaper man, imprisoned for publishing the famous “Junius” papers, before coming to Pendleton and establishing the most western newspaper in the United States.
Guests will also hear about Pendleton’s 19th century citizens buried at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and through photos, see how the historic village green and town has changed through the years.
The walking tour is $7 per person and begins at Hunter’s Store, 125 E. Queen St. in Pendleton. The store is currently the home of the Pendleton District Commission, the tourist and archive center for the three county area.
The Pendleton District Commission also owns the Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum of South Carolina, located at 120 History Lane, Pendleton. For more information about the walking tour, the Agricultural Museum, tourism sites in the Upstate area, or genealogy information call 864-646-3782 or email [email protected]