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Pendleton, Central & Six Mile

                                             By 1800, South Carolina Lowcountry   In the fall, more than 100 scarecrows   On March 17, 1875, Central was
                                             plantation owners had discovered Pendleton   guard the town during the Pendleton Fall   incorporated as a town. The town extended
                                             as a summer home retreat, and the very   Harvest Festival, an annual tradition that   one-half mile in each direction from the
                                             name of Pendleton became a synonym for   includes food, fun, entertainment, and   Air-Line Depot.
                                             refinement and elegance.            local arts and crafts. The holidays are also a
                                                                                 special time on Pendleton’s Historic Village   When the Southern Railway moved its
                                             Community members and the Town      Green when a Christmas Market is held on   headquarters from Central to Greenville,
                                             Council have maintained a commitment to   the Saturdays leading up to Christmas and   Central citizens were left dazed. Trains no
                                             encouraging careful growth that protects   the annual Town of Pendleton Christmas   longer stopped to change engines and the
                                             the one-of-a-kind character of this historic   Parade tours the square.  shops and offices closed. Families that had
                                             town. The Town Square recently received an                              built their homes and settled down were
         Pendleton                           investment of more than a million dollars to   Central                  uprooted. Houses were vacant and business
                                                                                                                     was at a standstill.
                                             improve the streetscape while honoring its
                                                                                 When the Atlantic and Richmond Air-
                                             historic aesthetic.
                                                                                 Line Railroad Company arrived in
        Pendleton                            For more than 40 years, residents and visitors   the area on September 28, 1873, it cut
        Pendleton's charming village green centers   have enjoyed the Spring Jubilee in Historic   through Pickens County. The railway
        the town, founded in 1790. History has such   Pendleton, a juried arts-and-crafts show   extended north from Atlanta and
        a hold on this place that the entire town is   that has been called the "Best Festival" in the   south from Charlotte, meeting in the
                                                                                 middle at a stop that became a town
        on the National Register of Historic Places.   state by the American Bus Association and a   appropriately named Central.
        Pendleton Square offers fine antique shops,   Top Twenty Event in the Southeast by the
        boutiques, and several excellent restaurants.  Southeast Tourism Society. Attendees are   A depot, houses, and stores were built
                                             encouraged to explore the gift shops, cafes,   for those who worked on the railroad,
        Created as a courthouse seat, the Town   and antiques stores around the square   and shops were built for the railway
        of Pendleton was named for Judge Henry   during this celebrated event.   workers. Engineers, conductors, and
        Pendleton, a Virginian who fought in the                                 telegraph operators brought their
        Revolution and remained in South Carolina.   Saturdays from June-September, the Village   families. Finding the refreshing climate
        The initial settlement was populated by   Green is filled with growers and families at   and friendly people to their liking, they   Central
        Scots-Irish veterans.                the weekly Farmers Market.          built homes and settled down.

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