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Pendleton, Central & Six Mile

                                                                                                                   Saturdays from June-September, the Village
                                                                            Founded in 1790, Pendleton is centered around   Green is filled with farmers and families at
                                                                            a charming village green. The entire town is   the weekly Farmers Market. In the fall, more
                                                                            on the National Register of Historic Places.   than 100 scarecrows guard the town during
                                                                            Pendleton Square offers fine antique shops,   the Pendleton Fall Harvest Festival, an annual
                                                                            boutiques, and several excellent restaurants.  tradition that includes food, fun, entertainment,
                                                                                                                   and local arts and crafts. The holidays are
                                                                            Created as a courthouse seat, the Town   also a special time on Pendleton’s Historic
                                                                            of Pendleton was named for Judge Henry   Village Green when the Holidays in the Village
                                                                            Pendleton, a Virginian who fought in the   Christmas Market is held on the Saturdays
                                                                            Revolution and remained in South Carolina.   leading up to Christmas and the annual Town of
                                                                            Until a division of the district in 1826, the town   Pendleton Christmas Parade tours the square.
                                                                            was one of the most influential in the upper half
                                                                            of South Carolina. The initial settlement was
                                                                            populated by Scots-Irish veterans.

                                                                                               By 1800, South
                                                                                                Carolina Lowcountry
                                                                                                plantation owners
                                                                                                had discovered
                                                                                                Pendleton as a
                                                                                                summer home
                                                                                                retreat, and the very
                                                                                                name of Pendleton
                                                                                                became a synonym       Central
                                                                                                for refinement
                                                                                                and elegance.
            Pendleton                                                       Community members and the Town Council
                                                                            have maintained a commitment to encouraging   Upstate South Carolina welcomed the
                                                                            careful growth that protects the one-of-a-kind   arrival of the Atlantic and Richmond Air-
                                                                            character of this historic town. The Town   Line Railroad Company on September 28,
                                                                            Square recently received an investment of more   1873. Cutting through Pickens County,
                                                                            than a million dollars to improve the streetscape   the railway extending north from Atlanta
                                                                            while honoring its historic aesthetic.   and south from Charlotte met in the
                                                                                                                   middle at a stop that became a town
                                                                            For more than 40 years, residents and visitors   appropriately named Central.
                                                                            have enjoyed the Spring Jubilee in Historic
                                                                            Pendleton with historic tours, activities and   A depot, houses, and stores were built for
                                                                            games, and festive food. Attendees explore the   those who worked on the railroad, and
                                                                            gift shops, cafés, and antique stores around   shops were built for the railway workers.
                                                                            the square during this celebrated event that   Engineers, conductors, and telegraph
                                                                            has been called the “Best Festival” in the state   operators brought their families. Finding
                                                                            by the American Bus Association and a Top   the refreshing climate and friendly people
                                                                            Twenty Event in the Southeast by the Southeast   to their liking, they built homes and
                                                                            Tourism Society.                       settled down.

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