Anderson Historical Tours

Anderson Historical Tours Walking tours of Anderson are now available. Learn about Anderson's history through her architecture.

Anderson Historical Walking Tours is the only walking tour in Anderson and is researched and led by Brian Scott, an Anderson historian and author. Currently, we featuring a walking tour down The Boulevard, one of Anderson's oldest and most historic streets, and North Main Street, focusing on the railroad's connection to Anderson.

03/03/2017

Orrville Hatchery
2 mins ·

Orrville Hatchery is now accepting food scraps for eggs. Please contact us if you are interested in this barter option. Food scraps that would not be acceptable are as follows: uncooked pastas, uncooked beans and peas(dry), sweets, onion, uncooked potatoes, avacoda, citrus, ground and leaves(coffee, tea), chocolate of any kind. We will trade 1 dozen eggs for every 5 gallon bucket of food scraps you bring. We will wash out your bucket and give it back to you with your eggs which will be unwashed and placed in a carton.
Anyone who manages locations that would like to lower your disposal costs please contact us. We are available every day for pick up at your location free of charge.

03/16/2016

Spring time is around the corner and that means we are kicking off our Spring tours of the Boulevard. Come and learn about this historic street. Over a dozen properties are discussed, including elegant homes, two churches, and the university.

Tours will be offered each Sunday in April at 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Prices for the tours are $10.00 per person. The Boulevard tours last about 1 hour, and the meet-up place is the Springdale Road parking along side Boulevard Baptist Church.

Bailes Building demolition underway
02/27/2016
Bailes Building demolition underway

Bailes Building demolition underway

A 30-day demolition process is underway at the Bailes Building, but the granddaughters of the man who ran a department store there for years hope that their grandfather's spirit lives on after the building is gone.

Join me on December 1 at the Anderson County Museum at 5:30 for a lively discussion, just in time for Christmas. I'll be...
11/18/2015
But Do You Recall? 25 Days of Christmas Carols and the Stories Behind Them by Brian Scott...

Join me on December 1 at the Anderson County Museum at 5:30 for a lively discussion, just in time for Christmas. I'll be sharing the history of Christmas carols and the stories behind some of your favorites. Copies of "But Do You Recall? 25 Days of Christmas Carols and the Stories Behind Them" will be for available for sale and I will be signing copies.

"But Do You Recall?" makes a unique gift for Christmas, and is a great way to start a new tradition for your family: learn the history of the Christmas carols we sing, one day at a time. Copies can be purchased at The Kitchen Emporium (North Main St in downtown Anderson), at the museum gift shop, or by clicking the link below.

Buy But Do You Recall? 25 Days of Christmas Carols and the Stories Behind Them by Brian Scott (Paperback) online at Lulu. Visit the Lulu Marketplace for product details, ratings, and reviews.

The Anderson County Museum is a one of the assets to the county and is dedicated to showcasing and preserving the county...
11/10/2015
But Do You Recall? 25 Days of Christmas Carols and the Stories Behind Them by Brian Scott...

The Anderson County Museum is a one of the assets to the county and is dedicated to showcasing and preserving the county's history. Not only is the admission free, but the gift shop has some great ideas for Christmas, including my newest book, “But Do You Recall?: 25 Days of Christmas Carols and the Stories Behind Them.” Designed to be read a carol a day between December 1 and 25, “But Do You Recall” tells the history of some of the most beloved songs of the holiday season. Find out which Christmas carol was not sung on the South during the Civil War because of its references to abolitionism, which carol was the first sung in space, and which took over 200 years and four men to complete. Reading “But Do You Recall” is a great new Christmas tradition so get your copy today by visiting the museum or by clicking on the link below and ordering your copy today.

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10/11/2015

Cloudy skies but nice temps and NO RAIN!!! Great day for a tour downtown. Walking tours start at 2;00 and 4:00 today. Meet up at the new courthouse. Cost of the tour is 10.00 per person, and the tours last about one hour. Come on out and enjoy Anderson's downtown and learn about some of her darker secrets.

10/09/2015

Learn some history and have some fun. Join my Sunday at 2:00 and 4:00 for a downtown walking tour of some of Anderson's haunted and spooky sites. From the nun at the Chiquola to the werewolf of 1945, Anderson has its own scary sites. Cost of 10.00 per person and the tour lasts about one hour. Reservations are appreciated but not necessary. Meet up in front of the new courthouse.

Anderson County had over 40 historical markers that are part of the South Carolina Roadside Marker Program. Join me toni...
10/05/2015
Brian Scott's Books and Publications Spotlight

Anderson County had over 40 historical markers that are part of the South Carolina Roadside Marker Program. Join me tonight at 7:00 pm at the Senior Solutions Center for a presentation on the history of the marker program for the Anderson County Chapter of the South Carolina Genealogy Society. I will be hosting a lively discussion about the program, its history, and what it takes to erect a marker.

Copies of several of my publications will be for sale:

1. History Happened Here: South Carolina's Roadside Historical Markers. $35.00. The first printed collection of South Carolina's roadside historical markers since 1996. Copies can also be purchased at the genealogical society's reading room, at the Anderson County Museum, or by clicking the link below.

2. Hey! What's Cooking South Carolina: Favorite Foods From Famous Families. $20.00. This historical cookbook includes over 30 recipes, food history, and biographies of the men and women associated with them. Copies can also be purchased at The Kitchen Emporium and Gifts, LLC, or by clicking the link below.

3. Old Silver Brook 2016 Calendar: $20.00. This keepsake calendar includes over two dozen photos of the cemetery and biographies of some of Silver Brook's leading "citizens." Copies can also be purchased by clicking on the link below.

4. South Carolina's Confederate Monuments 2016 Calendar: $20.00. The story behind the Confederate monuments in Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Edgefield, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry, Oconee, Spartanburg, and Union counties are told in this calendar. Learn the dates these monuments were erected and the organizations that led the efforts. Copies can also be purchased by clicking on the link below.

Welcome to the Shelf. I'm Brian Scott, a chef, writer, photographer, and all around history loving guy. Here you will find works that I've written primarily about my home state, South Carolina.

10/03/2015

I am watching the rain forecast for Sunday and will post an update Sunday morning if the tours will be cancelled. Thanks for your patience.

09/29/2015

Fall is here. The leaves are starting to turn. The temperature is dropping. And Halloween is around the corner. That means scary stories and spooky locations and downtown Anderson has several. Join me each Sunday in October as we tour several of these sites. Learn about a nun who haunts the Chiquola Hotel, the murder in the Tolly Building, the connection between William Whitner and Cry Baby Bridge, and the sighting of Anderson’s own werewolf.

Tour dates are October 4, 11, 18, and 25. Tours begin at 2:00 and 4:00 pm. Prices are $10.00 per person. Reservations are appreciated. Meet up for each tour will take place in front of the new Courthouse.

Anderson’s Confederate Colonels – Part 2During the Civil War, ten men from Anderson County reached the rank of colonel. ...
08/09/2015
Tanglewood Mansion Marker

Anderson’s Confederate Colonels – Part 2
During the Civil War, ten men from Anderson County reached the rank of colonel. What follows is a short biography of one of these men.

Father's day is around the corner, June 21. Looking for a unique gift for dad? If he's a history lover, get him a copy o...
06/04/2015
History Happened Here by Brian Scott (Paperback) - Lulu

Father's day is around the corner, June 21. Looking for a unique gift for dad? If he's a history lover, get him a copy of History Happened Here: South Carolina's Roadside Historical Markers, on sale now at the Anderson County Museum.

This collection of markers includes over 1,440 markers from across South Carolina, including their complete texts, GPS and address locations, and more.

If you can't get by the museum, copies can also be ordered by clicking on the link below.

Buy History Happened Here by Brian Scott (Paperback) online at Lulu. Visit the Lulu Marketplace for product details, ratings, and reviews.

Two books, one calendar, and counting...lots more great history on the way including a calendar featuring twelve histori...
05/27/2015
Brian Scott's Books and Publications Spotlight

Two books, one calendar, and counting...lots more great history on the way including a calendar featuring twelve historic sites around Anderson, and a book on Christmas carol history.

Welcome to the Shelf. I'm Brian Scott, a chef, writer, photographer, and all around history loving guy. Here you will find works that I've written primarily about my home state, South Carolina.

05/21/2015

Come on downtown this afternoon and learn about Anderson's history by taking one of our Main Street walking tours. North Main starts at 4:00 pm; South Main starts at 6:00 pm. Meet up for both tours in front of the new Courthouse. Cost of the tour is $10.00 per person; $5.00 for 10 and under.

05/20/2015

Been busy and out of town the past couple of weekends, but tours are kicking off again this weekend. Tour cost is $10.00 per person; $5.00 for 10 and under. Tour times this week are as follows:

Thursday, May 21:
4:00 pm; North Main Street
6:00 pm: South Main Street

Saturday, May 23:
10:00 am: North Main Street
12:00 pm: North Main Street
2:00 pm: South Main Street
4:00 pm: South Main Street
6:00 pm: The Boulevard

Sunday, May 24:
2:00 pm: The Boulevard
4:00 pm: The Boulevard

Meet-up place for the Main Street tours: In front of the New Courthouse
Meet-up place for the Boulevard tour: parking spaces on Springdale Road, between Boulevard Baptist Church and the Brown House

For my Pickens County friends, I'll be at the Pickens County Museum of Art & History next Thursday, May 28, at 6:00 pm, ...
05/20/2015
History Happened Here by Brian Scott (Paperback) - Lulu

For my Pickens County friends, I'll be at the Pickens County Museum of Art & History next Thursday, May 28, at 6:00 pm, in the LaVonne Nalley Piper Auditorium presenting my presentation on historical markers called History Happened Here. I'll be covering the history of the marker program and how to erect a marker, using markers from Pickens County to illustrate.

I'll also have copies of my book, History Happened Here: South Carolina's Roadside Historical Markers, for sale. Copies are available at the Anderson County Museum or you can pre-order a copy using the link below.

Buy History Happened Here by Brian Scott (Paperback) online at Lulu. Visit the Lulu Marketplace for product details, ratings, and reviews.

"History on a Stick." That's the title of a great article in today's Anderson Independent Mail written by Mike Ellis abo...
05/10/2015
History Happened Here by Brian Scott (Paperback) - Lulu

"History on a Stick." That's the title of a great article in today's Anderson Independent Mail written by Mike Ellis about the historical markers in Anderson County. Grab a paper and give it a read.

Come out and join my Tuesday afternoon at 5:30 at the Anderson County Museum for a lively and interesting presentation on the history of the South Carolina marker program. I'll also be discussing some of the more interesting markers in Anderson County.

After the presentation, I will be signing copies of my first book, History Happened Here: South Carolina's Roadside Historical Markers. Copies can be ordered below, and are for sale at the museum bookstore and the research room of the Anderson County Chapter of the South Carolina Genealogy Society.

Buy History Happened Here by Brian Scott (Paperback) online at Lulu. Visit the Lulu Marketplace for product details, ratings, and reviews.

05/07/2015

Due to my grandfather's passing this week, no tours will be held this afternoon. Tours will resume on Saturday.

Thirty years after the Occupation of Anderson, the city was again lit by light. But this time it was not by cannon and g...
05/02/2015

Thirty years after the Occupation of Anderson, the city was again lit by light. But this time it was not by cannon and gunfire. It was the result of the work of this man. His actions 120 years ago, led to Anderson nickname, The Electric City, and the world would never be the same. Find out about him, and the work his grandfather contributed to Anderson's founding this afternoon at the South Main Street tours at 4:00 and 6:00. See the Events tab for details.

05/02/2015

Sunny skies and warm 70 degrees makes for a great day to get outside. We have three tours today. The Boulevard at 10, North Main Street at Noon and 2, and South Main at 4 and 6. See the Events tab for times and details.

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Anderson. Shortly after the battle, Anderson was occupied for three d...
05/01/2015

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Anderson. Shortly after the battle, Anderson was occupied for three days by Union troops. Homes were raided, the town leaders were imprisoned in the courthouse, and one civilian was shot dead on Main Street. The location shown held a secret that saved the town from being burned. Find out what it was this Saturday at 4:00 when we kick off our first South Main walking tour. Check the Events tab for tour times and details.

04/30/2015

Its Thursday afternoon and that means time to walk Anderson and learn some history. Walking tours of the Boulevard starts at 4 and North Main at 6. Check out the events tab for details.

The Bailes Building, the last of the old department stores in Anderson, is set to be demolished this summer. This buildi...
04/29/2015

The Bailes Building, the last of the old department stores in Anderson, is set to be demolished this summer. This building is one of the stops on the South Main walking tour which kicks off this week on Saturday. Tour times are at 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm. While the North Main tour looked at the railroads, the South Main tour will focus on Anderson's founding and growth.

Some of the highlights include a tavern in which a meeting was held to determine the location of the courthouse, a cellar full of wine existed that saved Anderson from being burned, and the last of Anderson's old hotels, hiding in plain site.

Meet up for the South Main tour in front of the Courthouse. Cost of the tour is $10.00 per person, $5.00 for 10 and under. Times are Saturday, May 2, at 4:00 and 6:00 pm. Check the Events tab to reserve your time for this and the other tours offered this weekend. It looks like a great one so get out and enjoy it!!!

04/28/2015

Be sure to check out the tour dates for this week. This will be the last week we offer the Boulevard tour as a regular tour for a while. Next week, we are adding a tour down South Main. The Boulevard Tour will still be available by appointment.

04/26/2015

What a beautiful Sunday. Sunny skies and warm temperatures. How can you top it? Take a walk in Anderson and learn some of her history.

Tour 1: 2:00 pm: A Walk Down Boulevard. Meet at the parking spaces between Boulevard Baptist Church and the Brown House.

Tour 2: 4:00 pm: Railroads and North Main. Meet in front of the new courthouse.

Cost per tour: $10.00 per person, $5.00 for 10 and under.

Hey everyone. We are excited to announce that Anderson Historical Tours is now listed on TripAdvisor! If you have taken ...
04/25/2015
Anderson Historical Tours

Hey everyone. We are excited to announce that Anderson Historical Tours is now listed on TripAdvisor! If you have taken one of our tours, please take a moment and give us a review. You can access our TripAdvisor page two ways...1) click on the link below, or 2) select the "TripAdvisor Reviews" tab on our page. Thanks again for everyone's support.

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04/25/2015

Due to tomorrow's weather forecast we are cancelling the Saturday walking tours. Tours will resume Sunday. Currently, we are offering two Sunday tours: Boulevard at 2:00 pm and North Main at 4:00 pm.

04/23/2015

The weather today is awesome. Warm and sunny. Perfect for a walk around town. The Boulevard tour starts at 4:00; meet at the parking spaces on Springdale. The new North Main tour starts at 6:00; meet in front of the new courthouse. 10.00 per person; 5.00 for 10 and under.

Anderson Historical Tours is happy to announce a new walking tour kicking off this weekend. Take a stroll along North Ma...
04/20/2015

Anderson Historical Tours is happy to announce a new walking tour kicking off this weekend. Take a stroll along North Main Street and learn the deep connection this side of Main had to the railroad industry. There are three buildings on North Main that were directly connected to the railroad and several others that played supporting roles. But railroads are not all you learn about. There were once four large and successful hotels on North Main, plus the only church ever to build on North Main in downtown. And what did North Main look like before the railroad cut? Take a walk with me down North Main and you will never look at the street the same way again. Times for The Railroad and North Main Walking Tour are:

Thursday: 6:00 pm
Saturday: 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm
Sunday: 4:00 pm

Cost for the tour is $10.00 per person, $5.00 for 10 and under. The tour will take about 90 minutes. Meet up in front of the New Courthouse.

The Boulevard Walking Tour will also continue. Check out the events tab for all the times and to reserve your spot for each tour..

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