Andersonville, South Carolina
|Nickname : Old Andersonville|
|State :||United States|
|State :||South carolina|
|County :||Anderson County, South Carolina|
|Time zone :||Eastern ( UTC − 5 / −4 )|
|GNIS ID :||1234013|
Andersonville was a city in Anderson County , South Carolina that was settled around 1800. It was named after Robert Anderson , who was a veteran of the Revolutionary War . Although the city was a thriving textile and trading community, it suffered from repeated flooding and was therefore never hit by the railroad. The expansion of Lake Hartwell displaced what remains of the community (flooded). Today the closest parishes are Hartwell , Georgia , across the lake to the southwest, and Anderson , South Carolina, to the north.
The city of Andersonville settled at the junction of the Seneca River and the Tugaloo River . In 1801 the South Carolina General Assembly founded the city. The town was named after Robert Anderson, one of the commissioners who built the community.
The Southern Clock Company and textile mills were built in the city and the city grew as a commercial and textile center. In 1840 the community was hit by a flood and the textile factories were destroyed. The textile mills were rebuilt, but destroyed by another flood in 1852.
Because of the flooding, the railroads avoided Andersonville. When rail traffic overtook river traffic, the city lost its industry and with it many inhabitants. The Andersonville Post Office closed in 1893.
The area was largely flooded when Lake Hartwell was built. Most of those buried in the cemetery were transferred to Andersonville Baptist Church on the east bank of the lake. Andersonville Island, a narrow island about two miles long, is all that is left of the parish.
- Rootsweb ( November 18, 2007 memento on the Internet Archive ) Information on Lake Hartwell grave relocation.
- Louise Ayer Vandiver, Traditions and History of Anderson County , Ruralist Press, Atlanta, GA, 1928.
- Frank A. Dickson, Journeys into the Past: The Anderson's Region's Heritage , Sponsored by the Anderson County Bicentennial Committee, 1975.