Andersonville, South Carolina

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Nickname : Old Andersonville
Map of South Carolina highlighting Anderson County.svg
Location of Anderson County in the state of South Carolina
Basic data
State : United States
State : South carolina
County : Anderson County, South Carolina
Coordinates : 34 ° 27 ′  N , 82 ° 51 ′  W Coordinates: 34 ° 27 ′  N , 82 ° 51 ′  W
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.

Web links

Individual evidence

  • 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.