Since 1983 the award winning Anderson County Museum has been the custodian of local and regional history. We preserve and interpret artifacts that document the history of Anderson County and South Carolina for present and future generations. As a key element in the cultural arts scene, we contribute significantly to the intellectual landscape of Anderson County through our exhibits and programs. We value education and provide an environment for the community and visitors alike to explore, discover and enjoy history. The Friends of the Anderson County Museum is a private 501(C)3 non-profit organization. Gifts made to the Friends of the Anderson County Museum exclusively support Museum exhibits and programs. Anderson County funds the Museum’s staff and the operation of its building.
Welcome to Anderson County Museum!
For 33 years the Anderson County Museum (ACM) has collected, preserved, and interpreted artifacts that document the history of Anderson and South Carolina. We educate a diverse audience by creating a place where visitors find meaning in learning the local, regional, and national significance of Anderson and South Carolina.
Anderson County History Timeline
July, 1853Blue Ridge branch from Belton completed to connect with Columbia and Greenville RR.
1868Pickens County split to form Oconee County, Anderson District becomes Anderson County.
May 1, 1895High Shoals plant produces first electricity transmitted over long distance lines in South...
November 1, 1897Portman Shoals power house begins operation (11,000 volts over 12 miles).
December 29, 1901Freshet washes away center of Portman Shoals Dam and floods power house...
June, 1911Greenville, Spartanburg & Anderson Electric Railway begins building freight yard...
Anderson County Museum Timeline
1978The museum’s “Founding Father” Fred Whitten, while president of the Anderson County Historical...
October 7, 1982Representatives of local historical organizations, including the Anderson County Historical Society,...
October 23, 1983The museum’s Grand Opening consisted of exhibits featuring items donated by Whitten...
March 20, 1984County Council made the museum a division of the Pendleton District Commission...
1991With the construction of a new county courthouse, the old courthouse building was closed...
January, 1992The Advisory Committee conducted a re-organizational meeting after which the Anderson County Chapter...
March 14, 1994The museum reopened in the renovated courthouse. It was located in a third floor suite...
August, 1996The Anderson County Council voted to designate the recently vacated County Home building...
June 4, 1997At a meeting of the Advisory Committee, County Administrator Joey Preston proposed that...
January, 2001A fundraising campaign was started for the restoration of the Robert Anderson Fountain...
November 1, 2002The Robert Anderson Memorial Fountain restoration project was completed...
May 18, 2003The Grand Opening of our present facility occurred on International Museum Day.
May 15, 2005King of Mirth Exhibit opened. The restored McGee Harness Shop was open to the public.
August 24, 2007Exhibit By the Book the History of Education in Anderson County was opened.
May 3, 2008Museum Gallery named after Fred Whitten and becomes the Fred Whitten Gallery...
October 23, 2009Opened Trade Street Exhibit. The Anderson County Museum published our first picture book...
October, 2010Director Beverly Childs and Friends of the Anderson County Museum republished...
October, 2013Museum fundraised and published A Necessary War: Anderson County Residents Remember World War II...
September 5, 2014Friends Board Museum Store was relocated to a new location right inside the front door...
October 14, 2014The Reading and Research Room was renamed after our first ACM Curator Donna Roper...
November 20, 2015Opened Routes of History Phase III and launched the book Anderson Memories: the Early Years...
ACM Advisory Committee
The Anderson County Museum Advisory Committee is appointed by the Anderson County Council. The committee functions and is governed by the State of South Carolina, County of Anderson ordinance 99-018.
Elizabeth Harris, Secretary
Tim Medlin, Chair
Lowry Wilson, Vice Chair
Timothy Medlin, Chair
Lowry Wilson, Vice Chair
Elizabeth Harris, Secretary
ACM Friends Board 2017-2018
The Friends of the Anderson County Museum is a private 501(C)3 non-profit organization. Gifts made to the Friends of the Anderson County Museum exclusively support Museum exhibits and programs. Anderson County funds the Museum’s staff and the operation of its building.
2018 Chair Winter Night Gala
Taylor Allen, Store Chair
Simms Brooks, Secretary
Jean Niles, Past President
Marshall Pickens, III
John Tucker, Vice Chair
How to Book a Tour
The Anderson County Museum (ACM) offers docent-led tours of the ACM gallery for both adults and school groups ages third grade and older. Kindergarten, first and second graders are offered a field trip with a scavenger hunt. Our school programs are designed to address South Carolina social studies standards. Homeschool, Charter and Virtual On-line groups are encouraged to tour. Docent led tours are offered to groups of ten or more.
Tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance by e-mailing or calling the Museum Educator – Linda Loparo email@example.com | (864) 260-6559 or the main number at (864) 260-4737. Please inform us of any special needs or interests in your group when scheduling your tour.
In-depth examination of the history of Anderson County and South Carolina is provided to groups as they explore the events and forces which have shaped this County. Through a guided tour of our award-winning gallery, Anderson County history is traced though permanent and temporary exhibits.
Chewing gum, food and beverages are not allowed in the gallery. Cameras with flash are not permitted.
The minimum size for a docent led tour is ten or more people. Most school tours can accommodate 100 students in groups of 25. Special arrangements can be made for larger groups when time and space are available. Kindergarten, first and second graders must have one adult for every five students. Older school groups should have an adult for every ten students. Teachers are responsible for supervising their students while in the museum and must accompany students at all times.
Admission is free but be we ask for donations.
202 East Greenville Street
Anderson, South Carolina
Tuesday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Wednesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Anderson County Museum exhibits are handicap accessible. Accessible parking is available in front of the facility entrance for vehicles displaying the appropriate disability permits. This parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is a drop-off only area, allowing a driver to drop a disabled passenger off at the entrance to the museum. A wheelchair is available free of charge on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please request it at our visitor’s desk. The Museum is also equipped with accessible restrooms, and drinking fountains.
From I- 85/ Charlotte: Take Exit 27 onto SC Highway 81N, turn left toward Anderson. The Anderson County Museum is located at 202 E. Greenville Street which is on the left in 9.26 miles.
From I-85/Atlanta: Take Exit 27 onto SC Highway 81N, turn right toward Anderson. The Museum is located at 202 E. Greenville Street which is on the left in 9.26 miles.