Welcome to the Award Winning Anderson County Museum

1983-2018

Celebrating 35 years of preserving and displaying Anderson County history, as well as providing a fun place to explore and learn! 

Our 12,000 square foot gallery offers inspiration and innovative experiences through our collections, exhibitions, programs and events. We engage visitors with our artifact-driven approach in galleries that are not static, but offer new and exciting exhibits, events and programs monthly.

For more than 30 years we have told the stories of Anderson County and South Carolina. These stories educate visitors on the local, regional, and national significance our rich history proclaims.  As a museum with more than 25,000 artifacts, our permanent exhibits are always changing. New temporary exhibits are presented quarterly as we collect, preserve, and interpret objects in the ACM collection.

It’s Our Birthday!

We have tons of stuff planned for our 35th Anniversary! Check them out below!

History Happy Hour
November 15, 2018 5:30 pm
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American Girl Club
November 17, 2018 11:00 am
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A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
November 20, 2018 5:30 pm
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Coloring for Adults
November 27, 2018 5:00 pm
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Dinosaur Club
December 1, 2018 11:00 am
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Elf of the Shelf 2018 Kickoff Party
December 4, 2018 5:30 pm
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Anderson in the Movies: Trading Church Street
December 8, 2018 11:00 am
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Preschool Hour
December 13, 2018 10:30 am
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New Site to Store

Check out our new Online Order Pickup feature!

For the month of October, you can purchase shirts, hats, bags, buttons, key chains, magnets, grab bags, and more from our website to pick up when you visit! This includes all current event stuff, and some limited edition items for this month only! There are some 35th Anniversary exclusives, so get your order in before they are gone! Limited time.

Online Store Opening October 1st

Anderson County Museum Hisotry

1978

The museum’s “Founding Father” Fred Whitten, while president of the Anderson County Historical...
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October 7, 1982

Representatives of local historical organizations, including the Anderson County Historical Society,...
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October, 1983

The first item accessioned was the Glenn Street School cornerstone...
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October 23, 1983

The museum’s Grand Opening consisted of exhibits featuring items donated by Whitten...
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January, 1984

Visitation records began to be kept.
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Spring, 1984

Donna Roper was assigned to be Museum Curator under Hurley Badders.
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March 20, 1984

County Council made the museum a division of the Pendleton District Commission...
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1985

New fire station built.
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December 7, 1988

Anderson County Airport becomes Anderson Regional Airport.
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1991

With the construction of a new county courthouse, the old courthouse building was closed...
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1991

Civic Center built.
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January, 1992

The Advisory Committee conducted a re-organizational meeting after which the Anderson County Chapter...
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March 14, 1994

The museum reopened in the renovated courthouse. It was located in a third floor suite...
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August, 1996

The Anderson County Council voted to designate the recently vacated County Home building...
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June 4, 1997

At a meeting of the Advisory Committee, County Administrator Joey Preston proposed that...
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October 5, 1998

Paula Reel hired as first Director of the Museum through May 31, 2005.
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January, 2001

A fundraising campaign was started for the restoration of the Robert Anderson Fountain...
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November 1, 2002

The Robert Anderson Memorial Fountain restoration project was completed...
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April 15, 2003

Turbines and Textiles Exhibit, South Carolina Heritage Corridor Exhibit...
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May 18, 2003

The Grand Opening of our present facility occurred on International Museum Day.
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September, 2003

Alison Hinman hired as second curator and retired May 1, 2015.
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October, 2003

Let us Worship Church Exhibit opened.
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November 15, 2003

Keep the Home Fires Burning Military Exhibit opened.
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2004

Original Museum Store opened.
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March, 2005

The restoration and conservation of the McGee Harness Shop...
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May 15, 2005

King of Mirth Exhibit opened. The restored McGee Harness Shop was open to the public.
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August 24, 2007

Exhibit By the Book the History of Education in Anderson County was opened.
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January, 2008

Beverly Childs hired as Museum Executive Director...
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May 3, 2008

Museum Gallery named after Fred Whitten and becomes the Fred Whitten Gallery...
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May 23, 2008

Orr Monument was moved from Orr Mill to the Anderson County Museum...
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May 26, 2008

Sally Rose Miniature House Exhibit opened.
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May 7, 2009

Pendleton District Historical, Recreational and Tourism Commission gifted...
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June, 2009

Anderson Heritage provided funding to move the One Room School House...
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October 23, 2009

Opened Trade Street Exhibit. The Anderson County Museum published our first picture book...
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June 1, 2010

Opened Anderson Baseball Hall of Fame Exhibit.
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October, 2010

Director Beverly Childs and Friends of the Anderson County Museum republished...
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May 1, 2012

Desolate Pride Civil War Sesquicentennial Exhibit opened.
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April 18, 2013

Opened Routes of History Phase I.
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October, 2013

Museum fundraised and published A Necessary War: Anderson County Residents Remember World War II...
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April 8, 2014

Opened Routes of History Phase II.
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September 5, 2014

Friends Board Museum Store was relocated to a new location right inside the front door...
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October 14, 2014

The Reading and Research Room was renamed after our first ACM Curator Donna Roper...
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June 29, 2015

Dustin Norris hired as the third Curator and Registrar.
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July, 2015

A portion of the ACM Collection cataloged in Past Perfect was put online...
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November 20, 2015

Opened Routes of History Phase III and launched the book Anderson Memories: the Early Years...
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