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The Clemson area embraces a rich heritage that goes back hundreds of years. The region was mainly rural and agricultural in nature during its early years, and hosted a small industry of sawmills and gristmills. Like much of the south, the area coped with many hardships as a result of the Civil War, but the Clemson area stayed strong during those ensuing years. It began to rebuild and experienced much in the way of growth with the coming of the Atlanta and Charlotte Air Line Railroad (later known as the Southern Railway) in the 1870s and the establishment of Clemson University (originally called Clemson College – then an all-male military school) in 1893. In addition to Clemson College, students soon had the choice of attending Southern Wesleyan University, which opened in 1906 and later in 1962 Tri-County Technical College.

The Clemson area continued to grow and develop, bringing in new industries and residents looking for opportunity, top-notch education and a nice climate – characteristics that remain important draws to this day. Clemson’s population has gradually increased over the last couple of decades, standing at just over 11,000 in 1990 and reaching nearly 14,000 by 2010 – a number that does not include the influx of students attending Clemson University (19,000+), Southern Wesleyan University (2,400+) and Tri-County Technical College (nearly 7,000) each school year. Additional communities, including Central (5,159), Pendleton (2,964) and Six Mile (675), have continued to grow alongside the city of Clemson, adding much to the appeal of this wonderful region.

The area maintains many historic sites, including Fort Hill (the former home of John C. Calhoun), historic gristmills, churches, plantations and several informative museums. For those interested in learning the history of the greater Clemson area, plan on visiting Central Heritage Museum, Anderson County Museum, Oconee Heritage Museum and many other historically rich attractions.

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