Introduction to Clemson, South Carolina
Clemson, South Carolina, in Pickens county, is 27 miles SW of Greenville, South Carolina (center to center) and 110 miles NE of Atlanta, Georgia. The city is considered part of the Greenville - Spartanburg - Anderson metropolitan area. Clemson has a population of 11,939.
In the 1890s, the area now known as Clemson was a village in Pickens county and was known as Calhoun. James W. Crawford purchased land in this area in 1844. Following his death, the land was acquired by a number of individuals. Boggs, one of the owners, had the land surveyed in 1892 and laid out the streets. On December 18 of that year, Calhoun received its first incorporation charter. Gradually, railroad tracks were constructed, and a cotton mill began its operations near the town. The Clemson Agricultural College of South Carolina was established in this area in November, 1889. The Calhoun community that bordered this college was renamed Clemson in 1943. This name was in honor of the founder of the institute, Thomas Green Clemson.
Clemson and nearby Attractions
- Hanover House
- Oconee Station State Historic Site
- Pickens County Museum of Art & History
- Twelvemile Creek
- South Carolina State Botanical Garden
- Clemson Shopping Center
Things To Do In Clemson
Visitors to Clemson can visit the numerous historical sites and museums near the city. The Oconee Station State Historic Site is located on the frontier fort built in the late 18th century. The Pickens County Museum of Art & History, Irma Morris Museum of Fine Art, and England's General Merchandise Museum showcase interesting exhibits illustrating the region’s history and art. One can also visit the local churches incluing the Old Stone Church, Mount Tabor Baptist Church, and Abel Baptist Church. Clemson Shopping Center and University Square Shopping Center are ideal locations for those who enjoy shopping. In addition, the city hosts the Spittoono festival every year in August.
Anderson Regional Airport provides facilities for air transportation.
Clemson Higher Education
Clemson University is the local institute of higher education. Tri-County Technical College and Furman University are also nearby.