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Williamston in Anderson County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Williamston

Saratoga of the South

 
 
Williamston Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, January 25, 2009
1. Williamston Marker
Inscription.
A South Carolina "Spa"
In 1852, following the discovery of a "healing" spring and the announcement that the railroad was going to be running through the area, the Town of Williamston was chartered. In time, lots were sold for houses to be built, streets were laid, and schools and churches were founded. several hotels were built and prior to the Civil War, Williamston became one of the largest resorts in the South. It became known as the "Saratoga of the South," referring to New York's Saratoga Springs, another well-known community founded because of its natural springs. Unfortunately, by 1860 a devastating fire burned two of the hotels and several other structures and, with the onset of the Civil War, the town lost its primary recreational activity.

Today Williamston preserves its rich heritage and invites visitors to tour the town and nearby park to see the famous springs.

Economic Resurgence
In 1872, the hotel which was built to replace those burned by fire was purchased by Mr. Samuel Lander. The Williamston Female College was founded on February 12, 1878 in this location. Following the establishment of the college, the Williamston Hotel opened. Thus three hotels were then located in the town. However, in 1900, these three were not enough to accommodate the demand for rooms.

Hotels
Williamston Marker - South Carolina "Spa" Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, January 25, 2009
2. Williamston Marker - South Carolina "Spa"
and Community Services

In 1904, the Williamston Female College relocated to nearby Greenwood where its name was changed to Lander College. The vacated building was once again converted into a hotel, Park View Hotel. It was later purchased and renamed as the Colonial Hotel. In 1924, the Colonial Hotel closed its doors and was replaced by the elementary school. In 1965, the old Williamston Hotel was destroyed by fire.

"It was fitted with every modern convenience, the one hundred and fifty rooms were always full. Lighted by gas and served by an army of trained waiters, the marry throng from Charleston and the lowcountry danced the hours away to the inspiring measures of a splendid orchestra, or strolled out among the magnificent oaks, catching in every breath freshness, vigor, health and happiness from the pure air blown straight off the brow of Caesar's Head and from the magic power of the Chalybeate crystal waters, which flow still so constant, so free, so powerful at the foot of the hill when they first rush out to meet the sun." -- Anderson Intelligencer, October 1896.
 
Erected by South Carolina Heritage Corridor.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the South Carolina Heritage Corridor marker series.
 
Location. 34° 37.017′ 
Williamston Marker - Economic Resurgence/Hotels and Community Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, January 25, 2009
3. Williamston Marker - Economic Resurgence/Hotels and Community
N, 82° 28.767′ W. Marker is in Williamston, South Carolina, in Anderson County. Marker is on Spring Street. Click for map. Marker is located adjacent to the gazebo-covered spring. Marker is in this post office area: Williamston SC 29697, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. West Allen Williams (within shouting distance of this marker); West Allen Williams Memorial Gravesite (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gist Rifles Monument (about 500 feet away); Williamston 9-11 Monument (about 600 feet away); Williamston Female College (about 600 feet away); Confederate Skirmish (about 800 feet away); Williamston Municipal Center (about 800 feet away); Big Creek Baptist Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Pelzer Presbyterian Church (approx. 2.1 miles away); "Lord, We Are Grateful" (approx. 4.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Williamston.
 
Also see . . .
1. Town of Williamston, South Carolina. The Williamston Municipal Center was originally constructed by WPA labor in 1939 as Williamston High School. (Submitted on January 29, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. Williamston, South Carolina. Williamston is a town in Anderson County, South Carolina, United States, that is adjacent to the small towns of
Williamston Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, January 25, 2009
4. Williamston Marker
Pelzer and West Pelzer. (Submitted on January 29, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Natural FeaturesNotable BuildingsNotable PlacesSettlements & SettlersWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
Williamston Marker and Gazebo Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, January 25, 2009
5. Williamston Marker and Gazebo
Williamston Park Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, circa 1900
6. Williamston Park
Williamston Spring Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, January 25, 2009
7. Williamston Spring
Mineral Spring Park Stage Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, May 26, 2009
8. Mineral Spring Park Stage
Historic Boy Scout Cabin Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, May 26, 2009
9. Historic Boy Scout Cabin
Williamston Spring and Gazebo Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, January 25, 2009
10. Williamston Spring and Gazebo
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,110 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   8, 9. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   10. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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