PENDLETON — Costumed tour guide Ellen Harrison will give tours on Aug. 8 and Aug. 9 through the historic town of Pendleton. The tours are about two miles in length and will last about two hours.
Pendleton was founded in 1790 by the Scots-Irish, who came down the Great Wagon Road from Pennsylvania and Maryland, Revolutionary War veterans, who received land grants for their military service, and wealthy Charlestonians, either starting new lives or escaping the summer heat.
These diverse people formed what soon became the political, economic, and social capital of the Upstate.
Early architectural practices evident in houses built between 1793 and 1860 will be discussed as well as the lives of the people who lived in them. Diaries and letters of early Pendletonians will be used to talk about the personalities and accomplishments of these early settlers.
The tours begins at 10 a.m. outside of historic Hunter’s Store, 125 E. Queen St., and are held rain or shine. The cost is $5.
The tours are sponsored by the Pendleton District Commission, tourism and archive center for Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties.