City Government / Elected Officials:
SC Senator: William H. O'Dell
Pelzer is located along the Saluda River in eastern Anderson County. The incorporated portion of the town is
only a small part of the two mill villages, upper and lower,
that make up what is commonly known as Pelzer.
The town was founded in the 1800's along with the Pelzer Manufacturing Co. A pioneer in the use of electricity, the company bought the first power generators made by the fledgling General Electric Co., to run its two mills, one of them the largest in the United States at the time. A consolidated hydro station with two dams still generates power on the Saluda River.
The two mills have been torn down and only a few buildings and debris mark the sites of the upper and lower mills around which the town was built.
At one time, the Southern Railroad tracks separated Pelzer from West Pelzer.
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Pelzer Historic Society
There is for the first time in the one hundred plus years of Pelzer, South Carolina history, a historical society dedicated to preserving, restoring, and publishing when advisable its history. From the Pelzer Manufacturing Companys inception in the minds of those honorable men from Charleston, South Carolina to this present day of March 17, 2008, the Pelzer SC area was and still is a unique point of history in the use of electricity. It was the first place in the world to ever have electricity generated at a distance specifically for manufacturing purposes. It was this history that inspired us to initiate the beginning of a National Historic District for the Pelzer, South Carolina area in November of 2007, thanks to the assistance of the Town of Pelzer and the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.
We also initiated a preservation project of preserving sports photographs in the Historic Pelzer Gym. The product we recommended and proceeded to implement included none other than the best frames from our preservation company resource Light Impressions. We also initiated a continuous oral history project for our archives. We participated in the Pelzer Christmas Holiday Fair of 2007 among other celebrations and historic functions. Our latest preservation building project includes the Historic Pelzer Library on Courtney (Courtenay) ST Pelzer, SC.
Research on Pelzer history was initiated since before our beginning and continues to unfold to this day. We understand, just like fellow history buffs or preservationists understand, the magnitude of work involved in preserving history and the importance of milestones in those efforts. We take this moment, this day, to recognize and celebrate the reason for this letter.
It is with great pleasure that we announce the Community of Pelzer Historical Society as officially incorporated.
We received special assistance from Nick Gambrell, Curator, of the Oconee Heritage Center, Jackie Reynolds, the President of the Pendleton Historic Commission, Brad Sauls of the Department of Archives and History and those of the Second Presbyterian Church of Charleston, SC. I personally thank one who inspired our early efforts and provided words of encouragement: Mr. Ben Hornsby Jr. Thank you. I also personally thank those who have been a continuous source of inspiration: the Smyth descendants of Captain Ellison Adger Smyth, the listed President and Treasurer of the Pelzer Manufacturing Company.
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