The Upstate SC

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — UPSTATE SC | VOLUME 12 — ISSUE 2 52 CLEMSON/SENECA/LAKE KEOWEE BY SERENA STEVENS Relocating to the Palmetto State is not just about big-city living in metro areas like Greenville, Spartanburg or Anderson. While each larger city has its own unique offerings, scattered throughout the Upstate, within easy driving distance of these larger areas, are several great smaller towns with a lot to offer. Here is a look at some great smaller cities and towns that offer residents a unique and affordable quality of life. The City of Clemson is located in Pickens County in the northwestern section of South Carolina. It is best known as home to Clemson University and the Tigers sports teams. The Tigers won the NCAA championships in football in 1981 and almost won it again last year in 2015. With the cultural and sports activities available at Clemson University, the city continues to be a center of activity for the entire Upstate region. Located on the banks of Lake Hartwell, Clemson enjoys a beauty that combines old Southern architecture and modern, sophisticated ambiance producing an interesting and stimulating environment for all who live and work here. Clemson/Seneca/Lake Keowee amenities, entertainment, lake front life As a destination for relocation, Clemson offers a full array of amenities. After a day's shopping at the boutiques and antique shops, take a break and sample the culinary delights with everything from ethnic diversity to good old fashioned Southern cooking available. Looking for more diverse entertainment? The variety of cultural events available at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts is truly amazing. There is a national and international array of music, dance and theatre talent showcased with something for everyone's taste. The South Carolina Botanical Garden is located in Clemson on the university campus. This 295-acre garden has nature trails, pathways, ponds, streams, woodlands, trial gardens, the Bob Campbell Geology Museum, and the Fran Hanson Discovery Center, which has exhibits by local artists. The gardens are the home of the historic Hanover House and a pioneer village featuring the Hunt Log Cabin, which was originally built about 1825. With big-time sporting and recreational events as well as small-town charm, there's no doubt that this "Tiger Town" certainly lives up to its reputation as a great place to call home. A small yet active town of roughly 8,000 residents, Seneca is nestled in the Upstate of South Carolina along the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains and the shores of the pristine 18,500-acre Lake Keowee. Seneca was originally founded as Seneca City and named for a nearby Native American village and the Seneca River. The town was located at the intersection of the Blue Ridge Railroad and the newly built Atlanta and Charlotte Air Line Railroad. Textile mills came in to the area with the construction of the plant-and-mill village era. These plants were the main industry for Seneca for the first half of the 20th century. However, as with many other southern cities, most all these textile plants have been closed. With the construction of the nearby lakes, the area saw dramatic and positive changes. The recreation provided by the lakes and other attractions, such as nearby Clemson University, brought many retirees from other parts of the country. Several great communities have now been built in the area. In and around Seneca, there are a number of historic buildings and districts that are on the National Register of Historic Places. Ten colleges, universities or technical colleges are within a two-hour drive of the city. What makes Seneca such a great place to relocate is the variety of home offerings with several golf course communities and lake front communities. If none of the

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