March 30, 2007

City Fish Country Fish

Filed under: Downtown, Hooked on Arts — lessie @ 1:48 am

The “country” side of this fish sculpture, located in front of the Anderson Visitors and Convention Bureau. Click here for the “city” side. 🙂

This fish is one of my favorites in the sculpture series. I notice something new each time I see it.


March 29, 2007

Established 1815

I’ve driven by this Anderson County church countless times on Highway 178 but never stoppped to look. It’s really a very special community landmark. Lebanon, I imagine, is the community name: both this church and the old community school nearby are so named.

The cemetery behind is old (for U.S. standards) with graves dating from the early 1800s. The plaque near the church door explains that the church was established in 1815, and the present building was built in 1911. (I love the shape of this church and its tower.) More pictures are here.

March 28, 2007

Rural route

Filed under: Anderson County — lessie @ 1:39 pm

I love this row of mailboxes. Just off Highway 178, Anderson County.

Maggie and Lily had fun exploring this part of the county as well. 🙂

March 27, 2007

Century Farm

Filed under: Anderson County, Historic District, Markers, & Flags — lessie @ 3:40 pm

I was fascinated to stumble upon this “Century Farm” in Anderson County on Gentry Road, off Highway 178. I originally stopped to take a picture because of the bell. A friend who had grown up in Anderson County told me that these bells are typically old farm bells, used to call hands in from the field. She also mentioned that many had been stolen from old farm houses in the area — probably to resell on the antique market.

Out of pride most likely, the owners here moved their farm bell to a principal location at the front of their property. Stopping to take a picture, I read the sign. (You can see it up close here.) This is a farm designated “Century” by South Carolina’s historic tri-county Pendleton District because it has been in the same family for over 100 years. Very cool.

March 26, 2007

Iron bouquet

Filed under: Anderson County, Cemeteries — lessie @ 2:17 pm

This grave site from the turn of the century (well, the last century!) is surrounded by this beautiful iron railing. Located in the cemetery of Lebanon Baptist Church, Anderson County, just off 178 Liberty Highway. Additional pictures from the cemetery are here.

March 25, 2007

One child in service

Filed under: Boulevard Historic District (Local Designation) — lessie @ 6:14 pm

This flag would not have meant anything to me if I did not enjoy World War II memorbelia. Somewhere along the way, I learned this flag with one star signifies one son in service. There were flags with two stars and more rarily three stars, signifying the great sacrifice the family made to its country. I wonder if this flag is from the World War II era, and a family member pulled it from the attic to hang for this war as well. I haven’t seen any such flags new, so I can’t help but think that is probably the case. Sobering.

On a lighter note, I took the above photo in Anderson’s Boulevard Historic District on Saturday. My fuzzy and aching head, itchy eyes, and runny nose started with a vengence. The dreaded pollen. Pollen bothers me so badly, I hesitate to walk outdoors. Saturday’s glorious weather proved how foolish staying indoors can be. I’m off to the drugstore to buy allergy medicine, and I will don with religiousity a face mask — all to enjoy this beautiful weather.

March 24, 2007

No parking

Filed under: Bridges, Roads, RRs & Transport, Downtown — lessie @ 6:48 pm

‘Nuff said, huh? 🙂 Captured near McGee’s Irish Pub, under the Murray Avenue Bridge.

March 23, 2007

Church Sign

Filed under: Churches, Schools, & Nonprofits, Highway 28 — lessie @ 2:18 pm

Another angled shot. I’m incorrigible. I know it’s not the best, but I couldn’t resist. I wanted both the sign and the glorious steeple (which may have housed a church bell at one time).

This sweet church is located on Highway 28. Technically, like the sign alludes to, it is located in Orrville. But Orrville is such a small community and so seamlessly blended with Anderson that I drove this street for ages without realizing Orrville existed. I believe Orrville is a former mill community, named after the founder of the local textile mill.

Why did I want the sign in the picture? Nostaglic and perverse reasons, I guess. Church signs with similar motivational sayings are located all over rural (and even metropolitan) South Carolina. Perhaps other areas as well? I dislike their trite truisms. Christianity for me can’t be summed up into a sentence. (“Turn or burn” is one that makes me laugh — and shake my head equally.) Unlike my feelings though, many South Carolinians LOVE this custom. So I try to be respectful of others’ feelings and not make fun. I take Christ seriously afterall — just not these little sayings. Guess what my mom gave me for Christmas? It was a desk daily calendar — of church sign sayings! I smiled and thanked her. Emily Dickinson rolled over in her grave with its printing. But my mom loves them. And I love my mom. So I kept my trap shut for once. 🙂

March 22, 2007

Please use side entrance

Filed under: Highway 28 — lessie @ 1:51 pm

I took this picture because I was struck by the neon sign — lit up, inviting people in, contrary to the bars and burn marks. Then I noticed the “Please Use Side Entrance” sign. That must be the ticket. Located along Highway 28, heading into Anderson.

March 21, 2007

Handprint Fish

Filed under: Hooked on Arts — lessie @ 2:43 pm

The sign for this fish doesn’t indicate what group of children created this fish for Anderson — and it would be fun to know — but I like the idea of local children participating in the fish sculpture series. 🙂

This fish is located in the grounds of the Anderson Visitors and Convention Bureau, downtown.

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