Barron Cooley, an Anderson resident and pilot, took the above photo of Apple and Andersonville Islands in Hartwell Lake. You can see the image larger here.
Apple Island is in the foreground where the trees are. Actually Apple Island is not technically an island even when the lake is full, because there is an earthen dam that is visible in the shadows of the above picture that you must cross to be on the island. If your photo posted yesterday is the gate to the Apple Island boat ramp, what you see from your photo is not Apple Island….If you were going down the road and the gate you shot is on the left, a little ways straight down the road would be another closed gate, and that would be the entrance to Apple Island. It has been closed for twenty years or so because of excess drinking and fighting from people hanging out at night there. Not boaters, just drunks. Even stabbings and shootings were happening. Very rough place.
There was a town called Andersonville, at the other end of the island back in the 1700’s (?) at the convergence of the Seneca and Tugaloo rivers that formed the Savannah river. It was when they took cotton from the upstate to the coast, down the Savannah river. The town was flooded regularly and when the railroad came to be, they no longer needed to ship cotton and supplies by boat, so the town was eventually abandoned. I don’t remember how much later, but the current town of Anderson was selected at its current site. This is from rough memory so take it with a grain of salt.