Hometown Spotlight: Williamston

Our 7news Daybreak Hometown Spotlight is in Williamston.  We are working to show what’s special and unique about the towns and cities in our area.

The town of Williamston transforms into a winter wonderland during the holidays.  Mineral Spring Park has lights and Christmas decorations.  That’s where the town holds their “Deck the Halls” ceremony

Williamston is near the Saluda river in Anderson County where a dam powered local mills and provided electricity in the early 1900s.  It was a town known for its cotton mills.

Allen Williams founded Williamston after coming in 1842 after finding the mineral spring.  The town grew and became a major resort when the railroads arrived in 1851. The Mammoth Hotel was built near the spring and was the largest building in the state at that time, featuring 150 rooms plus bowling alleys and ballrooms.

The town was initially known as Mineral Springs, but this was changed to Williamston. The Mineral Spring park, is now thought to be one of the oldest public parks in the nation.

Baseball great Shoeless Joe Jackson took his first steps on nearby Pelzer’s mill hill.

Other events in Williamston include: The Mineral Springs Christmas Park, Deck the Halls Christmas Tree Event, Fall Scarecrow Event, July Fourth Fireworks display and Celebration, Party In The Park Celebration, Pig In The Park Barbecue Cook Off, Springwater Festival and Car Show, Homestead Festival

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