Small Town We Love: Pendleton, South Carolina

December 28, 2012 | By | Comments (6)
Photo by Gary Clark

Photo by Gary Clark

One of the Upstate’s oldest communities stays young thanks to a downtown filled with unique shops and restaurants and the nearby Clemson University.

Population: 2,986

Stoplight Count: 3

Charm Factor: Pendleton has one of the largest National Historic Districts in the country. Charleston plantation owners came here to escape the city’s heat and malaria in the late 1700s, and several of their homes—such as Woodburn and Ashtabula (—still stand. After taking a house tour, check into the Liberty Hall Inn (

Pendleton’s “Main” Street:  The Village Green, anchored by the Farmers’ Society Hall and surrounded by shops such as Blue Ridge Antiques & Refinishing (864/646-6008) and Still on the Square (, acts as Pendleton’s town center.

Must-try Delicacy: The Village Bakery & Café owner Barbara Rizzo often sells out of her quiche of the day ($6.49;

Local Rivalry: Smoke & Blue ( and The Smokin’ Pig (864/646-5150) vie for saucy superiority.

Late-Night Tradition: At Breazeale’s Grocery Bluegrass (, bands gather every Saturday for a traditional jam.

Talk of the Town: Early this year, Pendleton won a $25,000 Our Town grant from the National Endowment of the Arts to update its town center.

Claim to Fame: Split Creek Farm ( won the gold medal at the 2010 World Championship Cheese Contest in Wisconsin.

Mayoral Endorsement: “Order the wings at Islander Pub & Grille” (864/646-6337). “Easily the best I’ve ever had,” says Mayor Frank Crenshaw.

Photo by Gary Clark

Photo by Gary Clark



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    September 17, 2014 at 8:46 pm
  2. Phyllis ritchie

    Shame you didn’t mention The Mercantile, a store that has been on the Square for 25 years. The Earl Girls offer many classes in beading and stamping. They have a wonderful selection of toys, gifts, candles, wind chimes, candy, greeting cards as well as supplies for stamping and beading. They are continuing the dream of their mother.

    April 17, 2013 at 8:36 pm
  3. Margaret Jackson Neely

    My daughter and I saw this article and couldn’t wait until spring break so we could go see this amazing town and eat at the Village Bakery and Café and check out all of the shops. I am sad to say that the day was a big disappointment. The shrimp quiche was rubbery and nearly black on top, and the coleslaw had no taste at all. We enjoyed Still on the Square and found some cute stamps at another store but that’s about all.

    April 10, 2013 at 4:11 pm
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  5. Christopher Carroll

    The Smokin Pig vs. who? There’s no rivalry. The Smokin’ Pig all the way 🙂

    January 6, 2013 at 11:44 pm
  6. Cindy Higgins

    Wonderful write-up, but as a business owner on the square in Pendleton (our store is the oldest retail store on the square – in our 25th year), we notice that all big publicity features only 2 sides of the square – Main & Exchange Streets… a square has 4 sides. The other sides are Mechanic & East Queen Streets. Those 2 streets are the home of over a dozen businesses.
    Thank you for featuring our beautiful town.

    January 3, 2013 at 7:21 am

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