Situated in a scenic area along the base of the Blue Ridge Mountain chain is the town of Travelers Rest, SC. With just over 4,000 residents, this rural charmer is full of history, dating back to the days when Native American tribes were the only inhabitants of this land. Travelers Rest earned its name due to the fact that it was a prime location for taking a load off before or after the daunting task of hiking the mountains on foot. Natives utilized this area for thousands of years before European immigrants began doing the same.
Most of Travelers Rest's citizens live in the city on a long-term basis. They enjoy warm temperatures throughout the year and rarely ever see a flake of snow. A lot of the properties offered in Travelers Rest are off the beaten path, lying in wooded areas outside of the town center. Recent development in the area has led to an increase in population as of late. There are continued plans to modernize and beautiful Travelers Rest, including a conversion of old railways into hiking trails, which will only lead to more real estate and more interest in this Blue Ridge gem.
There is evidence that humans have been in the area for around 3,000 years. Mississippian Indians, which were some of the first Americans to ever exist, maintained an establishment in what is now modern day Travelers Rest for quite some time. Burial sites have been excavated on many properties. Several ruins of the tribe's homes have also been discovered. Once the Mississippians exited the area, other tribes came to reside here, as well.
The Cherokee Nation dominated the land that is now South Carolina until the mid-1700s when the eastern portion of the land joined the state. It wasn't long before Europeans began trickling into the western half, as they found it to be prime grounds for feeding their animals. By the late-1700s, natives were completely driven out and the land they once called home was settled after the American Revolution.
Revolutionary War veterans took up shelter in the fertile farmlands and fresh air. They founded their first church, Reedy River Baptist, and began purchasing land upon which to raise their families. A few years later, a road was built linking Travelers Rest to Knoxville and plantations started to pop up, bringing commerce to the area until the emancipation of slaves in 1865. The original name of Travelers Rest was decided upon as Golgotha, due to it being discovered to have been a Mississippian burial ground. However, that moniker was changed once the area became a settling place for an influx of individuals.
Farming was king in Travelers Rest until the railroad boom of the 1800s and early 1900s. In the winter, Travelers Rest was a popular destination because money could be made year-round. Eventually, industry made its way to Travelers Rest in the form of mills and factories. This brought in more citizens, leaving the total at about 2,000 residents for many years. Once manufacturing waned in Travelers Rest, it became known as a bedroom town for the larger Greenville. Now, there are twice the number of citizens living in Travelers Rest, who mainly commute to work in the city.
Current residents of Travelers Rest enjoy a rich lifestyle. The town, itself, is building up to include many options in dining and retail. Those who live here can stay active through many opportunities for hiking, biking, and sightseeing. All of this while living in some of South Carolina's finest, most affordable real estate. Gated communities set atop emerald golf course backdrops and rural properties with bountiful acreage are just some of the many great reasons to rest your family in Travelers Rest. Let us show you around this nice South Carolina city.
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