By Stan Welch
The Anderson County Council approved a resolution recognizing the contributions of the Pelzer Heritage Commission in helping to preserve the history of the mill town that lies on the banks of the Saluda River.
Key in the preservation and beautification movement were the efforts of Dianne Lollis, founding members of the Commission. Lollis currently serves as the organization’s president, while Coker is Vice President. Both grew up in the original mill village, and have been instrumental in the leadership and direction of the Commission’s efforts.
Among the Commission’s achievements are, to date, the clean-up of the old Pelzer Mill office building, restoration of the Lower Mill flag pole, preservation of the town’s historic cemeteries, and the establishment of Overlook Park on the Saluda River. Serving as a pass through organization for grant monies pursued with the assistance of Anderson County and other state and federal entities, the Commission stepped up its game in 2013, purchasing both the Upper and Lower mill sites, and cooperating with the county to initiate cleanup efforts.
The resolution approved by Council, and sponsored by District Seven Councilwoman Cindy Wilson, applauds both the Commission and its leadership for their determination and dedication to the town of Pelzer, thanks them for a job well done in the service of their community; and cites them for achieving what many said was impossible.
By Stan Welch