Town of Pelzer SC
Incorporated: Chartered March 17, 1952
103 Courtney St.
PO Box 427
Pelzer, SC 29669
City Government / Elected Officials:
Non- partison. Elected officials serve two-year terms with terms expiring on alternate years. Pelzer town council meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the Pelzer Community Building located at the Monkey Park behind Bi-Lo.
Phone: (864) 947-6231
Town Council 2016:
Town Administrator (part time) – Lyle K. “Skip” Watkins (864) 947-6231
Municipal Clerk – Heather Holcombe (864) 947-6231
Lead Maintenance Tech – Brad West (864) 704-6876
Community Building Director – Shelby Stanton (864) 221-6719
Recreation Director – B. J. Tompkins (864) 933-6262
Town Attorney – Jimmy R. King
Police, Fire or Medical Emergencies – Call 911
SC Senator – Election (May 2016) to fill unexpired term of Sen. William “Billy” O’Dell
SC Representative – Joshua Putnam House Dist. 10; Anne Thayer House Dist. 9
Pelzer is located along the Saluda River in eastern Anderson County. Until 2015, the incorporated portion of the town was only a small part of the two mill villages, upper and lower, that make up what is commonly known as Pelzer. With a successful annexation effort the entire upper and lower mill villages were officially brought into the town in July 2015.
The town was founded in the 1800’s along with the Pelzer Manufacturing Co. A pioneer in the use of electricity, the company bought the first power generators made by the fledgling General Electric Co., to run its two mills, one of them the largest in the United States at the time. A consolidated hydro station with two dams still generates power on the Saluda River.
The two mills have been torn down and only a few buildings and debris mark the sites of the upper and lower mills around which the town was built.
At one time, the Southern Railroad tracks separated Pelzer from West Pelzer.
Pelzer was chartered as a town on March 17, 1952.
Pelzer residents thrilled with annexation
Pelzer approves second reading on annexation ordinance
Pelzer to hold second reading on annexation July 20
Pelzer Annexation Special meeting to approve
Pelzer Annexation Referendum 2015
Pelzer Annexation related
Clubs & Organizations
Pelzer Heritage Commission – Formed in 2010
A group of local “Pelzerites” as they call themselves, originally formed the Pelzer Pride Committee in 2010 and began planning what they called “A big reunion.”
The committee became the Pelzer Heritage Commission in October 2010 and received approval of Pelzer Town Council, making their efforts official.
The commission is made up of local people, all of whom were either born in Pelzer and/or lived in Pelzer from a very young age, according to spokesperson Margaret Jamison, who serves on the committee along with eleven others.
One of their goals is to preserve the town and village, as well as to restore the pride in the town. Their first event was “Come Home to Pelzer – A Blast from the Past.”
The event was planned as a big reunion. Anyone who lived in Pelzer or attended Pelzer grade school or high school at any time was invited to attend.
The event was held on Saturday, November 13 with tours of the Pelzer Auditorium, the Pelzer School and Pelzer Presbyterian Church. Tours of the church were accompanied by music played on the one hundred year old church organ by Lee Gray.
Following the tours, a large group gathered at the Pelzer Gym for food, entertainment pictures, memorabilia and fellowship. The Pelzer Heritage Commission had commemorative Christmas ornaments, T-shirts and throws for sale.
Anyone interested in purchasing a Pelzer souvenir item or wanting additional information is asked to contact Dianne Lollis at 847-5743, Linda Lee Lozano at 947-2683 or Larry Coker at 243-9120.
The Pelzer Heritage Commission meets at the gym.
Founding members of the Pelzer Heritage Commission include: Pelzer Mayor Kenneth Davis; Dianne Lollis, President; Linda Lee Lozano, First Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer; Larry Coker, Second Vice President; John Kelly, Pat Kelly, Jimmy Harrision, Tina Mackey, Eunice Williams, Eckie Jordan, Margaret Jamison and Gilbert Garrett.
The Pelzer Heritage Commission has sponsored several events including a Pelzer Fall Festival in October of 2012 and 2013. They have published two books about the Pelzer area and in Dec. 2013, obtained ownership of the Pelzer Mills Properties which they plan to continue to clean up and hopefully develop in the future.
Pelzer Fall Festival – 2013
Pelzer Fall Festival – 2012
Pelzer Tales – Salute to Veterans Book
Pelzer Memories Book
Pelzer Mills Properties
More on Pelzer Heritage Commission 2013-2015
Pelzer Historic Society
Formed in 2008
There is for the first time in the one hundred plus years of Pelzer, South Carolina history, a historical society dedicated to preserving, restoring, and publishing when advisable its history.
From the Pelzer Manufacturing Company’s inception in the minds of those honorable men from Charleston, South Carolina to this present day of March 17, 2008, the Pelzer SC area was and still is a unique point of history in the use of electricity. It was the first place in the world to ever have electricity generated at a distance specifically for manufacturing purposes. It was this history that inspired us to initiate the beginning of a National Historic District for the Pelzer, South Carolina area in November of 2007, thanks to the assistance of the Town of Pelzer and the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.
We also initiated a preservation project of preserving sports photographs in the Historic Pelzer Gym. The product we recommended and proceeded to implement included none other than the best frames from our preservation company resource Light Impressions. We also initiated a continuous oral history project for our archives. We participated in the Pelzer Christmas Holiday Fair of 2007 among other celebrations and historic functions. Our latest preservation building project includes the Historic Pelzer Library on Courtney (Courtenay) ST Pelzer, SC.
Research on Pelzer history was initiated since before our beginning and continues to unfold to this day. We understand, just like fellow history buffs or preservationists understand, the magnitude of work involved in preserving history and the importance of milestones in those efforts. We take this moment, this day, to recognize and celebrate the reason for this letter.
It is with great pleasure that we announce the Community of Pelzer Historical Society as officially incorporated.
We received special assistance from Nick Gambrell, Curator, of the Oconee Heritage Center, Jackie Reynolds, the President of the Pendleton Historic Commission, Brad Sauls of the Department of Archives and History and those of the Second Presbyterian Church of Charleston, SC. I personally thank one who inspired our early efforts and provided words of encouragement: Mr. Ben Hornsby Jr. Thank you. I also personally thank those who have been a continuous source of inspiration: the Smyth descendants of Captain Ellison Adger Smyth, the listed President and Treasurer of the Pelzer Manufacturing Company.
For More Information contact:
Community of Pelzer Historical Society
Pelzer, SC 29669