Welcome to the Town of Pacolet

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

 

Pacolet is a place of promise.  “Close to Everything…Far from ordinary” is more than our community slogan; it is a new attitude.  Pacolet’s attitude is best described in our Community Covenant where we promise to take care of each other and preserve nature’s blessings entrusted to us.  Pacolet is a place where over 5,000 call home whether you live within the municipal boundary or in the counties of Union, Cherokee or Spartanburg.  We experience a unique blend of history, culture and progress.  If you want to learn more about our natural and cultural heritage please call the Pacolet Town Hall (864.474.9504) for information on one of our Cultural Heritage Tours.  

 

The word progress may bring a question mark to mind considering our nation’s economic climate, but listen up, we are making progress.  The Business District along Highway 9 is being upgraded with public sewer, which is greatly needed for any new business to locate in our area.  We received a $925,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Council of Governments and the South Carolina Budget and Control Board for this project.  Remember!  Grants are monies that are allocated for specific projects.  If we do not apply for these monies we will lose them to another community.

The United States Department of Agriculture funded a feasibility study to assess the possibility of recreation and economic development along our waterway which complements our 2004 Community Master plan.  We are in the process of placing both studies online.  The potential is tremendous bringing people and jobs into our community.

Family Dollar is building a new store in our Business District near the former Pacolet High School Gym site.  Look for construction to begin by the end of March.  Town Council has also been making a concerted effort to locate a super market and large scale service station to our area. 

Other economic development forecasts are the revitalization happenings along the Pacolet River. Lockhart Power Company is a subsidiary of Pacolet Milliken Enterprises and they are building another small power plant in Pacolet at the upper dam. Construction is already underway. The Pacolet River Paddling Trail funded through the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is being developed for recreation. The Palmetto Conservation Foundation is administering the $250,000 grant to build the paddling trail. Canoe and kayak take-outs and put-ins in Pacolet are two of the designated sites. Official opening planned for fall of this year.

As new businesses make Pacolet their home, please do not forget the businesses that are already here. Help support our businesses by “Buying in Pacolet” when you can.

As your public servants, we as a council are committed to serving you. Please call on us if you need our help.

 

May God bless you!

Elaine Harris, Mayor

Daniel Morgan's Victory March

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MORGAN’S VICTORY MARCH

234th Anniversary January 17-18, 2015







March back in history 234 years along the same route where General Daniel Morgan gathered his “Flying Army” and planned the great victory at Cowpens. Back then the Americans had many worries and tension as Tarleton’s British army pushed them to either fight or surrender the backcountry of the Carolinas.

On our march, we have fun reliving Morgan’s miracle of gathering his force together during the two-day race with the enemy while also planning how to use his soldiers to win a great victory at a place called the Cowpens. The marchers will see some beautiful country from Grindal Shoals to Cowpens battlefield. What a great way to get the feelings of how the weather, natural conditions, and distance helped shape how the battle turned out! 







January 17-18, 2015. On this weekend tour, we will march along the same route at about the same pace that Morgan used as he moved his army in January 1781. Present day hikers and bikers may go the entire 25-mile route or chose only the segments that interest them. Muster points are scheduled along the march for brief rests, toilets and refreshments, and hikers & bikers may join the march at these places. This year the National Battlefield will award a “Morgan’s Flying Army” to marchers that complete the march.







Interpretation Program. During the march, re-enactors & historians will describe what was happening at that time 234 years ago as the militia units were mustering and moving to help Morgan’ Continentals defend their homeland against the British invaders. We will learn many great things about what happened in our backyards. 

Muster Grounds. The first day’s march will be 15.1 miles, and marchers will park their cars at Asbury United Methodist Church, One of the properties along the march is the historic Nuckolls House, and the former home of Nancy and Gene Horne, 571 Asbury Road (SC Highway 211). They were significant planners in re-recreating the March.







7:30 am- Registration. Asbury United Methodist Church,467 Asbury Rd, Pacolet,29372



8:10 am – Depart for Grindal Shoals



9:10 am– Arrive back at Asbury United Methodist Church for refreshments



9:30 am – Wagstop Plantation Stop for History  



11:15 am-Knuckles Chapel Church-Intersection of Asbury Rd. & Goucher School Rd.



12:30 pm-Highway 150 Mini-Mart, Intersection of SC 150 & Goucher School Rd.



1:45 pm- Goucher/Whiteplains Fire Department and Fort Thicketty.



5:00 pm,-Overnight camp Site, High Point Baptist Church.    



5:15 pm- Shuttle back to parking lot at Wagstop Plantation.

 

Marchers for the second day will muster before 7:30 AM at the Orchard Place Store Parking lot at Exit 87 of I-85 and shuttle to the overnight camp at the High Point Baptist Church. The march is 10.2 miles with the following muster points:    







8:00 am- Overnight Camp at High Point Baptist Church.    



8:55 am-Cherokee County EMS Station, Intersection of Macedonia & Love Springs Rd.



10:00 am-Home of Paul & Reba Patterson, 192 Green Acres Rd. Brunch



12:45 pm- Cowpens Overmountain Victory Trail parking lot, SC Hwy 11.



1:30 pm-Arrival at Cowpens National Battlefield Visitors Center for awarding the “Morgan’s Flying Army” medal and enjoying the 230th Anniversary exhibits 



4:00 pm-Shuttle back to parking lot.

Registration: Marchers should pre-register for the march with the Town of Pacolet (telephone 864-474-9504 or email eharris@townofpacolet.com). Marchers will be asked to sign a waiver of liability for the sponsors and the landowners located along the route. There is no charge for marchers, but donations will be accepted.

 Personal Arrangements Marchers should wear warm clothes suitable for the weather forecasts and bring their own snacks. A wagon train will be available for weary marchers and transportation of hikers’ supplies.

Sponsors: Town of Pacolet, Cherokee Historical and Preservation Society, Cowpens National Battlefield, Wagstop Plantation-Jim and Barbara Brown, the Paul Patterson Family Farm. For more information about the March contact Jane Waters at the Cherokee Historical and Preservation Society (864.489.3988) or email jane.waters@cherokeecountyhistory.org.

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