Paddling to Andersonville

14 thoughts on “Paddling to Andersonville”

  1. If you are interested in ruins the large island to the west of Andersonville Island has much more to offer. Lots of remains of old buildings and the roads are not as deteriorated.

    1. I am wondering are these islands private property or corp of engineer lands now? I would love to come and check them out as well! Especially the ones with the ruins!

  2. I live near this island and could show you lots of homeplaces. Let me know when you come back and I can be your tour guide.

    1. Hi Tonya, I lived at Portman Shoals just up the lake from the Andersonville location. I have written 2 books on the area and am in processing of writing my third. I have a ton on pictures but am always looking for other areas of the lake to cover. Do you have any interesting stories or pictures that you would be willing to share. Thanks Furman Beck

      1. Hi Tonya, How long have you lived in the area you mentioned in an earlier post. We are very near publishing the third of 4 book on the Portman area. I still have room for more pictures should you have any. Thanks in advance.

  3. Wow! What a tremendously enjoyable and informative article! Thank you so much for sharing.

    I’ve been out over the ruins at Jocasse and done a good bit of paddling on Lake Marion, but I’ve never got my boat in the drink at Hartwell. I did some shore exploring there during the record low levels and walked around and out to the dam. From your stunning pictures I see it’s also a great place to paddle.

    I’ve got rheumatoid arthritis and as it has progressed I’m not able to do kayak trips of any real length any more… so not mentioning that as a search for pity… rather an explanation of how appreciative I truly am of the great descriptive detail in your account. Now I feel almost as if I got to see a spot I’ve wanted to visit but most likely won’t get to in person.

    I look forward to your future expeditions, thanks again for bringing me along for the ride.

    1. I’m not aware of any graves on the island, and GNIS data doesn’t indicate any cemeteries. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t any private or family graves. Providence Methodist was moved from its original location in Lake Harwell, and I don’t know if they transferred any graves from there. There wasn’t any indication of such when we visited on this trip.

      If you’ve got more information, I’d love to hear it! I want to go back and check out the island once more, and I’d love to check out this information as well.

      1. The above book covers the early history of Anderson and the origin of Hydro Electric Power as we know it. I also include a section on Andersonville. As a little fellow my relatives owned a cabin on Tugaloo River and we went there often. The graves from the Andersonville Baptist Church were moved to the relocated church by the same name. Some graves were moved to other church burial sites. The thing that we found as kids exploring the area were rocks with markings on them. We were told that maybe they were Indian or slave graves. I would imagine one might still be able to find some on the higher elevations of the island. I have another book coming out soon that will give more history of the Island and the Indian heritage of that entire area. I am on facebook and also have a Portman Shoals page on fb. Furman Beck

  4. There are several graves on an island as you go toward Clemson on Seneca River. Just go to the highest point of the island.

  5. Hey guys, awesome article. I’m a college student and plan to go to the island shortly and right a term paper on the environmental history of it. Any information you could shoot my way on the locations history (especially the environmental history) would be great. Thanks and I look forward to hearing from y’all.

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