Rockville, the first name of the modern day Easley, was founded in 1791 after the state legislature established the Washington District and split that district into Greenville and Pendleton Counties. Rockville was in existence for about a year and then it became known as Pickensville, the second name of the modern day Easley.
Pickensville played a major role in the eventual development of the Upstate, it held the district seat for the Washington district until 1798, and then became the district seat for the Pendleton district (composed of what is now Pickens, Anderson and Oconee Counties).
As time went on the legislature split the area into counties, thus dividing the area into Anderson and Pickens counties. As new courthouses went up in different parts of the Upstate region, Pickensville began to lose its importance. The final demise of Pickensville would be the construction of the railroad through the small community of Easley – less than 2 miles away.
Easley’s namesake, General William King Easley, was an attorney for the Atlanta and Charlotte Railroad Company and in the late 1800’s, General Easley persuaded the railroad to lay tracks through the town. As soon as the tracks were completed, surveyors laid out streets and in 1873 the town of Easley was chartered. In 1875, the U.S. Post Office renamed the Pickensville location to Easley Post Office – thus delivering the final blow to the town of Pickensville.
As with many of our Upstate communities it was the railroad that sparked growth and development and brought industry and workers to the area.
Today, Easley has a vibrant downtown area featuring restaurants and many specialty shopping options. Throughout town there is an outdoor amphitheater along with several parks and recreational facilities. Highway 123 is now a bustling retail development area complete with many local shopping options along with several national retail chains. Situated at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Easley is near numerous outdoor attractions including waterfalls, hiking trails, cultural sites, rivers and lakes.
Some Local Events and Upcoming Happenings in Easley:
Farmers, Crafters and More.
Located at City Hall (Downtown Easley)
Saturdays | 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
PARTY ON PENDLETON STREET
Join us for live music, interactive games and more! Shutting down Pendleton St. from Main St to 1st Ave for a night of fun every Friday night.
Fridays | 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Pendleton Street, Downtown Easley
RED BARN OUTDOOR MARKET
Pickens County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs (PCBDSN) is pleased to host the Red Barn Outdoor Market. All proceeds will go to benefit the PCBDSN. The admission is free and open to the public. Festivities will include, vendors with home made arts & crafts, kidzone, live music, BBQ dinner plates will be available for purchase, and much more.
Saturday, September 28 | 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
1308 Griffin Mill Road, Easley
The Doodle Trail, a partnership between two cities
Opened on Memorial Day weekend in 2015, the Doodle Trail is a 7.5 mile rails-to-trails partnership between the cities of Pickens and Easley. Doodle Trail is a multi-use trail, open from dawn to dusk for biking, walking, running and roller blading.
The Doodle Trail got its name from what was locally known as the Doodle Train. The Doodle Train was used for transport of goods between Pickens and Easley since its inception in 1898. For over 100 hundred years the train carried a variety of goods including food products, textiles and more to and from Pickens and Easley. Local residents nicknamed the railroad the “Doodle” line because the freight engine had no ability to be turned around – so, it had to run backwards from Easley to Pickens, looking like a doddlebug.
The train ran its final route in 2013 and two years later the Doodle Trail opened, preserving the history of the vital connection that had been forged between the two communities over 120 years ago.