Aiken, South Carolina is located 18 miles from Augusta, Georgia. It was named after William Aiken, who was the president of the South Carolina Railroad. Aiken became part of Aiken County when the county was formed in 1871 from parts of Orangeburg, Lexington, Edgefield and Barnwell counties. Aiken is home to the University of South Carolina Aiken and Technical College. The National Civic League gave Aiken the All-America City Award in 1997. Aiken was also named “Best small town of the South.”(Southern Living).
Things To Do
Aiken Steeple Chase Association founded in 1930, hosts the Imperial Cup each March and the Holiday Cup in October. This event draws more than 30,000 spectators. Many Polo matches are held in Aiken, SC. Other local events include Aiken Triple Crown, Aiken Makin, Battle of Aiken Reenactment, Blue Grass Festival, Fall Steeple Chase, Hops & Hogs, The Lobster Races, Western Carolina State Fair, The Whiskey Road Race, and Aiken City Limits Music Festival.
Homes in Aiken South Carolina typically range in price from the low $ 200,000’s up to $400,000.
Aiken Preparatory School, Aiken Elementary School, Aiken High School, Millbrook Elementary School, Kennedy Middle School. Aiken Private Schools: First Baptist Church Preschool, Mead Hall Episcopal School, St Johns Methodist Kindergarten, St. Mary Help of Christians School, Second Baptist Christian Preparatory School, South Aiken Baptist School and South Aiken Presbyterian Kindergarten.
Life in Aiken
A town of nearly 70,000 residents located in the heart of “Thoroughbred Country” in South Carolina. Aiken today is rich with mansions turned museums. The downtown area is vibrant with plenty of shops and places to eat. A wonderful town to visit and spend some downtime.
Local Hot Spots
What’s Cookin Downtown
Betsy’s Round the Corner
New Moon Café
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