Feels Like Home
Aiken is not only an equestrian retreat for the polo-seekers, it is a most well-kept secret of the South. Home to the Aiken Triple Crown, the Lobster Races, Aiken’s Makin’ and more, this rapidly growing economy has a rich cultural heritage. Situated not far from the Savannah River Site, a majority of its workers choose to live in Aiken.
What They Are Doing For The Arts
Aiken is becoming a retreat from the North for students and faculty of The Juilliard School. Thanks to a generous donation from Steve Naifeh and Greg Smith, the beautiful and historic Joye Cottage is now the Winter Colony home for various Juilliard attendees. Many of the buildings and facilities constructed during the era of the Winter Colony residents are still in use there today.
A Beautiful City
Sprawling grasslands and mild winters, tall pines and mature hardwoods fill the southwestern portion of South Carolina where Aiken is located. This charming southern city is a unique blend of progressive initiative and relaxed southern charm. In Aiken, there is an exciting business environment in a quaint little town; an advanced healthcare system staffed with friendly, hometown people; attractive, modern housing situated among grand, historic estates; and a busy retail mall to complement a thriving historical downtown shopping district.
A Rich Historical Setting
Few cities have enjoyed as colorful and vibrant a history as Aiken. It was chartered in 1835 and named after William Aiken, president of the company that built a railroad connector from Charleston, South Carolina, to Augusta, Georgia. Soon after the completion of the railroad, Aiken became a popular health resort for Low Country residents from the coast of South Carolina who were attempting to escape both the heat and malaria that plagued the coastal region. Beginning in the 1870’s, the era that truly made Aiken rich in history began as wealthy Northerners, intrigued by the equestrian activities of the area, began settling in Aiken for the winter months and Aiken became known as the Winter Colony. The new residents brought with them horses, money, polo, golf and a desire to make Aiken magnificent. Many of the buildings and facilities constructed during the era of the Winter Colony residents are still in use today.