Seniors Enjoy Small Town Prosperity

imagesI was watching a bull riding show and one of the riders was from Prosperity, South Carolina.  Sounded like a neat name to me, thus this blog and this senior enjoys unusual names.

Prosperity is a town in Newberry County with a population of around 1,200. Newberry County is a progressive county, rich in history, agriculture, natural resources, green spaces, beautiful waterways and strong community values.

Newberry County is an area filled to its borders with history: ancient Indian sites, battlefields of the American Revolution, historic plantations, and beautiful homes. The town of Newberry was founded in 1789 as the county seat.

1200px-yorksc-700x525 Seniors Find Historic Places On The National Register

Prosperity, South Carolina is a small town, but it rates big with senior visitors and is loaded with history. There are several homes well over a hundred years old that have been passed down through family generations. The Jacob Bedenbaugh House, Howard Junior High School, and Prosperity Cemetery are all listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Prosperity was chartered in 1851 under the name Frog Level.  There are several fun legends as to how that name originated. Frog Level was changed to Prosperity by popular demand in 1873. Southern Railroad established a depot there in the 1870s and citizens wanted a name that better reflected the character of their town. The Town Clock and the Prosperity Depot both stand proud after all these years.


When Halloween comes along Prosperity citizenry enjoys Spooktacular in the Square. My wife and I would enjoy taking in the Prosperity Community Yard Sale. The first Saturday of each month from May until October seniors will find lots of goods in the Grace Street Public Parking Lot.

 Seniors Enjoy Arts and Crafts Fair

The first Saturday in May, Prosperity is Hoppin’ with Arts and Crafts. Along with the local arts and crafts stores, and the art center, the arts and fine crafts of over 35 juried vendors set up on the square, which is closed to traffic.  Christmas Tree Lighting and Prosperity Christmas Parade are two December highlights.


 Seniors can take a stroll along Lakewood Drive and enjoy the beautiful scenery where local folks enjoy boating and fishing.

Dreher Island State Recreation Area is located in Prosperity roughly 30 miles from the state’s capital of Columbia. It occupies all of the largest island in 50,000-acre Lake Murray, a reservoir of the Saluda River. The Park has been a haven for hiking, picnicking, boating and fishing for the surrounding communities in the Piedmont Region of South Carolina.

So you see, this small town enjoys sharing its many amenities. -jeb


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