Honea Path, South Carolina

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Honea Path, South Carolina
Motto: "Home of the South Carolina 'Sugar Foot Festival'"
Location of Honea Path, South Carolina
Location of Honea Path, South Carolina
Coordinates: 34°26′51″N 82°23′35″W / 34.44750°N 82.39306°W / 34.44750; -82.39306Coordinates: 34°26′51″N 82°23′35″W / 34.44750°N 82.39306°W / 34.44750; -82.39306
Country United States
State South Carolina
Counties Abbeville, Anderson
 • Total 3.6 sq mi (9.4 km2)
 • Land 3.6 sq mi (9.4 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 791 ft (241 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,597
 • Density 994/sq mi (383.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 29654
Area code(s) 864
FIPS code 45-34810[1]
GNIS feature ID 1246035[2]
Website www.townofhoneapath.com

Honea Path is a town in Abbeville and Anderson counties in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The population was 3,597 at the 2010 census.[3]


Honea Path is located at 34°26′51″N 82°23′35″W / 34.44750°N 82.39306°W / 34.44750; -82.39306 (34.447400, -82.393044).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.6 square miles (9.4 km2), all land.

Honea Path has many lakes and creeks: towards Anderson on Highway 252 is Blue Barker Creek (aka, Blue Creek) and Barkers Creek, and towards Princeton on Highway 76 is Broad Mouth Creek.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,504 people, 1,535 households, and 1,037 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,004.1 people per square mile (387.7/km²). There were 1,681 housing units at an average density of 481.7 per square mile (186.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 79.02% White, 19.55% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.00% of the population.

There were 1,535 households out of which 25.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.5% were married couples living together, 18.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 30.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.75.

In the town the population was spread out with 21.8% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 22.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 84.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $30,938, and the median income for a family was $38,980. Males had a median income of $28,635 versus $24,107 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,643. About 10.9% of families and 14.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.5% of those under age 18 and 21.4% of those age 65 or over.

Historical notes[edit]

Honea Path is home to a Carnegie library built from donations by Andrew Carnegie.

Honea Path was site to a fight between textile union workers and textile management on September 6, 1934, which led to the deaths of six picketers and the injury of approximately twenty more at the hands of textile factory guards. Bullet wounds were found in the backs of many, and they were reported to have been shot fleeing the picket lines.[5] This event is featured in the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) documentary on the POV series called "The Uprising of '34".[6] Historical photo essay entitled "Mill Town Murder" is online at http://www.beachamjournal.com/photos/small_town_secret_photo_e/index.html .

The Obediah Shirley House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.[7]



  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Honea Path town, South Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ George Stoney. "Filming 'The Uprising of '34'". Southern Changes: The Journal of the Southern Regional Council, 1978-2003. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Uprising of '34". PBS. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  7. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 

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