The history of Aiken dates to its incorporation on December 19, 1835. It was named for William Aiken, a banker in Charleston.
In the late 1800s, Aiken gained fame as a wintering spot for wealthy folkMore >>
The first record of a polo game in Aiken dates to March 27, 1882, in the Charleston News and Courier. Just six years after the introduction of the sport to the U.S., and four years before the first Westchester Cup matches in Newport, Rhode Island, Aiken had already been dubbed the "Newport of the South." More >>
Many of the parkways running through the heart of Aiken's downtown were originally planted as part of a beautification project with the goal of attracting visitors from the Lowcountry and money from the North, say local historians.More >>
Aiken has long been a visitor's paradise, from it's early days as a health resort to it's current distinction as one of the best places in the USA to retire and live. You will find the locals warm, friendly and eager to make your stay as pleasant and comfortable as possible. Most visitors are quick to recommend Aiken as a great place to visit! More >>