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Anderson Historian Brian Scott Dies at 48

By Greg Wilson, Anderson Observer


Anderson County Historian Brian Scott, 48, author of seven books on the history of Anderson County and South Carolina, died suddenly yesterday.

It will be difficult to find anyone with Brian's vision and drive to take the baton of historical research alive in Anderson County.

I first met Brian three years ago while working on a series of short history videos (one is linked below). His passion for the history and legacy of families in Anderson County was unparalleled. As someone who's family has been in Anderson County for more than seven generations, I was amazed at the gaps in my own education and understanding of my home place. Brian helped fill those gaps and together we came up with a long list of questions and projects that still needed to be done to remind people of why this place is special.

Brian and I had discussed a new effort on the history of downtown Anderson, and were planning to meet soon to kick that project off by late summer. And now he's gone.

You may have attended one of his events at the Anderson County Museum, or seen one of his YouTube channel videos. His South Carolina history videos "Under the Kudzu," videos are here.

Over the years he worked a series of full-time jobs - most recently at Palmetto Moonshine in Anderson - to fund his research and travel. He also loved his family, the source of his love for history, and was constantly talking about them between takes on our projects.

There are too few in his generation who embrace the concept that where we came from is key to where we are going and who we are. Brian not only understood this, he spent his life chronicling those events and stories related to Anderson County and South Carolina.

His Facebook page is filled with condolences and memories of those who remember Brian and his generous life.

His books are still available here. You might want to buy your copies before they are gone. 

"I’m beyond devastated," said Angie Stringer, executive director of the Cancer Association of Anderson. "He was amazing and my friend. I miss him."

Brian was also an accomplished cook who trained in cullinary school.

"He actually made a cake for me the night before my first mastectomy," Stringer said. "Kay Burns had him bake it (in the shape of a booby- lol) for my Tata to My Tata party. He was one of a kind!"

No services or arrangements have been announced. This story in developing. Check back for updates throughout the day.

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