Seneca Historic District

Seneca’s Historic Downtown

There’s a charming part of town, a short drive from Highway 123, which is worth a stop if you appreciate the past. Seneca’s historic district is a collection of commercial buildings which reflect the development of the downtown area as the center of commerce from around 1887 to 1930.

Ram Cat Alley is a street with that has seen a resurgence of activity.  Boutique shops and locally owned restaurants make this area a destination for visitors coming to Lake Keowee, Lake Hartwell, nearby Clemson University and beyond.

The strange name “Ram Cat Alley” was so called because of the tendency of cats to gather around the Fred Hopkins Meat Market which was located on that street circa 1908.

Jazz on the Alley is weekly event that takes place on the streets in this historic part of town on Thursday evenings from April to October.

Seneca Historic District Points of Interest

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image of American Flag mural by Jim Juras


American Flag

American flag waving on the side of Mayberry’s Cafe building.


Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum

Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum is a cultural exhibit museum focusing on the rich, sometimes turbulent history, culture, and contributions of local African-Americans The museum’s exhibits and events blend technology and tradition to create a meaningful and educational experience for all ages. Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum is about people of the past and present whose stories will impact generations.


Bonaterra Craft Bar & Scratch Kitchen

Latin inspired grill and full bar. Open Tuesday-Saturday for dinner; serves lunch on Friday and Saturday. Located on Ram Cat Alley.


Brews on the Alley

Located on Ram Cat Alley. A craft beer and espresso bar with 20 rotating craft beers on draft and a coffee station serving pastries, lattes, frappes, smoothies, and more!


Cardamom Bakeshop

Previously known as Walnut Street Bakery, this bake shop in downtown Seneca specializes in sweets for every occasion. They bake wedding cakes, birthday cakes, pies, cheesecakes, bars, cookies, pastries, vegan, and all sorts of sweet treats. Freshly made artisan breads on Fridays including ham and Swiss croissants, caramelized onion & asiago focaccia and morning buns. You’ll also find homemade ice cream with unique flavors such as strawberry hibiscus and fresh mint chip. (Closed Sunday & Monday)
photo of display inside Dear Rosie Boutique


Dear Rosie Boutique

Ladies clothing, accessories, gifts and novelty items in downtown Seneca. Shop in store or free online delivery. Store open Tuesday – Saturday.

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