History of Greenville and Greenville County
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Greenville History Guide
SCIWAY's guide to Greenville's history is divided into several sections. The first is devoted to the history of Greenville County and the Greenville area as a whole. It contains broad resources to help you start your historical and genealogical research. Additional sections are devoted to the unique history of the individual towns within Greenville County, South Carolina. In particular, these sections focus on the history of Greenville, the history of Fountain Inn, the history of Gowensville, the history of Greer, the history of Piedmont, the history of Simpsonville, the history of the Slater-Marietta area, and the history of Travelers Rest
History of Greenville County, South Carolina
- Brief historical summary
- Greenville historic homes
Historic homes abound in Greenville County; the above link will take you to a collection of the most famous – from Whitehall to Lowndes Hill.
- Greenville plantations
At least one dozen plantations could be found in Greenville County prior to the Civil War. See them here.
- Historic churches, cemeteries, and graveyards in Greenville
- Greenville historic schools
This index of 19 historic schools in Greenville County provides extensive research and information – plus lots of great photos!
- Greenville historic sites, landmarks, and monuments
If you are looking for an old building that is not a house or church, this is the place for you. Our guide to Greenville County's historic landmarks includes links to schools, mills, markers, bridges, courthouses, forts, and more.
- National Register of Historic Places in Greenville County
Greenville County has 75 historic sites and districts listed in the National Register.
- Greenville libraries and archives
Numerous historical archives and libraries can be found in Greenville County. Some are associated with colleges and universities, others are public, and still others have collections that available in digital format online.
- Greenville museums
Greenville County is home to an amazing collection of world-class museums, from the Greenville County Museum of Art to the BMW Zentrum Museum in Greer.
- Greenville County historic maps
Check out our collection of historic maps that detail Greenville County. The first map is dated 1825, and the last map is dated 1949.
- Greenville genealogy resources
Locate your ancestors and conduct family research with our guide to the genealogical resources that are available for Greenville County.
- Greenville County Historical Preservation Commission
Formed by the Greenville County Council to protect, preserve, and enhance the distinctive architectural and cultural heritage of Greenville County as established by the Historic Preservation ordinance
- Greenville County Historical Society
History of Greenville, South Carolina
History of Fountain Inn, South Carolina
Fountain Inn is located in both Greenville County and Laurens County.
History of Gowensville, South Carolina
History of Greer, South Carolina
Greer straddles the boundary line of Greenville County and Spartanburg County. It began in 1873 when the Atlanta Charlotte Air Line Railroad established a stop called Greer Station. A bustling business district quickly grew up around the depot, and in 1901, two new railroads, Southern Railways and Piedmont and Northern, constructed competing rail lines through the town. Commercial activity eventually became centered between these two tracks, which both provided merchants with easy access to transportation.
Greer thrived as a transportation and business center. Initially Greer's trains moved South Carolina's peaches and cotton to markets throughout the Southeast. In the early 20th century, the trains transported raw materials and finished goods for hundreds of textile mills in the nearby South Carolina Upstate.
History of Piedmont, South Carolina
The Town of Piedmont sits on the border between Anderson County and Greenville County. Native Americans used the area as a river crossing because its rock formations jutted into the Saluda River. After the Civil War, Henry Pinckey Hammett also found the riverside to be an ideal location – for a cotton mill.
As early as the 1880s he used hydro-electrical power to run the machinery in his textile mills. From the 1920s until Duke Power expanded into the region after WWII, a water plant on the river also supplied electricity to Piedmont homes.
History of Simpsonville, South Carolina
- Brief historical summary
This article discusses Simpsonville's history from the time of its 1820s origins as a stagecoach stop.
History of Slater-Marietta, South Carolina
- Historic landmarks in Slater-Marietta
Our guide to Slater-Marietta's historic landmarks will help you identify and locate places of interest to explore whether you are a tourist who is sightseeing or a scholar who is researching Slater-Marietta's roots.
History of Travelers Rest, South Carolina
- Brief historical summary
- Travelers Rest Historical Society
The Travelers Rest Historical Society strives to preserve and encourage others to preserve historical material and property in and around the greater Travelers Rest area. The Society works to bring together people interested in the area's history, broadening historical knowledge among youth and adults.
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