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Let History Guide You

In my last post I talked about making Greenville SC your golfing vacation destination but what if you aren’t into golf? Well I thought I would take a beat and uncover some history in Greenville SC. Upon doing a bit of investigating I find that my Greenville is full of historical buildings, sites and areas. Here are some highlights I found while doing my research.

  • Campbell’s Covered Bridge
    campbell's covered bridge

    originally built in 1909 it remains the only covered bridge in South Carolina. This bridge spans Beaverdam Creek and is owned by Greenville County. Transformed into a park, you can picnic, explore the old grist mill foundations and dip your feet in the creek.

  • Hagood Mill and Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site – this site is on the National Register of Historic Places. There are monthly “corn grinding” days and some hosting of mini-festivals with demonstrations of old tyme arts.
  • Cowpens National Battlefield – home of an important battle from the Revolutionary war. On January 17, 1781, General Daniel Morgan and his American army soundly defeated the large British force under Col. “Bloody” Banastre Tarleton.
  • Greenville History Tours – Learn about historic downtown Greenville on a walking, driving or culinary tour. West End walking tours offered on Fridays and Sundays. Driving tours by appointment.
  • Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum & Baseball Library – Located across from Fluor Field in downtown Greenville this museum chronicles the life of one of America’s greatest baseball legends. Shoeless Joe Jackson’s home where he lived and died is the container where you can follow his life.

Though this was just a few highlights, there is a lot more history available in Greenville. With ties to the revolution and to the civil war, you will find a myriad of treasures hidden amongst the daily clutter of today. The National Register of Historic Places has over 50 sites in Greenville County alone.

The land that present day Greenville sits on was once all Cherokee hunting grounds. The Cherokee forbade the settlers to set foot on the land but a settler who had a child with a Cherokee woman was granted 100,000 acres and established a plantation on the Reedy river. He was later jailed and his lands forfeit to South Carolina hence becoming Greenville. With the Carolinas being right smack in the middle of both the Revolutionary war and the civil war, the area has seen lots of turmoil through the years. But eventually, Greenville SC became established as a thriving city while still holding on to a bit of its historical past.

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