Historical Markers in
Greenville County, South Carolina

101 Trade Street 6 inch Field Howitzer Model of 1908 75 mm Field Gun / 3 inch M1903 90 mm M-2 Anti-Aircraft Gun About 1765 African Elephant Al Rosen Alester G. Furman, Jr. Administration Building Alester Garden Furman, Jr. Allen Temple AME Church Bell Alliance Cotton Warehouse Andrew Pickens Barracks in the Woods Battle of Great Cane Brake Beatrice Dennis Plyler Fountain Beattie E. Huff Highway Beaver at Lake Conestee Bell Tower Bethel Church Bethel Church Cemetery Bethel Community Training Ground Boyhood Home of Hugh Smith Thompson Brockman Park Brutontown Buck Mickel Bull's Eye! Camp Sevier Camp Sevier Campbell's Covered Bridge Campbell's Covered Bridge Campbell’s Covered Bridge Camperdown Mill Cannon Memorial Park Veterans Monument Capers Bouton Memoral Fountain Carolina Supply Company Cedar Grove Baptist Church/ Simpsonville Rosenwald School Chamber of Commerce Building Charles G. Garrett Interchange Charles H. Townes Center for Science Cherokee Boundary (1767) Cherokee Boundary (1767) Cherokee in the Upcountry / Beginnings of Greenville Water Cherrydale Chick Springs Chicora College Chino Smith Christ Church (Episcopal) Church Street Cigar Factory City of Greenville 9-11 Plaque Clark Murphy Housing Complex Claussen’s Bakery Clay Buchholz Clayton "Peg Leg" Bates Clayton "Peg Leg" Bates Cleveland Park Come On In, the Water's Fine! Confederate Armory Cooley's Bridge Cotton Mills Cradle of Greenville Crenshaw's Battery David Barton Home Site Deputy Marcus L. Whitfield DeSantis Pavilion Donaldson Air Force Base / Captain John O. Donaldson Donaldson Air Force Base / Captain John O. Donaldson Downtown Baptist Church Downtown Greenville Dr. Charles Hard Townes Dr. Harold B. Sightler Dr. John Todd Anderson Dunean Mill Early White Settlement / The Massacre of Jacob Hite Eighty Unnamed Soldiers Elizabeth Lyles Blackwell Fountain Erected by Sullivan - Dunklin Chapter D.A.R. Eugene E. Stone III Soccer Stadium Eugenia Duke Bridge Eve Fairview Church / Fairview Cemetery Falls Cottage Falls Place Falls Reclaimed and the Liberty Bridge 2004 Fountain Fox Beattie House / Greenville Women's Club Fountain Inn High School Fountain Inn Rosenwald School Fountain Inn Veterans Monument Francis Marion Frank Howard Frank Selvy Fred W. Symmes Hall of Science Fulton H. Anthony Memorial Bridge Furman Class of '05 September 11 Memorial Furman Men Who Gave Their Lives in the World War Furman University Furman University Furman University Furman University Furman University 50th Anniversary Plaza Furman University World War II Memorial Gassaway Mansion Geer Hall General Nathanael Greene General Robert E. Lee General Store Getting Water from Here to There Gilder Gilreath's Mill Graceland East Memorial Park Veterans Monument Greenville Arboretum Greenville County Confederate Monument Greenville County Courthouse / The Willie Earle Lynching Trial Greenville County Veterans Memorial / Greenville County Medal of Honor Greenville County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Greenville Gas and Electric Light Company Greenville Memorial Auditorium Greenville Woman's College Greenville Woman’s College Bell Greenville's General Guilford Courthouse Flag Harper Plaza Harriet Smith Wyche Hendricks' Plaza Henry Pinckney Hammett Herbert C. Granger Interchange Here Lieth the Body of Sarah M. Crittenden Herman N. Hipp Hall Herman W. Lay Physical Activities Center Historic Plants Garden Historic River Cane History of Falls Park History of the Reedy River Holy Cross Episcopal Church Labyrinth Hopkins Farm Huguenot Mill Office Hunting Grounds to Mill Town In 1825 In Honor Of In Memory of 81st Wildcat Division / Camp Sevier Indian Boundary Line Indian Boundary Line Irvin H. Philpot Highway James Buchanan Duke Library James C. Furman Classroom Building James Lawrence Orr Jane Fishburne Hipp Plaza Jim Rice Joe Anders Joe Ronnie Hooper Joel Roberts Poinsett Joel Roberts Poinsett John Broadus Watson John E. Johns Hall John E. Johns '47 John H. Goodwin House John L. Plyler Home John Smoltz John Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church Joseph Jefferson Jackson Josh White Judson Hall Kershaw Brigade Kilgore-Lewis House Lake Conestee in Transition Lake Keowee Watershed Laodicea Langston Springfield Laurel Creek Church Lawrence Lafayette Richardson, M.D. Lawrence Peter Hollis Lebanon Church Liberty Bridge Liberty Bridge Liberty Bridge Lickville Presbyterian Church Linky Stone Park Lou Brissie Luther Samuel Payne Major Rudolf Anderson Jr. Manufacturing Site Marshall E. and Vera Lea Rinker Hall Mauldin Mauldin United Methodist Church Max Heller Legacy Plaza McAlister Auditorium McBee Chapel McBee's Mills McKay Memorial Chapel (part of First Presbyterian Church) McPherson Park Melvin and Dollie Younts Conference Center Methodist Men Memorial Mike Garfield Milford Mall Mill Village Mills & McBayer Cotton Warehouse Minor Herndon Mickel Square Mountain View School Mrs. Emmie Fulmer Mrs. James Williams Mush Creek Baptist Church New Life for Old Bathhouse Nick Strange Nolan Ryan North Greenville Baptist Academy Oakland Plantation Old Fountain Inn Old Glory Old Greenville Graveyard Old Mill Ruins Old Stage Road / Railroads in Simpsonville Open to the Sky O'Neal Village Parker High School Auditorium Paul Ellis, III Overlook Pelham Mill Pepper School Poinsett Bridge Poinsett's Spring Point of View Post 3 American Legion Poteat Hall Prospect Hill Park Raven Cliff Falls Reedy River Factory Reedy River Falls Reedy River Falls Reedy River Falls Historic Park Restoration and Development Rev. James R. Rosemond Reverence for Water: Feeding the Body, Feeling the Spirit Richard Pearis Richard W. Riley Hall River Lodge Roger Craft Peace Plaza Saluda (Poinsett) Watershed Sans Souci SC Ordinance of Secession Second Baptist Church World War II Memorial Simpsonville Simpsonville Baptist Church Simpsonville Clock Tower Simpsonville Cotton Mill / Woodside Mill Simpsonville Elementary School / Simpsonville High School Simpsonville Library Simpsonville Methodist Church Simpsonville Municipal Cemetery Simpsonville Veterans Memorial Site of First Baptist Church / Baptist Seminary Slater Hall Snow Campaign Chapter Marker Soldier's Rest South Carolina's First National Bank Spirit of Freedom Spring-Wood Park Springwood Cemetery St Mary's Catholic Church Standing Springs Baptist Church Sterling High School Sterling High School Sterling High School Memorial Stone Mortar Stone's Mill / Jones' Mill Stradley and Barr Dry Goods Store Suber's Mill Sullivan (Grove) Cemetery Sulphur Spring Table Rock Watershed Tate Plaza Textile Hall The Betsy Ross Flag The Buncombe Road The Charles Erza Daniel Memorial Chapel The Cherokees The Dam for Reservoir 2 The Earle Infirmary The Falls and Industry 1800’s – 1960 The Falls Forgotten 1960 - 2002 The Geologic History of Greenville The History of the Gosnell Cabin The Kress Building The Lynching Of Willie Earle The Moultrie Flag The Old Arbor The Old Oak Tree The Old Record Building The Original Water Filter The Reedy River The South Carolina Flag The Touchstone House The Touchstone House "Falls Cottage" The "Pearis" of "Paris" Mountain The "Swamp Rabbit" Railroad Thomas C. Gower Bridge Thomas Sumter Tigerville To the Glory of God Tommy Lasorda Tommy Wyche Toney's Store / Militia Muster Ground Trains Tribute to Greer Firefighters Tullyton Vardry Dixon Ramseur, III Vardry McBee Vardry McBee Vardry Mill Welcome to Caesars Head State Park Welcome to Falls Park Welcome to Paris Mountain State Park What's So Special About this Bridge? Whitehall Wilkins House William Edgeworth Beattie William Few Bridge William Preston Few (1867-1940) Wilson Cooke Woodlawn Memorial Park Veterans Memorial Working Benevolent Society Hospital Worth Barnett Overpass Wyche Pavilion "Mom, Can I Have a Nickel?" "Old College" "Shoeless Joe" Jackson House "Shoeless" Joe Jackson "The Poplars" / Elias Earle "The Shack"
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Greenville County, located in the Upstate region of South Carolina, has a rich and diverse history dating back thousands of years. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Cherokee and Catawba. The first European settlers arrived in the late 18th century, with Richard Pearis establishing a trading post along the Reedy River in 1770.

During the American Revolution, Greenville played a significant role as a major supply center for Patriot forces. The area saw military action, including the Battle of Great Cane Brake in 1775, where local militia successfully repelled British loyalists. After the war, Greenville County developed rapidly as industries such as textiles and railroad transportation began to flourish.

In the mid-19th century, Greenville's economy continued to thrive due to the introduction of the cotton gin, which led to an increase in cotton production. This attracted more settlers to the area and resulted in the expansion of Greenville as a trading hub. However, the Civil War brought drastic changes to the county as it became a central battleground. The area saw numerous skirmishes, including the Battle of Fairview and the burning of downtown Greenville by Union forces in 1865.

Following the war, Greenville County experienced a period of reconstruction and recovery. The textile industry continued to dominate the local economy, with the establishment of mills and factories. The county also underwent significant modernization with the introduction of electricity, telephones, and paved roads in the early 20th century. Over time, Greenville County diversified its economy, attracting new industries such as automotive manufacturing and technology.

Today, Greenville County is a vibrant and thriving community with a rich history that is celebrated through various museums, historic sites, and cultural events. It has transformed into a center for business, education, and the arts, while also embracing its past and preserving its historical landmarks.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Greenville County, South Carolina.

  • 1786 - Greenville County was officially established as a county in South Carolina
  • 1800s - Greenville becomes an important textile manufacturing center, with the establishment of numerous cotton mills
  • 1831 - Greenville incorporated as a city
  • 1861-1865 - Greenville County and the city of Greenville played a role in the American Civil War
  • 1892 - The famous Liberty Bridge was constructed, connecting Falls Park to the West End
  • 1902 - Furman University moved to Greenville from its previous location in Edgefield, South Carolina
  • 1930s - Greenville experiences significant growth and industrialization, becoming known as "The Textile Center of the South"
  • 1950s-1960s - Greenville County sees the beginnings of the civil rights movement and desegregation efforts
  • 1970s - Greenville becomes a major hub for the automotive industry
  • 1990s - Downtown Greenville undergoes revitalization efforts, leading to a resurgence in its economy and cultural offerings