Simpsonville in Greenville County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
This town grew up around a stagecoach stop from Laurens to Greenville. For many years the community was known as "Plain," the name given to its first post office, opened in 1838 with Jesse T. Cook as postmaster. It was later named for Peter Simpson (d. 1847), who had come here from Laurens District in 1836. Silas Gilbert opened a general store here about the sale time. Gilbert was postmaster in 1839-44, followed by Simpson in 1844-47.
Sidney J. Wilson (1854-1919) came here from N.C. about 1875 and opened a general store. In 1885-86 the Greenville & Laurens Railroad completed its line from Laurens to Greenville. Wilson had the town surveyed and city lots laid out on Main St., and soon built the first brick store here. The post office was renamed Simpsonville in 1885, and the city incorporated in 1901. Simpsonville Cotton Mill, later a branch of Woodside Mills, operated here from 1908 to 1989.
Erected 2011 by City of Simpsonville and the Rotary Club of Simpsonville. (Marker Number 23-48.)
Location. 34° 44.3′ N, 82° 15.333′ W. Marker is in Simpsonville, South Carolina, in Greenville County. Marker is on Northeast Main Street (State Highway 14) Click for map. Marker is located in front of Simpsonville City Hall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 118 Northeast Main Street, Simpsonville SC 29681, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lawrence Lafayette Richardson, M.D. (within shouting distance of this marker); Hendricks' Plaza (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Simpsonville Clock Tower (about 400 feet away); Old Stage Road / Railroads in Simpsonville (about 600 feet away); Simpsonville Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Simpsonville Cotton Mill / Woodside Mill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Holy Cross Episcopal Church Labyrinth (approx. 0.2 miles away); Simpsonville Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Old Arbor (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Old Oak Tree (approx. 2.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Simpsonville.
Also see . . .
1. City of Simpsonville, S.C. Official website of the City of Simpsonville, S.C. (Submitted on December 15, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Simpsonville, South Carolina. Simpsonville is a city in Greenville County, South Carolina, United States. (Submitted on December 15, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 348 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.