Greenville in Greenville County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
The “Pearis” of “Paris” Mountain
An adventurous hero or an opportunistic traitor, Richard Pearis led a life touched by many of colonial America's defining themes. Leaving Virginia, he settled by the Reedy River in 1768 and is credited with being the first to harness local waterpower at a gristmill. Through his Cherokee "side wife," Pearis built alliances with Native Americans that helped him amass some 150,000 acres, including all of what is now Greenville.
During the revolution, Pearis's support of the Crown prompted his imprisonment and the lost of all his property. Continuing to fight for the Redcoats, Richard Pearis was rewarded with a royal pension that let him live out his days in the Bahamas.
Location. 34° 56.433′ N, 82° 23.483′ W. Marker is in Greenville, South Carolina, in Greenville County. Marker can be reached from State Park Road. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of Paris Mountain State Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2401 State Park Road, Greenville SC 29609, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Getting Water from Here to There (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bull's Eye! (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Original Water Filter (approx. 0.7 miles away); Sulphur Spring (approx. ¾ mile away); Barracks in the Woods (approx. 0.8 miles away); Open to the Sky (approx. 1½ miles away); "Mom, Can I Have a Nickle?" (approx. 1½ miles away); Come On In, the Water's Fine! (approx. 1½ miles away); New Life for Old Bathhouse (approx. 1.6 miles away); Welcome to Paris Mountain State Park (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenville.
More about this marker. It is the 14th marker in the park's Wayside Marker's Trail.
Also see . . .
1. Paris Mountain State Park. A renovated historic bathhouse serves as the new hub of activities at popular Paris Mountain State Park. (Submitted on June 23, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Paris Mountain State Park. Paris Mountain State Park is a park located north of Greenville, South Carolina. (Submitted on June 23, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. Richard Pearis. Richard Pearis (1725 – 1794) was an Indian trader, a pioneer settler of Upstate South Carolina, and a Loyalist officer during the American Revolution. (Submitted on June 23, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
4. Richard Pearis. Richard Pearis, Greenville's first white settler, was an Irish adventurer who had settled in Virginia with his wife and family by the middle of the eighteenth century. (Submitted on June 23, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
5. About 1765. Near Reedy River Falls, stood the home, trading station, and grist mill of Col. Richard Pearis, first white settler of this section. (Submitted on June 23, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Native Americans • Notable Persons • Notable Places • Patriots & Patriotism • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 23, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,406 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 23, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.