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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Greenville County, South Carolina
Greenville is the county seat for Greenville County
Adjacent to Greenville County, South Carolina
Abbeville County(74) ► Anderson County(173) ► Laurens County(53) ► Pickens County(148) ► Spartanburg County(128) ► Henderson County, North Carolina(78) ► Polk County, North Carolina(24) ► Transylvania County, North Carolina(41) ►
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The View from the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area
Located in northwestern South Carolina. The Blue Ridge Escarpment ends with an abrupt drop of some 2,000 feet to the foothills below, where the state's Piedmont region begins. The escarpment . . . — — Map (db m12533) HM
This beautiful falls has been preserved and protected by the Mills and Moore Families for several generations and was acquired in 1981 from James P. Moore and Otis P. Moore for the benefit of the citizens of South Carolina. — — Map (db m20354) HM
About Caesars Head State Park
Caesars Head State Park is part of an 11,000 acre area known as the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Caesars Head contains a diversity of plant and animal communities . . . — — Map (db m20699) HM
Beaver (Castor canadensis) inhabited the Conestee area long before the arrival of Europeans in the 18th century. Their numerous dams throughout the Park have inundated much of the former lake bed, creating wetlands which provide habitat . . . — — Map (db m15935) HM
At its largest, Lake Conestee's water surface covered about 130 acres - the area inside the colored boundaries shown on the four aerial photos. This original lake was created when the current dam at the mill was constructed about 1892. As the City . . . — — Map (db m15932) HM
Was built in 1841 at the request of Alexander
McBee son of Vardry McBee founder of Conestee, S.C.
This building was designed and laidout by
John Adams, Vardry McBee's millwright.
Mr. Adams designed the church in an octagonal shape
so as to . . . — — Map (db m9395) HM
This church is notable for its unusual octagonal form. It was built by John Adams for workers at the nearby McBee’s Factory, a complex owned by Vardry McBee (1775-1864), the industrialist often called “the . . . — — Map (db m198264) HM
The South preferred to send its raw cotton to New England for spinning and weaving when Vardry McBee and his Mill Right John Adams built this Dam at Conestee to power a paper wood and cotton mill.
The mill supplied the news print for the . . . — — Map (db m12166) HM
Approximately 2 miles s.e. is the corner of the Old Indian Boundary Line. Nearby is also the original site 1785 of the following:
Lebanon Church, the Rev. Mark Moore's School, the Grove Settlement.
The church . . . — — Map (db m16323) HM
This United Methodist Church was originally located about 1¼ miles east and named the Grove. It was visited by Bishop Francis Asbury in 1790 and 1800. Relocated about ½ mile SW of here after the land was obtained 1832. Present house of worship . . . — — Map (db m9018) HM
The cemetery located about ½ mile north, marks the site of Grove Church, established prior to 1790, one of the first Methodist churches in Greenville County. The present church, renamed Lebanon, is located about 1¼ miles W. of here. A number . . . — — Map (db m9021) HM
In Honor of our fallen hero
Courtesy of Cannon Memorial Park
Although you are gone
your strength to fight for
our lives, property and our
freedom at home will always
May you . . . — — Map (db m40286) HM
Named in 1985 by action
of the General Assembly
and Highway Commission
in recognition of his
many years of devoted
service to the people
of Greenville County
and of the state
Former Mayor, Fountain Inn
House of . . . — — Map (db m40142) HM
In 1766-67 S.C. & N.C. negotiated with the Cherokee to establish a boundary between Indian land to the west and new settlement to the east. This north-south line ran past this point to N.C. and on to Va. In S.C. it ran north . . . — — Map (db m49086) HM
Don't look at me in sympathy, I'm glad I'm this way for I feel good and I'm knocking on wood, as long as I can say you just watch me peg it. You can tell by the way I leg it that I'm Peg Leg Bates, the one legged dancing man. I . . . — — Map (db m9022) HM
Pre 1700 Cedar Falls Environment
• The Piedmont foothills of South Carolina was a frontier landscape. Ancient oak and hickory trees reached for the sun creating a rich canopy that shaded the forest floor.
• The forest was interspersed . . . — — Map (db m198540) HM
(Front): Settlers from the Nazareth area of Spartanburg County founded this Presbyterian church in 1786 on land ceded by the Cherokee Indians in the treaty of DeWitt's Corner, 1777. It is said that three buildings, two of logs and one of . . . — — Map (db m8946) HM
Fountain Inn Cemetery was established c. 1890. Most of the land was deeded to the town by Lafayette Martin, and his son, D.R. Martin, sold an adjoining parcel in 1924 to expand the cemetery. An earlier graveyard had been located . . . — — Map (db m198321) HM
Fountain Inn Cotton Mill
Fountain Inn Cotton Mill, which stood here from 1898 to 2002, was first owned and operated by brothers A.J., C.E., R.L., and W.J. Graham. Built with 5,000 spindles, it expanded to 10,000 spindles . . . — — Map (db m198269) HM
Fountain Inn High School was built in 1939 and was the town high school until 1957. It remained in use as Fountain Inn Elementary School until 1997. The City of Fountain Inn purchased the property in 1999 and at that time the . . . — — Map (db m198266) HM
The Fountain Inn Rosenwald School, also known as the Fountain Inn Colored School, was a complex of several buildings built here from 1928 to 1942. The first school, a frame seven-room elementary school for grades 1-7, was a . . . — — Map (db m50524) HM
The Cherokee in South Carolina Prior to 1776
The Cherokee call themselves Tsalagi or Aniyunwiya which means “Principal People”.
There were no known permanent Native American settlements at this site. The area was a wilderness hunting . . . — — Map (db m198539) HM
Cedar Falls 1800’s
The rock shoals at Cedar Falls were used for hundreds of years by Native Americans as a hunting camp site and transportation ford to cross the Reedy River. Due to the elevation change in the river, generating waterpower . . . — — Map (db m198574) HM
Settled in the 1780’s, Fork Shoals was not a typical Southern textile mill village where residents earned their living solely at the mill. The community was primarily agrarian and the people supplemented their farm income by working at the mill. . . . — — Map (db m198572) HM
According to tradition an ante-bellum inn with a gushing fountain in the front yard stood near here on the old stage road between Greenville and Columbia and served as a meeting place for men in the area in those days. The present town, charted Dec. . . . — — Map (db m8447) HM
The first grist mill on Big Durbin Creek was built about 1813 for John Bruce (d. 1818), a veteran of the American Revolution, who also ran a sawmill and woolen mill here. The present mill, built by slave labor before 1860, is made . . . — — Map (db m43522) HM
Soft drinks, candy and snacks were once sold here. The building's original 1935 plans (see exhibit inside) included a concession area at the main desk. However, after the annex (where restrooms are now) was added in 1945, the park manager's . . . — — Map (db m20203) HM
Built in 1851 with two class rooms for use while the main building was being completed.
Dr. James C. Furman used the south end,
Dr. Charles H. Judson, the north end.
Entrusted by action of the Trustees on June 10, 1910 to the Quaterion Club . . . — — Map (db m21170) HM
• Favorite baseball bat: "Black Betsy"
• 1911 - highest rookie batting average - .408
• All time batting average - .356
• Played for:
Chicago White Sox (1915-1920) — — Map (db m182122) HM
This house, built in 1940, was originally 3 mi. SW at 119 E. Wilburn Ave. It was the last home of Joseph Jefferson Wofford "Shoeless Joe" Jackson (1888-1951), one of the greatest natural hitters in the history of baseball. . . . — — Map (db m44047) HM
Shoeless Joe Jackson began his playing career with the Greenville Spinners. After moving up to the majors, he became one of the greatest hitters of all-time. After playing 13 seasons in the majors, he compiled a .356 average, the third highest in . . . — — Map (db m19155) HM
This was approximately the center of the many acred estate and "seat of hospitality" of Elias Earle, pioneer Greenville settler who began acquiring property here as early as 1787. His home, "The Poplars," stood at the N.E. corner . . . — — Map (db m9084) HM
The Shack, built in 1937, served as a snack bar and rustic gathering place on the campus of the university's coordinated women's college until it was moved to Furman's new campus in 1961. Now a student residence, it is the only remaining structure . . . — — Map (db m20751) HM
This type of gun was used by the United States for training purposes in World War I (1917-1918). Our French allies had requested that all pre-1917 American guns by relegated to training purposes only. Our allies supplied all of our artillery . . . — — Map (db m14547) HM
This gun is based on the British 15lb. Erhardt gun and was manufactured prior to World War I (1914-1918). Since the gun trail is one piece it could not be elevated easily. It could fire between 20 and 30 rounds of 75mm shells per minute. The 75mm . . . — — Map (db m14548) HM
This type of gun was adopted in 1942 and was used mainly against enemy planes. It was used in both the European and Pacific Theaters of Operation during World War II (1941-1945). The 90 mm M-2 AA gun could fire at airplanes up to an altitude of . . . — — Map (db m14544) HM
Near Reedy River Falls, stood the home, trading station, and grist mill of Col. Richard Pearis, first white settler of this section. He was a noted Indian trader and prominent Tory of the Revolution. — — Map (db m10428) HM
Joy eats 2 bales of hay, 25 pounds of grain, 20 pounds of fruits and vegetables, with vitamin supplements added, and browse. Total food consumption is up to 200 pounds each day.
Joy, a female, weighs over 8,000 pounds and is . . . — — Map (db m19443) HM
Al Rosen is a native of Spartanburg, South Carolina and launched his career in 1950 by hitting a record 37 home runs in his rookie season. In 1953, he was unanimously voted the American League MVP after slugging 43 home runs and collecting 145 . . . — — Map (db m44084) HM
Named in Honor of
Alester Garden Furman, Jr.
Humanitarian, Master Planner, Friend of Youth, Champion of Education, Guiding Light in Building the New South.
This administration building is named to honor Mr. Furman in grateful . . . — — Map (db m123600) HM
Fourth generation descendant of Richard Furman, who was the spiritual founder of Furman University.
He served many terms on the Board of Trustees of the University. As chairman he was instrumental in moving Furman University to the present . . . — — Map (db m18903) HM
American Spinning Mill, with $125,000 capital, started operations in September 1895. Oscar H. Sampson (1828-1904) of Sampson, Hall, and Company of Boston, Mass, late in 1891, had purchased from the estate of Henry P. Hammett, former president of . . . — — Map (db m198781) HM
As a tribute to his skills exploiting enemy weaknesses, Pickens became known as the "Wizard Owl" or "Skyagunsta" - a bird known for seeing clearly, acting wisely and striking quickly.
Pickens was a tall, religious Presbyterian from . . . — — Map (db m11253) HM
Look around and you'll notice lumps in the terrain. These overgrown foundations are all that's left of wooden barracks that once housed the men who built this park.
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) began work here in 1935, transporting . . . — — Map (db m20301) HM
That part of U.S. 25
between Saluda Dam Road
and U.S. 276
Named in 1986 by action
of the General Assembly
and highway commission
in recognition of his
24 years of dedicated
service to Greenville
County and South Carolina
as . . . — — Map (db m17792) HM
This replica of the Bell Tower of the main building on the original Greenville Campus has been erected to bring back memories of the beginnings of Furman University in Greenville and in honor of Alester Garden Furman
October 22, 1867 . . . — — Map (db m169150) HM
Berea Baptist Church was officially founded in Dec. 1843, but local tradition holds that the earliest meetings were held under a brush arbor in the yard of Isham J. Ward. The name “Berea” derives from Acts 17: 10-11, which was . . . — — Map (db m198204) HM
The first Berea School built at this location opened in 1916. It was a two-story building with an auditorium on the second floor. In 1924 a basketball team was formed and in 1930 a new auditorium and gymnasium were added. In 1939 . . . — — Map (db m198207) HM
This concrete pipe was part of the infamous Berlin Wall.
Built in 1961 by the Communist government to stop the flow of refugees from the Soviet held part of Berlin into the democratic Western held areas of the city, the Wall became a symbol of . . . — — Map (db m198606) HM
Here was the
Boyhood Home of
Hugh Smith Thompson
1836 - 1904
1877 - 1882
1882 - 1886
Assistant Secretary of
The Treasury, United States
1886 - . . . — — Map (db m16005) HM
By June of 1900, J. Irving Westervelt’s (1862-1939) dream of a new 5 story, 10,000 spindle, 400 loom cotton mill was under construction. Lockwood, Greene, and Company designed the mill. Built by local engineer Jacob W. Cagle (1832-1910), . . . — — Map (db m198782) HM
Dedicated to the memory
Dr. William Thomas Brockman
A distinguished Surgeon
-- Humanitarian --
Citizen and Commissioner of the City of
Greenville, South Carolina
1881 ---- 1968
Lower . . . — — Map (db m17503) HM
Brutontown, an historic African-American community, grew up around the intersection of Paris Mountain Rd. and Rutherford Rd. Benjamin Bruton, a mulatto freedman, bought 1.75 acres here in 1874. He built a house and blacksmith . . . — — Map (db m22120) HM
An archery range was one of the planned recreational features when the Civilian Conservation Corps designed the park in 1936. Eventually laid out between here and the Sulphur Springs parking lot, the course began with a posted diagram and . . . — — Map (db m20243) HM
As early as 1800 Bishop Francis Asbury, founder of American Methodism, rode circuit in the S.C. upcountry, spreading the message of Methodism. In 1832 Vardry McBee deeded land to the trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church. . . . — — Map (db m198229) HM
In early 1874, Oscar Sampson (1828-1904) and George Hall chartered Camperdown #1 mill. By June 1874, it was in full operation in the Vardry McBee brain mill. Camperdown #2 was in full operation by December 1875. By 1880, the Camperdown spinning . . . — — Map (db m198783) HM
Greenville's first post-bellum textile mill was founded by Massachusetts mill owners George Hall, George Putnam, and O.H. Sampson, who came south to start a textile business after a disasterous fire in Boston. In cooperation with Vardry McBee's . . . — — Map (db m87413) HM
Dedicated to the memory of Capers Bouton (October 2, 1950 - October 22, 1988), accomplished attorney and athlete, dedicated to his community and family, who died while pursuing his favorite recreation - running. — — Map (db m16059) HM
About 1800, Chancellor Waddy Thompson, famous jurist, built a spacious home on this site. He filled the office of Chancellor of this state for 23 years with signal ability and was an able and virtuous magistrate and an upright and honorable man. — — Map (db m198654) HM
This four-building science center is named for Greenville native and Furman Trustee Charles Hard Townes, Furman Class of 1935, son of Furman alumni Henry K, '97 and Ellen Hard '02 Townes.
Lifelong innovator and teacher, he was presented the . . . — — Map (db m18576) HM
Cherokee in the Upcountry The watersheds surrounding Greenville County were long ago home to Pisgah societies (AD 1000-AD 1450) and their descendants, the Cherokee. Archeological evidence of the Pisgah societies has been found in abundance near . . . — — Map (db m135283) HM
James Clement Furman, the University's first president, purchased Cherrydale from George W. Green in 1857. Probably built in the 1840s, the farmhouse was Furman's summer home until 1881 and his residence until his death in 1891. In 1939 Eugene E. . . . — — Map (db m18279) HM
The Presbyterian Synod of South Carolina established Chicora College for Young Ladies in 1893 as "McBee's Terrace," opposite the Greenville Coach Factory on the south bank of the Reedy. Its sixteen acre campus, with grounds landscaped down to the . . . — — Map (db m41444) HM
Chino Smith, a Greenwood, South Carolina native, was known as one of the best hitters in the Negro Leagues. He was the first Negro League player to hit a home run in Yankee Stadium, and during his tragically short career, he maintained a batting . . . — — Map (db m44089) HM
Started in 1820 as St. James' Mission, the first church built here in 1825 on land given by Vardry McBee, was consecrated in 1828 by Bishop Nathaniel Bowen as Christ Church. The present church was built 1852-54 with Rev. John D. McCollough as . . . — — Map (db m8506) HM
City of Greenville
J. Kenneth Cass
City of Greenville
S.C. Highway Department
Chief Commissioner . . . — — Map (db m19239) HM
City Hospital, founded here in 1912 and later renamed Greenville General Hospital, occupied most of the block bounded by Memminger, Mallard, and Dunbar Sts. and Arlington Ave. by the early 1950s. The Ladies . . . — — Map (db m198601) HM
The oldest buildings in this residential hall complex were completed in 1961. For decades, this complex housed women students exclusively; the seal of Greenville Woman’s College (GWC), which merged with the all-male Furman University beginning in . . . — — Map (db m169152) HM
This two-story trapezoidal plan industrial building is one of two surviving Claussen’s bakeries in S.C. Built in 1930, the bakery initially employed forty workers and produced 45,000 loaves of bread a day. In February 1967 . . . — — Map (db m168519) HM
Clay Buchholz was a member of the Greenville Drive's inaugural season in 2006. In 2007, he made his Major League debut with the Boston Red Sox, the first Drive player to make it all the way to the big leagues. On September 1st, 2007, he became . . . — — Map (db m44052) HM
The great tap dancer Clayton "Peg Leg" Bates began his career in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. After a cotton gin accident took his leg, many felt his life was over. Through perseverance and determination, Peg Leg Bates is known as one of the . . . — — Map (db m19219) HM
In memory of
who, on February 13, 1925
unselfishly gave this park
to the citizens of
Greenville, South Carolina
Mayor Max M. Heller
Joe E. Jordan, Wayne Wuestenberg
James H. Simkins, . . . — — Map (db m16027) HM
"All summer, everyone came up here and lay in the sun and carried on," recalls Mary Ann Epps McCullough, who, along with other lifeguards in the 1940s, "would swim to the dam and back every day."
July 4 brought Aquatic Day festivities with . . . — — Map (db m20201) HM
Erected on land donated to the state by Vardry McBee for the manufacture of arms for the South Carolina troops in the Confederate service. George W. Morse, superintendent of the works, invented and manufactured a breech-loading carbine pronounced by . . . — — Map (db m73773) HM
Around 1910 a group of Jewish families began to meet for Orthodox services in their homes and rented halls around Greenville. Within two years these recent Eastern European immigrants hired Charles Zaglin as their rabbi and . . . — — Map (db m198230) HM
Near this sign, before the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, Richard Pearis, best known of all Pre-Revolutionary settlers in the surrounding Cherokee Indian nation, established his home with a grist mill and trading post. Around this . . . — — Map (db m8208) HM
This authentic 12-pound brass Napoleon, a favorite of the Confederate artillery, was constructed by Charles Crenshaw Jr. Gharlie co-founded the "Southern Guns of Thunder" and for years built and fired cannons to lend a thunderous salute at memorial . . . — — Map (db m56844) HM
Dunean School, later Dunean Elementary, opened in 1928 with J.H. Anderson as its first principal. Located at the corner of Smith and Blake Streets, on land donated by Dunean Mill, the school served students from the surrounding Dunean Mill village. . . . — — Map (db m198600) HM
An officer's sworn to protect and serve,
Answering each call with unwavering nerve,
Never knowing when life will throw out a curve.
A policeman's life was what I chose,
To follow a noble, honorable code,
And it cost me my life on this . . . — — Map (db m15971) HM
Magdalina B. and Blaine J. DeSantis '75
In Honor of
Joseph E. DeSantis
A True Gentleman in the Classic Sense of the Word
Born in Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Emigrated to United States in 1929
Rose from Humble . . . — — Map (db m18275) HM
Donaldson Air Force Base
Greenville Army Air Base opened on this site in 1942 and trained B-25 bomber crews during World War II. Emphasizing air transport after 1945 and renamed Donaldson Air Force Base in 1951. It was the home to C-124 . . . — — Map (db m9332) HM
Donaldson Air Force Base
Greenville Army Air Base opened on this site in 1942 and trained B-25 bomber crews during World War II. Emphasizing air transport after 1945 and renamed Donaldson Air Force Base in 1951. It was the home to C-124 . . . — — Map (db m12118) HM
Chartered September 23, 1974
Placed on the National Register
of Historic Places August 1977
Sanctuary designed by
Samuel Sloan of Philadelphia
Erected in 1857 and Dedicated February 21, 1858 — — Map (db m37591) HM
Greenville was originally founded in 1831 along the banks of the Reedy River. Falls Park, River Place and The Peace Center have replaced the long gone textile mills that once dotted the River. Today, the Reedy River continues to be a primary . . . — — Map (db m180722) HM
Born in Greenville, S.C. 1915.
Graduate of Furman University 1935.
Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics 1964.
Templeton Price Winner 2005.
Designated one of the world's most
influential 1,000 men
of the past 1,000 years.
. . . — — Map (db m8112) HM
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