Do you have any vintage Easley Green Wave memorabilia hiding in the attic?
The Easley Area Museum is a non-profit museum located in historic downtown Easley, SC.
Do you have any vintage Easley Green Wave memorabilia hiding in the attic?
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A little bit of Easley history came back to life today. The “E” from the floor of the 1939 gym at the old EHS has been installed in the lobby of the new school.
We have good news! We have rescheduled our annual Christmas by Candlelight for Thursday, December 20, 2018, at 5:30-7:30 p.m. This was originally scheduled for 12/8 but had to be rescheduled because of inclement weather.
Please stop in and enjoy some hot wassail, Christmas treats, and a healthy dose of some local Christmas cheer!
Admission is free (but donations are welcome). 🎄
City of Easley, South Carolina
Easley is looking like a winter wonderland ❄️
Since the weather is now predicted to deteriorate earlier in the day than initially expected, the Easley Christmas Parade of Lights has been cancelled. EAM will also be rescheduling Christmas by Candlelight for a later date. Please be safe this weekend.
Does everyone know about Easley's famous folk Christmas attraction, Tiny Town? This vintage video sheds light on its creators and the story behind the lilliputian community that comes to life every December.
(Thanks to Vince Ducker for the wonderful video.)
A family tradition celebrating Christmas every year by sharing Tiny Town with the community. This is a small village with stores, dolls, houses, and much mor...
As the Nation mourns the loss of its 41st President, George H.W. Bush, we look back to his 1988 visit to Easley--specifically Buck's Drive-In--with Governor Carroll Campbell. (Greenville News, 26 February 1988).
It’s #ThrowbackThursday once again! This lighted Santa Claus (c. 1968) is owned by one of our board members and was originally purchased from Winfield’s Department Store in downtown Easley. Do you still have any vintage Christmas treasures purchased in Easley, or photographs of old Easley stores at Christmas? Please share them in the comments!
City of Easley, South Carolina; Easley Downtown Business Association
Happy Thanksgiving, Easley!
EAM thanks the wonderful volunteers who help bring Christmas magic to our little corner of Pendleton Street! 🎄
Our mid-century tree is a guest favorite. It features old fashioned multi-colored lights, bubble lights, and glass ornaments dating from the 1940’s through the 1960’s.
This mantel features reproductions of patriotic Christmas cards from the World War II era.
Gettys Middle School
We are excited to invite you to a historic evening tonight as our football team honors Easley Junior High School, Clearview-Simpson School, and the 30th anniversary of EJHS’ undefeated championship team of 1988. Regular adult admission is $5 and GMS student prices for this game will fall back to 1988 prices and be $1. Game time is 6 PM. We hope to see you there!
GMS would like to thank Easley High School’s National Junior Honor Society and Sonya Boyles for their support of our Easley Junior High School’s tribute uniform that we will wear tonight at 6pm at EHS. We will look to close out our final football game of 2018 against Glenview and another Gettys Championship year! We could not honor our history without this tremendous support from Easley High!
Congratulations to Head Coach Twon Austin (#63 in '88!), Coach Adams, Coach Hemingway, Coach Blassingame, Coach Ferguson, Coach Williams, Coach Hagood, and Coach Brooks on an outstanding season. Thanks for all of your support in producing Gettys Greatness!
So it begins.....
Congratulations, Easley Bands and Easley High School! https://www.facebook.com/220421201319515/posts/2372144952813785/
Your 2018 SCBDA 4A State marching Band Champions!
Today we take a quick look at the haunted history of some favorite Halloween traditions (via history.com). https://www.history.com/topics/halloween/haunted-history-of-halloween-video
Halloween was originally called Samhain and marked the end of the harvest season for Celtic farmers.
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It’s starting to look like Halloween at Easley Area Museum! We’re displaying a local collection of Halloween memorabilia with examples dating from the 1930’s through the 1970’s.
Because of expected rain and wind, our Lowcountry Boil and Backyard Party Fundraiser has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 18th at 6:30 pm ... same time, same place.
We have had a wonderful response and we hope you'll join us on the 18th!
Join us on October 11 (moved to OCTOBER 18) for our first FUNDRAISER - a lowcountry boil and backyard party! There will be food, drinks, live music, a silent auction and more! Call to reserve your spot now! 864.380.2050
It's #ThrowbackThursday! Today we take a look back at downtown Easley's first church, First United Methodist Church.
The first church in the area of what would eventually become downtown Easley was the Mount Olivet Methodist Episcopal Church. The congregation, which was chartered in 1847, took its name from the Methodist-Episcopal meeting ground just north of Pickensville called Mount Olivet (present West View Cemetery) where camp meetings were held throughout the year. The church's first structure was a brush arbor which was replaced in 1878 by a substantial wood-frame church with steeple. The new building was made possible by a settlement reached between the congregation and the railroad, which had illegally made a deep cut through Mount Olivet hill while creating the main rail-line in the early 1870's. (You can still see this troublesome cut in the hill across the street from the Colony Theater.)
With the creation of Easley in the 1870's, the church grew and eventually changed its name to First Methodist Church of Easley to distinguish itself from other Methodist churches in the region. By the late 1920's the congregation had grown tired of holding services in such close proximity to passing trains and purchased property to the south on West First Avenue. A new church was complete by 1930 after which time the original Mount Olivet property was sold to the City of Easley. Although the original church building is gone, the churchyard survives as West View Cemetery.
The West First Avenue property was expanded in 1955, and again in 1961, at which time the present sanctuary was completed. The present church was designed by Henry McDonald, an architect from Brevard, North Carolina. FUMC completed an extensive renovation of the church in 2017.
Easley First United Methodist Church; Easley Downtown Business Association; You know you're from Easley, SC when...
So far, we have featured Easley's three "First" churches on Throwback Thursday. If you have historic photographs and information for other Easley churches, send us the info and you may see them featured in the future!
It's #ThrowbackThursday! Today we look back at some of Easley's early postal workers. This image from the 1910's shows A.G. King, postmaster, at left, and John Ragsdale inside the rural delivery wagon at right. There has been an active U.S. Post Office in the Easley area since Pickensville was granted one on April 1, 1795! The Pickensville office was officially transferred a few miles north to the young town of Easley on October 11, 1875. US Postal Service; Easley Downtown Business Association; #LocalHistory; #Easley
Easley Rotary Club
A single white rose adorned the place where Easley’s Gentleman, Rotarian Alfred B. Robinson, usually sat during Easley Rotary Club meetings. Mr. Robinson , who passed away September 10, 2018, was a member of Easley Rotary Club for 68 years. Fellow Rotary members have been asked to serve as Honorary Pallbearers for this gentleman known to many as “Mr. Alf.” http://hosting-15913.tributes.com/obituary/show/Alfred-Burgess-Robinson-106412368?f_e=1
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It's #ThrowbackThursday! Today we're taking a look back at one of Easley's most iconic traditions, the Easley High School bell.
Below is an article about the history of the bell that ran in souvenir Green Wave Football programs in 2012.
Easley High School; Easley First United Methodist Church; City of Easley, South Carolina; Downtown Easley Ehs Gameday
Easley Area Museum
Today we remember the life of an Easley legend, Joe Lesley, owner of Joe's - the Easley Ice Cream Parlor.
Joe met no stranger and he was a master at remembering the names and family relationships of everyone who crossed the doorstep of his ice cream parlor. His personality and that of his family set the atmosphere for the whole establishment. Over nearly half a century their place of business evolved into Easley’s collective kitchen table where family, old friends, new friends, and strangers gathered to grab lunch and fellowship in the shadow of old photographs and mementos from the city’s past—an atmosphere that can’t be bought or replicated.
After a visit or two to the humble little brick building on Main Street everyone there knew your name and most likely how you prefer your iced tea which was often ready by the time you found a table. Within a few weeks it’s likely you would be stuck—or blessed depending on your outlook—with a new nickname for use while there. Joe had a particular way with kids; he loved them and they loved him back. The countless children led to the ice cream counter over the past four decades by Papa Joe are now lifelong customers. Joe could be depended on for a handshake, a comforting hug, and genuine concern for you and your family. He was a big guy who was unafraid to say “I love you” out loud and mean it. When a member of his family-of-regulars was going through one of life’s trials, he would be one of the first to call to offer a few words of support.
Joe’s success in business didn’t result from a secret chili recipe (although I’m sure it didn’t hurt) but was instead the result of the way he treated people—each man, woman, and child who sat down in the booths at Joe’s soon became a family friend. Joe was special, a man who made his community and the people in it better. He went about life with a special brand of genuineness all his own. In a world dominated by political, social, and religious divisions, personalities like Joe Lesley are rare. Easley is a better place because he was here.
It's #ThrowbackThursday! Today we take a look back to Easley's second City Hall building. Constructed in 1915 by George Corbin, the building was notable for its prominent clock tower which featured a mechanism produced by the Seth Thomas Clock Company. The clock was set to chime on the City's preexisting fire bell. The building was destroyed by fire on October 16, 1924, at which time many of the early city records were also lost. The iconic clock survived the fire and was relocated to the next City Hall (constructed 1925), and then to the Centennial Tower in Market Square in 1974. City of Easley, South Carolina
HELP! We need volunteers! We are currently looking for volunteers: Docents to welcome the public on Saturdays and or Sundays, volunteers to help with private meetings, tours, or special events.
If you are interested, we will train you in all you need to know! Please reply to this post or drop by the museum during open hours - SAT & SUN 1pm-5pm
We look forward to speaking with you!
Today, for #ThrowbackThursday we take a look at the history of Easley Presbyterian Church, one of Downtown Easley's oldest congregations. Easley Presbyterian Church was organized on Sunday, May 9, 1886, with 17 original members. Although no photographs of the original building survive, it is recorded as having been a square wood-framed structure built in 1887. By 1913 the congregation had expanded and a new church built on the site of its predecessor. Featuring a squat square corner tower, the 1913 church featured slag glass windows and a pipe organ.
The 1913 building saw the community through two world wars and a period of rapid growth, but had become too small to meet the needs of the congregation by mid-century. In 1953, Mrs. Gertrude Hagood Matthews, Easley-area philanthropist and lifelong EPC member, made a substantial monetary donation that spurred the construction of a new building which was completed in August, 1955. The new colonial revival church, designed by architect W.E. Freeman of Greenville, was painted a crisp white.
By the early 1980's, EPC had begun to explore options for expanding the 1955 facility. However, on March 24, 1983, as Easley was being hit by a major late-season snowstorm, Easley Presbyterian Church was destroyed by fire. The congregation chose to rebuild on the same site as the lost building. Though larger and somewhat more architecturally refined, the current church, dedicated November 10, 1985, retains the signature white exterior and Colonial Revival style of its predecessor. Easley Presbyterian Church is the only downtown church that has occupied the same site since its founding.
Got us a gully-washer at the museum today!
It’s a beautiful day to explore downtown Easley!
The sun is out at the Farmers Market! Come out to City Hall until 12pm and see our 30+ vendors. We will also be doing a cooking demo with fresh ingredients from our vendors by catering company, A Stone’s Throw.
Easley Downtown Business Association
Remembering all service men and women in the history of Pickens County that so bravely fought and gave the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the freedom of our towns, our county, and the great United States of America! We honor their memory and salute all our military on this Memorial day. Thank you!
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Spring has arrived at the Easley Area Museum. The columns on the front porch are always popular nesting sites, and the azaleas are in full bloom. Come in for a visit, weekend afternoons from 1-5pm.
Easley Area Museum will be closed for Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018.
Today for Throwback Thursday we bring you a newspaper clipping from 1870. The clipping shows an advertisement for the law office of W.K. Easley and F.B. McBee. William King Easley (1825-1872), from whom the city derives its name, was a prominent upstate attorney who practiced in the courts at both Pickens and Greenville. He split his time between Riverside Plantation on the Saluda River and a home in downtown Greenville. Easley served as a director for the Atlanta and Richmond Air-Line Railway Company and was largely responsible for having the railroad pass through Pickens County and the site of the city that would eventually bear his name. He died in 1872. The community taking shape around the new railroad station north of old Pickensville was officially chartered as Easley, South Carolina, in his honor two years later in 1874.
Image: Keowee Courier (Pickens, SC), 29 July, 1870.
This article from our friends at the Greenville County Historical Society highlights the work of architects Frank and Joseph Cunningham, designers of many upstate landmarks. The brothers also designed the 1909 addition at the old Easley High School (pictures in comments).
Learn about the men responsible for several prominent Greenville buildings, including Memorial Auditorium, in this month's Fête Greenville --> https://readymag.com/u83569656/942811/17/
Bubbles! EAM is celebrating Christmas at the Museum during our normal weekend business hours through January 13. Don’t miss our special Christmas by Candlelight evening opening on December 9 during the Easley Christmas Parade.
It's #ThrowbackThursday! Today we bring you the members of the Easley Municipal Band from January 1, 1906! The band is pictured on the steps of the Easley Graded School (corner of Main and Russell Streets--current site of the 1942 Post Office).
The Downtown Ghost Tour on 10/21/2017 is now SOLD OUT. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list for tickets (in case anyone cancels), or would like to be first in line for a future ghost tour, please send us a message with your name, number of tickets requested, and contact information.
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