Greenville County Historical Society

Greenville County Historical Society Telling Greenville's stories since 1961.
The Greenville County Historical Society is a non-profit organization that houses documents and photographs that preserve the history of Greenville County.

The headquarters of the Historical Society houses archives of Greenville County history that are available for public use and research.

Mission: -To collect and preserve the papers, records, photographs, and materials which document the history of Greenville County. -To sponsor programs, publications and exhibitions pertaining to the history and culture of our region.

12/25/2019
Today is your last chance to deck the halls with Greenville History!
12/23/2019

Today is your last chance to deck the halls with Greenville History!

Limited quantities (fewer than 10) remaining of Parker High, Furman Bell Tower, Poinsett Hotel, Poinsett Bridge, Buncomb...
12/18/2019

Limited quantities (fewer than 10) remaining of Parker High, Furman Bell Tower, Poinsett Hotel, Poinsett Bridge, Buncombe Street UMC, Falls Cottage and Kilgore-Lewis!

Online orders being accepted through 2 pm, December 19th, and last day to pick up in-store is Monday, December 23rd from 10 am - noon!

https://greenvillehistory.org/product-category/ornaments/

GCHS is open regular hours this week (T/Th 2-5, W 11-2) PLUS special holiday hours next week for all you last-minute sho...
12/17/2019

GCHS is open regular hours this week (T/Th 2-5, W 11-2) PLUS special holiday hours next week for all you last-minute shoppers!

Greenville High is SOLD OUT for the 2019 season. Purchase your favorite design before it's gone! https://bit.ly/378OEBI
12/10/2019

Greenville High is SOLD OUT for the 2019 season. Purchase your favorite design before it's gone! https://bit.ly/378OEBI

Coxe CollectionGreenville County Historical Society
12/03/2019

Coxe Collection
Greenville County Historical Society

🦃 Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃The GCHS office is closed on Wednesday and Thursday."The First Thanksgiving"Jean Louis Gerome Fer...
11/27/2019

🦃 Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃
The GCHS office is closed on Wednesday and Thursday.

"The First Thanksgiving"
Jean Louis Gerome Ferris (1863-1930)

"The First Thanksgiving"Jean Louis Gerome Ferris (1863-1930)
11/21/2019

"The First Thanksgiving"
Jean Louis Gerome Ferris (1863-1930)

Looking for something to do this evening? Check out tonight's Piedmont Past lecture series at the Spartanburg County Lib...
11/21/2019

Looking for something to do this evening? Check out tonight's Piedmont Past lecture series at the Spartanburg County Library, featuring a talk on Robert Quillen (1887-1948), known for his influence in the Fountain Inn Community and as publisher of the Fountain Inn Tribune. Spartanburg County Public Libraries

Our Recovering the Piedmont Past Lecture Series continues next Thursday, November 21 at the Headquarters Library.

The Spring Park Inn in Travelers Rest was recently designated as a Greenville County historic site and was added to the ...
11/20/2019

The Spring Park Inn in Travelers Rest was recently designated as a Greenville County historic site and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2018. Congratulations! https://bit.ly/2QB5fbp
Travelers Rest Historical Society

#tbt Check out this ad from the 1966 Greenville yellow pages. Recognize this famous home?
09/12/2019

#tbt Check out this ad from the 1966 Greenville yellow pages. Recognize this famous home?

09/11/2019
Greenville Chapter of the Genealogical Society

For all of our local friends pursuing genealogical research, make plans to connect with the Greenville chapter of SCGS on Sunday! Details below.

IT'S TIME FOR OUR SEPTEMBER MEETING!!! Please join us for as we begin our Fall and Winter meetings of the Greenville Chapter of the South Carolina Genealogical
Society. It's time to get back to researching our families and sharing our latest finds. We will meet Sunday, September 15th 2019 at the Confederate Museum and Library
ANNEX, 15 Boyce Avenue, Greenville, S.C. at 3:00 PM . We are very fortunate to have as our speaker, Shelby Lollis, 1st.Vice President and Workshop Chair of the South
Carolina Genealogical Society. She is also the Secretary of the Laurens District Chapter and Past President of the Anderson County Chapter. Shelby has a great deal of news
to share with us about upcoming events and the speakers she has already booked for the next Workshop. We will also have information to share about the upcoming 2 day
Annual Meeting of the SCGS to be held in Charleston, SC in October. Come join us! You do not have to be a member to attend the our meetings.

🍂 New Fall Hours 🍂Now open on Tuesdays!Tuesday & Thursday ▪️ 2-5 pmWednesday ▪️ 11-2 pmMonday & Friday ▪️ By appointment
09/09/2019

🍂 New Fall Hours 🍂
Now open on Tuesdays!

Tuesday & Thursday ▪️ 2-5 pm
Wednesday ▪️ 11-2 pm
Monday & Friday ▪️ By appointment

08/21/2019
2019 American Revolution Symposium - SC Archives & History Foundation

South Carolina Department of Archives and History presents the 2019 American Revolution Symposium on Saturday, October 5. Save the date and sign up today! https://scarchivesandhistoryfoundation.org/2018/12/20/2019-american-revolution-symposium/

State of Rebellion: South Carolina’s Place in the American Revolution Saturday, October 5, 2019 Introduction Save the date: Make plans to attend our American Revolution Symposium on Saturday, October 5, 2019. The complete program will be posted in late spring and it promises to offer insight on th...

We apologize if you’ve tried to reach us by phone this week and haven’t gotten through! Our phones and internet are down...
08/15/2019

We apologize if you’ve tried to reach us by phone this week and haven’t gotten through! Our phones and internet are down and will be restored Friday morning. The office is closed Thursday afternoon. We are checking email, so drop us a line if we can assist you! [email protected]

We’re talking about the history of Donaldson today at 3 pm! ✈️
05/05/2019

We’re talking about the history of Donaldson today at 3 pm! ✈️

The finished product! Come visit us at 100 Lavinia Avenue. Thanks again to South Carolina Upstate Paralegal Association ...
05/04/2019

The finished product! Come visit us at 100 Lavinia Avenue. Thanks again to South Carolina Upstate Paralegal Association for your great work!

Happy @handsongville Day! Thank you South Carolina Upstate Paralegal Association for the repair and installation of the ...
05/04/2019

Happy @handsongville Day! Thank you South Carolina Upstate Paralegal Association for the repair and installation of the permanent sign at our new location!
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#hogday @uwgreenvillesc #gchs #yeahthatgreenville

The Story of Greenville Army Air BaseSunday, May 5 at 3 pmHughes Main Library
04/25/2019

The Story of Greenville Army Air Base
Sunday, May 5 at 3 pm
Hughes Main Library

On Sunday May 5, join us as we tell the story of Donaldson, beginning with the early days when it was known as Greenvill...
04/25/2019

On Sunday May 5, join us as we tell the story of Donaldson, beginning with the early days when it was known as Greenville Army Air Base. Catch an exclusive look at a one-of-a-kind display of GAAB/Donaldson memorabilia and artifacts!

#gvltoday #yeahthatgreenville #greenvillesc #militaryhistory #whatsgoingongvl #gchs #historymatters #wwii Military History Center of the Carolinas - MHCC

✨VOTE NOW!✨Let the Historical Society know which historic building you would like to see added to our Greenville Heritag...
04/24/2019

✨VOTE NOW!✨
Let the Historical Society know which historic building you would like to see added to our Greenville Heritage stained glass ornament collection for the 2019 holiday season. Your choices are...
1️⃣ Old Textile Hall
2️⃣ First Baptist/Downtown Baptist/Grace Church
3️⃣ Memorial Auditorium

Greenville, SC has come a long way since the early days when we were known as the Textile Capital of the World. Through ...
04/15/2019
The Revitalization of Downtown Greenville, SC

Greenville, SC has come a long way since the early days when we were known as the Textile Capital of the World. Through strong public and private partnerships and strategic planning the city now boasts a vibrant mix of historic buildings, major corporations, small businesses and restored public spaces.

Check out this video that was shot at the Historical Society office last fall featuring board member Don Koonce.

https://spectruminfocus.com/section/in-focus/in-focus-shows/2019/02/20/the-revitalization-of-downtown-greenville--sc-

Greenville was known as the “Textile Capital of the World.”

Back in stock! Reedy River Falls and Old City Hall stained glass ornaments are now available in-store and online.  green...
04/11/2019

Back in stock! Reedy River Falls and Old City Hall stained glass ornaments are now available in-store and online. greenvillehistory.org/shop

Greenville County Historical Society is closed Thursday afternoon. We are available by email and will reopen on Monday a...
04/04/2019

Greenville County Historical Society is closed Thursday afternoon. We are available by email and will reopen on Monday at 2 pm. Enjoy this beautiful spring day!

The Cherrydale House was moved to its new home on the Furman campus 20 years ago this month. Thanks to the generosity of...
03/22/2019

The Cherrydale House was moved to its new home on the Furman campus 20 years ago this month. Thanks to the generosity of the Stone family and AIG Baker, the historic home was preserved and will be enjoyed for many years to come.

https://alumni.furman.edu/about-us/cherrydale-alumni-house-history

The Cherrydale Mansion being moved to Furman University campus in March 1999 (This is a newspaper photo. Check source at comment end. Not all newspaper photos were/are printed in color.) See the article that accompanied this picture at this link:
https://www.facebook.com/GreenvilleRememberWhen/photos/a.469510096456150.1073741837.468753289865164/1585992598141222/?type=3&theater (Source: Greenville News dated Oct. 15, 2014 - News File Photo by Bart Boatwright)

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03/20/2019

Telling Greenville’s stories since 1961.
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Exciting news from our friends at Spartanburg County Historical Association!
03/18/2019

Exciting news from our friends at Spartanburg County Historical Association!

** JUST ANNOUNCED **

SCHA invites YOU to celebrate the completion of the restorations of Walnut Grove Plantation on SATURDAY, MAY 11TH, 2019!

ADMISSION IS FREE! One Day Only!!

Re-enactors, live music, games, food trucks, tours, and more!
*concessions and souvenirs are available for purchase.
Credit cards as accepted. Picnic lunches are welcome!

Join us for a day of celebration and living history Saturday, May 11 from 11am-4pm. Tour the historic spaces of Walnut Grove Plantation and learn about the restorative measures taken by SCHA over the 18-month, $300,000 project to ensure Walnut Grove will stand for generations to come!

That's right, admission is FREE! Donations are encouraged and go towards the Walnut Grove Plantation Endowment which support the long term care and restoration of the property.

Special Thanks to the Spartanburg County Foundation for their support in the form of a grant of $10,000 making the roof replacement at WGP possible.

COMING SOON: New life to the vacant Judson Mill complex. NC developer Belmont Sayre plans a $100M transformation that wi...
03/16/2019

COMING SOON: New life to the vacant Judson Mill complex. NC developer Belmont Sayre plans a $100M transformation that will include 204 apartments, office space, retail and recreation space. Phase I construction to begin this spring.
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Judson Mill (also known as Westervelt) was in operation from 1911 to 2015 and was once one of the largest textile mills in the world.

McMillan Pazdan Smith #yeahthatgreenville #gvltoday #historymatters #whatsgoingongvl #adaptivereuse #textilehistory @ Judson Plant Division of Milliken & Company

Greenville’s first Saturday market, the Court Street curb market, c. 1922 with John Wesley United  Methodist in the back...
03/16/2019

Greenville’s first Saturday market, the Court Street curb market, c. 1922 with John Wesley United Methodist in the background. @gvillesatmarket
📸: Coxe Collection, GCHS

#yeahthatgreenville #gvltoday #historymatters #historyiscool #gvlifestyle #shoplocal

Lander University's symposium on WWI and the south begins Thursday. Register today! www.lander.edu/ww1
03/12/2019

Lander University's symposium on WWI and the south begins Thursday. Register today! www.lander.edu/ww1

We'll tell the story of Greenville Army Air Base on Sunday, May 5 as part of the Historical Society annual meeting. More...
03/05/2019

We'll tell the story of Greenville Army Air Base on Sunday, May 5 as part of the Historical Society annual meeting. More details to come!

Mark your calendar for Lander University's WWI symposium March 13-14!www.lander.edu/ww1
03/04/2019

Mark your calendar for Lander University's WWI symposium March 13-14!

www.lander.edu/ww1

It might only be March, but we're thinking ahead to our 2019 Greenville Heritage ornament! What design would you like to...
03/01/2019

It might only be March, but we're thinking ahead to our 2019 Greenville Heritage ornament! What design would you like to see this year?

Thank you to all who joined us Sunday for the winter meeting featuring Dean Campbell. Save the date (May 5) for the annu...
02/27/2019

Thank you to all who joined us Sunday for the winter meeting featuring Dean Campbell. Save the date (May 5) for the annual meeting this spring!

📸: Dr. John Matzko

Our friends at the Piedmont Historical Preservation Society invite you to "Discover Piedmont," Saturday, March 2 at the ...
02/27/2019

Our friends at the Piedmont Historical Preservation Society invite you to "Discover Piedmont," Saturday, March 2 at the Piedmont Community Building (3 Main Street, Piedmont). Check out the museum, enjoy crafts, vendors, food, and more!

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100 Lavinia Avenue
Greenville, SC
29601

General information

Membership of the Historical Society helps to support the Society's vital work in preserving the letters, documents, publications, and pictures which record Greenville's intriguing past. Members of the Historical Society gather three times per year for meetings and speakers and receive editions of "The New Mountaineer."

Opening Hours

Tuesday 14:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 14:00
Thursday 14:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(864) 233-4103

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