The Berea, South Carolina Historic Society

The Berea, South Carolina Historic Society The purpose of this page is to help save the the Berea Community Culture, education and beautification projects. Berea, SC just outside of Greenville,SC.

Recently it has been brought to the attention of many Berea residents and alumni that one of our own Bill Addis son of B...
05/12/2019

Recently it has been brought to the attention of many Berea residents and alumni that one of our own Bill Addis son of Berea alumni Ricky Addis and Elayne Eskew is running for the SC House of Representatives District 19 on a Republican ticket as a first time politician. Although many may know him well others may not know him at all. This post is to introduce you to him as well as a list of Characteristics as to what good leadership is and should be for everyone's FYI including Bill Addis as he embarks into the world of politics.

Citizenship in the 21st century requires more than just paying your taxes and voting and occasionally running for office. Even if you've never been in or run for political office, you have not just political responsibilities, you have moral responsibilities to make your society stronger and better.

Politics and political ideologies comes and goes, but your principles don't. Running for office is important, and you don't really need more than to be right on the issues, and to be able to articulate what it is you believe. You don't need a certain background. You don't need to be a lawyer. You don't need to have some professional degree.

When you think about what it means to be considered a good leader, there is no doubt quite a few aspects come to mind.

Not everybody is cut out to be a leader, and it takes someone with a certain set of qualities to be able to maintain such a position. However, what exactly are the skills that are deemed necessary for good leadership?

A true leader’s position should not reflect any self-serving personal or political interests but benefit ‘the greater good’ of humanity. The moral aspect of leadership provides a vision rooted in universal aspirations, principles and values, while the innovative aspect of leadership provides the methods through which any vision can be realized. Morality and innovation are both essential aspects of the leadership needed today.

A selfless leader lives by principles, recognizing the equal and inalienable rights given to each person by the same Creator. As stated by the U.S. Constitution,, “Human law must rest its authority ultimately upon the authority of that law which is divine.”

Characteristics of good leadership are:

Moral leadership
Vision
Listening Skills
Creativity
Confident
Sense of humor
Integrity and fairness
Ability To Communicate
Positive Attitude
Ability to Inspire and Delegate
Intuition
Respect for others
Ethical leadership
Leads by example
Humility

The old Blockbuster building in Berea is being transformed as we speak according to county council into the Berea Commun...
05/08/2019

The old Blockbuster building in Berea is being transformed as we speak according to county council into the Berea Community Center and Senior Action Center that is expected to open sometime this summer 2019..

By comparison this building county has provided to the Berea community is much smaller than all the other Community/ Senior Action Center's throughout Greenville county. Exactly what programs that will be offered is the big question that has yet to be answered by county council although they have been asked several times.

Some think that this building is just another empty token that will fall short in a long line of promises and abuse county council has thrust upon the Berea community and longtime residents.

Willis Meadows, Greenville County Council District 19
August 15, 2018 ·
BEREA COMMUNITY CENTER UPDATE
WORK WILL BEGIN SOON!
The old Blockbuster building is nearing the end. The beginning of work to transform it into the Berea Community Center and Senior Action program will begin soon. Bids have been received and accepted. Architectural designs will be presented August 23, 2018 at 6 p.m. at County Square in Suite 400. We will not use Greenville Tech because they have changed their policy on community use (formally was free) and the Library was already booked.

Please plan to come and view the architecture's' rendering and help the staff choose the colors for the building.

To get to Suite 400, come to the door next to the flag pole. Upon entering the building turn left and proceed down the hall to Suite 400 which will be on your right. I look forward to seeing you there!

The artist's rendering of Community Center and floor plan was shown last night. The floor plan shows one large room and two smaller rooms as well as a kitchen. Notice on the right side there is an entrance door and a roll up door that opens to a patio and garden.

On the left side of the garden area is a covered patio that connects to the large opening into the building. Extending from the patio is a six foot wide path to a gazebo. As you enter the garden from the building, to the right of the path are bird feeders and a birdbath. To the left are raised beds. Along the walking path, around the outer edge of the parcel, are benches and covered swings. Additional bushes and trees will complement the rose garden that is shown to the left of the patio.

The group was shown three color schemes that are illustrated in the pictures labeled Scheme A,B,C. Scheme A was chosen as the colors that will be used inside the building. The smaller blocks at the bottom of the picture represent the tile colors for the floor . The large panels at the top are the colors that will be used on the wall, trim, and ceiling.

FINALLY BEREA WILL HAVE A COMMUNITY AND SENIOR CENTER. When?

Our next meeting will be in Berea at our own Community Building!

Who remembers these Berea landmarks from the late 1960's - The BBQ House and Barber shop. Who remembers what other busin...
05/04/2019

Who remembers these Berea landmarks from the late 1960's - The BBQ House and Barber shop. Who remembers what other businesses that are not shown in this photo.

On behalf of the Berea Historic Society I am happy to announce the Marker has arrived. Due to the weight I want to thank...
04/25/2019

On behalf of the Berea Historic Society I am happy to announce the Marker has arrived. Due to the weight I want to thank Joe Williams and Scott Hicks for picking up the Marker and taking it to the Greenville County office. It will be installed in front of the property where the Berea Historic School once stood.

I also want to thank each of you who donated money, bought ornaments and t-shirts, also for prayers. We are thankful for everyone that fought to save at least one of the buildings of the school. We fought a good fight.

Keep looking for the announcement when the marker will be dedicated.

I have seen this picture before and tried to research and find it again. Someone else posted it today on another site. T...
04/09/2019

I have seen this picture before and tried to research and find it again. Someone else posted it today on another site. This picture was taken on the roof of Woodside Mill, looking down Woodside Avenue toward Monaghan Mill in the distance. Parker High School had not been built yet, nor most of what became City View. A fascinating photo!

The 175th Anniversary of Berea First Baptist was celebrated today with the installation of The BFBC Historical Marker.Wh...
03/31/2019

The 175th Anniversary of Berea First Baptist was celebrated today with the installation of The BFBC Historical Marker.
What a tribute!
Thank you for participating in this endeavor and to ‘The Berea Historic Society’ that made this marker happen.

Old Berea High School Hallways as seen in 1958
02/20/2019

Old Berea High School Hallways as seen in 1958

In this picture from 1961 on the playground is what most of us called the cement block. Mrs. Gilstrap and Mrs. Williams ...
02/20/2019

In this picture from 1961 on the playground is what most of us called the cement block. Mrs. Gilstrap and Mrs. Williams are sitting on the Slab during recess. Does anyone know the history behind this huge cement slab?

Members of the 1962 graduating class the last graduating class at the 1938 WPA Berea school seen here on those infamous ...
02/20/2019

Members of the 1962 graduating class the last graduating class at the 1938 WPA Berea school seen here on those infamous monkey bars.

Who remember The Old Philpot's Feed Company silo building as seen here in the 1950's.
02/20/2019

Who remember The Old Philpot's Feed Company silo building as seen here in the 1950's.

Down Memory LaneSaluda Lake, Saluda Lake Dam and Saluda Lake Landing in BereaOld Saluda Dam, Saluda Dam Road, Bridges an...
02/19/2019

Down Memory Lane

Saluda Lake, Saluda Lake Dam and Saluda Lake Landing in Berea

Old Saluda Dam, Saluda Dam Road, Bridges and Piers standing in ruins - not what thy once were just like the rest of Berea.

Saluda Dam is on the Saluda River in Greenville County, South Carolina and is used for hydroelectric power purposes. Construction was completed in 1905 for the purpose of creating hydroelectric power. Duke Power Company formerly owned the lake then sold it to North Brook Energy, LLC. It has a normal surface area of 475 acres.

Saluda Dam is a gravity dam. The core is concrete. The foundation is rock. Its height is 59 feet with a length of 496 feet. Maximum discharge is 31300 cubic feet per second. Its capacity is 7519 acre feet. Normal storage is 7228 acre feet. It drains an area of 290 square miles.

The Saluda River is formed about 10 mi northwest of the city of Greenville, on the common boundary of Greenville and Pickens Counties, by the confluence of its north and south forks, each of which rises in the Blue Ridge Mountains very near the border of North Carolina:

The North Saluda River flows generally south-southwestwardly through northern Greenville County, past Marietta.

The South Saluda River flows generally southeastwardly on the Greenville-Pickens County border, receiving the Oolenoy River and the Middle Saluda River, which rises in Jones Gap State Park and flows generally southward through northwestern Greenville County.

From this confluence the Saluda River flows generally southeastwardly through the Piedmont region, through or along the boundaries of Pickens, Greenville, Anderson, Abbeville, Laurens, Greenwood, Newberry, Saluda, Lexington and Richland Counties, past the towns of Piedmont, West Pelzer, Pelzer, Ware Shoals and West Columbia. It joins the Broad River in Columbia to form the Congaree River.

Saluda Lake is a 331 acre reservoir located in Greenville South Carolina. It impounds the Saluda River on the border of Greenville and Pickens counties. This lake provides the city of Easley in Pickens County a source of drinking water. Saluda Lake is one of the very few small lakes in South Carolina to have a Bait & Tackle shop located on its shoreline. So, check out Saluda Lake Landing on your next visit.

Saluda Landing is located at 605 Motor Boat Club Road off of Highway 25 (White Horse Rd) in Greenville South Carolina. Once you turn on Motor Boat Club Road just drive to the end of the road and the landing will be on the left side of the road.

A trip Down Memory LaneThis picture of Berea cheerleaders are Carol McAlister - top left, Pat Merrill - top center and J...
02/19/2019

A trip Down Memory Lane

This picture of Berea cheerleaders are Carol McAlister - top left, Pat Merrill - top center and Joan Duncan - top right, sitting left to right - Barbara Jones and Brenda Jenkins all class of 1960.

BEREA only had 54 in attendance to leave feedback. Consider attending one of the remaining four (4) drop-ins to leave yo...
02/18/2019
Greenville County,SC

BEREA only had 54 in attendance to leave feedback. Consider attending one of the remaining four (4) drop-ins to leave your comments.

Tell us what you want for the future of Greenville County. There are 4 more community meetings coming up. Visit PlanGreenvilleCounty.org for details.

The school is the old Berea school, the teacher is Ms. Williams, and the year of this photo is thought to be somewhere a...
02/03/2019

The school is the old Berea school, the teacher is Ms. Williams, and the year of this photo is thought to be somewhere around the early to mid 1950's..

The question is does anyone know for sure the year to include who the students are?

The only description for these two photos read African American farmers harvesting and stacking sweet potatoes in upstat...
01/31/2019

The only description for these two photos read African American farmers harvesting and stacking sweet potatoes in upstate Greenville County Greenville, South Carolina circa 1940. This could have been in what is now known as the Berea community because sweet potatoes were a main source of revenue during those years.

01/12/2019

I hope everyone had a very nice Christmas and New Year. Sorry I have not updated everyone sooner concerning the Berea Historic Marker but my computer decided to die.

The Berea Historic Society is proud to announce that the marker that will go in front of the property of the historic Berea School has been ordered. We do not have an arrival date but the installation depends upon Legacy School. We do not want to install and then have it damaged during the building of the school. I am trying to find out when Legacy will start building but have not been able to verify the date.

I want to thank each and everyone of you for the donations, the prayers and being patient with us during the time of getting permits.

We are looking forward to 2019 and building a better and safer Berea.

The 1956 Greenville Christmas ParadeLook closely you might see people you know maybe even yourself,
12/14/2018

The 1956 Greenville Christmas Parade

Look closely you might see people you know maybe even yourself,

Take your time in the rush of the holidays to enjoy what really matters in life. Take in the serene moments spent with f...
12/13/2018

Take your time in the rush of the holidays to enjoy what really matters in life. Take in the serene moments spent with friends, and may the wonder and awesomeness of Christmas surround you throughout this season.

We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give. Christmas is the spirit of giving, without a thought of getting. Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone. Tis blessed to bestow, and yet, could we bestow any better gift by supporting The Berea, South Carolina Historic Society.

If you cannot feed a hundred people, then just feed one. If you cannot go back and save Berea's history, then help keep the memory of Berea's past alive by donating to The Berea, South Carolina Historic Society.

The Fourth Berea High School (1962- 2006)    The fourth Berea High School was opened in September, 1962.  The school cos...
12/11/2018

The Fourth Berea High School (1962- 2006)

The fourth Berea High School was opened in September, 1962. The school cost $1,300,000. It was located between Berea Drive and Burdine Street on thirty-three acres of land which were purchased at approximately $1,000 per acre. The school was planned for 750 students in grades seven to twelve. When opened, this modern, new school had such innovations as carpet in the library, in one corridor [100 wing hallway], and in one classroom. Also the walls, separating the corridor from the classroom [and between the individual classrooms] did not extend to the ceiling but had an eighteen inch open area. The school which separated from the elementary school for the first time in 1962 was then known as Berea Junior and Senior High School.

During this year, Berea High School fielded its first football team. The stadium was later named "Bulldog" stadium by Mr. John Duckworth, civic leader of the community.

The school name changed officially to Berea High School when the new Berea Middle School opened January 1973.
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Additional expansions and renovations were conducted as the school's population swiftly grew. In 1971 seventeen classrooms were built. The 200 Wing and the library expanded incorporating four classrooms in anticipation of the district wide racial integration of all schools in 1972.

By 1977 the old belching black-smoke coal fired furnace was retired, though the towering coal silo remained behind until the late 1990s. In 1983 school colors were officially updated to green, white, & gold by a student and faculty school vote. In the 1960s gold trim was used for both our football and basketball team uniforms.

The Berea High student body once again suddenly increased with the closing of Parker High School in 1985 with most of that school's student body being divided between Berea, Carolina and Greenville High School. In 1988 with the school's population over 1100 students, came additional renovations which included school-wide air conditioning, ten new classrooms, new media center, a commons building, and enlarging the administrative facilities, fine arts wing, athletic facilities, and cafeteria area.

The 1990's was a time of expanding educational technologies. The Berea High Media Center's technology plan was instrumental in the school's electronic media development and was influential in the district's rapid academic technology growth. In 1989 wiring for networked computer use was completed between administrative offices and the Media Center. By January, 1990 the Berea Media Center had acquired the district's first library computer server a "powerful" 386/33MHz CPU. In the 1992-93 school year, Berea High added the school district's first multi-media CD-ROM towers to its server to enhance electronic materials access. During the same year the Media Center's old library card catalog was electronically automated. In 1996 the school's classrooms were wired with local funding and volunteer labor provided by ITCDeltaCom for networked CD-ROM software and Internet access. Berea High joined the world wide web with its own Web pages in the 1997-1998 school year. By the 1999-2000 school year, Berea High's use of remote Internet subscription services became a model for the district and was recognized in the state for it's advanced use of educational technologies.

On January 17, 1997, the Berea High School gymnasium was officially named the "James G. Mattos Gymnasium" after Jim" Mattos who served Berea High School as an educator, yearbook advisor, and coach from 1957-1984. Coach Mattos led his teams to seven conference basketball championships, nine track, three cross country, and five back-to-back Greenville County track championships. He was named Greenville County Teacher of the Year in August 1978 and in October 1978 recognized as the South Carolina State Teacher of the Year. After retiring from public education he served our community for ten years in the South Carolina House of Representatives (1985-1994).

The Greenville County Board of Trustees proposed March, 2003 that a new Berea High School be built at the current location with an expanded 44.4 acre campus at a cost of $29.5 million (Total Project cost - $35.4 million). New construction began May 2004 with completion August 2006. For a short time the forth Berea and the latest Berea stood side by side before the demolition of the forth Berea school.

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