Greer Heritage Museum

Greer Heritage Museum Greer Heritage Museum fosters appreciation for the history and culture of Greer, SC and its environs through educational exhibit of artifacts, engaging events, the study of local history and genealogy, original research, and compelling storytelling.

05/09/2020

Jonathan from @greertidbits shares the history of the Davenport House in today’s episode of Greer History Class! #GreerHistory

05/08/2020

Jonathan from @greertidbits shares the history of some aboriginal artifacts that ended up at the Greer Heritage Museum!

05/07/2020

Jonathan from @greertidbits shares the history and founding of the Greer Heritage Museum in today’s episode of Greer History Class! #GreerHistory

05/06/2020

Jonathan from @greertidbits talks about marijuana, football, and a soapbox derby in today’s episode of Greer History Class! #GreerHistory

We're featured in this week's issue of The Greer Citizen (in section A2)! Get a copy to learn about Ghost Tours returnin...
05/06/2020

We're featured in this week's issue of The Greer Citizen (in section A2)! Get a copy to learn about Ghost Tours returning and our History and Donuts event. #GreerHistory

Greer museum to bring back Ghost Tours in October; Greer Run Club looking to draw new members; and Bluegrass concert being planned for October 2020. Read details inside this week's May 6th edition as well as more news, features and sports!

05/04/2020

Jonathan from @greertidbits shares information about the downtown Greer swamp and how it affected development in today’s episode of Greer History Class! #GreerHistory

05/02/2020
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Jonathan from Greer Tidbits shares a coin from the 1967 Greer Peach Festival in today’s episode of Greer History Class!

05/01/2020

Jonathan from @greertidbits shares the history of Greer’s first mayor in today’s episode of Greer History Class! #GreerHistory

04/30/2020
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Jonathan from Greer Tidbits shares the history of Ponders Ice Cream in today’s episode of Greer History Class!

04/30/2020

Jonathan from @greertidbits hosts a Greer History Quiz in today’s episode of Greer History Class! #GreerHistory

Dr. R.C. Alverson came to Greer in 1932 and at the time of interview in 1974, he was still practicing medicine in town. ...
04/28/2020

Dr. R.C. Alverson came to Greer in 1932 and at the time of interview in 1974, he was still practicing medicine in town. He was a graduate of Columbia University in New York, interned at Grady Hospital in Atlanta and spent two and a half years at Chick Spring Hospital in Taylors before coming to Greer. He eventually formed a partnership with his son, Dr. W.E. Alverson.
When he settled in Greer in the early 1930s, the effects of the Great Depression were everywhere. The Chick Springs Hospital was forced to close, all of the banks had closed, Greer did not have a hospital and according to Dr. Alverson, he did not have a dime to his name. The local doctors would often treat their patients right in the drugstore even though most of them had offices on the second floor of buildings on Trade and Randall streets or at home. At the time, most of the patients were seen in their own homes; Dr. Alverson felt he was able to know them much better because of it.
In the 1975 interview, he spoke about how the nature of disease had changed at that time. He no longer had to contend with typhoid fever. In the early days, pellagra, a deficiency in vitamin B complex was common, serious, and sometimes fatal. People dreaded whooping cough and diphtheria which he called real killers. These were the days before penicillin and sulfa, and their were no treatments for pneumonia. He often worried about and feared for his patients who had it.
Dr. Alverson told the story about his patient who was seriously ill with pneumonia. She had been seen by almost every doctor in town before he saw her. A nurse informed him that the patient had been told by a neighbor to bring a live chicken into the sick room, kill it and lay the warm dead chicken at the foot of the patient for the purpose of extracting the fever from her lungs. The nurse tried to discourage this, but failed. He did not say if the patient survived, but it was the strangest thing he had experienced in his practice!
Dr. Alverson was frequently paid in eggs and vegetable in those early years, and people often said of him, “They don’t make doctors like that any more.”

Interview by Jimmy James, grandson of Dr. Frederick James in Clingstone, winter 1975

04/27/2020
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Jonathan from Greer Tidbits shares the history of the Wayside Inn in today’s episode of Greer History Class! #GreerHistory

04/25/2020

Jonathan from @greertidbits shares how we use satellite imagery for historical research in today’s episode of Greer History Class! #GreerHistory

04/24/2020

Jonathan from @greertidbits is here for today’s Greer History Class about Greer Relief and how you can help them!

04/23/2020

Jonathan from @greertidbits shares the history of the Greer Fire Department in today’s episode of Greer History Class! #GreerHistory

04/21/2020

Jonathan from @greertidbits shares the history of one interesting artifact in today’s episode of Greer History Class! #GreerHistory

04/20/2020

Jonathan from @greertidbits shares the history of textile mills in Greer in today’s episode of Greer History Class! #GreerHistory

04/18/2020

Edit: Ooops! I made a mistake. The pin is from the early 1900s and the 1824 on it is the employee number. Sorry! - Jonathan

Jonathan from @greertidbits is back for today’s Greer History Class episode about a pin from Victor Mill! #GreerHistory

04/17/2020

Jonathan from @greertidbits is back for today’s Greer History Class episode about theaters in Greer! #GreerHistory

04/16/2020

Jonathan from @greertidbits is back for today’s Greer History Class episode about money in Greer! #GreerHistory

Old Time Doctoring... Dr. Frederick Gibson James was one of Greer’s earliest doctors. He was born in the Milford Communi...
04/13/2020

Old Time Doctoring... Dr. Frederick Gibson James was one of Greer’s earliest doctors. He was born in the Milford Community in 1872 and graduated from the University of Tennessee Medical School in 1893. He began his practice in O’Neal on horseback, then a buggy and he eventually bought one of the first three cars in Greenville County...an old Model T.

There were no days off for doctors in those early years; they worked seven days a week and very long hours. Dr. James did not have a nurse to help him, but the army did send a doctor to help out with the load during the flu epidemic in 1918. He would frequently go into a home where every member of the family was in bed sick with the flu.

The charge for a house call was two dollars and twenty dollars for delivering a baby. He delivered thousands during his medical practice. People who could not pay were never given a bill, and often times, Dr. James was paid in “country hams, taters and eggs.”

He mixed his own medicine, carried it in saddle bags, and required as little as 3 or 4 hours of sleep a night. It was said of Dr. James that “.....just to hear his step on the porch made me feel better.” He practiced medicine from 1893 to 1947.

Material taken for this post was from the Clingstone, Winter 1975-1976 in an interview by Jimmy James, great grandson of Dr. James, with Fred James, son of Dr. James, and L. Ratteree, daughter of Dr. James.

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We hope you have an amazing Easter! Our next Greer History Class episode will come out next Thursday! #hereingreer #gree...
04/11/2020

We hope you have an amazing Easter! Our next Greer History Class episode will come out next Thursday! #hereingreer #greersc

04/10/2020
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Watch today’s episode of Greer History Class to learn about the Greer Heritage Museum’s very first artifact!

04/09/2020
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The 14th episode of Greer History Class shares Shoeless Joe Jackson’s Greer origins!

04/07/2020
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Watch today’s episode of Greer History Class to learn about a rowdy group of Greer football fans! (Episode 13)

04/07/2020
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Watch today’s episode of Greer History Class to learn about Greer’s first doctor!

04/04/2020
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Watch the 11th Greer History Class for a peak into what buildings were used for in the past!

04/04/2020
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Today’s 10th Greer History Class shares the history of the building where the Greer Heritage Museum is located!

04/02/2020
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Jonathan from Greer Tidbits shares his favorite artifacts in today’s episode of Greer History Class!

04/02/2020
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Watch today’s mini-episode of Greer History Class to learn about Greer’s first library!

04/02/2020
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Watch today’s episode 7 of Greer History Class to learn about Ronald Reagan’s visit to Greer!

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04/02/2020

Greer Heritage Museum's cover photo

Thinking of all of our current Greer students working from home...here at the museum we have a good representation of st...
04/02/2020

Thinking of all of our current Greer students working from home...here at the museum we have a good representation of students from the past!

03/30/2020

Jonathan from @greertidbits is back for episode 6 of Greer History Class! Today’s episode is about William Foster. #GreerHistory

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106 S Main Street
Greer, SC
29650

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Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00

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