History Museum of Travelers Rest

History Museum of Travelers Rest The History Museum of Travelers Rest seeks to preserve and trace the connections from our past to enrich both our lives today and our movement into the future.
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Thought y’all might find this interesting.  My dad always carried a pocket knife.
11/05/2019
Pocketknife Superstitions: Never Fold a Knife Someone Else Opened | Appalachian Magazine

Thought y’all might find this interesting. My dad always carried a pocket knife.

HistoryOld Ways & Memories Pocketknife Superstitions: Never Fold a Knife Someone Else Opened By AppalachianMagazine - March 21, 2019 0 48589 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Photo: Pocketknife, courtesy of Matthew Vanitas Coming to age in the coalfields of West Virginia in a time when many superst...

08/30/2019
Sans Souci Community Greenville, SC

A little Sans Souci history.

I recently moved from Greenville, but put this together from research over my years living in Sans Souci to show some of the rich history of this wonderful, ...

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08/29/2019

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It's no secret that #yeahTHATgreenville is a destination for adventurers, so let's do our part to get the word out! Be sure to vote for Greenville, SC and nearby Travelers Rest, SC to be recognized as one of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine's Top Adventure Towns of 2019. Vote here: https://bit.ly/2ZlBagJ

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Y'all missed a fabulous meeting! It was filmed so when that is available for viewing we will let you know how and where ...
08/21/2019

Y'all missed a fabulous meeting! It was filmed so when that is available for viewing we will let you know how and where to see it. Fabulous, fabulous!!!!

This will be interesting!!!!
08/14/2019

This will be interesting!!!!

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21 at Noon

In honor of summer exhibition, "Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails," Dr. Roger Grant of Clemson University will explore the history and impact of railroads in America. A prolific researcher and writer on the topic of railroads, Dr. Grant is well-known and esteemed among academics and general railfans alike.

His life's work is mainly about railroads and rail companies, but Grant also explores the history of American transportation, putting railroads in the larger context of the history of America and its towns and industries.

Admission is FREE for UHM members!

Regular Admission for other guest. Drinks and dessert provided.

For more information or to reserve your seat please call (864)467-3100.

Lunchbox Learning is sponsored by Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Here’s a little snippet of history you may like to know.
08/09/2019

Here’s a little snippet of history you may like to know.

Did you know that the building we are in used to be Neves & Thompson Grocery/Self Service Market? No matter the name on the sign outside or the things you can find on the inside, this place has always been special because of the people who visit that become like family. Some of us visited Neves & Thompson grocery years ago and will walk through the same door today to eat at Hungry Drover. There is a history here that is so special and we hope you feel it too.

Join us for breakfast, lunch and dinner today!

Nice article!  Thanks Tim Davis.
08/08/2019
Travelers Rest Here

Nice article! Thanks Tim Davis.

Trains. History.

And the storytelling skills of Tim Davis.

It's a good combination.

Here is the history of our beautiful state flag.
08/01/2019
South Carolina FYI

Here is the history of our beautiful state flag.

South Carolinians take immense pride in their state flag, but many don't know its origins go all the way back to the Revolutionary War.

This will tell all of us about the new principal at the high school, Daniel Bruce.  Welcome home!!!
07/29/2019
Travelers Rest Here

This will tell all of us about the new principal at the high school, Daniel Bruce. Welcome home!!!

We don't want to be guilty of making you think about school just yet.

However.

What if we make you think about a principal?

Travelers Rest High School has a new principal the year and Andrea Cothran Beam actually attended high school with him.

She shares a little more about Daniel Bruce.

This has always been fascinating!
07/23/2019
Mountain Tradition: Shape Note Singing | Appalachian Magazine

This has always been fascinating!

FaithHistoryOld Ways & MemoriesMountain Tradition: Shape Note Singing By AppalachianMagazine - January 21, 2019 0 21374 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter From the earliest of days when our ancestors crested the peaks of the Blue Ridge and kept going until they reached the most rugged and unforgivin...

This is so true.  Talk to your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and find out about your history along with all th...
07/21/2019

This is so true. Talk to your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and find out about your history along with all the other history they know about!

Some great local history!
07/19/2019
Slater Mill: “The Mill That Went To The Moon”

Some great local history!

SLATER, S.C. (WSPA) – As Americans mark the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, it’s important to remember the Upstate played a significant role in the historic mission to the moon. It happe…

Do you have a bottle tree?
07/07/2019
America’s Bottle Trees: Superstition & Decoration | Appalachian Magazine

Do you have a bottle tree?

HistoryLegend and Tall TalesAmerica’s Bottle Trees: Superstition & Decoration By AppalachianMagazine - July 31, 2018 0 43347 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter PHOTO: Bottle Tree, photo courtesy of Billy HathornIf you’re a child of the American Southland or Appalachia, odds are you have come acr...

I remember some of this lore from my childhood.
07/05/2019
Appalachian Lore: Don’t Swim During Dog Days of Summer | Appalachian Magazine

I remember some of this lore from my childhood.

HistoryLegend and Tall TalesNatureOld Ways & MemoriesAppalachian Lore: Don’t Swim During Dog Days of Summer By AppalachianMagazine - July 5, 2019 0 6 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Schoolgirls swimming at Bondoola Creek, ca 1929When my mind drifts back to yesteryear of many decades ago, the ov...

I remember this.
06/20/2019
Old Mountain Homes: Using Newspapers as Wallpaper | Appalachian Magazine

I remember this.

HistoryOld Ways & MemoriesOld Mountain Homes: Using Newspapers as Wallpaper By AppalachianMagazine - April 5, 2019 0 11096 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Photograph shows the inside of a small cabin where an African-American couple sits on opposite sides of the room; the walls are covered with n...

Information you may, or may not, know.
06/18/2019

Information you may, or may not, know.

M O N A D N O C K - Did you know that Paris Mountain, which you can see from TRFM’s Trailblazer Park, is considered a monadnock (a mountain that rises out of otherwise flat land). We are so grateful for a gorgeous location to have market every week!
📸 @jbryn_m @ Trailblazer Park

Hoping you will be able to catch some of the performances this week.  These programs are wonderful and they are FREE!
06/17/2019
Festival Schedule - Chautauqua Greenville

Hoping you will be able to catch some of the performances this week. These programs are wonderful and they are FREE!

History Comes Alive Festival: (June 14-23) Download Festival Schedule pdf

We used to can them at our house but never did this.
06/02/2019
Garden & Gun Magazine

We used to can them at our house but never did this.

This Appalachian tradition is the ultimate way to preserve a summer green-bean haul.

Here is a bit of Travelers Rest history.  Where was/is Cool Water Lake.  Did some googling and the road doesn’t come u...
05/28/2019

Here is a bit of Travelers Rest history. Where was/is Cool Water Lake. Did some googling and the road doesn’t come up.

Cool Water Lake was located in Travelers Rest. This ad gives the location "turn right at Travelers Rest on Little Texas Road." I found short article stating that it was "located two miles east of Travelers Rest, off State Park Road." Lewis Barbare, a 1928 graduate of Parker High, purchased the property in April 1960 and began operating Cool Water Lake. I found that Mr. Barbare still owned Cool Water Lake in June 1968, when there was a Red Cross life saving course taking place there. After that article, the only reference to Cool Water Lake that I could find was in Mr. Barbare's obituary in 1991, which gave his address as "Cool Water Lake Road". (Source: Greenville News dated July 3, 1952; Dec. 25, 1960; June 18, 1968; Feb, 25, 1991)

04/11/2019
Brandy Hart Amidon, Mayor of Travelers Rest, SC

Brief survey from the City of TR to gather insights for Masterplan of our downtown. Please complete and share!

The City of Travelers Rest is excited to initiate the Downtown Master Plan. This is the next step in a proactive approach to identifying a vision for our downtown.

We've launched a brief Online survey to generate some initial data to help inform the next phase.

To participate in the survey visit, https://clemson.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3wsfoqKxlhfb5Pv

A 3 day charrette, scheduled for May 22, 23, 24, which will include a public meeting, is being planned. The meeting agenda and location will be posted on www.TravelersRestSC.com.

Any plan is only as good as the community’s participation in the development of the plan so please plan on joining us in helping to develop the vision for Downtown for the next 10 years.

We all know about Kudzu.  It will soon be time to rent some goats!
04/03/2019
Kudzu: The Vine that Ate the South | Appalachian Magazine

We all know about Kudzu. It will soon be time to rent some goats!

NatureKudzu: The Vine that Ate the South By AppalachianMagazine - February 15, 2019 0 21095 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter PHOTO: Kudzu growing in American Southeast, courtesy of Scott Ehardt.On the night of December 7, 1941, Americans went to bed with an uneasy feeling as rumors abounded that t...

This was something else!  Remember?!
03/22/2019

This was something else! Remember?!

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)

It's gettin' to be that time.
03/12/2019
Why Your Grandparents Would “Plant by the Signs” | Appalachian Magazine

It's gettin' to be that time.

LifeFoodOutdoorGardenHistoryLegend and Tall TalesOld Timer's WisdomWhy Your Grandparents Would “Plant by the Signs” By AppalachianMagazine - March 29, 2017 19 755286 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter I can hear her shaky voice like it was yesterday, “You need to get your taters in the ground ...

My father slurped his coffee from a saucer when he had to eat breakfast quick and get out the door to work.  I have been...
03/06/2019
Old Time Practice: Drinking Coffee from Saucers | Appalachian Magazine

My father slurped his coffee from a saucer when he had to eat breakfast quick and get out the door to work. I have been known to do it too. Have you done the same?

LifeFoodOld Time Practice: Drinking Coffee from Saucers By AppalachianMagazine - March 5, 2019 0 3 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Though the practice has fallen out of habit at many modern coffee shops such as Starbucks, it wasn’t very long ago that just about every roadside eatery and hole in...

Some of you may find this interesting or may have information you could add to the story.  If you do please contact Tom.
03/02/2019
Buried in the Tall Pines

Some of you may find this interesting or may have information you could add to the story. If you do please contact Tom.

Last week it was announced that a new preserved has been established under control of SC Department of Natural Resources. The new public space, called the Tall Pines Wildlife Management Area, will …

What were the mills in our area?  I know of Suber in Greer and Hagood in Pickens but there were many more in between.  W...
02/28/2019
Appalachia’s Abandoned Grist Mills: A Forgotten Epicenter of Life | Appalachian Magazine

What were the mills in our area? I know of Suber in Greer and Hagood in Pickens but there were many more in between. What were they?

HistoryTales from the PastAppalachia’s Abandoned Grist Mills: A Forgotten Epicenter of Life By AppalachianMagazine - February 28, 2019 0 3 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Tucked away in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia, the County of Wythe is a transitional locality th...

I still have my Sunday go to meeting clothes cause my mama said we should always be clean and wear our best to church.  ...
02/22/2019
The History of ‘Sunday Go to Meet’n Clothes’ | Appalachian Magazine

I still have my Sunday go to meeting clothes cause my mama said we should always be clean and wear our best to church. Just like this article says!

HistoryTales from the PastThe History of ‘Sunday Go to Meet’n Clothes’ By AppalachianMagazine - February 21, 2019 0 3 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Photo: Appalachian Family, 1915.In the hills of Appalachia, a simple wooden country church is about as common of a sight as a mountain stream...

02/20/2019
Travelers Rest High School Athletic Hall of Fame

Here's a piece of local history.

On this day, 74 yrs ago, February 20, 1945 during World War II, a young 19 yr. old Marine from Anderson, South Carolina, named Milton Dean Bolin was one of the many brave young Marines of the 21st Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, who stormed the beaches of the island of Iwo Jima on day two of the battle. Wounded in combat by ferocious machine gun fire from the enemy, Dean Bolin survived the battle by cutting the sleeves off of his uniform and making tourniquets out of them to stop the massive blood loss from the wounds to his legs. He was awarded the Purple Heart. He came home, graduated from Furman University, and started the current Travelers Rest High School athletic programs in 1949. Coach Dean “Chico” Bolin’s courage, will to survive, fighting spirit, Marine Corps training, and strong leadership skills helped him establish the great traditions we have today. Tapping into the Marine Corps fighting spirit, the Devildog of Travelers Rest High School was born. Ladies and Gentlemen, we are the one, we are the only, we are the Travelers Rest High School Devildogs!

Just wanted to remind everyone that tommorow night at 7:00 PM we will have our first program of 2019 at the new Traveler...
02/19/2019

Just wanted to remind everyone that tommorow night at 7:00 PM we will have our first program of 2019 at the new Travelers Rest City Hall. Our speaker will be Mable Clake. Mrs. Clarke will be sharing the rich history of the African American Community of Liberia and Soapstone Baptist Church in Pickens County and how her family has been an integral part for the past 150 years. This is a DON'T MISS program. We hope to see you there.

Thought y’all might enjoy this nice write up.
02/19/2019

Thought y’all might enjoy this nice write up.

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.

Address

3 Edwards St
Travelers Rest, SC
29690

General information

Open Saturday and Sunday 1PM to 4PM Admission free

Opening Hours

Saturday 10:00 - 13:00
Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(864) 380-4979

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