From the first settlers to fast cars, covered bridges to every kid's wonderland and everywhere in between, Greenville is chock full of intriguing historical sites and world-class museums. Be sure to set aside some time to explore at least a few of these Upcountry gems.
The Old Master Painting Collection at the Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University beautifully traces the artistic, cultural, and religious history of Western Europe from the 14th through 19th centuries. Works by recognized artists such as Rubens, van Dyck, Reni, Tintoretto, Le Brun, Cranach, Ribera, and Murillo are aesthetically exhibited with per More
The popular lodge at Camp Buckhorn, a dining hall and meeting facility tucked deep in the forest at Paris Mountain State Park, but only six miles from downtown Greenville, has been renovated and is open for reservations. Camp Buckhorn has been a popular setting for weddings, family reunions, church retreats, business retreats and group gatherings More
Built in 1909, this is the only remaining covered bridge in South Carolina. From U.S. Hwy 25 north of Travelers Rest, take State Rd 414 through Tigerville. Turn right on Pleasant Hill Rd, right on Campbell's Bridge Rd and travel approximately a quarter-mile to bridge. More
Carl Sandburg provided a popular voice for the American people of the twentieth century and still speaks to us through his words, songs and the beauty and serenity of Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. Also known as Connemara, the historic site retains the same peace and charm the Sandburg family experienced while living there. A tour o More
Welcome to First Presbyterian Church, a vibrant and growing community of faith in downtown Greenville. There are three worship services on Sunday mornings: traditional worship at 8:30am and 11:00am in the Sanctuary, and contemporary worship at 10:45am in Fellowship Hall. A complimentary continental breakfast is served at 9:15am. With their great More
The GCMA is home to a nationally acclaimed collection of American art, including major holdings by two of the nation’s greatest artists, Andrew Wyeth and Jasper Johns. Andrew Wyeth: The Greenville Collection is now the largest and most complete collection of Wyeth watercolors owned by any public museum in the world. The GCMA owns an extensive colle More
Hagood Mill is open Wed-Sat 10a-4p. and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Monthly “corn grinding” days have become mini-festivals of traditional arts and music, where demonstrators share their skills in milling, blacksmithing, cotton ginning, spinning, weaving, bee-keeping, quilting, woodcarving, and open hearth cooking. Check out www More
The park just off S.C. 11 (Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway) contains two structures: Oconee Station, a stone blockhouse used as an outpost by the U.S. military from about 1792 to 1799, and the William Richards House, named for the Irish immigrant who built it as a trading post in 1805. More
Ashtabula and Woodburn Historic Houses Pendleton, SC 29670 Located about 35 miles west of downtown Greenville and just outside the charming historic town of Pendleton, Ashtabula and Woodburn Historic House Museums are among the six remaining antebellum plantations of the many that once surrounded Pendleton when it was a summer resort in the e More
This castle-like brick structure, built in 1902, once served as the Pickens County jail. In 1975 it became the Pickens County Museum of Art & History. Today, it has been expanded to hold permanent and changing exhibits of art, artifacts, and historic items. There are art classes, lectures, book signings, art receptions, and other fun events thr More
The oldest bridge in SC, completed in 1820, part of the original road connecting Greenville to Asheville. 2 miles northwest of SC Hwy 11, turn onto old US Hwy 25. Travel 3.2 miles, turn right onto Callahan Mountain Rd. Travel 2.2 miles to bridge on left. (Photo Credit: Brigitta L. House/MICHELIN) More
The museum is located at 356 Field Street, across from Fluor Field in downtown Greenville. Hours: Saturdays 10:00am - 2:00pm. Private tours are available. Email request to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 864-235-6280. Free parking and admission. Gift shop. Non-profit, contributions to maintain the museum are gratefully accepted. The S More
Take a walk through three centuries of Upcountry South Carolina history and experience the stories of people who shaped this region through state-of-the art interactive multi-media exhibits and dynamic programming for all ages. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 1-5pm. Closed on major holidays. Admission: $6 adults, $5 students/seniors, $4 ch More
Looking for a hiking trail of a fishing hole? Lace up your hiking boots and head over to this World War II US Army training camp that now features two lakes, hiking trails and facilities for horseback riding. The park's remnants of a Native American soapstone quarry are registered as a Heritage Trust Site.
Greenville History Tours has given thousands of locals and visitors alike historic walking, driving and culinary tours as a great "thing to do" in downtown Greenville. West End walking tours are offered on most Fridays at 5:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. Driving tours are arranged by appointment. Visit www.greenvillehistorytours.com for more info.
Located in the Pettigru Street Historic District, the museum houses a large collection of Confederate relics and artifacts, both military and personal, plus a research library.
Greenville County Parks, Recreation & Tourism developed a memorial park on the site where Jackson played in the city's textile leagues. Jackson's life-size bronze statue is located in the West End at the intersection of Pendleton St. & Augusta St., and his gravesite is at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Wade Hampton Blvd at Pleasantburg Dr.