Lunchbox Learning

The Greenville & Northern Railway: Path of the Swamp Rabbit


Presented by Rev. Joseph Hudson 


If there ever was a true to life “Little Engine That Could,” it would be the Greenville & Northern Railway, better known as The Swamp Rabbit. From its founding in 1887, the railroad brought coal from eastern Tennessee and Kentucky on a direct route to the ports in Augusta and Charleston. The Swamp Rabbit contributed to major economic growth in Greenville County and was foundational to further railroad development in the Upstate.


A native of Greenville County, Joseph Hudson has dedicated nearly half his life to studying, collecting artifacts and stories, and preserving the history of Greenville’s little mountain short-line railroad. His heart for historical preservation and his love for railroad history are evident when it comes to talking about the Greenville & Northern and its predecessors.

  • Dates: July 17, 2024
  • Location: Upcountry History Museum
  • Address: 540 Buncombe St, Greenville, SC 29601
  • Phone:

    (864) 467-3100

  • Time: 12-1 pm
  • Price: Adults - $12, Senior Adults - $11, Kids (ages 4-18) - $9, Kids ages 2 and under are FREE