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Many city historians consider this area of the Reedy River where the 'Falls' drop as the place where Greenville began. Tribes from the Cherokee Nation first inhabited the region around today's 32-acre park until Europeans established a presence in 1768. From then until the mid-20th-Century, European colonists, then Americans used the falls as a source of power. Development grew around the falls with the construction of a University, houses of worship, mills and many other factories along the river. After much restoration and removal of pollution left from the factories, the Carolina Foothills Garden Club along with the city of Greenville now provides a perfect setting for a romantic outing or a picnic with family and friends. The main highlight is the Liberty Bridge, a 380-foot steel span that allows guests to traverse over the falls. The park has no entrance fee and it's open seven days a week.
Greenville's West End is where the city began. Its location on the Reedy River provided the impetus behind this southern American outpost way back in the mid-19th Century. The neighborhood is known for its historic architecture, the magnificent city park Falls Park on the Reedy and the Peace Center for the Performing Arts as well as many other attractions like restaurants and shops.
Shoeless Joe Jackson was one of the greatest players to ever play the game of baseball, despite his lack of induction to the Hall of Fame. He has never been allowed into the hall due to his alleged involvement in the infamous 'Blacksox Scandal' during the 1919 World Series. The museum itself is the home that Jackson lived and died in, yet it wasn't always at this location. In 2006, the house was re-located to Field Street, and given the address of 356 to match Jackson's career batting average. Inside, visitors will see baseball memorabilia, household artifacts, photographs, films as well as other records and documents from the great 'Shoeless Joe.'
Father and son team Bill and Tom Davis believe that when drinking beer, you shouldn't be typical and you should try something new and 'sink the status quo.' With beers like their eponymous flagship Red Ale, seasonal ones that have Tahitian and Madagascar Vanilla or a specialty brew like their 'Dirty Monk' which has notes of chocolate, coffee and licorice, there is always something novel on tap. The brewery opened its doors in 1998 and since then it has garnered rave reviews from beer drinkers as well as prestigious associations from around the country. Thomas Creek makes all types of styles as well, from Porters and Pale Ales to Stouts and Dopplebocks, the selections will satisfy even the most finicky beer drinkers.
The Roper Mountain Science Center is a place for elementary school-aged children to come and explore while school is in session. It's only open for public school children during the week, and on certain weekends it's open to the general public. The exhibits within are designated towards younger children, but adults can still learn a little something in their visit to the butterfly garden or arboretum.
In the early 1760's King George III granted land to colonists throughout the Americas and in 1765, Charles and Mary Moore built this house with slave labor upon 550-acres. Thereafter, the house and its inhabitants saw firsthand the tumult of the American Revolution. In fact, one of the most salient points about the property is that Catharine, the daughter of Charles and Mary helped the colonial revolution when she revealed the British regiment's position during the Battle of Cowpens in 1781. There are still many of the original buildings on the plantation like the barn, meat curing house, dry cellar, and school, and the preservation society gives tours of the mansion throughout the year, however it does have seasonal hours.
Located inside the Chapman Cultural Center, the John F. Green Spartanburg Science Center is a great non-profit organization that promotes scientific knowledge to the local community. The science center has a variety of programs offered to children of all ages throughout the year, as well as winter and summer camps. Although the center is a member-driven organization, it is open to the public for a small fee.
Located in the Chapman Cultural Center, the Spartanburg Art Museum is a great artistic outlet for both visitors and locals. With rotating exhibits that show a variety of mediums like sculpture, pop art, watercolors and antique restoration, the museum has something for every art enthusiast. For both children and adults, the museum offers educational programs to hone your artistic talents in drawing, pottery, sculpture, jewelry making, basket-weaving and stained glass. Art camps are also a great way to get children involved and inspired by local artists.
The Chapman Cultural Center is a vital part of the Spartanburg community. The Center provides ample space for arts to flourish; with the David Reid Theatre, Black Box Theatre and the Spartanburg Dance Center, the events range from plays and musicals to modern dance. Additionally housed within the center, visitors will find the Spartanburg Art Museum, the Artists' Guild as well as some student galleries.