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Columbia Greenville Local History

The origin of the name Greenville County is uncertain, but the county was probably named for Revolutionary War general Nathanael Greene (1742-1786) or for an early resident, Isaac Green. The Cherokee Indians occupied this area until 1777. Soon after it was ceded to the state, Scotch-Irish and English settlers began moving into the area.

Greenville District was created in 1786, but from 1791 to 1800 it was part of the larger Washington District. The county seat was originally named Pleasantburg, but in 1831 the name was changed to Greenville. Its location in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains made Greenville County a popular summer retreat for lowcountry planters.

In the 1820s textile manufacturers began operating in the area and after the Civil War Greenville County became a textile centre. Famous residents of this county include Diplomat and Congressman Waddy Thompson (1798-1868), baseball player "Shoeless Joe" Jackson (1887-1951), Nobel Prize winner Charles Townes and civil rights leader Jesse Jackson.

Columbia Greenville Attractions

Columbia Greenville Shopping

The Haywood Mall and the Augusta Road Business District has enough shops on offer to satisfy any avid shopper.

Columbia Greenville Activities

Greenville Zoo - Take the kids for a day at the zoo. Wildlife from around the world is exhibited in natural, open air displays at this large zoo It also offers picnic areas, children's playgrounds, and tennis courts. Saturday classes and a Zoo Camp are available during the summer and numerous other special events are held throughout the year.

Roper Mountain Science Centre - The science centre is ideal for an educational and fun outing. The seventh largest telescope in the nation, as well as the largest planetarium in South Carolina, are located at this science centre. The centre is situated on 62 acres and includes a reconstructed pioneer farm. Other features are classrooms and life science labs, a simulated rainforest and an amphitheatre.

Columbia Greenville Parks & Gardens

Kilgore-Lewis House Gardens - This wonderful home Built in 1832, is furnished with period pieces and is open to the public Monday through Friday, 10am - 2pm. Special places to visit on the 5 acres of landscaped grounds are a wildflower garden, a sensory garden with plant descriptions in Braille, an excellent collection of native and ornamental plants, a flowing spring and a pond.

Foothills Trails - This nearly 100 mile hiking trail extends from Table Rock State Park in Pickens County to Oconee State Park in Oconee County and crosses some of the most beautiful and rugged terrain in South Carolina. The trail also provides access to Sassafras Mountain, the highest peak in South Carolina.

Pleasant Ridge County Park - This beautiful, 300 acre park offers a wide variety of fun activities. Set amidst panoramic mountain wilderness it features a five acre lake for fishing and swimming, fishing and pedal boat rentals, a nature trail, camping areas, three spacious picnic areas, a playground, and two fully equipped mountain retreat cabins.

Columbia Greenville Restaurants and Bars

Columbia Greenville Restaurants

Sassafras Southern Bistro - Tel (864) 235 5670. This restaurant features a menu of gourmet Southern dishes and creative regional specialties with a Lowcountry flair. Signature dishes including pecan crusted trout with granny smith applesauce, a mixed grill of yellow fish tuna, scallops and shrimp served over grit cakes, specialty soups, and inventive appetizers. A feast indeed!

33 Liberty - Tel (864) 370 4888. This charming and sophisticated restaurant serves some of the most exciting food in the Upstate. The menu which changes weekly features a variety of cold appetizers, hot appetizers, entrees, cheeses and desserts. Dinner is served on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at 6 p.m. This is a must for those who want to experience true Southern hospitality. Reservations is recommended.

Ragtops Classic American Diner - Tel (864) 297 4582. This is a fabulous 1950s style soda shop and diner. It features chrome five cent jukeboxes on the tables and serves delicious, fresh, and prepared-to-order hamburgers, fries, malts, and apple pie. Perfect for a no-nonsense, relaxed evening with the family.

Columbia Greenville Bars & Clubs

Blue Ridge Brewing Company - Tel (843) 232 4677. A custom wood bar is on site that serves the brew masters best works. Lunch and dinner is served Monday through Friday. This fist class brewpub offers wonderful Lowcountry cuisine including shrimp and grits, fresh seafood, and wild game.

Addy's Dutch Cafe and Restaurant - Tel (864) 232 2339. This typical European brown cafe is the first authentic public Dutch cafe and restaurant in America. An array of delicious cuisine with a Dutch accent that is complemented by over 40 imported beers and award-winning wines. They are open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner; closed on Mondays.

Columbia Greenville children's activities

Greenville Zoo - Take the kids for a day at the zoo. Wildlife from around the world is exhibited in natural, open air displays at this large zoo It also offers picnic areas, children's playgrounds, and tennis courts. Saturday classes and a Zoo Camp are available during the summer and numerous other special events are held throughout the year.

Roper Mountain Science Centre - The science centre is ideal for an educational and fun outing. The seventh largest telescope in the nation, as well as the largest planetarium in South Carolina, are located at this science centre. The centre is situated on 62 acres and includes a reconstructed pioneer farm. Other features are classrooms and life science labs, a simulated rainforest and an amphitheatre.

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