The Greenville SC areas was part of the original Cherokee Nation’s protected propery after the Treaty of 1763 which finally brought an end to the French and Indian War. Despite the fact that no white man was allowed to enter the acerage, some families had already setteled just within the boundary and were allowed to stay. While white traders frequenly crossed the boundary markers, the first white man to settle permanently was Richard Pearis. He was allowed to stick around because he had married a Cherokee and had been given several tracts of land by the tribe.
Greenville as well as Paris Mountain are on a part of that land. During the Revolution, the Cherokee sided with the British and after a campaign in 1776, the Cherokee signed the Treaty of DeWitt’s Corner, giving away much of present-day Greenville.
Originally called Pleasantburge, Greenville County was created in 1786 from Spartanburg County. There’s speculation that Greenville may have been named for the American Revolutionary General, Nathanael Greene, but others speculate the name came from an early settler – Isaac Green.
Greenville experienced the first exposition facility in the southeast for testile and machinery. In 1917, Greenville was known as the “textile Center of the World” and the Old Textile Hall was designed by the J. E. Simine Company.
When World War I broke out, Greenville held a training camp for the Army which grew into Donaldson Air Force Base which was built during 1945. Donaldson served as a base until 1962 when it was given back to the city and now has been developed into a business park.
Greenville – the largest city in the “upstate” region – offers a few activities. The city’s theatres and venues host major concerts along with touring theater companies. With four independent theaters in town, several plays a year are produced. Greenville boasts the only golf course in the world that has each of 9 holes layed out by a different designer.
As the largest city in the Upstate, Greenville offers many activities and attractions. Greenville’s theatres and event venues regularly host major concerts and touring theater companies. Four independent theaters present several plays a year. CrossWinds Golf Club is a public course, par 3, that can be played in about an hour for 9 holes.
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