AudioPete Clayton talks about how the whiskey trade helped support the stoneware trade
Greenville County, South Carolina’s most populous county, lies in the Upstate. Two popular opinions exist on the origin of the name of Greenville County and its county seat: Revolutionary War general Nathanael Greene or area local Isaac Green.
Cherokee Indians lived in the area first, but they eventually gave up control of the land to South Carolina in a 1777 treaty. After the signing of this treaty, a fair number of Scotch-Irish and English settlers came to the region. Soon after, in 1786, Greenville District was founded. However, this district existed within the Washington District from 1791 to 1800.
Although historically a vacation area for coastal South Carolina planters, the county’s rivers powered the majority of the county’s early economy. The river gave rise to iron works, cotton mills, and Greenville’s textile industry. From the Reconstruction Era until the late 20th century, the textile industry defined Greenville County’s economy, at one point so much so that the county earned the title of “Textile Capital of the World.”
Modern Greenville County’s economy has transitioned away from textiles. Over the last few decades the county has been the answer for many corporations wondering where to relocate. Greenville County’s economy now centers around technology, manufacturing, engineering, and business.
History of Greenville County. Accessed June 03, 2016.
South Carolina Counties by Population. Accessed June 08, 2016.
AudioPete Clayton tells Cinda Baldwin about the groundhog kiln and the firing process
AudioPete Clayton discusses miscellaneous types of stoneware that he produced
AudioDr. Rodger Stroup, retired Director of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, is taking a deep dive into the history of the South Carolina State Fair, doing research for an upcoming...
AudioThe fairs of yester-year were far different from the fairs we know today. Dr. Stroup discusses what fairs were like before The Civil War. In this time period, fairs were held locally, and each county...
PhotoThese boys from the Greenville YMCA entered a float in a 1924 parade. Courtesy of the Greenville County Historical Society.
PhotoThe members and guests pose for a photograph at this Knights of Columbus dance held in Columbus Hall of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenville in 1923. Courtesy of the Greenville County Historical...
PhotoThis group of Confederate Army veterans met often for reunions in Greenville in the early 1900s. Courtesy of the Greenville County Historical Society.
PhotoA traditional skill of the mountain and Piedmont areas is the crafting of baskets out of carefully split white oak. Here, Franklin Deloach shows the first stage in the making of a white oak basket...
PhotoThese young ladies are all students at the Lashley School of Dancing in Greenville in 1934. Photo by Dowling. Courtesy of the Greenville County Historical Society.