Upcountry History Museum

Greenville, South Carolina

The Upcountry History Museum is a history museum in Greenville, South Carolina that displays the regional history of fifteen upstate South Carolina counties from the early 18th century to the present.

African Americans in World War I | Let's Go!
African Americans in World War I | Let's Go!

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The National Selective Service Act became law in 1916, and in 1917 the U.S. was seeing its first instituted draft. The law simply said men aged 18 to 35 would be called on in the event of a draft. So...
World War I - Camp Upcountry Overview | Let's Go!
World War I - Camp Upcountry Overview | Let's Go!

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The state's mild winters and railroad lines connecting them to the north made South Carolina a good location for U.S. Army World War I training camps. There were three total in the state, and two of...
Richard Pearis | Let's Go!
Richard Pearis | Let's Go!

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When Richard Pearis established a home in the Greenville area around 1770, it was all Native American hunting ground and there were very few European settlers. He is considered the first resident of...
Textile Capital of the World | Let's Go!
Textile Capital of the World | Let's Go!

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The textile industry was the dominant industry in South Carolina for many years, but it became so successful that Greenville was even known as the "Textile Capital of the World." Greenville became so...
Vardry McBee | Let's Go!
Vardry McBee | Let's Go!

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When Vardry McBee arrived in 1815 from North Carolina, he saw Greenville's potential. He liked it because of the good land and good climate the Upcountry had to offer. So, he saw it as a good...
Working in the Textile Mills | Let's Go!
Working in the Textile Mills | Let's Go!

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Upcountry History Museum volunteer, Charles Blakely, shares his experience working in a textile mill. Blakely, who worked in a mill in Laurens, S.C. for one summer, says working in a textile mill was...
Robert Mills | Let's Go!
Robert Mills | Let's Go!

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Robert Mills, born in Charleston, S.C., is considered by many to be the first American architect. In addition to some of his more well-known buildings across the state, Mills is also credited with...