Greenwood County was originally a part of the Ninety-Six District, which was established in 1769. A significant part of this history can be experienced at Ninety-Six National Historic Site. Lake Greenwood has an over 11,000 surface area and provides stellar fishing and water sport opportunities, while the surrounding towns offer lots of destinations if you’re interested in the arts, history, and the railroad!
Designated Heritage Corridor Sites in Oconee County
dr. benjamin e. mays historic site
Dr. Benjamin E. Mays was one of the nation’s most influential Civil Rights leaders. Here at his childhoom home, you can truly understand his monumental rise from a sharecropper’s son to president of Morehouse College.
greenwood community theater
The Greenwood Community Theatre boasts a healthy offering of theatre, musical theatre, comedy, dramas, classic and Indie films, music concerts and more!
lake greenwood state park
Lake Greenwood State Park is one of 16 state parks in South Carolina built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. That history is captured in the park’s CCC museum, which also serves as a popular reception and meeting center. The park occupies a series of peninsulas on Lake Greenwood, which itself offers 212 miles of shoreline and 11,400 acres of boating and fishing opportunities year-round.
ninety-six national historic site
In the late 1750’s several British regiments encamped on these grounds and assisted with constructing and garrisoning fortifications during the Cherokee War. Fort Ninety Six was completed in 1759 to protect backcountry settlers and was the site of two Cherokee attacks in 1760. Ninety Six also played a major role in the Revolutionary War because of its strategic location at the convergence of several important backcountry roads. The first land battle south of New England was fought here in November 1775. In 1780, the British fortified the town and it became an important outpost. Major General Nathanael Greene with 1,000 patriot troops staged a siege here against 550 loyalists. Although battered by the siege, the British-built earthen Star Fort remains one of the best preserved examples of an original 18th century fortification. The British finally abandoned Ninety Six and returned to Charleston.
The Museum walks you through the history of the area, features a variety of exhibits and even has a nearby Railroad Historical Center!
arts center at the federal building
Formerly a 1911 post office, the Arts Center now features a professional 3300 sq ft gallery exhibiting regional and national artists along with a gallery shop. The center also has a reception hall and conference room available for private events. The beautiful entrance foyer houses a visitors center with complete information on Greenwood and surrounding areas.
Located on sixty acres of beautiful rolling pastures surrounded by forest land, Emerald Farm brings visitors into the goat dairy world. Shop their goat milk soaps, shampoos and lotions or hope on the Emerald Farm Express to tour the herb garden and soap factory. The farm is also noted for their spring and fall festivals!
Named for Thomas Coke and Francis Asbury, two trail-blazing Methodist bishops, this community is centered by a former college campus, which has been restored and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The area boasts one of the largest groups of antebellum buildings in Greenwood, with many homes restored or renovated.
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