Heritage Green

The Hidden History of Greenville's Leading Cultural Space

Heritage Green

Created By: Seeking Abraham Project

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Come take a look! Bounded by Atwood, College, Marshall and Academy Streets, this historic property is now managed by Greenville Parks & Recreation and serves as home of at least five of the region's most important cultural sites. Relative modern architecture might fool you--this land dates back with hundreds of years of recorded history and captures a tale, especially of women's education, that is unique in all the South. Join us as we unlock the hidden tales of Heritage Green!


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What You'll See on the Tour

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Heritage Green

This entire area now called Heritage Green was once the lawn of the Greenville Women’s College, on which the women of GWC began, celebrated, and closed their educational journey over 100 years. The lush green grass of the Lawn was shaded... Read more
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Entryways

Greenville Woman’s College Entry Way Columns  As you see the Children’s Museum of the Upstate, the Greenville Little Theatre, and Greenville County Museum of Art along College Street, you are standing where the women of GWC entered th... Read more
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Little Theatre, Big Culture

It's ironic that this is the "Little Theatre" because this spot has had such a dramatic impact on Greenville's cultural scene, first as the David M. Ramsey Fine Arts Center, and afterward as the current theatre space The Greenville Women... Read more
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A "Cave" of Treasures

Towering trees canopy the white, cave-like building that is Greenville County Museum of Art. This building was awarded “one of the most interesting” buildings by the American Association of Architects. It is a massive structure that hou... Read more
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The Shack

Looking back between these buildings, toward the playground equipment and parking lot, you're staring at one of the most fun spots in Greenville, historically. It's the location of "The Shack." The Shack was built in 1939, a quaint clap-bo... Read more
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The New Frontier

The old campus of the GWC didn't end here. Academy Street once stopped at College Street, making this still the center of the campus (see historic aerial photo from the 1950s, with yellow overlay of modern Academy Street cutting through cam... Read more
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A Greenville Library for All

This gleaming modern building, finished on October 7, 2002, hides a nationally historic past for the Greenville Public Library. Throughout the early- to mid-20th century, "separate but equal" facilities dominated the American South. Segreg... Read more
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Judson Library

Before we leave the subject of libraries completely, it's important to mention an important one--the Judson Library. Looking across this entrance road to Heritage Green, back at the historical marker, you're looking at the exact spot where... Read more
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Coca-Cola and Global Culture

This side of Heritage Green was not part of the Greenville Women's College, but also had its share of unique Greenville history as gathering place for the community. November 17, 1930 marked the opening of the Coca-Cola bottling plant at 51... Read more
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A New Chapter in History

Contemporary with the new library building (photograph of the construction of both displayed), this structure is built to look old. Specifically, its clock tower and brick siding capture the mill design of Greenville's historic textile hist... Read more

 

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