Hidden History of Greenville Water

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Hidden History of Greenville Water

Greenville, South Carolina 29617, United States

Created By: Brandon Inabinet

Tour Information

Produced by the 2019 Introduction to Rhetoric class at Furman University, students dive into the archives to learn the past of Greenville through its connection with water. Known internationally for having the “best tasting water in the US,” and environmentally one of the most biodiverse regions in the North America because of the Blue Ridge escarpment, we brag a lot. This makes it an especially interesting topic for digging deeper and seeing what springs up. Join us as we find out the stories somebody may not want you to know about Greenville's past in water rights, usage, and treatment.

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What You'll See on the Tour

The Cherokee Statue For centuries prior to the arrival of European nations, the area now known as Greenville county home to the Cherokee nation. Now, standing tall outside of Greenville’s water system is a ten-foot bronze statue known as ... Read more
The Edwards Mill was once the name of two local mills, one owned by Thomas Edwards and another owned by Joseph Edwards. Although the two mills were similar in producing flour and wheat, one tragically burned down in the 1800s. The Edwards ... Read more
Dr. Burwell Chick, a physician from Newberry, South Carolina, was the first to discover the commercial potential of Chick Springs. In 1842, Chick transformed the formerly Cherokee-owned 192-acre plot into a luxurious 60-room hotel. In seve... Read more
The 1,540-acre State Park sits on land that was once the main water source for the city of Greenville. Due to Paris Mountain being a monadnock, the mountain provided many natural springs for a natural water supply into the city of Greenvil... Read more
"Swan Lake," this beautiful campus centerpiece, was constructed in the mid 1950's and was used for a variety of recreational activities for years.  The lake was created by damming a small tributary of the Reedy River just below the confl... Read more
Most of the Reedy River above this point is a set of small creeks converging to produce wetlands, full of broadleaf arrowhead. Just as it begins to pick up volume, we begin to see how the city turned the river into a small canal, reclaiming... Read more
In the mid-18th century Greenville was founded on the banks of the Reedy River. In those early days, one could walk up to the banks of the river and take a drink. Grist mills used their power and farming along its banks began to change thin... Read more
According to the Hidden History of Greenville County, Cleveland Park officially opened on the banks of the Reedy River January 1st, 1926. It was a product of William Choice Cleveland, who donated 110 acres on the southeast side of Greenvil... Read more
Winding down the Reedy River, flowing past the Falls downtown, you will eventually make your way to quiet Lake Conestee. While today Lake Conestee and the land surrounding it are part of the Lake Conestee Nature Park, buried beneath the sur... Read more


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