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Greer Heritage Museum
106 South Main Street
Greer, S.C. 29650
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Hours of Operation
10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
To learn more about the history of the Greater Greer area, a visit to the Greer Heritage Museum is a must. The museum has moved into the former Greer City Hall building (which was originally the Greer Post Office built in 1935) and offers expanded exhibits that give visitors a glimpse at Greer's rich history.
Programs and Exhibits
The museum also offers a library for historical and genealogical research, as well as a classroom/theater for showing short documentaries of local history. Children will enjoy interactive displays scattered throughout the exhibits. The Greer Heritage Museum is staffed by volunteer docents.
For children there is a scavenger hunt to locate items in the museum during their visit. For further information, call the museum located at 106 S. Main St at 877-3377. Summer hours (through August 31) are: Friday 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.. There is no charge for admittance to the museum or the programs.
Performance and Book Signing
10 a.m. on March 22
John Fowler proudly wears the title of Appalachian Renaissance Man. On March 22, he will bring his many talents to the Greer Heritage Museum for a free program and book signing at 10 a.m.
Fowler is an Appalachian storyteller and mountain musician, song collector, writer, and radio host. His grandparents were from the hills and hollers of the southern Appalachian Mountains and his programs represent those ties.
Fowler has been performing for more than 25 years at festivals, schools, colleges, and camps. He is a regional favorite at the Stories for Life Festival, Stone Soup Storytelling Festival, Starburst Storytelling Festival, Hagood Mill Storytelling Festival, and Augusta Bakers Dozens Festival, as well as many others.
In the spring of 2013 he was honored with the prestigious Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award presented by the South Carolina General Assembly. This award acknowledges his lifetime achievement as a storyteller and traditional musician and is the highest award bestowed on a traditional artist in South Carolina. In 2010 he was featured in the book Southern Appalachian Storytellers by Saundra Kelly.
Fowler has won several competition awards at national festivals playing the banjo and guitar. He also teaches guitar.
He is a graduate of the Institute for Community Scholars, Folklore and Music Studies at Swannanoa College, and has an Associates degree in Civil Engineering from Spartanburg Technical College. He is a member of the South Carolina Storytelling Network and founding member of the Carolina Old Time Music Network. Fowler most recently served as the State Scholar with S.C Humanities Council's touring exhibit New Harmonies. He also co-produces the popular old-time music show "This Old Porch" on WNCW Radio.
For more on Fowler visit his website at http://www.hairytoeproductions.com.
Long before it ended its use as Greer City Hall in 2008, the building served as the city's post office, constructed in 1935 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Prior to its construction, the post office had leased space downtown, including a location beside the railroad tracks on Trade Street across from the Piedmont and Northern Depot. The service window from that post office has been restored and is now part of the museum's exhibits.
An interesting feature of the building is the lobby mural painted in 1940 by Winfred R. Walkley as part of the WPA Federal Art Project. The painting, titled "Cotton and Peach Growing," celebrated the major crops of that time. The mural was covered by paneling when the building was refurbished as city hall in 1968, but was uncovered when the museum began its renovation in 2008.
Features of the original post office are the terrazo floor, the civil service bulletin boards, a skylight with original shade, and an observation point for the postal inspector.
A plaque denoting the building's spot on the National Register of Historic Places was installed in 2011, completing a three-year application process.