Greer Heritage Museum

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Greer Heritage Museum


106 South Main Street
Greer, S.C.  29650
(864) 877-3377


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Hours of Operation

10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays

   

 
Grand Opening Preview Video (produced in 2009)

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.


Special Events

 Verne Smith and Lewis Vaughn Exhibit
 November 15, 2014

 

 

A display of excerpts from the files of the late Sen. J. Verne Smith and Sen. Lewis Vaughn, who also served as a state representative, will be on display at the Greer Heritage Museum into December. Print of newspaper articles will make up most of the informal display.

Vaughn's papers have been selected from his many scrapbooks, while Smith's are copies from his personal files housed at the museum. Of particular interest are newspaper articles and graduation programs and services from the Class of 1942. The newspaper articles reflect support for the candidates by the residents of Greer and such area publications as The Greer Citizen and The Greenville News.

Vaughn was instrumental in securing funds for the renovation of the former post office and Greer City Hall into the Greer Heritage Muesum.

For information call the museum at 864-877-3377.  


Museum History

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.