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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.
|Native American Artifact Program|
|May 10, 2014|
The Greer Heritage Museum will unveil its new Native American artifact collection at a May 10 program with the Foothills Archaeological Chapter of the Archaeological Society of S.C. The program entitled "Artifacts From our Prehistoric History" will open the day’s activities with a short presentation at 10:30 a.m. by Lamar Nelson, an avocational archaeologist.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. chapter members will be available to answer questions and identify artifacts for the public who are encouraged to bring their own items for review by experts. Nelson and Bob Hanselman will demonstrate flintnapping, showing how arrowheads and spear points were made. Roger Lindsey, a world expert on AtlAtl darts and points will exhibit and answer questions.
The museum’s latest acquisition was a gift from Tom Davis of Greer. The artifacts were found by Palmer J. Hawkins along the S. Tyger River when the site for Lake Cunningham was being graded in the 1950s.
The Foothills Archaeological Chapter was formed in 1998 by Lamar Nelson, Berne Hannon, and Wesley Breedlove. They do public outreach programs, archaeological digs, and historical research.
There is no charge for the program.
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.