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.



2018 Black History Month Program

   James Brothers

The Legendary James Brothers will present a program of music and storytelling on Sat., Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. at the Greer Heritage Museum, 106 S. Main St.

Marshall and Leon James of Lyman began singing with their father and have performed for 73 years with no instruments, just their magnificent voices. The brothers won a 2015 Jean Haney Harris Heritage Award, presented by the S. C. General Assembly, that recognizes performers and advocates of traditional arts in the state.

Their program, which consists of gospel music and black history stories, is free and appropriate for all ages



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.