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

 Ghost Walk
 October 28, 2014

 

 

The annual Ghost Walk sponsored by the Greer Station Assoc. and the Greer Heritage Museum will be Oct.28 at 7:00 pm led by Joada Hiatt. The ghost walk begins at the depot on Randall St., continues up Trade, and ends at the museum on S. Main St., approx. ¼ mile walk. Ghosts of the railroad, downtown buildings, and museum will be told.

For those who prefer not to walk, there will be a sit-down session at the Davenport on the corner of Trade and Randall St. at 5:30 pm. This session will include other area ghosts besides the downtown ghosts.

In the event of rain both sessions will be held at the Davenport. The stories are appropriate for ages 8 up. The Museum requests a $5 donation to support its programs.

For information call Greer Development Corporation at 864-416-0125 or 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.