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Footprints of native nations and travelers abound in the Upcountry. Echoes of the heritage can still be heard today.


Historic Sites - The Upcountry South Carolina

Historic Sites - Upcountry South Carolina

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Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Byway (SC Hwy. 11)

Looming majestically beyond the low, soft hills of the Piedmont, the southernmost peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains follow the highway.  It provides a scenic alternative to driving the Interstate. Extending from I-85 near the N.C. border to... more info...

Spartanburg County Historical Association
200 East St. John Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306
(864) 596-3501

This organization operates the Regional History Museum at the Chapman Cultural Center along with three historic properties in Spartanburg County. more info...

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Ashtabula Historic House
2725 Old Greenville Hwy, Central, 29630
(864) 646-7249

This 10-acre site includes the large two story "main" house, c.1825, built by Lewis Ladson Gibbes and an attached brick two-story building, c.1790, one of the earlies licensed taverns on the National Register of Historic Places. more info...

Beattie House
8 Bennett Street, Greenville, SC 29601
(864) 233-9977

The Italinate Gothic-style house, circa 1834, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It's furnished in early Victorian style and now occupied by the Greenville Woman's Club. more info...

Constructed in 1909 Campbell’s Covered Bridge is the only remaining covered bridge in the State of South Carolina. more info...

Carl Sandburg provided a popular voice for the American people of the twentieth century and still speaks to us through his words, songs and the beauty and serenity of Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. His last home, Connemara, sits on 264 acres more info...

Cherrydale at Furman University
3300 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville, SC 29613

The 150-year old antebellum mansion, formerly the home of Furman's first president, James C. Furman, serves as the university's alumni house. Tours by appointment. more info...

Christ Episcopal Church
10 N. Church St., Greenville, 29601

A Gothic-Revival structure with an unusual brick spire, this was the first church built in Greenville. more info...

Collins Ole Towne
228 Lawton Road, Central, SC 29630
(864) 639-2618

 The town is a wonderful example of a re-created 1930s village. The general store is well stocked with memorabilia of early life in a small community as well as items from the town of Central.  The depression era barbershop features a... more info...

Cowpens Depot and Museum
120 Palmetto St., Cowpens, SC 29330
(864) 463-3201

The museum is housed in a 100-year old freight depot that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Cowpens Depot Museum and Civic Center houses items donated by crewmen and local citizens emphasizing the WWII naval history. more info...

Cowpens National Battlefield
4001 Chesnee Highway, Gaffney, SC 29341
(864) 461-2828

Cowpens Battlefield commemorates a decisive battle that helped to turn the tide of war in the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution. more info...

Croft State Park
450 Croft State Park Rd., Spartanburg, 29302
(864) 585-1283

The former World War II Army training camp features 7,054 acres of rolling terrain, two lakes that support an excellent habitat, trails, equestrian facilities and camping. Visitors can visit cemeteries of early settlers or remnant Army structures. 50 ca more info...

This 16-block district features historic buildings including the Old Anderson County Courthouse, the Blue Ridge Railway Passenger Station, and a brass cannon from the Revolutionary War and War of 1812. more info...

Farmers' Society Hall
255 Old Depot Road , Pendleton, SC 29670
(864) 646-3782

This landmark building, located on the town square, is the centerpiece of historic Pendleton. Built in 1828 on the site of the courthouse after the district was divided, this is the oldest farmers' hall in continuous use in the nation. more info...

Gassaway Mansion
106 Dupont Dr., Greenville, SC 29607
(864) 271-0188

The mansion combines several complex architectural styles and represents the wealthy Greenville of the 1920's. more info...

Greer Walking Tours
106 South Main Street, Greer, SC 29650
(864) 877-3377

A free, self-guided walking tour brochure of Greer's historic district, once a part of the great Cherokee Indian Nation, is available for visitors. more info...

This restored 1845 grist mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the only mill in SC grinding with original wheel components. The site includes a reproduced Cherokee home site, blacksmith shop, 1791 Murphree... more info...

The house was built circa 1828 at the old Pickens Courthouse and moved to its present location in 1868. The classical Greek revival house features 17th and 18th-century art and furnishings. more info...

Hanover House
Clemson University, Clemson, 29634
(864) 656-2475

This colonial home, built in SC's Lowcountry in 1716, was reconstructed on Clemson University's campus in 1941 and is now furnished with items from the 1700s. more info...

Historic Pendleton Tours
125 E. Queen St., Pendleton, 29670
Alternate Phone: 800-862-1795

A free brochure for a driving or walking tour of one of the nation's largest historic districts is available through the tourism commission, as well as step-on guides and customized tours by appointment. more info...

John Wesley United Methodist Church
101 E. Court St., Greenville, SC 29601
(864) 232-6903

The church was organized by the Reverend James R. Rosemond and was one of South Carolina's first separate black congregations established after the Civil War. more info...

Kilgore-Lewis House
560 N. Academy St., Greenville, SC 29601
(864) 232-3020

This historic house, built between 1835-1838, now houses the Greenville Council of Garden Clubs and is surrounded by a 5-acre tract planted with a series of charming gardens. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. more info...

Kings Mountain National Military Park
2625 Park Rd., Blacksburg, SC 29702
(864) 936-7921

The park commemorates a pivotal and significant victory by American Patriots. The victory halted the British advance into North Carolina. more info...

Limestone College
1115 College Dr., Gaffney, SC 29340
(864) 488-4603

Founded in 1845. Offers a traditional day schedule at the main campus, as well as an evening and Saturday schedule at statewide off-campus centers to accommodate working adults. more info...

McBee Chapel
Main Street, Conestee, SC 29636
(864) 233-4103

The chapel designed by Vardry McBee's millwright, John Adams, is one of the few remaining octagonal churches in America and dates back to 1841. more info...

Musgrove Mill State Historic Site, one of the newest parks in the South Carolina State Park Service, opened to the public in May 2003. more info...

Nazareth Presbyterian Church
680 Nazareth Church Rd., Moore, 29369
(864) 576-8034

The church is the oldest congregation in the county and was established in 1765. Evidence remains at the church of a Revolutionary War battle fought nearby. Settlers took refuge in the church during the battle. more info...

This area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is an excellent example of an 1890s self-contained mill community. The area is located off Hwy 130 at Lake Keowee. more info...

This small plot of land along South Carolina’s western frontier served as a military compound against attack from the Cherokees and later a trading post. more info...

Old Pickens Presbyterian Church
Hwy 183 at Keowee River, Seneca, SC 29678

The church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The church/meeting house is the only original building still standing on the site where the town of Pickens Courthouse was established in 1828. more info...

Built by Revolutionary War hero Andrew Pickens and others in 1797. One of the most interesting historical attractions in the Upstate. more info...

Poinsett Bridge
Callahan Mountain Rd, Travelers Rest, SC 29690
(803) 734-3893

The oldest bridge in South Carolina, completed in 1820, is part of the original state road connecting Greenville to Asheville. more info...

This restored one-room schoolhouse was built in 1880 and is enclosed by a rare chestnut split-rail fence. more info...

Ram Cat Alley Historic District
Downtown Seneca, Seneca, SC 29678

The historic district is a charming section of Seneca and was selected for the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. more info...

The museum is located in Belton's refurbished railroad depot and houses exhibits relating to the early life in Belton and Anderson County. more info...

The white-clapboard church, built in 1822, has a Jardine pipe organ which has filled the church with music since 1848. more info...

The entire historic district of residential homes is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Lunney Museum, which is open to the public. Self-guided tour maps are available. more info...

Shoeless Joe Jackson Memorial Park
406 West Ave, Greenville, SC 29611
(864) 288-6470

The Greenville County Recreation District has developed a memorial park on the site where Jackson played in the city's early textile leagues. more info...

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
301 W. Main St., Walhalla, SC 29691
(864) 638-6363

The church was organized in 1853 by German immigrants who founded the town of Walhalla in 1850 and is included on the National Register of Historic Places. more info...

Stumphouse Tunnel represents the failure to complete a railroad system from Charleston, South Carolina to Cincinnati, Ohio after the Civil War. more info...

The official "front door" to the Clemson campus. Services include information, literature on attractions, facilities and events, audio-visuals about the university and campus tours. more info...

The Seay House is a surviving example of a small rural farmstead that existed prior to the development of Spartanburg. The log portion of the house is typical of the early architecture of the 18th-century. more info...

Designated by Congress in 1996 as a National Heritage Area, the corridor begins in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Oconee County, through the Edisto River Basin, to the port city of Charleston stretching 240 miles across SC. more info...

The circa 1795 brick house was part of a 2,000-acre Upcountry plantation. The plantation was the site for the post office, general store and fed and housed travelers along the stage coach route. more info...

The house is a 1760s manor house and Upcountry plantation that is listed on the National Register. The plantation was the home of the American Revolutionary War heroine, Kate Moore Barry. more info...

This beautiful four-story house, circa 1828, was built by Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, lieutenant governor of S.C. from 1832-34 and a member of the S.C. family that included two signers of the U.S. Constitution. more info...

More Listings
Beacon Drive-In
225 John B. White Sr. Boulevard
Spartanburg, SC 29306

(864) 585-9387
Carmel Church
517 Flat Rock Rd.
Liberty, SC 29657

(864) 843-6827
Cherokee Indian Interpretive Center Keowee-Toxaway State Natural Area
108 Residence Drive
Sunset, SC 29685

(864) 868-2605
Fairview Presbyterian Church
126 Fairview Church Road
Fountain Inn, SC 29644

(864) 862-2403
McKinney Chapel
2254 Cleo Chapman Highway
Sunset, SC 29685

(864) 868-2555
Pendleton Historic District
125 E. Queen Street
Pendleton, SC 29670

(864) 646-3782
Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport
500 Ammons Rd.
Spartanburg, SC 29306

(864) 574-8552
Treaty Oak Marker
Old Stone Church Road
Clemson, SC

(864) 646-3782
310 Earle St.
Greenville, SC

(864) 421-0042
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