In Greenville: Woven from the Past, author Nancy Vance Ashmore Cooper shows how the county, like its first settler, has woven diverse elements into a rich and colorful pattern for progress. Its cool mountain climate and sparkling water have always attracted settlers, and by the 1820s Greenville had become a resort for lowcountry aristocrats, who brought culture to the burgeoning town. At the same time, Greenville was developing as a trading center for frontiersmen and drovers who traversed the Blue Ridge Mountains. As the author notes, the town's populace was "a blend of all types and sorts, creating an interesting plaid complexion on the courthouse steps."
From this blend came the leaders who would make Greenville the "Athens of the Upcountry" and the "Textile Center of the World:" landowner Vardry McBee, the "Father of Greenville;" Benjamin Perry, a newspaper editor and politician; preacher James C. Furman, president of Furman University; mill owner Thomas Parker, a trailblazing social reformer; and construction magnate Charles Daniel, who brought northern industries to the county and to the entire South. In a lively narrative, Ms. Cooper presents these enterprising Greenvillians and a host of others, and explores the origins of towns and areas such as Travelers Rest, Fountain Inn, Taylors, Dark Corner, and Possum Kingdom.
Illuminating the text are more than 300 photographs and illustrations and thirty-two pages of brilliant color photographs. Seventeen biographies of remarkable Greenvillians reveal their vital personalities and the changes they brought to the county. In addition, a special chapter "Chronicles of Leadership," provides individual histories of many area businesses and organizations. Finally, an illustrated timeline of significant events in Greenville's history puts it all in perspective.
|Publisher:||American Historical Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||8.77(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.84(d)|
Table of Contents
|Chapter 1||From Pearis to Pleasantburg (1768-1806)||13|
|Chapter 2||A Village Blossoms (1806-1850)||31|
|Chapter 3||Southern to the Core (1850-1877)||63|
|Chapter 4||A Sleeping Giant (1877-1905)||89|
|Chapter 5||Textile Triumph and Maturity (1905-1945)||125|
|Chapter 6||Warp and Woof of a Modern Metropolis (1945-1985)||153|
|Chapter 7||Green and Growing (1985-2000)||193|
|Chapter 8||Chronicles of Leadership||207|
|A Timeline of Greenville's History||259|