Greenville's first settler, Richard Pearis, established a plantation in the area that is known today as Downtown Greenville. He built a trading post and a gristmill, and shared the land with a great number of Cherokee Indians. Eventually, a railway opened which played a critical role in the transportation of textiles. Soon, Greenville became recognized as the Textile Capital of the World.
There's no doubt times have changed, but Greenville still retains much of its charm. This IS Main Street USA. Tree covered sidewalks, outside caf‚ tables, flags flying, friends chatting, and shopping. This fairly large downtown district hosts a variety of specialty shops, antique stores, galleries and quaint restaurants. This is the place to go. But, for those who want the "norm" Greenville offers several popular chain stores and restaurants too. Visitors should be sure to save time to stroll through Greenville's historic neighborhoods.
Parks seem to be everywhere in Greenville. Walking and bicycling are favorite past-times of Greenville residents. Reedy River Falls Historic Park features a beautiful water display. Water meanders over large rock formations, and quickly moves down steep falls. Located in downtown, this park offers a wonderful opportunity to take a break from shopping and relax a while. Paris Mountain State Park is located just a short drive from downtown. Its perhaps best known for its excellent mountain bike trails.
For those who treasure culture, a visit to the Greenville Cultural Exchange Center is an excellent choice. This unique building offers insight into the history of Greenville County's black community, and features a collection of historical pieces from Greenville County's black churches, schools, doctors and teachers.
Greenville is located near the intersections of Interstates 385 and 85, about 20 miles south of the North Carolina boarder, and 40 miles east of the Georgia border.