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Historic Neighborhoods & Architecture

Greenville is a city that can be enjoyed on so many levels and its historic neighborhoods and architectural highlights are some of its most enjoyable facets.

The Tour

Our city has great architectural examples of styles that span the last 200 years and charming neighborhoods that give them context.

Our downtown is blessed with a selection of historic neighborhoods that encircle our city center, providing a great mix of the progress surrounding the Main Street area with the stability of traditional domestic living. As the young village of Greenville formed in the late 1700s, homes were naturally scattered around the region with large tracts of land tied to them. This tour traces the development of Greenville’s neighborhoods on the North and West sides of the Reedy River, taking you on a pleasant drive to see the variety of architectural styles, hear stories of their home-owners, and understand the role in Greenville’s revitalization.

Tours will take place in a comfortable Ford Transit high-roof tour van. Digital photographs will be shown on a screen to provide insights into the information that you hear from the tour guide. Your tour guide, John Nolan, is a local historian and author of “A Guide to Historic Greenville, SC” and “The Lost Restaurants of Greenville, SC.

Highlights include:

• James and Earle St. Historic Neighborhood
• North Main Historic Neighborhood
• East Park Historic District
• Alta Vista Historic Neighborhood

“Great way to see Greenville!!”
This tour gave us a wonderful appreciation of the history of Greenville! Beautiful parks, homes and neighborhoods were even better with John's expert narrative and passion for this city.
linda d.
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