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Textile Mill & Village Tour: Early Years

This driving tour takes you to eight of the mills built up between 1874-1902 in downtown Greenville and into the “Textile Crescent” at the city limits.

The Tour

The textile industry is the most significant aspect of Greenville’s history. It employed 1 out of every 3 people here for many years and had world-wide reach and importance. This driving tour takes you to eight of the mills built up between 1874-1902 in downtown Greenville and into the “Textile Crescent” at the city limits. Guests will learn in-depth about the mill leaders, workers, buildings, what village life was like, what the mills produced, why they closed, and what is going on there now. You’ll see 100s of historic photos on a screen that dramatically illustrate the themes discussed. You’ll also have a chance to actually touch and hold vintage artifacts from this era. Enjoy a fun and educational tour that gives you great insights to this important aspect of Greenville’s past and present success.

Mills featured on this tour include:

Sampson & Hall Mill
Camperdown No2
Huguenot Mill
American Spinning
Poe Mill
Monaghan Mill
Woodside Mill
Brandon Mill

In addition to the mills, we will also tour and learn about Parker High School, which served 14 mill communities.

Enjoy a fun and educational tour that gives you great insights to this important aspect of Greenville’s past and present success. Whether you grew up in a mill village or are new to living in one of the restored mills now, you’ll feel a great sense of nostalgia about how these early mills helped pave the way to make Greenville the “Textile Center of the World.”

Guests who would like to enjoy a barbecue meal from an iconic mill village eatery (to eat in the van during the tour), you can pre-order your meal of pulled pork and pork rib and 2 sides along with a drink for just $12.99

Greenville Culinary & History Tours were created to give you a unique, exciting, and fun way to experience the culinary scene and rich history in downtown Greenville, SC.
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