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Arts & Museums
Local artist Deirdre Walsh has converted an old barn and outhouses, creating a charming and unusual exhibition and art and craft centre. As you enter the old stone building you will find a large open fireplace with traditional cooking implements and a small kitchen where visitors can help themselves to the teapot on the old range. The large gallery upstairs (the old apple loft) features regular exhibitions of work from artists form the region, ranging across different disciplines. There is a delightful selection of local crafts on sale and you will find Deirdre easy to bargain with. The gallery also provides workspace for visiting artists.
Founded in 1987, the Greenville Cultural Exchange Center is a living museum of the town of Greenville's multi-cultural history. The center features a non-circulating library which is open to students, scholars and the public at-large. There is a resource center that exhibits the accomplishments of local African-Americans. The facility also serves as a meeting place for local community groups and hosts other receptions, and tours can be arranged to visit landmarks and other significant sights.
Shoeless Joe Jackson was one of the greatest players to ever play the game of baseball, despite his lack of induction to the Hall of Fame. He has never been allowed into the hall due to his alleged involvement in the infamous 'Blacksox Scandal' during the 1919 World Series. The museum itself is the home that Jackson lived and died in, yet it wasn't always at this location. In 2006, the house was re-located to Field Street, and given the address of 356 to match Jackson's career batting average. Inside, visitors will see baseball memorabilia, household artifacts, photographs, films as well as other records and documents from the great 'Shoeless Joe.'
This museum aims to promote awareness of the distinct culture and style of Upcountry South Carolina. As opposed to South Carolina's 'low country' down south, the museum highlights Greenville and Spartanburg's history in lieu of celebrating Charleston, Columbia and Myrtle Beach. Nonetheless, the museum still has multiple contemporary art exhibits which rotate on a regular basis.
The LC Art Gallery is right in the middle of Greenville's cultural hub in downtown Greenville. The gallery was started by Greenville resident Lee Cormier and his passion for photography, but he opened up the gallery to other local artists as a place to share and display all their artwork, but also help encourage each other as well.
The Greenville County Museum of Art is a gallery that primarily showcases the works of Andrew Wyeth, but visitors will also find artists like Jacob Lawrence, Josef Albers, Andy Warhol and many other renowned raconteurs of contemporary art. The museum also offers lectures, mini-courses, workshops, gallery talks and events are often held during the evening. The GCMA is definitely pays homage to American art; don't forget to check out the works of native South Carolinian, Jasper Johns.
The Children's Museum of the Upstate was conceived by a mother who wanted a place for children to go and stimulate their brains through science. It has a wide range of exhibits that have names like 'Construction Zone,' 'Children's Hospital,' '3,2,1 Blast Off,' 'Money Works,' and much more. The center is also used for parties and some of the other programs include STEM classes, Art, and Lego League.
The American Legion War Museum is a great place to visit for history buffs, particularly those who are interested in military history. Sponsored by the American Legion, Post 3, the War Museum features an abundance of local artifacts from the American Civil War, the Spanish/American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf War. The museum is only open on the weekends and admission is free.
The Carolina Gallery specializes in purveying fine and contemporary art from local as well as international artists. The medium ranges from oil paintings to sculpture and the gallery also can arrange meetings with the artists themselves. Carolina also provides all types of frames and the gallery is known as one of the finest in the application of Giclée printing techniques.
This small museum houses a number of artifacts and memorabilia from the Confederacy during its war against the North. Some of the exhibits include uniforms, soldiers' letters, weapons and most of the time there is a knowledgeable docent to explain the artifacts. It's located in a residential neighborhood, just off the corners of Pettigru and Broyce.
Built in 1826, this historic gristmill (a factory which turns grain into flour) is located about 35 minutes west from Greenville. It is a excellent example of 19th-century rural architecture and for nearly 200 years of America's existence, these mills were the norm in the South. During the decade of the 1960's, the gristmill industry was effectively shuttered when the federal government mandated that farmers test their grain for impurities and add preservatives. Yet after some legal maneuvering in the 80's, Hagood Mill started operations again albeit on a smaller scale. Today, the mill operates on third Saturday of every month, where visitors will find a miller gristing grain. Moreover, since it is run by the Pickens County Museum Commission, there are myriad events throughout the year in-and-around the mill.
Visiting Greenville Chautauqua is a chance to let history come back to life. In essence, it is an interactive history theater. Performers in costume as such luminaries of history as, among others, Mark Twain, Martin Luther King Jr., John Muir, Aalbert Einstein, and visitors are encouraged to ask the historic characters questions as to their life, history and so forth. Every June sees the Chautauqua Festival which features more than 20-some characters. All shows are free and meant for every member of the family.