124th Annual Congress

Updated 04-09-2014

124th Annual Congress

18 July – 23 July 2014

Greenville SC

Greenville-Return to the Revolutionary War Country
Enjoy the Upcountry!
The South Carolina Society welcomes you
to where the Revolutionary War was won!


Nestled into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville, South Carolina has combined traditional southern charm, stunning natural beauty and an unexpected contemporary cool to create one of America's hottest emerging destinations and fastest growing cities. From a revitalized downtown ranked among "America's Ten Best" by Forbes Magazine to downtown Greenville's one-of-a-kind Liberty Bridge, quaint shops, boutiques, and fabulous restaurants to a world-class collection of museums, galleries, and theaters to some of the most beautiful lakes, rivers and mountains in the world, Greenville, SouthCarolina is everything they say
it is and more. Check us out and see for yourself why we're not just any Greenville - we're THAT Greenville. 
Downtown Atmosphere**
With wide sidewalks, outdoor plazas, and streetside outdoor dining opportunities, Downtown Greenville offers a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere that has been compared to that of a European city. Truly, shopping and dining in Greenville are pleasurable experiences. One of dowtown's biggest attractions is Falls Park on the Reedy, featuring two sets of waterfalls. Located in the West End area and adjacent to the Peace Center and the new Governor's School, the Park also has miles of walking and bicycle trails that follow the river along our Downtown greenway. 
A Shopper's Advantage
Art galleries, boutiques, and an assortment of specialty shops, most of which are locally owned and operated, offer choices that cannot be found elsewhere. Renewed interest in Downtown shopping has created increased demand for Downtown retail establishments. 
West End Market and Historic District
The West End Historic District, known as the arts and entertainment center of the city, is anchored by the West End Market and Falls Park on the Reedy. While visiting the West End , you can browse through the shops in the West End Market and surrounding streets, dine in one of the area's unique restaurants, enjoy a theater performance, or view the progress of the construction of a world-class pedestrian bridge across the Reedy River falls.
Find free wifi connections are located throughout downtown Greenville.
Downtown Restaurants 
As you may have gathered by now, Greenville takes its food seriously. That explains why in the downtown area alone, you'll find more than 100 different restaurants, most locally owned, offering menus as diverse as the city itself. No matter what your tastes, timing or budget, you're sure to find a great meal waiting for you at one of these remarkable places. 
History of Greenville
The city of Greenville is situated on land that was once Cherokee hunting ground, closed to colonists’ settlement. About 1770, Richard Pearis, an Indian trader from Virginia who was living with a chief’s daughter, received about 100,000 acres of hunting lands from the Cherokees. Pearis set up a plantation on the banks of the Reedy River in what is now downtown Greenville. 
His Great Plains Plantation included a saw mill, grist mill, and stables together with a trading post. When the Revolutionary War came, the struggle in the South Carolina back country between Tories and Patriots was fierce. Pearis threw his support to the Tories and their Cherokee allies, and together they terrorized upstate Patriots. In retaliation, a Patriot troop raided his plantation, burned his mill and home, and briefly jailed him in Charleston. He never returned to the upstate, but he left his name on Paris Mountain. 
After the Revolution, the new state of South Carolina claimed the Cherokees’ territory and began distributing it to Patriot soldiers as payment for their wartime services. In 1786, the state legislature formed Greenville (originally spelled Greeneville) County, naming it for Gen. Nathanael Greene, the hero of the American southern campaign. 
*Courtesy of the Greenville SC Convention & Visitors Bureau
Visit Greenville info: http://www.visitgreenvillesc.com/
**Courtesy of City of Greenville
Visit https://www.greenvillesc.gov/EconDev/Downtown/default.aspx