A Glance at Greenville’s history

As the Oil and Rouge event celebrates vintage art and style in Greenville, I  decided to start my blog posts with a glance at Greenville’s history.  Greenville is most well known for being the home of some of the nations largest textile mills.  Thousands of workers moved into the town’s cookie-cutter mill houses.

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During WWI, Greenville was also the home of 100,000 soldiers trained at Camp Sevier just outside the city, and the Donaldson Air Base brought thousands of airmen to Greenville following WWII.

Photo Courtesy the Greenville Co. Historical Society, The Cox Collection

Photo Courtesy the Greenville Co. Historical Society, The Cox Collection

Photo Courtesy Bessettefamilies.com

Photo Courtesy Bessettefamilies.com

You can still see glimpses of Greenville’s history as you walk around the city, despite the vast renovations that have taken place in recent years.  For small town America, colorful building signs would have been a beautiful way to brighten up building facades and attract customers.  Although they have mostly faded away, a few of these signs are still visible around Greenville.  I took these photos on an excursion around the city looking for painting inspirations. What glimpses of history have you seen around Greenville?

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~Emily C.

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