Greenwood County Historical Society
P.O. Box 49653,
Greenwood, South Carolina 29649

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The Greenwood County Historical Society collects, preserves, and maintains information, records and materials of historical significance concerning the history of the County of Greenwood, South Carolina.  We also restore and mark historical sites and landmarks in Greenwood County and publish material relative to the history of Greenwood County.  As a charitable and educational not-for-profit organization, we own and care for historical cemeteries as well as present and preserve the oral and written history of citizens, explorers and visitors who settled this upcountry area and created the county that became Greenwood in 1897.  

Greetings from the president:

It is my pleasure to welcome you to our website!  As President of the Greenwood County Historical Society I welcome you to visit us often as you attempt to learn more about the history of our county.  Our goal is to promote the local history of Greenwood County and to make that history come alive in the lives of our members and community.  As a lifelong resident and educator of Greenwood and rooted in this history, I am committed to this vision.  My forefathers, including Dr. E. R. Calhoun, the first doctor in Greenwood County, and Mr. E. S. Tinsley of Hodges, instrumental in early Hodges, among others, were visionaries that put service and the needs of our county at the forefront of their lives.  My desire is that we dedicate ourselves to a similar vision of promotion of community above self.

We meet on months with five Sundays, on the fifth Sunday at 3:00 PM in the Greenwood County Public Library.  A program is held on a variety of topics relating to the history of Greenwood.  The theme for 2012-13 is:  The Pillars of Greenwood:  The People, Places, Events, and Stories That Made Greenwood what it is!  We look forward to having you join us at our next meeting.

Our signature meeting occurs in January and is a celebration of our Architectural Preservation and Restoration Awards.  This award is given to property owners who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to restore and/or preserve historical properties in town. We have honored 15 properties over the past three years. An application can be found on our website.  We welcome your nominations. 

My desire is for our membership to grow, and for those members to serve.  A membership application form can also be found on our website.  I do hope you will choose to visit us, become a member, and choose to serve in some capacity.  Only then can our local history not only be learned, but also preserved for the future.  If I can be of any help in your endeavors, do not hesitate to contact me @

In your Greenwood History, I Am,

Chip Tinsley

The First Annual Antique Fair sponsored by the Greenwood Historical Society was held Saturday, May 4, 2013 on the campus of historic Cokesbury College, Hodges, South Carolina.  Look for the 2nd Annual Fair on Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm rain or shine.  More artisans and more dealers--see you there!  
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