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A wealthy settler from Virginia named Richard Pearis arrived in South Carolina around 1754 trading with Cherokee.
Construction boomed in the 1870s such as the establishment of a bridge over the Reedy River, new mills on the river and new railroads.The Greenville District sent James Furman, William K. Greenville saw no action from the war until 1865 when Union troops came through the town looking for President Jefferson Davis of the Confederacy who had fled south from Richmond, Virginia.In June 1865 Andrew Johnson appointed Greenville County native Benjamin Franklin Perry as Governor of South Carolina.Pearis established a plantation on the Reedy River called the Great Plains in present-day downtown Greenville.The American Revolution divided the South Carolina country between the Loyalists and Patriots.In 1816, Alston's land was purchased by Vardry Mc Bee, who then leased the Alston mansion for a summer resort, before making mansion his home from 1835 until his death in 1864.
Considered to be the father of Greenville, Mc Bee donated land for many structures such as churches, academies and a cotton mill.
making it the third-largest urban area in South Carolina as well as the fastest growing.
Greenville is the largest city in the Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Pleasantburg boomed to around 1,000 in the 1850s due to the growth of Mc Bee's donations and the attraction of the town as a summer resort for visitors. Greenville County provided over 2,000 soldiers to the Confederate States Army.
In December 1860 Greenville supported a convention to debate the issue of secession for South Carolina. The town supplied food, clothing, and firearms to the Confederacy.
S." Bloomberg named Greenville the 3rd Strongest Job Market, 2010; and Forbes named Greenville the 13th Best City for Young Professionals. 3 slot by Condé Nast Traveler’s “The Best Small Cities in the U. Greenville was the 4th fastest growing city in the United States between 20, as ranked by the Census Bureau.