Friday, December 20, 2013

Getting Down with Downtown Greenville

The city of Greenville, South Carolina has been the home of history makers through out the years. Several years ago, the downtown area was renovated to attract not just the locals, but visitors and the vast amount of relocated Northerners and others. The bistro lined Main Street has an eclectic feel of an artistic, cobblestoned, quaint village and uptown entertainment. It is the scene for so many things from various festivals to national bike races. MJ and friends had the time of their lives! I spent several hours just on a few blocks of Main Street.

 I apologize for the pictures taken when the sun started to go down.

This name might be familiar to baseball fans. Shoeless is from a small town on the outskirts of Greenville. Can you find MJ? Look over the "J" in Jackson

MJ had to see if he was really shoeless lol

Falls Park On The Reedy is a beautiful 26-acre city park located in the middle of downtown Greenville, South Carolina. It has a waterfall from the Reedy River.
 The Reedy River is a tributary of the Saluda River, about 65 miles (105 km) long, in northwestern South Carolina in the United States. Via the Saluda and Congaree Rivers, it is part of the watershed of the Santee River, which flows to the Atlantic Ocean.

The girls are on their way to get a closer view

They let their hair blow in the wind as they drove across the bridge
MJ just had to get out and look. The sun was beginning to set.
The cool winter air made the waves rush over the falls

Off to the next adventure!

This is across the street from the Falls. You can see a mix of old and new. Both Falls Park and this area are set under a bridge on Main Street 

The man-made dam lies in front of a series of art galleries
This is the Peace Center Concert Hall. It sets on the opposite side of the street of Falls Park near the end of Main Street. It is where every thing from The Lion King to a Fragle Rock children's concert has been seen (Goggled picture)

This is something pretty new in Greenville. An outdoor Ice skating rink! 
 Are these little cuties future Olympians?
I actually thought most of the people had walking disabilities, until I was told the blue things were to assist and protect unskilled skaters. hmmm I was looking to see if they had grown-up sizes! lol

The Poinsett Hotel was one of the first "skyscrapers" to be constructed in Greenville. Named after Joel R. Poinsett, the Secretary of War under President Fillmore, the hotel was built on the site of the Mansion House, an 1824 resort hotel. Built in 1925 at a cost of 1.5 million dollars.

Bet you didn't know where the name of the Poinsettia flower came from!
Joel Roberts Poinsett, born in 1779 in Charleston, South Carolina to a wealthy physician, Dr. Elisha Poinsett, and his wife Katherine Ann Roberts, was educated in Connecticut and Europe, gaining expertise in languages, the law and military affairs.
There is at least one street named after him in Greenville.

A copy of the famous Italian fountain statue  "II Porcellino" 
MJ stands tall in a very popular popcorn store on Main Street.

This is not for the popcorn shy. Their bold flavors make them a big seller and the beautiful wrappings are very festive.
It is also probably the most expensive gourmet popcorn you will ever love!
During segregation the Sterling School was a school for "colored-people"
It has produced many successful and influential people.

"The record of Sterling High School is that of struggle and triumph. It covers a period of nearly seventy-five years.  Reverend D.M. Minus was appointed to John Wesley Church in Greenville, South Carolina in the early 1890's, the beginning of a great work.  Rev. Minus was born in Colleton County, South Carolina, on June 15, 1848, of slave parents; his father was Elijah and his mother was Sarah Minus.  He was the oldest of thirteen children.  Minus was brought to Greenville to accomplish two things: John Wesley Church needed a new brick building and the children needed a high school in Greenville so they could prepare for life's duties without leaving their hometown."

The statues are set in the middle of downtown Main Street Greenville. The bricks hold a significance in the structure of the school. 

You never know what you might see on Main Street!

Horse and buggies are a regular site along Main Street. This one is decked out for the holidays

Downtown Greenville at night
Christmas is all over

Walking down Main Street is like enjoying an outdoor art museum

This is the collective name of the three  below sculptures . Each one is individually named

Front view
MJ felt right at home in her arms!

Back view...or is it the other way around?

MJ is enjoying being close-up and personal. Right in front of his face! lol

It was becoming dusk when I took these pictures. You can see them much better here...
Only in South Carolina! Ride 'em MJ!
This is one of nine tiny friends who mark points of interest. They serve as guides in a scavenger hunt along Main Street. Each one is different! This one was near an historical war figure, hence the hat. (I was illegally parked so didn't have time to get a picture of statue. lol) There was a book written about them too!

Hope you enjoyed downtown Greenville! More MJ in South Carolina to come!

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  1. Thank you for the tour through downtown Greenville, I have to say that it was greatly interesting, Grandmom! I like the photos from the skating rink, because I LOVE skating :D!!
    I am fond of history too, I am always eager to learn more about other countries, so I thank you for this 'private history class' of Greenville :D!
    All photos are wonderful, but the photo of MJ on the statue 'Connect' touched me in the heart. That means the blogworld to me and I guess to all of us....
    I wish you a very Merry Christmas and my best wishes for 2014!!
    Hugs, Ilona

    1. Ilona,
      I am so glad you enjoyed MJ's adventure in Greenville! We bloggers really do connect in a very special way.
      I wish you all of the best for Christmas and the new year to come!
      Lots of hugs!

  2. Great stuff Grandmommy!! Who knew these things about Greenville SC? I was so impressed, as usual! I really enjoyed MJ's ride over the bridge with her girlfriends. Reminds me of good times with good people. Kudos once again!
    Happy Holidays! Xoxoxo

    1. Hello Farah Sterling,
      Thanks! I am so glad you enjoyed and learned so much about Greenville. The dolls from Hometown are great folks.
      Continue having fun with those good people!
      The best of the holidays to you to...

  3. Thank you very much for the tour I have really enjoyed the wonderful sights. Lucky MJ seeing so many interesting places. Wishing you and yours a very Happy Christmas.
    Hugs Maria

    1. Hi Maria Ireland!
      You are very welcome! I am so glad you enjoyed the sights. I never get tired of them myself.
      I wish all the best for you and yours at
      Christmas and an astounding new year!

  4. i always "sigh" when seeing the wonderful great that Mj is taking us around, well better YOU do!! Thank you so much! Ps...the tiny car with the dolls is such a cute idea! :) Lots of greetings, Anne

    1. Hello Anna,
      You are so welcome :-). I am glad you are enjoying MJ's trip. I enjoyed watching MJ having fun with all of her friends. She will be with us just a little longer then she will be gone and we shall have her memories!

  5. Hello Grandmommy! I love the photo of all the girls in the pink convertible; too cute! :D It is always such a pleasure to tour a new place with someone who knows the lay of the land intimately and you are a very knowledgeable and informative tour guide. M J will be taking home some incredible memories, thanks to you! :D
    Have a Wonderful Christmas, Grandmommy and a Blessed New Year!


    1. Hi there Elizabeth!
      I am so glad the girls in their convertible made you smile! I actually learned a few things in the process of both tours! lol Just a few more points to show then she will be off to her next host/auntie.
      I wish you the most gracious Christmas and abundant New Year ever!

    2. That li'l gal sure does get around! heehee
      I wish you a very Happy New Year Grandmommy! :D


    3. Hi Elizabeth!
      I am sorry I missed your comment somehow! Yes, she does get around and now she if off to another country!
      I am wishing you the very best of love and comfort and all that life has to offer in the new year.

  6. Hello from Spain: beautiful pictures. I like the center Greenvilles. Great pink car. Merry Christmas and Next Year. Keep in touch

    1. Marta Merry Christmas to you too.
      I am glad you enjoyed the pictures. The girls had a lot of fun in the car. :-)
      I wish you a very prosperous New Year in health and wealth!

  7. Как это шикарно путешествовать в розовом кабриолете!:):):):) Замечательные фотографии! Большое спасибо за экскурсию!!
    Счастливого Рождества и Нового Года!

    1. Tatiana,
      You are very welcome. The pink car was just right for the girls.
      All the best for the entire holiday season and beyond!

  8. Nice pictures dear

    Thank you so much for your lovely comment!

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     - Hannah's Heels

  9. Hi Hannah,
    Thanks so much and you are very welcome! Come back again! :-)


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