This year it seems as if our beautiful state is making national headlines daily. What starts off in a negative light (think the tragic Charleston shootings and most recently the 1000 year flood) is quickly transformed into amazing stories of heroism, faith, and compassion towards all. I don't know about you, but I am so proud to call this place home. We've decided to showcase a different town or city each month to give our clients and fans a glimpse into what makes our state sparkle!
This month we are putting the spotlight on the town our office calls home. To some, Greer may be that town between Greenville and Spartanburg, but to many, it is a history-filled hot spot that just keeps growing.
The Greenville/Spartanburg county line wasn't always just an invisible line that separated counties. It was once the invisible line that separated the South Carolina Province and Indian Boundary! In 1777, the Cherokee Indians ceded the rest of the land to South Carolina. Downtown Greer came to fruition when James Manning Greer and W.T. Shumate realized the great potential of a town near the train station. In 1876, the town was known as "Greers" since the post office was located in the station and its post mark was "Greer's Depot". Some time in the early 20th century, the "S" was dropped and by 1914, Greer was home to two train lines, Southern Railroad and Piedmont & Northern. By the 1950's, Greer had grown to include a hospital and high school. Fast forward to current times, we find that the once small railroad town has grown into one of the most successful towns in the Upstate!
What is it known for?
Anyone who hasn't been living under a rock knows that Greer is home to the only BMW manufacturing plant in the U.S. The BMW Visitors Center provides tours of production and displays, the Performance Center offers Performance Driving School and Motorcycle Rider Training, and they host an annual Charity Pro-Am golf tournament where amateurs and celebrities come together to play with Tour professionals.
What can you do there?
The better question is, what can't you do in Greer?! Because it sits comfortably in the center of Upstate, residents are just a short drive away from the Blue Ridge Mountains and multiple lakes, big cities and rural towns, and historical and modern attractions. The heart of Downtown Greer, or "Greer Station" is home to amazing restaurants, beautiful parks, and one-of-a-kind retail and entertainment.
Why it's a great place to live
Greer isn't all fun and games. Because of its business driven history, thriving businesses are popping up everywhere! The benefit of living in Greer is the fact that you don't have to travel far to get everything you need, and unlike some big cities where being neighborly isn't at the top of the priority list, Greer businesses ad citizens are happy to lend a helping hand wherever it's needed.
For more information, visit the City of Greer website or leave a comment with your favorite Greer story!