Holy Queen Mother of Vietnam Park Near Greer, SC

If you have ever traveled on Highway 14 in Northern Greenville County you may recall noticing something that seems out of place along the roadside. Just across from Skyland Elementary School sits a religious monument that undoubtedly takes some travelers by surprise as they pass among the rural home and fields of the Blue Ridge area.

Our Lady of Vietnam Park (15)

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Furman University Clock Tower – Inside and Out

A view of the clock tower across Furman University’s Lake

Furman Clock Tower (2)

And from inside behind the clock face

Furman Clock Tower (1)

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Lost Culture – Nippon Center Yagoto – Greenville, SC

The Nippon Center Yagoto was established in 1989 by textile magnate Kiyohiro Tsuzuki of TNS Mills. The late 80’s and early 90’s saw a major influx of Japanese business in the Upstate and the center’s purpose was to be a cultural meeting point between a growing population of Japanese nationals and the Upstate’s community.

Nippon Center (7)

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No More Visitors

This sign along Hwy 176 in Tryon, NC just south of Pearson’s Falls is the only thing that remains of the Valley Courts Motel. Tryon in the past was a popular vacation spot and many places such as this once existed to house the large groups of visitors coming to enjoy the NC mountains.

Valley Courts Motel

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Mountain View Cemetery

The light of the setting Sun illuminates a cloudy sky over this large but often overlooked burial ground in the heart of downtown Greer, SC

Mountain View Cemetery Greer SC

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“Mountain Magic” The History of the Blue Ridge Forest on Hogback Mountain

A few stone structures and overgrown piles of rubble are all that stand today to mark the location of an undertaking that sought to turn one of the highest points in Greenville County into, as its planners described it, “a world among the clouds.”

Blue Ridge Forest Ruins (10)

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Hagood Mill – Pickens, SC

Located just outside the city of Pickens, SC Hagood Mill is a popular attraction for both its historical significance and as a place for local events.

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The Arthur Barnwell House (What remains and a new start)

The Arthur Barnwell House in its current state.

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Downtown Greenville fireworks viewed from Paris Mtn.

A large crowd gathered on top of Paris Mountain as the Sun set July 4th to observe Greenville’s fireworks from the highest vantage point in town.

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The Shamrock House – Rocky Bottom, SC

Located behind a iron and stone gate, nestled among the trees and situated near the foot of Sassafras mountain is the Shamrock house.

Shamrock House

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