Reedy River Falls Historic Park and Greenway

Both banks of Reedy River from the falls to Church St., Greenville, South Carolina


Lower Falls

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

View this photo at


Street View 


The Reedy River Falls are not only the geographical but also the historical center of Greenville. The speed and power of the Reedy River falls and rapids below them were indirectly responsible for the founding of Greenville at this site in the early 1800s. Since that time, the mills that were the economic life of the city sat near the falls and used their power to grind flour and cornmeal or manufacture textiles. In the 1930s, the area surrounding the falls acquired additional significance as the site of a botanical garden and arboretum. Some brick ruins, presumed to be the remains of Vardry Mill built circa 1830, are still visible on the riverbank. Rehabilitation of the area began with the opening of the Furman University botanical garden and arboretum in 1929-1930. Listed in the National Register April 23, 1973; Boundary increase November 17, 1978. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 23, 1973
Reference number
Areas of significance
Industry; Landscape Architecture; Conservation
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Manufacturing facility
Current function
Periods of significance
1800-1824; 1825-1849
Significant years
1812; 1830
Number of properties
Contributing structures: 1
Contributing sites: 1

Update Log 

  • September 15, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Street View" and Imported Photo
  • September 15, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller