When you've been around since 1753, you've got some stories.
One of the biggest, and the one we play off of throughout this site, is our part in the Revolutionary War. Battles that were won in this area changed the course of the war, and in turn, the history of our nation. But we can also tell you about our railroads, textile mills, soldier training camps and so much more. Grab your camera and explore our past.
Historical Downtown Walking Map
Download this free printable walking map of historical downtown Spartanburg.
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Textile Town Guide
Explore the textile heritage of Spartanburg, SC with this self-guided tour.
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Textile Tour Guide
We've done your history homework. Simplified itineraries for families and history buffs alike. Even if you're short on time, we have a tour planned for you to get the most out of your trip to Spartanburg.
Featured Spartanburg Historical Videos
Independence started in our backyard.
The area became accessible to settlers following a treaty struck with the Cherokee Indian nation in 1753.
Later, the Revolutionary War began, and the Spartanburg locale witnessed an impressive number of engagements; enough of which to boast of containing more battle sites than almost any other location in the U. S.
Featured History Articles
Finding local history at four Spartanburg County museums
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Local Cemeteries: Two and a half centuries of history
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Spartanburg’s World-Class Maestro
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From the Spartanburg Insider's Blog
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- A Tale of Two Distilleries 13-Nov-2015