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If you like history and want to understand how the past made Spartanburg the Hub City of Upstate South Carolina, take the time to visit the many places that are dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the people, places, and events of the past that continue to shape our community.

A Diverse and Fascinating History

Spartanburg is as diverse as the patterns on a handmade quilt. The different perspectives and topics of our local history all come together—patched with pride and loyalty—to tell a beautiful and complex story of our humble beginnings in the Revolutionary War to becoming a textile powerhouse.

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Hub City Railroad Museum

The Museum is located in the historic Southern Railway Spartanburg Union Depot at 298 Magnolia Street. Take a step back into history and learn about how the railroads were connected to the textile and peach industries in SC.

Spartanburg County Public Libraries

From the archives of the Kennedy Room of Local and South Carolina History and Cleveland Genealogical Department, SCPL digital collections contain historic materials such as photographs, journals, manuscripts, books and oral histories.

Spartanburg Regional History Museum

The Museum’s permanent exhibit offers a walk-through of Spartanburg history from the early days of Spanish explorers like Juan Pardo to the military training camps of the 20th century’s two World Wars and beyond.

Walnut Grove Plantation

Walnut Grove Plantation recounts how free and enslaved people settled the South Carolina Backcountry, fought for independence, and built a new nation.