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.
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.
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.
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.
There are so many places to visit, so many people to meet, so many stories to hear, and so much history to appreciate. A good place to start is with these free History-themed guides we’ve pulled together for you:
Soak up local history at the Spartanburg Historical Association before heading to the Hub City Railroad Museum to see how the Hub City got its nickname. Stay downtown and take the Historic Downtown Walking Tour to get a glimpse of the sites and buildings that have shaped the city’s history.