A home to renowned writers such as Neville Kiser and Lambda Literary Award winner Dorothy Allison, and with over a dozen museums incorporating everything from modern art to children’s galleries, Greenville is one of America’s hidden cultural hubs bursting with creativity. With so many compelling attractions competing for the attention of visitors, we’ve narrowed it down to the top five most arty and unique activities you must not miss in Greenville, South Carolina’s largest metropolitan area.
Paying homage to its Celtic ancestors, the Dark Corner Distillery is named after the northeastern corner of Greenville County’s Appalachian hills, an area which has been known as Dark Corner for 175 years. The first settlers of the area were Irish and Scottish immigrants who, arriving in the USA penniless, made money here by selling traditional whiskey formed using recipes passed down over generations. After the civil war, when taxes on private distilleries were upped during the prohibition era, these ‘moonshine’ makers moved their businesses into the woods, using native herbs and roots to create their products. Today Dark Corner Distillery aims to honor the rich heritage of the area’s regional alcohol by producing moonshine made exactly the way the Celts first did it. With daily in-store tastings hosted by knowledgeable staff happy to share their knowledge of the Dark Corner Distillery’s founding fathers, guests can enjoy the rich history of the area as well as interesting whiskey and moonshine flavors ranging from butterscotch to honeysuckle.
Dark Corner Distillery, 14 South Main St Greenville, SC 29601 +1 864 631 1144
The opening of the Peace Center in 1990 was a true community effort, having been funded by donations from notable local families, businesses and the public. The center was created with a vision to enrich the local area by providing a venue for cultural events, performances, art education and community outreach programmes. Today comprising of a 2,100-seat concert hall, a 400-seat theater and an amphitheatre, the Peace Center welcomes performers from all over the world and showcases unique art, dance, theater and music events. The board of trustees and Peace Center staff select acts based on their educational and cultural value, meaning that visitors can be sure to catch something exciting and worthwhile whilst in town. With regular performances from the Greenville Symphony Orchestra as well as events such as National Geographic Live being hosted within its walls, the Peace Centre is a truly diversified venue and a shining beacon of culture in the Greenville community.
Open to the public from Tuesday to Saturday, Art Crossing at River Place is an artist’s studio where award-winning local artists get together to create collaborations in fine art, jewellery design, sculpture and drawing. Situated in the heart of town on the west bank of the Weedy river, the self-proclaimed ‘art colony’ has around a dozen studios where visitors can wander around and witness the artists at work. With resident artists such as the wildlife painter Larry Seymour, and the minimalistic jewellery designer Kathy Young, visitors can find a diversified range of mediums in this innovative and vastly creative space. Just a stone’s throw away from Greenville’s main strip of shops, bars and restaurants, this venue allows guests some quietude and respite, and gives them an enthralling dose of culture in the middle of the bustling city.