Lake Greenwood is approximately 26 miles long with 220 miles of shoreline. It is within ten miles from downtown Greenwood with convenient shopping, a renowned hospital, educational opportunities at Lander University and Piedmont Technical College and an active cultural arts community. Lake Greenwood is only an hour south of Greenville and an hour north of Columbia and Augusta. The Greenville-Spartanburg and Columbia Airports provide easy access for travel to any part of the country or globe. Lake Greenwood is surrounded by three counties, Greenwood County, Laurens County and Newberry County.
The following information is from the SC Association of Counties website:
Greenwood County was formed in 1897 and includes the city of Greenwood and towns of Hodges, Ninety Six, Troy, Ware Shoals. Its land mass is 456 square miles. Greenwood County was formed in 1897 from parts of Abbeville and Edgefield counties, which were originally part of the old Ninety Six District.
Greenwood County, considered as part of the Piedmont area of South Carolina, was not settled until the mid-eighteenth century. The town of Ninety Six was established as a frontier trading post around 1730 and it was the site in November 1775 of one of the first South Carolina battles of the American Revolution. In May 178,1 American forces besieged the British-held Star Fort at Ninety Six for over a month but were forced to withdraw when British reinforcements approached.
The arrival of the railroad in 1852 stimulated cotton growing and textile manufacturing in this area. Local plantation owner Francis Salvador (1747-1776), who was killed fighting Cherokees during the Revolutionary War, was the first Jewish person elected to the state legislature. U.S. Congressman Preston Smith Brooks (1819-1857) and educator Benjamin Mays (1894-1984) were also residents of Greenwood County.
Laurens County was formed in 1785 as part of the Ninety Six District and includes the towns of Laurens, Clinton, Cross Hill, Fountain Inn, Gray Court, Ware Shoals, Waterloo. It is 715 square miles in size.
Laurens County and its county seat were named for Revolutionary War leader Henry Laurens (1724-1792). This part of the state was settled primarily by Scotch-Irish and English immigrants in the mid 1700s, and during the American Revolution quite a few of its residents remained loyal to Great Britain. Several Revolutionary War battles were fought in the county, including the Battle of Musgrove's Mill (August 18, 1780).
President Andrew Johnson (1808-1875), a native of North Carolina, worked as a tailor in the town of Laurens for a brief time in the 1820s. Laurens County was also home to Ann Pamela Cunningham (1816-1875), the leader of the movement to preserve Mount Vernon, and educator Wil Lou Gray (1883-1984).
Newberry County was formed in 1785 as part of the Ninety Six District and includes the towns of Little Mountain, Peak, Pomaria, Prosperity, Silverstreet, and Whitmire. Its land area is 631 square miles.
The origin of the name Newberry is unknown. This part of the upcountry was settled largely by Scotch-Irish, English, and German immigrants in the mid-eighteenth century. Germans were so prevalent in part of Newberry County that it become known as Dutch Fork, with Dutch meaning Deutsch (German).
Large scale cotton farming replaced small farms in the nineteenth century, and the coming of the railroad made Newberry a leading cotton market. Historians John Belton O'Neall (1795-1863) and David Duncan Wallace (1874-1951) were Newberry County natives, as was South Carolina Governor and U.S. Senator Coleman L. Blease (1868-1942).
The town of Greenwood was named around 1824 for the plantation of an early resident, John McGehee. The plantation was called “Green Wood” for its many fields of green. The city of Greenwood is close to all major Southern markets and is a short commute to Greenville, Columbia, Spartanburg, Asheville, Augusta, Atlanta, and Charlotte. The area is accessible to three major interstates and only hours away from both the mountains and the coast.
Greenwood County serves as a hub for a seven county region including Abbeville, Edgefield, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry, and Saluda counties, all of which feature numerous lakes, attractions, and state recreation areas for regional visitors to experience and explore.
Greenwood’s prosperity is due in part to its early settlers bringing in the railroads and then continued with highways and airports. The other component of Greenwood’s prosperity was its textile industry, which continues today.
Greenwood also has advanced educational institutions, state of the art medical facilities, cultural arts community, and an active events calendar.
Click on the links below to find out more information about each of these areas:
- Self Regional Healthcare http://www.selfregional.org/
- Self Regional Cancer Center http://www.selfregional.org/services/cancer_center.asp
- Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital http://grrh.ernesthealth.com/
- Lander University www.lander.edu
- Piedmont Technical College – www.ptc.edu
- The Greenwood Community Theatre - http://www.emeraldtriangle.sc/Theatre/Default.aspx
- The Arts Center - http://www.emeraldtriangle.sc/ArtsCouncil/Default.aspx
- Greenwood/Lander Performing Arts http://www.greenwoodlanderperformingarts.com/
- Sundance Gallery - http://www.jonhollowayweddings.com/
- Ninety Six National Historic Sites - http://www.nps.gov/nisi/index.htm
- Benjamin E Mays Museum - http://www.mayshousemuseum.org/
- National Register Sites in and around Greenwood http://www.nationalregister.sc.gov/greenwood/nrgreenwood.htm
Greenwood has enjoyed a long history of serving as a destination for local and regional golf events, including college championships for various conferences and tournaments. Greenwood’s mild climate affords golfers the opportunity to enjoy the game year-round at courses listed below.
- Cedar Springs Golf Club 9 Holes - 864-374-3396
- Cokesbury Hills Golf Club 9 Holes - 864-374-7820
- The Golf Club at Star Fort (semi-private) - 18 Holes - 864-543-2757
- Greenwood Country Club 18 Holes ~ 864-942-8862
- Hunters' Creek Golf Club (semi-private) 27 Holes - 864-223-9286
- Parkland Golfer's Club - 18 Holes - 864-229-5086
- Par Three West 9 holes - 864-223-4482
- The Links at Stoney Point 18 Holes - 864-942-0900
- The Patriot at Grand Harbor (semi-private) 18 Holes - 864-543-2000
- Ware Shoals Golf Club - 9 Holes - 864-456-2823