A city is a place of tremendous variety, usually constructed upon rock ‘n’ roll. Plumb the secret depths of Greenville with today's Groupon, which gets you a guided walking tour of West End with Greenville History Tours. These bipedal tours meet at the corner of Main street and Camperdown Way, where lead guide John Nolan—the published voice on Greenville’s historic curio and man of many connections to various local establishments—awaits. Alongside John, walkers take their terra firma talking trek through Greenville’s natural and man-made landscapes, exploring longstanding structures and settlement buildings, as well as famed hometown heroes like Shoeless Joe Jackson, the greatest baseball player who lived or toe-painted. Currently, Greenville History Tours has walking tours scheduled on Friday nights at 6 p.m., Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m., and other dates and times throughout the year. Call ahead to reserve.
- The tours are an addendum to a history museum or book. Reading about the home of Greenville's first settler, Richard Pearis, is not the same as standing in front of Devereaux's, where the building actually stood. And knowing that "Leatherheads" was filmed in Greenville is not the same as getting the scoop on what star George Clooney ate while he was here. – Lillia Callum-Penso, GreenvilleOnline
Greenville History Tours
Featured on NBC and CBS, John Nolan’s Greenville History Tours provide access to the city’s storied past via educational strolls through the West or South End, landmark-peppered drives, and samplings of the city’s restaurant scene. Nolan founded the company in 2006 after spending a decade immersed in local history as a museum docent and time-traveling crime fighter. Since striking out on his own, Nolan has authored A Guide to Historical Greenville, South Carolina and has remained at the top of TripAdvisor’s rankings. Participants can reap the benefits of Nolan’s knowledge of history, culture, and architecture on traditional tours as well as special VIP tours.