Greenville History Tours

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Historian & author John Nolan shares local wisdom during tasting treks to five local restaurants & tours through Greenville's historic sites

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Promotional value expires Sep 18, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 4 per person for walking tour ticket option. Limit 1 per person for culinary tour option. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Subject to weather. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Robert Frost could have used a local guide when he decided to take the road less traveled by, as he discovered only too late that it was patrolled by feral park rangers. Learn how a tour guide makes all the difference with today's Groupon to Greenville History Tours. Choose between the following options:

  • For $45, you get a tour package (a $91.20 value). The package includes:
    • One ticket to the At the Chef’s Table culinary tour plus gratuity (a $46.80 value). This tour is available most Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and most Saturdays from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Click here for a current schedule.
    • One ticket to the West End walking tour plus gratuity (a $14.40 value), available most Sundays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Click here for a current schedule.
    • One copy of A Guide to Historic Greenville, South Carolina by John Nolan (a $30 value)

  • For $6, you get one ticket to a West End walking tour (a $12 value), available most Sundays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Click here for a current schedule.

Local history buff and owner of Greenville History Tours, John Nolan leads tour-goers through Greenville's tasty haunts and historic sites on educational tours. Calf muscles awaken during the West End walking tour, which kicks off near Falls Park's majestic waterfalls. A chronological history lesson takes customers to storied locales such as the pedestrian-friendly Liberty Bridge, a grist mill built in 1816, and the first tree to grow a soul patch. Saunter past the RiverPlace development, teeming with open artists' studios and a 30-foot waterfall, then meander up Main Street for information on renowned Greenville natives such as Shoeless Joe Jackson who, like an underperforming silver medal, was immortalized as a bronze statue.

During the 2.5- to 3-hour At the Chef's Table partial-walking jaunt, tour-goers trek across town to visit five local restaurants. While the specific itinerary for this tour may change from trip to trip, some possible stops include the chance for a personal chef to whip up eats at The Loft at Soby's private dining area, or a stop at Soby's on the Side to take visitors to the deli-bakery's kitchen to learn gastronomic secrets such as how to properly drop-kick a meatloaf. Next, tasting travelers head to The Lazy Goat for Mediterranean fare and Soby's to peruse a selection of modernized classic Southern dishes. The excursion concludes in a private dining room at Devereaux's Restaurant, where an elegant dessert waits for tour-goers in a ravishing evening gown. A copy of tour-guide John Nolan's A Guide to Historic Greenville, South Carolina bolsters tourists' new-found knowledge with maps, photos, an arts-and-culture guide, and additional tour suggestions.

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.

Customer Reviews

I love the history tour and the guide was very knowledgeable! take pics!
Guy S. · December 11, 2016
Very interesting tour. I love it. Very good Tourguide.
Leitner H. · October 29, 2016
Great tour, Guide was very informative. Learned a lot about Greenville.
Karthik · August 29, 2016
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    West End

    Main St. and Camperdown Way.

    Greenville, South Carolina 29601

    864-567-3940

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