501 South Blackstock Road
Spartanburg, SC 29301
Phone: (864) 595-4040
Fax: (864) 595-4050
It could be said that the entire state of South Carolina is a botanical garden. Since the British established the Province of Carolina, their green thumb techniques came along with them. Here in Spartanburg however, this botanical garden is a private one established by the Hatcher Family, transplants from the plains of Indiana. The family worked the grounds until the late 1990s and then thankfully turned over the property over to the Spartanburg County Foundation so it could be used for the public in 2003.
This historic home is believed to be the oldest house in Spartanburg's city limits. The Seay House is open to the public on the third Saturday of each month from May through October and by appointment year-round.
The Northwest Recreation Center is run by the city of Spartanburg's Parks and Recreation department. Whether these events and year-round programs are indoors, outdoors, something educational, recreational or otherwise, the center is an asset to everyone, young and old, for the betterment of their community. The recreation center itself features a basketball-court gym, two multi-purpose rooms, assembly and meeting area, computer lab, and weight room. Some of the programs include a summer day camp, dog obedience, computer classes, and reading programs.
Spartanburg is a growing city located on the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This city is home to a diverse group of people and culture that has added much to the art scene and festivities in the city.
There are 22 parks located throughout Spartanburg. The main one is Barnet Park, which sits on seven acres (three hectares) of green land and has a lovely walking path that extends for a full two miles (three kilometers). In the park is the Zimmerli Amphitheatre, which plays hosts to various concerts and shows throughout the year. The park is also dressed with an interactive water fountain, pavilion and art sculptures.
With over a century behind them, Wofford College has distinguished itself as a top Southern University attracting both local and international students. The liberal arts college campus rests on 170 acres (69 hectares) of land in Spartanburg and offers 26 major fields of study ranging from a number of diverse subjects. Wofford is a small institution that enrolls about 1500 students every academic year and offers a small but bustling college-town community with many activities, extra-curriculars, sports and arts programs to its students. Greek life is a big part of the Wofford College life with almost half of all the students participating in fraternities or sororities every year.
Built in 1851 with Gothic Revival style of architecture, the Episcopal Church of the Advent is one of the historic churches that continue to function till date. With a lot of struggle, it has strived to exist even today. The splendid exteriors and the soothing interiors of the building make it a beautiful place of worship. Regular services, including religious ceremonies are held at the church.
Hot Spot Skate Park is first concrete park in the state of South Carolina. Opened on June 3, 2009, this skate park spans a total of 21,000 square feet (1950.963 square meters) of concrete featuring street skate structures as well as traditional style boarding ramps. These and other structures throughout make for some creative skate tricks. The facility is operated by Spartanburg's Park and Recreation department. Skate lessons are offered every Wednesday, and skaters must sign a liability waiver.
The history of Converse College began over 100 years ago when new settlers from the North had a dream of providing their daughters with every educational opportunity regardless of their gender. Now this women's college ranks among the top small-size liberal arts colleges in the country due to its dedication to academic and personal growth. The school's commitment to the students shows in the incredible student to teacher ratio of 10:1. The campus is rural but alive with students participating in a number of programs and activities provided on campus from the arts to athletics.
In the early 1760's King George III granted land to colonists throughout the Americas and in 1765, Charles and Mary Moore built this house with slave labor upon 550-acres. Thereafter, the house and its inhabitants saw firsthand the tumult of the American Revolution. In fact, one of the most salient points about the property is that Catharine, the daughter of Charles and Mary helped the colonial revolution when she revealed the British regiment's position during the Battle of Cowpens in 1781. There are still many of the original buildings on the plantation like the barn, meat curing house, dry cellar, and school, and the preservation society gives tours of the mansion throughout the year, however it does have seasonal hours.
With a history dating back to 1795, the Price House is a historical site in Woodruff, South Carolina near Spartanburg. This property once contained the plantation home of Thomas and Ann Price, local entrepreneurs who owned the general store, ran the post office and local tavern. Here, you can find out how the Price family made their fortune and the legacy that remains at the only standing structure that exists - the upcountry slave cabin.
Hollywild Animal Park is a wildlife conservancy located about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north-east of Greenville in the small town of Inman. The park has designated areas for feeding animals and a safari ride that meanders through the 70-acre (28-hectare) property. This unique park earned its name by creating one of the most successful animal talent agencies in the country and houses a number of creatures that have made it on the big-screen in both film and television. In fact, Hollywild has 'Tank,' the only 'working' rhinoceros in showbiz.