Adventures in Humanity

George Ligon
Australia | Fiji | New Zealand

He’s an artist, a photographer, and a world traveler. I had the privilege to become acquainted with George Ligon recently during a lunch interview at Polo’s in Uptown Greenwood. By the time we sat down to chat I was already familiar with some of his work... Read more »

from South Carolina in the 1880s: A Gazetteer
Compiled and edited by John Hammond Moore
Original article from The Charleston News and Courier, 1889

Greenwood, originally a fifty-cent meal stop on the Columbia and Greenville Railroad, almost disappeared when a schedule change shifted the eating time to nearby Ninety Six. But in the 1880s, thanks to new railroad connections generated for the most part by residents of Greenwood itself, the town’s population rose from 745 to 1,326, making it the second-largest community in Abbeville County. This anonymous report describes Greenwood in December of 1889. Read more »

by Lori Holloway

Originally developed in ancient Syria, lampwork is a technique for creating art by melting and shaping glass over a flame. Lori Holloway, who creates intricate lampwork beads and custom jewelry, explains the process and tells how she became a lampwork artist. Read more »

The Horror In and Around the Rock House

by John Boyanoski
from More Ghosts of Upstate South Carolina

In part one of our two-part look at this Greenwood legend, John Boyanoski recounts strange and unsettling experiences at the fabled Rock House.

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commentary by Curtis R. Fennell

The picture postcard had its heyday in the first few decades of the twentieth century. Postcards documented practically every significant development in the emerging town of Greenwood and recorded the changing urban landscape. Because they were durable and usually saved by the recipients, many still survive to tell their stories. Read more »

by Curtis R. Fennell

Boiled peanuts are the official state snack of South Carolina, loved by most Southerners and 50% of Yankees who try them (the other 50% just won’t admit it). Although they're often viewed as a Southern oddity, the truth is that the Northern US is one of the few places in the world where boiled peanuts are not eaten. Read more »