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Greenwood County was formed in 1897 from portions of Abbeville and Edgefield counties, which had originally been part of the old Ninety-Six District. The name Greenwood comes from a plantation of that same name, owned by John McGehee, dating back to 1824. The arrival of the railroad in 1852 stimulated agriculture production and textile manufacturing in our area, spurring a period of rapid growth and development beginning around 1890.

Today, Greenwood County takes great pride in preserving its unique history. Greenwood is a Certified Local Government, which in partnership with the National Park Service helps to facilitate local preservation funding, training and education. Greenwood also has local ordinances to help preserve its most historic areas. Any exterior changes made to properties in these districts must first receive a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Board of Architectural Review.

Historic Overlay Districts

  • Uptown Greenwood Overlay District
  • Old Greenwood Village Historic Overlay District


Certificate of Appropriateness Application

Historic Tax Credits

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