Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Reedy River Falls

Marker ID: SCHM 
Location: can be reached from Furman College Way.
County: Greenville
Coordinates: N 34° 50.627    W 082° 24.016
  34.843783    -82.400267
Style: Mounted **


The falls of the Reedy River were a power source for industry, but they were also the town´s chief price in the early nineteenth century. The subject of a Cherokee myth (a brave was said to have thrown himself over the falls because of unrequited love) and of at least five published poems and several noted paintings, the falls became the favorite trysting place for young lovers as well as a resort for visitors and families. Dams above and below the falls created pools where children swam in the summer and skated in the winter. Ministers performed baptisms in them, and entrepreneurs established bath houses (with separate entrances for ladies and gentlemen; towels and soap supplied for twenty-five cents) that made use of the clear river water.


The marker is located on the walking path that runs parallel to Furman College Way, facing the main falls.