Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Richard Pearis

Marker ID: SCHM 
Location: in Greenville's Historic Falls Park on Falls Street near Camperdown Way (South Carolina Route 124).
County: Greenville
Coordinates: N 34° 50.691    W 082° 24.031
  34.84485    -82.400517
Style: Mounted **


Richard Pearis, Greenville´s first white settler, was an Irish adventurer who had settled in Virginia with his wife and family by the middle of the eighteenth century. He developed good trade relationships with the Cherokee Indians, had a son by an Indian woman, and in 1770 acquired title to 100,000 acres of Indian land in what is now Greenville County. He set up his "Great Plains" Plantation with a trading post and grist mill on the banks of the Reedy River. Pearis was wooed by both Patriots and Tories when the American Revolution began. When he went with the British, Patriots burned his home, mill, and store. He fled to the Bahamas and never returned to Greenville. Paris Mountain is named for him.