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Historic falls remain Greenville’s centerpiece

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Since before Greenville was even a city, what is today known as Falls Park was a natural draw. In the early 1770s, Richard Pearis purchased land here in what was then park of the Cherokee Indian nation and built a home (“Great Plains Plantation”), a trading post and a grist mill on the banks of the Reedy River. The area quickly grew up, and in 1797, the Greenville Court House was laid