Simpsonville

History
Simpsonville had its beginnings in the 1820s as a stage stop operated by Thomas Goldsmith on the Old Stage Road twelve miles south of the Greenville Court House. Among the first businesses at the crossroads were Silas Gilbert, who in 1836 opened a large general merchandising operation at the crossroads, and then Peter Simpson, who two years later set up a blacksmith shop next to Gilbert. The same year Simpson arrived in 1838, the place was assigned a post office in the house of neighbor, Jarrett Cook, entitled Ô Plain.

Traffic on the Stage Road was fairly brisk until the 1850s when the burgeoning village fell into a virtual standstill throughout the Civil War and Reconstruction. Early in the Reconstruction period the black population, who were leaving their respective church of mixed congregations, gravitated to a more central location for worship and Cedar Grove Baptist Church became, in 1870, the first church organized within the present city limits.

In 1885, the Simpsonville High School was established and North Carolina native, Sidney J. Wilson, had streets and lots surveyed for the making of a town that would straddle the grade for the new railroad track. These streets and lots today remain laid out in what are largely their original beds. Although the place had been alternately know as Plain and Simpsonville for quite some time, the post office was officially changed to Simpsonville in 1885.

In 1908 the Woodside brothers constructed the Woodside Cotton Mill and village that remained the city’s largest employer until after WWII. In 1953 a major water line from Greenville was laid and triggered the growth of industry and residential development for the next 25 years. In the meantime Highway 276 was widened in 1956, eventually becoming the middle portion of I-385 and access to Simpsonville’s industry and housing exploded.

Key Dates:
1908 — Woodside Cotton Mill and village constructed
1953 — A major waterline from Greenville was laid
1956 — Highway 276 was widened
1994 — Simpsonville was the fastest growing city with a population under 25,000 in the nation
2005 — Construction of Heritage Park completed
2010 — Simpsonville named one of the 10 Best Towns for Families by Family Circle Magazine

Population Information:
Simpsonville City  17,809 (2008)
Simpsonville Area  50,046 (2008)
24% growth since 2000

2000 US Census Data:
Median Age:  33.5 years
Under 5 – 1,107
18 and over -  10,283
65 and over -  1,082

Avg Household Size:  2.66
Avg Family Size:  3.09
Median Household Income:  $47,223

(information provided by www.simpsonville.com)

School Information:

Area Elementary Schools

Name Address Phone Grade Levels
Bells Crossing Elementary School 804 Scuffletown Rd 864.355.3800 K thru 5
Bethel Elementary School 111 Bethel School Rd 864.355.4100 K thru 5
Bryson Elementary School 703 Bryson Drive 864.355.3600 K thru 5
Fork Shoals Elementary School 916 McKelvey Rd 864.355.5000 K thru 5
Mauldin Elementary School 1194 Holland Rd 864.355.3700 K thru 5
Oakview Elementary School 515 Godfrey Rd 864.355.7100 K thru 5
Plain Elementary School 506 Neely Ferry Rd 864.355.7700 K thru 5
Rudolph Gordon Elementary School 1507 Scuffletown Rd 864.452.0200 K thru 5
Simpsonville Elementary School 200 Morton Ave 864.355.8300 K thru 5

Area Middle Schools

Bryson Middle School 3657 S Industrial Dr 864.355.2100 6 thru 8
Hillcrest Middle School 510 Garrison Rd 864.355.6100 6 thru 8
Mauldin Middle School 1190 Holland Rd 864.355.6770 6 thru 8
Ralph Chandler Middle School 4231 Fork Shoals Rd 864.452.0300 6 thru 8

Area High Schools

Hillcrest High School 3665 S Industrial Dr 864.355.3500 9 thru 12
Woodmont High School 2831 W Georgia Rd 864.355.8600 9 thru 12

Utility Information:

Power Water
Duke Power — (800) 777-9898

Laurens Electric — (800) 942-3141

Greenville Water Sys. — (864) 241-6000
   
Telephone & Internet Sewer
AT&T — (800) 336-0014

Charter Comm. — (888) 438-2427

Frontier Comm. — (800) 483-4300

City of Simpsonville — (864) 967-9531

Metropolitan Sewer — (864) 277-4442

Renewable Water — (864) 299-0260

   
Television (Cable/Satellite) Natural Gas
Charter Comm. — (888) 438-2427

DirecTV — (888) 777-2454

DISH Network — (800) 823-4929

Piedmont Natural Gas — (800) 752-7504