Vardry McBee

Vardry McBee (HM78X)

Location: Greenville, SC 29601 Greenville County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 50.923', W 82° 23.982'

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— "Father of Greenville" —

"A man should be prudent and careful, without seeming to be so, in character, information, propriety, friends, and money, and in everything, never neglecting his friends." Vardry McBee, 1852.

Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Industrialist.
In 1815, Vadry McBee purchased extensive properties in Greenville from Lemuel Alston. McBee accelerated industrial growth by establishing an iron works, a saddlery, tan yard, brick yard and a stone quarry, in addition to building two grist mills and a sawmill on the Reedy River. McBee's gifts to Greenville included lands for its first churches and the establishment of Male and Female Academies. He was instrumential in moving Furman University of Greenville and in securing the area's first railroad.

McBee's Tithe.
McBee's philanthropy included land grants to help propagate the town's ealiest religious roots. It was on McBee property that Greenville's first churches were constructed. In addition to the gift of land for the churches, McBee delivered $500 worth of lumber to each site from his saw mill on the Reedy River. This contribution became known as "McBee's Title."
HM NumberHM78X
Series This marker is part of the Markers Attached to Sculpture series
Year Placed2002
Placed ByGreenville County Historical Society
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Date Added Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 3:19am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 372035 N 3857159
Decimal Degrees34.84871667, -82.39970000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 50.923', W 82° 23.982'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 50' 55.38" N, 82° 23' 58.92" W
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Area Code(s)803, 864
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-71 E Court St, Greenville SC 29601, US
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