The Carolina Foothills Garden Club, beginning in 1967, spearheaded efforts to reclaim the long neglected site of Greenville's birthplace and to preserve its natural beauty along the banks of the Reedy River. The City of Greenville endorsed the project and resolved to establish and maintain the park.
Furman University, whose campus was once located nearby, donated the original six areas, followed by other land grants from adjoining property owners. Over the next two decades the Garden Club, in partnership with the city, continued to protect, expand and develop the area.
In 1975, a small house, known today as Falls Cottage, was acquired and restored. A master development and beautification project was begun in 1990 with city and garden club funds augmented with generous support from foundations, corporations, and individuals. Falls Park, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, encompasses 26 acres with nature trails, landscaped gardens, a pond, expansion bridge, scenic overlooks, textile mill ruins, and historic informational plaques.
Love of history, appreciation for nature's beauties and a desire to preserve it for all public enjoyment have motivated the work done here...a place restored to life.