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“A little-known spot downtown” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Kilgore Lewis House

Kilgore Lewis House
506 Academy Street, Greenville, SC
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Ranked #52 of 70 things to do in Greenville
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Greenville, South Carolina
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“A little-known spot downtown”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

I have lived in Greenville for nearly 20 years, and am a lifelong resident of the Upstate -- yet I had never heard of the Kilgore-Lewis house until I found it on Tripadvisor while searching for something new to see in town. Having been on very many historic house tours in places like Charleston and Savannah, I was curious as to what I'd see at this historic home. Although I certainly didn't expect it to be on par with the homes I'd visited in other locales (especially since admission is free!), my husband and I were still a little disappointed.

This home is run by the local garden clubs, so we were greeted by a very friendly volunteer as soon as we entered the house. She seemed to be knowledgeable about the house and its contents, and cheerfully answered all of our questions. We did find the home to be filled with some interesting (though not original) items that were donated from various members of the community, including a beautiful piano and harp that were both from the 1850s. However, the house has been modified to suit the needs of the garden club, so that it now contains a modern kitchen, restrooms, an office, and a meeting room. Also, the remaining rooms were not necessarily presented as they would have been originally used; for instance, the master bedroom did not actually contain a bed! This is because it is now used as a dressing room for the bride and her attendants when the house is rented out for weddings (which is how the house is financially supported, given that the tours are free).

We did tour the grounds as well, but mid-November was obviously not the best time for that. Most of the plants were dead or in the process of dying due to the season. I can definitely see that it would be extremely lovely during the spring and/or summer, and plan to make a return visit then. Despite the season and the cold weather, it was a lovely and peaceful walk, and it was surprising to find that we have such a largely undiscovered place so close to downtown. The well on the property was also interesting, and is listed on the National Historic Registry.

All in all, I'm glad we visited, and you definitely can't beat the price of admission. Just don't expect a house tour similar to what you'd find at a home dedicated to historic tours, and you'll enjoy yourself.

Visited November 2013
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Greenville, South Carolina
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“Hidden Treasure in downtown!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Who knew there were 5 gorgeous acres hidden in town? Complete w/ pond, historical home and walking paths! Just gorgeous grounds that can be visited anytime free of charge. House is open 10-2 Wed. - Friday usually, but call before you go if you want to be sure. Perfect site for weddings, meetings, and just to enjoy. Plus, there is a spring that is on the National Historical Registry (look for the sign) and it is a registered Arboretum! All sponsored by the Greenville Council of Garden Clubs and supported totally by volunteer efforts and donations. Please sign the guest registry by the front door!

Visited May 2013
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“Another Historic Greenville Home”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

When it comes to Historic homes in downtwn Greenville, this is one of the oldest in town. Kilgore House represents the middle eighteenth centrury in Greenville when downtown was just being formed was we see it today.

Visited April 2013
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“Even the locals didn't know it”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

Sadly, we were disappointed with the condition of this house. Some rooms were poorly furnished while others were used as disorganized storage areas. The restorations that were done didn't appear to be true to the period that this home represents. Hopefully with time and funding it will return to its former self. Surprisingly, every local we asked, including our hotel's front desk staff, hadn't heard of the Kilgore-Lewis house.

Visited March 2013
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Taylors, South Carolina
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“What a jewel!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

The Kilgore Lewis House is on beautiful grounds and has friendly docents to give you a tour. It was actually moved to its present location, and all the rooms are decorated according to the time period of the house. We went in December, and the Christmas decorations were gorgeous. Very friendly atmosphere; very informative tour. Don't forget to tour the grounds!

Visited December 2012
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