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Berea is a census-designated place in Greenville County, SC and is located about six miles northwest of downtown Greenville. In the past Berea has resisted incorporation into the Greenville city limits.
For many years residents have enjoyed the views of the distant mountains, including Paris Mountain.
Berea’s namesake derives from one of the earliest churches, Berea First Baptist established in 1843. The name itself comes from a biblical reference to the inhabitants of Berea (now called Veria in northern Greece). There are now over 20 different churches in the area.
The area was a trading route for Native Americans and became a crossroads for early white settlers.
Berea became very much an agricultural area following the establishment of settlements and churches. The area supported nearby area cotton farms and grist mills along the Reedy River. By the 1880’s the Greenville and Northern Railroad reached Northern Greenville County. Unlike the surrounding areas, Berea was never home to textile mills or other major industries.
One notable site with historical influence is the Old Berea High School originally established in 1916. The school was later rebuilt in the 1930’s as a part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal program titled “Public Works Administration” or PWA.
Berea began to grow rapidly by 1953 as public water was expanded to the area and between 1967 and 1982 at least 33 subdivisions were built in the area leading to Berea becoming a “bedroom community” to Greenville. By the 1980’s convenience stores and shopping centers began to spring up. It is now home to over 17,000 people living in subdivisions located through-out Berea.
This rich history and it’s location were key components in forming the slogan for Berea, Mountain Views and Hometown Values.