Greenville history

‘Powerhouse museum’ in a small town

Flat River Museum celebrating 50th anniversary

Nearly 50 years ago as an 11-year-old boy, Mike Stafford attended what most children might have considered to be a boring, uninteresting visit with local historians. 

Mike had been brought by his mother, Linda Stafford, to a meeting of the newly-established Flat River Historical Society, as the organization moved forward with its goal to solidify and promote the rich history the Greenville area had to offer. 

Early history of the Flat River Historical Society and Museum

As early as 1964, there was discussion about organizing a local historical society to preserve the community’s heritage and to establish a central place to preserve the many historic items from the city’s early days. After much talk to generate interest and involvement, the newly-formed “Greenville Area Historical Society” met July 21, 1967, elected  officers and planned interesting monthly meetings.