Area Events
This is not a comprehensive list of events and activities that are “Beyond our Gates”.   If members of the community want to post an event that they think the community would be interested in, then please submit the request through Contact Us.   This is not a forum for advertising businesses but is intended to highlight one-time events that the members may wish to participate in.
Links to calendar and event tracking websites:
Greenville Today  (source for all things in and around Greenville - happenings, events, shopping, experiences)
Pickens County Site - scroll down for events
Please see area attractions (like Soapstone Church below) under Local Attractions.
Historic Soapstone Baptist Church
Liberia, SC
Example of lesser known but significant attractions.
History of Soapstone Baptist Church        
Roughly 130 years ago, 900 freed slaves settled the area called Little Liberia in Pickens County, named after the original African nation. Their former masters settled along prime farmland near the main towns and roads and gave the former slaves the more “undesirable” land in the outlying areas. But the Liberians went to work making the land plentiful and building a rich community.
Mabel Clarke is the last living descendant of the original Liberia families. Her great-grandfather Joseph McJunkin founded Soapstone Baptist Church, and her parents, who both lived for more than 100 years, are buried in the churchyard.  A one-room schoolhouse, thought to be the oldest African American school in South Carolina, stands beside the church.
The church was rebuilt in the 1960's after it was burned down by the KKK.