Events Timeline for Glendale, Lawson’s Fork, PCF, SPACE, and Wofford,  May 3, 2010

1993 – Then mill owner Billy Tobias donates 14 acres on the south bank of Lawson’s Fork to the Spartanburg Area Conservancy (SPACE) for protection and the establishment of a riverfront park.

2004 – Mill closed since 1960s burns. Two towers, two smokestacks, and Mill Office remain.

2005 - Glendale United Methodist (UM) Church is “discontinued” by the SC UM Conference. Grant for studying possible uses of church property awarded by the Mary Black Foundation.

2006 - Church conversion planning conducted by 40 persons is completed; report published; recommends establishment of an outdoor leadership training school. [Report Available].

2006 - The Palmetto Conservation Foundation (PCF) applies for funds to develop and begin to implement the Glendale Outdoor Leadership School (GOLS). The Spartanburg County Foundation funds property title search. []. PCF granted $550,000 by the Mary Black Foundation [] to develop and begin implementing GOLS. [].

2006 - The Spartanburg District of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) recommends that Glendale
be included in the six communities in SC to be studied by AIA as part of the national association’s 150th
anniversary celebration. Request granted by the SC Mayor’s Institute for Community Design; Glendale
is included among Chesterfield, Greer, Johnsonville, Summerton, and Clearwater. []

2006 - Wofford College and PCF begin discussions with Glyn Morris, the owner of the Glendale Mill property, about receiving as gifts the Mill Office and surrounding three acres including the Lawson’s Fork dam and shoals (Wofford) and the six acre Flood Plain (PCF).

2007 – AIA study of Glendale is completed after local charrettes are conducted. Report with recommendations made during conference at Clemson University. [Report Available]. Friends of Glendale (FOG) organized and officers elected. Glyn Morris donates the Flood Plain to PCF; the Mill Office, dam, and shoals to Wofford.

2007 - The Urban Land Institute (ULI) chooses Pacolet and Glendale to be studied as a Glendale-Pacolet corridor (5 miles apart, connected by roads and “paddleable” rivers). ULI is an international land use planning organization founded in 1936 [].

2007 & 2008 - PCF [], SPACE [], Spartanburg County School District 3 [], and Wofford College [] pledge continued collaboration in offering high quality programs and activities.
2008 – Funds are allocated for the restoration of the old iron bridge (pedestrian and cycling only).

2008 – Renovations begin on the Mill Office to be Wofford’s Environmental Studies Field Center. PCF begins developing the Greenway. Glendale designated a “Blueprint South Carolina Five Star Community.”

2009 – Renovated Mill Office goes into operation as Wofford’s Environmental Studies Field Center. The USDA awards Glendale and Pacolet a grant of $60,000 to conduct a feasibility study of recreational and economic possibilities along the Glendale-Pacolet Corridor (Lawson’s Fork and the Pacolet River).

2010 – Wofford’s Environmental Studies Goodall Field Center is dedicated on April 20, 2010.

The reports relating to these events can be read at Glendale Reports.

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