"The Poplars"This was approximately the center of the many acred estate and "seat of hospitality" of Elias Earle, pioneer Greenville settler who began acquiring property here as early as 1787. His home, "The Poplars," stood at the N.E. corner of Rutherford and Buist Streets.
June 19, 1762-May 19, 1823Builder of the "Great Wagon Road" across the western mountains from South Carolina to Tennessee in 1797, Elias Earle served as State Legislator 1794-1798, state Senator 1798-1804, and U.S. Congressman 1805-07, 1811-15, and 1817-21. Of distinguished Virginia ancestry, his family served South Carolina well.