Built between 1894 and brought to Greenville in 1901, the carousel is a primitive two row track “country style” carousel with 24 horses and four chariots hand carved from poplar wood. The carousel is hand painted and is one of the two oldest-working Armitage Herschell Carousels in the country and the only one in the South. The carousel can be rented for parties or private events.
The Greenville Arts Council was established in 1983 with the mission to promote the rich cultural heritage of the region and to stimulate and encourage cultural activities, arts appreciation, arts education, and the creative works of artists. With numerous community programs and partners with other organizations to support their arts-related missions, they are the lead administrative organization for the capital campaign to renovate the E.E. Bass Cultural Center.
You can find a gallery in downtown Greenville inside the E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center. The Center is the home for the Greenville Arts Council and houses the exhibits sponsored by GAC and many of its events as well. The primary gallery space consists of two spacious rooms and hosts six to seven exhibitions per year. Other areas of the building are used for meetings, receptions, theatre, symphony, a Summer Arts Camp, and as the home of the Armitage-Herschell Carousel.