Bank of Travelers Rest: Banking on the Places We Call Home.
Agroup of nine visionaries saw the need to bring access to financial products and services to the people living and working in Northern Greenville County. These men saw the important role that a community bank would play in the lives of people who would live, work, save and invest in the place they call home. This vision came to reality in 1945 when the state of South Carolina issued a charter for Bank of Travelers Rest.
Bank of Travelers Rest opened for business on March 18, 1946. With just over $36,000 in assets, the bank opened in a small building on the corner of McElhaney Road and Highway 276. Innovative for its time, Bank of Travelers Rest was open six days a week, making it the first bank in Greenville County to boast Saturday Banking. The bank opened each day at 9:00 and closed at 1:00 in order for employees to manually post and process transactions to customer accounts.
After about 10 years on McElhaney Road, Bank of Travelers Rest moved its branch facility to Poinsett Highway. The modern branch opened with floor space of just over 2,000 square feet, drive-up teller windows and even had air conditioning. Continuing to offer innovative services and ensure quality customer service, Bank of Travelers Rest converted all customer accounts to a new computer system in 1968. The following years brought changes to the bank including the addition of branch offices in Marietta, Greenville and Travelers Rest. In 1996, Bank of Travelers Rest underwent major renovations that included additions to the main office and bringing the bank’s back-office operations back in to the main site located on Plaza Drive.
As the oldest bank to be chartered and still headquartered in Greenville County, Bank of Travelers Rest remains committed to the vision of its founders. Customers experience the conveniences of a full-service financial institution while enjoying the personalized service of their community bank. Bank of Travelers Rest serves the county through offices in Travelers Rest, Marietta, Taylors, Berea and in the City of Greenville. Because Bank of Travelers Rest understands the needs of customers go deeper than traditional service points and hours, additional service is offered through the Customer Support Center, ATMs, Online Banking, Mobile Banking and the continuation of Saturday hours. Doing what is right for our customer is the foundation on which the business of Bank of Travelers Rest is built. The commitment of the bank extends beyond banking services and reaches the people in our communities, towns and cities. Bank of Travelers Rest finds value in community initiatives and reinvests in those to fund the growth, change and betterment of the places we call home. At Bank of Travelers Rest, we’re community minded and that’s what drives us to provide outstanding financial service.