Manuscript Collection



Download Finding Aid (244 KB)


Accession 815

Inclusive Dates



Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

7000 pieces, 8.75 linear feet



Historical Note

The Come-See-Me Festival was first held in 1962 as a community project to invite visitors, relatives and friends to see Rock Hill during its most beautiful season. It started as a weekend event and has expanded to 10 days.

The Festival was the idea of its first chairman, C. H. “Ickey” Albright, former Rock Hill Mayor and State Senator, and was nurtured by nationally-acclaimed illustrator Vernon Grant, a Rock Hill resident who created Rice Krispies’ celebrated gnomes, “Snap, Crackle and Pop”.

The Festival’s mascot “Glen the Frog” also was created by Mr. Grant, who designed more than 30 different Glens. A logo representing each new festival is selected yearly.

Scope and Content Note

The Come-See-Me Festival Records consist of records and memorabilia from the Come-See-Me Festivals since its founding in 1962. The collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, financial reports and papers, promotional materials, and other records and material chronicling the development of the Come-See-Me Festival in Rock Hill, SC.


The Come-See-Me Festival Records were deposited with Winthrop University Archives and Special Collections on January 18, 1993, November 11, 2005, November 21, 2005, and July 29, 2009 by the Come-See-Me Committee.


Festivals, Vernon Grant, C.H. "Icky" Albright, Rock Hill, Glencairn Garden, Glen the Frog, Tourism


For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

Come-See-Me Festival Records - Accession 815

LC Subject Headings

Come-See-Me Festival (Rock Hill, S.C.)--Archives; Grant, Vernon, 1902-1990; Albright, C. H., 1906-2000; Festivals--South Carolina--Rock Hill; Culture and tourism--South Carolina--Rock Hill; Souvenirs (Keepsakes)--South Carolina--Rock Hill; Gardens--South Carolina--Rock Hill; Mascots--South Carolina--Rock Hill; Glencairn Gardens (Rock Hill, S.C.); Rock Hill (S.C.)